World Vision operates in four regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), focusing on transformational development programmes in the south and the west, and humanitarian and emergency response in the eastern region.
World Vision began its work in DRC in 1984 with a food program funded by USAID in conjunction with local Christian churches in the Katanga province. Today there are 93,700 sponsored children in 30 projects across the country, and more than two million people benefit from transformational development programmes including education, health care, water and sanitation, nutrition, food security and Christian Commitments.
Additionally, due to widespread natural disasters and ongoing armed conflicts, World Vision is actively engaged in humanitarian and emergency response particularly in the eastern part of the country, focused on food aid, humanitarian protection, nutrition, health care, child friendly spaces (CFS), and reintegration of internal displaced people (IDPs).
*Position location to be determined; Burundi or Haiti.
World Vision is seeking a highly qualified Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Haiti and Burundi. We are seeking a dynamic and proven leader with technical expertise and experience managing multi-year USAID-funded programs in complex environments. The program will focus on increasing individual, household, and community resilience through strengthened, well-functioning, and inclusive market systems. The primary goals will be to increase market system efficiency, increase private sector investment and engagement, and increase household and community ability to recovery from shocks and stresses.
The COP will be responsible for leading all technical, financial and administrative aspects of USAID program and will coordinate closely with USAID in developing, implementing, and revising the project’s overall field strategy. The COP will be the principal link between USAID, World Vision, and other partners and provide overall strategic and technical guidance to subcontractors. The COP will provide comprehensive expert technical oversight and guidance in all aspects of the program, including monitoring and evaluation, and reporting to USAID. The COP oversee all staff and activities while promoting an adaptive management approach, and champion a collaborative, inclusive learning environment. The position is based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, or Gitega, Burundi and the 5-year program is expected to start in 2021.
Lead overall technical vision, project management, and implementation of the project. Spearhead strategy development and utilize managerial tools and frameworks to improve the ability of the team to achieve project goals successfully and sustainably.
Effectively manage and supervise technical and finance/operations teams, including ensuring coordination between team leads, providing coaching and mentoring, and fostering a collaborative and adaptive work environment.
Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID regarding implementation and management matters relating to the contract. Ensure high-quality, efficient, and effective performance of the project in accordance with USAID rules and regulations.
Manage relationships with subcontractors and evaluate sub-contractor and grantee activities through consultative meetings, site visits, and reporting requirements. Manage and supervise work of all international consultants and local staff.
Lead collaboration, learning, and adaption (CLA) efforts with internal and external collaborators, adapting program as needed to optimize results per learning and contextual changes.
Oversee preparation and supervision of project work planning, budgets and pipeline analyses, performance management, and strategic communications. Facilitate the development of the project’s theory of change, oversee the implementation of the work plan, and track progress towards core indicators and learning objectives.
Ensure compliance with the organizational Security Risk Management Policy and implementation of associated plans, including the Country’s Security Risk Management Plan. Manage the team’s adherence to the Security Risk Management process, including personnel and asset protection, information gathering and sharing, training, reporting and investigations, and incident management.
Oversee technical activities of the project and ensure that impact is achieving sustainability and quality results defined in the contract
Ensure that the activities and results are implemented in a timely manner within the approved budget.
Make verbal or written presentations as requested by the client to varied audiences, both in-country and overseas.
Assure that assistance provided under the award is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed and for adequately managing and supervising the work of all staff in country.
Master’s degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness, agronomy, development, or related field from an accredited university.
Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible management experience working with programs that are of a similar scope and complexity. USAID contract management experience is highly preferred; Chief of Party experience is highly preferred.
Established track record of achieving results in complex environments is required. Experience working in Haiti highly desired.
Demonstrated experience in project designs, strategic planning, and implementation of market systems, agriculture, and resilience activities. Proven leadership in adaptive management and CLA approaches.
Demonstrated commitment to and experience improving inclusion and empowerment of underserved and marginalized groups of market actors including women, youth, rural smallholders, and others.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to lead collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of relevant stakeholders (producers, private sector, NGOs, government, and research institutions).
Knowledge of and experience with USAID rules and regulations is required.
For Burundi, Fluency in English required; For Haiti, fluency in French is required; Language proficiency in a local language highly preferred.
*Please submit your CV in English.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
Provide overall oversight and management support for all aspects of financial management in the Zonal Office with a focus on ensuring accountability, stewardship, coordinating planning and budgeting processes, providing accurate financial data, analysis, and advice.
Provide strong and positive leadership to the zonal finance, ICT, Supply Chain and Administration units ensuring competent and motivated staff are hired and retained, providing efficient delivery of services.
Coordinate professional and personal development of zonal support services staff through adequate orientation, on the-job coaching, identification of learning, training needs and opportunities (e.g. in accounting, SunSystems, grant management, risk management, etc.); and succession planning.
Work with Finance & Support Services Director and Zonal Director to define and implement efficient and effective internal control systems for the zone.
Ensure partnership finance policies and procedures are understood by Senior Management, Operations/Technical staff, Communities, Local Partners as appropriate.
Review alignment of budgets between projects, grants, MyPBAS, and Support Offices and ensure effective and efficient cost recovery practices are followed.
Providing cost analysis, promoting benchmarks and making recommendations for determining effective resource utilization at all levels.
Contributing to the development of appropriate policies and procedures for procurement of goods and services, in collaboration with the Supply Chain.
Coordinate the submission of timely, accurate and complete relevant reporting to the NO, donors, internal units.
Review all Balance Sheet Accounts ensuring that all items over 30 days are cleared.
Adhere to partnership policies, procedures and guidelines as stipulated in the WVI Financial Manual and other documents, including – but not limited to: grant compliance, planning & budgeting, year-end closing, carryforward, accounting and reporting.
Coordinate the timely and accurate submission of financial reports in Notes FFR (Field Financial Reporting) database, variances are explained and corrective actions are taken.
Review the reconciliation of MyPBAS to FFR monthly with action plan for addressing outstanding items.
Ensure Finance staff visit Programs/Projects to monitor accountability issues, follow up on implementation of audit findings and provide support as needed.
Coordinate Grants budgets preparation and submission in collaboration with Grants Finance Manager and GAM Team.
In collaboration with the Grant Finance Manager, provide regular analysis of zonal Grant financial reports and timely feedback to Grant managers for decision making.
Coordinate management responses to audits performed for projects; ensure they are sent on time to the Audit.
Department; and that finance related audit recommendations are implemented timely at all levels.
Attend daily chapel.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration, or a related field.
ACCA, CIMA, CPA or equivalent preferred.
Solid knowledge of accounting principles, financial systems, budget/cash flow monitoring and internal accounting controls.
Highly flexible and agile in style with the ability to produce creative and pragmatic solutions to complex problems.
Demonstrates systems thinking.
Champions and Manages Innovation.
Must be able to lead and manage a team.
Good working knowledge of computerized accounting systems, preferably Sun Systems & ProVision.
Must be computer literate in Microsoft Office programs.
Minimum 5 years of experience in finance position with medium business/medium NGO/government agency.
Minimum 3 years of experience in finance management position.
Experience with planning and forecasting.
Able to work in a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national staff.
Ability to travel within country, regional and internationally.
Proficiency in written and spoken French & English.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Knowledge of government grant regulations and financial reporting requirements preferred.
Knowledge of local accounting system preferred.
Experience of treasury activities, establishment and monitoring of budgets and an understanding of data processing.
concepts and systems is preferred.
Experience with humanitarian aid in-country is a plus.
Experience working in a challenging environment (either in a fragile context or a relief environment is preferred).
World Vision experience preferred.
French or Swahili preferred.
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.
*Please submit your CV in English.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Integrated Programs Director is part of the Senior Leadership Team and contributes significantly to the strategic directions, organizational development, public engagement, quality and impact of the ministry. As the senior programs leader in the DRC national office, this person is responsible to operationalize the strategic ministry priorities into programming. Provides overall leadership and management support for all aspects of programming in the national office, with oversight and responsibility for 150 staff and a $30M USD budget.
This position ensures all programmes are managed effectively and contribute to Child Well-Being Outcomes in line with the National Office Strategic priorities. Ensures that programmes meet community and donor accountability in line with World Vision’s policies and standards. Responsible for ongoing relationships with the support office partners. Works in close collaboration with other department heads to achieve strategic and operational priorities and standards.
Contribute to Strategy Design and Implementation:
Contribute to the development of national strategy, annual business plans and zonal operations plans.
Guide organisational change and improvement at a strategic and operational level.
Ensure alignment of program plans and budgets with National Strategy.
Champion integration, ensuring strategic priorities support National Office strategy.
Develop and implement effective systems for strategic and adaptive management, ensuring operational plans are in place and programmes are able to make necessary adjustments to plans and budgets during implementation, in the interest of continuous improvement.
Develop and implement strategies for intentional and mutual learning.
Ensure programme plans include clear strategies to strengthen the sustainability of outcomes and ensure progress towards sustainability is measured and reported in all programmes.
Ensure Operational Effectiveness:
Cultivate an atmosphere of trust for the creation and delivery of high quality, effective, and accountable programming.
Provide line management supervision to direct reports – Zonal Directors, Sponsorship Manager.
Provide strategic and operational oversight of the programmes’ portfolio, ensuring mechanisms and tools are in place for effective/accountable implementation of projects (end on time, on target, and within budget).
Ensure programmes achieve Child Well-Being Outcomes in line with the organisation’s Ministry Framework and Development Approach, and NO’s strategic priorities and programme designs.
Ensure effective support mechanisms are in place to enable programmes to identify, include, and benefit the most vulnerable children (MVCs), and report their impact on MVCs.
Ensure that programmes are managed and executed well as per plans within time and budgets, meeting donor and community accountability.
Ensure Sponsorship standards are adhered to.
Develop a culture of excellence with regards to the planning and implementation of projects, including periodic and targeted reviews of challenging projects to ensure completion and optimum expenditure rates.
Spearhead coordination between departments to promote information sharing, joint planning, and problem solving, especially amongst DM, M&E, and Technical Advisors to support operational effectiveness.
In coordination with Response Director, contribute to the effective oversight of disaster management and HEA functions, based on Partnership protocols and standards, including the development and implementation of a National office disaster preparedness.
Ensure programmes have the necessary resources and competencies to live out WV’s Christian faith with boldness and humility through programme choices and through clear, appropriate communication with external stakeholders.
Foster Internal and External Engagement:
Champion WV engagement in government and with donors, promoting WV leadership when possible.
Maintain effective communications and pro-active relationships with Support Office partners, including visits by donors.
Promote information-sharing mechanism and internal stakeholder engagement to encourage cross-functional coordination amongst all functions and field operations and actively address issues that affect project success.
Proactively ensure there is a system in place to coordinate amongst Support Services, Quality Assurance, P&C, and the Grant Acquisition & Business Development Unit to address field-based team needs and to sustain growth in various field locations.
Develop strategic networks enabling World Vision to leverage a collective voice in favour of children and families, communities, and partners.
Ensure representation of WV’s strategic pillars with government and partners.
Foster a spirit of engagement with other agencies to promote better coordination, joint action, and partnership.
In the spirit of twin citizenship, contribute to knowledge sharing and collaborative learning through internal avenues such as the Operations Leader CoP.
Ensure Systems are in Place to Promote Risk Management, Audit Compliance and Good Stewardship:
Provide leadership in formulating strategies and plans for risk reduction programming, emergency preparedness and response activities.
Assess and report on risks that the program portfolio may experience, and ensure proper risk mitigation and management system is in place, including security and emergency preparedness protocols.
Ensure all organisational policies, procedures, and compliance regulations are in place, understood, and followed.
Ensure awareness of donor and Support Office requirements, including the timely preparation and submission of quality narrative and financial reports.
Work closely with the Finance Director and support programme teams to develop, manage, and monitor project budgets, ensuring value for money and that project expenditure is within agreed budgets.
Champion the implementation of audit recommendations.
Spearhead risk planning and ensure control measures are in place and in use.
Ensure that safeguarding / community accountability mechanisms are in place and in use.
Lead the identification and resolution of challenges which impact audit compliance and/or contribute to risk.
Cultivate an atmosphere of good stewardship, accountable ministry, and diligent compliance with internal and donor-imposed processes.
People Management and Capacity Building:
Foster a culture of trust and mutual respect with the aim of empowering staff to take on more responsibility.
Provide strong positive leadership to the Integrated Program Department ensuring competent and motivated staff are hired and retained.
Cultivate an atmosphere of staff empowerment and motivation leading to active participation in programme initiatives, lead by example, and actively engage with all staff.
Promote high team morale, especially within highly stressful fragile contexts and environments.
Ensure there are clear and deliberate retention plans specific to individual staff members and succession plans in place.
Champion performance management mechanisms, ensuring full participation and quality results to promote staff engagement and a culture of excellence.
Support professional and personal development of staff through on-the-job coaching, identification of learning and training needs and opportunities.
Model Christ-centered servant leadership and support spiritual development of his/her team.
Ensure Safe and Secure Working Environment:
In coordination with the Country Security Manager ensure security and risk mitigation measures are in place and in use.
Ensure adherence to Core Security Requirements.
Ensure that staff have the necessary tools to complete the tasks as assigned to them, including, but not limited to, communications tools such as telephones, radios, and internet access.
Lead the timely implementation of security recommendations.
Promote a culture of security awareness and risk reduction amongst staff.
Carry out additional responsibilities as assigned by the National Director.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Advanced degree in Developmental Studies, Public Policy, International Relations, Business Management, or any relevant Social Sciences and/or 8+ years of experience in emergency response, development programming, and/or fragile contexts.
Minimum of 5 years of progressive management experience in complex/protracted emergencies, recovery operations, and fragile contexts.
Must be bilingual – English and French.
Proven ability to manage a large and diverse programme portfolio with multiple donors.
Familiarity with EU, USAID/OFDA, DFID, CIDA, AusAID grant compliance and procedures.
Capacity to provide solid leadership within fragile and complex contexts.
Ability to be agile and possesses strong decision-making skills.
Possesses strong problem-solving skills and is a proactive problem solver who is able to unravel and solve multiple complex challenges in an agile and efficient manner.
Must possess knowledge of humanitarian industry, including Sphere standards, HAP, NGO Code of Conduct, and Humanitarian Charter.
Must possess experience in staff security, safety management, and staff care within a complex, insecure, and fragile environment.
Must have experience in programme design, monitoring, and evaluation in complex contexts.
Proven financial, logistical, and procurement management skills.
Strong ability to work with various partners, local authorities, local organisations, and NGOs to develop and maintain positive external relationships.
High emotional intelligence and rooted in Christian values.
Very strong organizational, management and negotiation skills.
Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills.
Must possess sound people management skills and effective cross-cultural / pluralistic context capabilities.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with computer proficiency.
Must adhere to pre-determined security standards.
Ensures gender perspective in the scope of work.
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% of the time.