World Vision International

Job Opportunities in Solomon Islands

World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) is one of the largest and most experienced non-government agencies in the Solomon Islands. The organisation employs nearly 200 staff, both local and expatriate, located in five provinces – Central, Guadalcanal (where capital, Honiara is), Makira-Ulawa, Malaita,and Temotu. We have offices in Tulagi (Central province), Honiara and Marau Sound (Guadalcanal province), Kirakira (Makira-Ulawa), Auki (Malaita) and Lata (Temotu). World Vision has worked in the Solomon Islands for more than three decades.

Current Opportunities

Resource Development & Communications Manager – Solomon Island

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Resource Development & Communications Manager provides leadership in growing and managing World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSIs) resource acquisition pipeline as well as in designing WVSI’s Grant Acquisition and Management (GAM) systems and ensuring they are implemented effectively to meet donor requirements. The role requires strategic programmatic thinking and innovation – it leads on the development of the resource acquisition strategy and works closely with the Operations Manager (OM) to develop new business offerings and products to appeal to various markets and deliver on WVSIs Country Strategy.

The position is responsible for managing the Resource Development & Communications unit and leading cross-functional teams in the developing of winning grant project designs and proposals. The Resource Development & Communications Manager provides the final review and edit to all proposals ensuring they meet quality standards. The position leads on relationships management with Support Offices (SOs) related to new resource acquisition and is also responsible for overseeing the liaison and reporting to donors and SOs during grant/PNS project implementation. The position oversees effective handover processes for awarded projects to Operations division for implementation. The position often leads on brokering partnership agreements with peer organisations for grant consortiums, and coordinates with National Director (ND), Operations Manager (OM) and technical managers to help ensure relationships, reputation and strategic positioning are built with donors in SI.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Grow the WVSI resource acquisition pipeline and build a steady stream of grant, PNS funded projects.

  • Contribute to strategic programmatic thinking and innovation, working together with the OM to develop a pipeline of new business offerings and products that appeal to various markets and deliver on WVSIs Country Strategy.

  • Coordinate with ND, OM and Sector Specialists Managers to build WVSI strategic relationships and positioning for funding opportunities with key institutional donors and WVI support offices.

  • Ensure effective systems are in place for successful grant and PNS project management meeting donor specific requirements and expectations.

  • Establish and ensure implementation of an effective Grant Acquisition and Management system within WVSI.

  • Build capacity of all relevant WVSI staff to acquire necessary grant acquisition, project design and management skills, to ensure donor requirements are met.

Strategy and System Development:

  • Develop and implement strategy to grow WVSI new resource pipeline.

  • Develop and ensure effective implementation of GAM systems, including business processes, risk management, go-no-go decision making, documentation, monitoring and tracking systems, etc.

  • Provide regular updates to senior management team on grant pipeline progress. Early identification and escalation of issues in grant performance to ensure risks are managed.

  • Contribute to WVSI country and sector strategy development. Ensure grant projects align and contribute to WVSI country strategy outcomes and targets.

  • Collaborate with Finance Manager and division to ensure financial management systems and capacity are in place for effective reporting on grant project expenditure to donors and support offices.

Grow the WVSI GAM Pipeline:

  • Manage the Resource Development & Communications unit to ensure quality proposals are developed and submitted to donors; review, edit and ensure the ultimate quality of all proposals submitted.

  • Work together with OM to develop a pipeline of new business offerings and products that appeal to various markets and deliver on WVSIs Country Strategy.

  • Monitor, identify, review and pursue steady stream of grant funding opportunities.

  • Review grant funding opportunities and facilitate go-no-go decision making processes with senior management team.

  • Facilitate cross-functional project teams to develop strong grant project designs.

  • Ensure WVI minimum project design standards and documentation standards are met.

  • Ensure WVI project design requirements are met for all proposed projects and quality design processes are followed using international best practice and programmatic processes (problem identification, logframe development, M&E planning etc).

  • Coordinate with Finance division to ensure accurate budgets are developed for each grant project meeting WVI LEAP budgeting standards.

  • Ensure proper management of GAM documents.

  • Liaise with Operations to ensure quality reporting is delivered on time to donor and support offices on grant projects.

Stakeholder Relationship Management:

  • Coordinate with ND, OM and Program Quality Team to ensure the organization builds networks, relationships, reputation and positioning with grant donors and potential consortium partners in Solomon Islands.

  • Lead on brokering consortium partnerships with peer organisations to build the most compelling grant proposals.

  • Oversee liaison with SOs related to new resource acquisition and management; maintain regular dialogue and conduct regular meetings with WVI support offices and donors to build relationships, trust and strategically position WVIN as a priority partner for funding opportunities.

  • Develop strategies and plans for effective stakeholder relationship management.

  • Work collaboratively with WV Support Offices to develop strong grant proposals and meet deadlines.

Communication Management and Leadership:

  • Develop, direct and deliver an integrated and contextually appropriate strategic communications plan in line with WVSI’s priority program goals.

  • Ensure team delivers on content requirements in the WVSI content calendar.

  • Provide line-management and support/mentoring to staff within the communications team to ensure timely delivery of key outputs (eg: stories, photos, videos and other communication materials).

  • Maintain close collaboration with South Asia Pacific (SAPO)/Pacific & communications leadership for effective overall coordination.

  • Produces a WVSI emergency communications plan based on the National Disaster Preparedness Plan.

Strategic Communications for Grants/Projects:

  • In collaboration with relevant colleagues and partners lead the process to identify and develop effective communications supportive of WVSI development objectives/deliverables.

Engaging with Media and Social Media:

  • Increase the visibility of WVSI as a child-focused organisation through existing and innovative channels.

  • Together with the Communications Team, liaise with the national and local press to support media coverage of WVSI programs.

  • Work with Support Office media colleagues (primarily in Australia and New Zealand) to highlight WVSI programs and priority issues in media outlets in those countries.

  • Ensure journalist, vlogger, blogger, Support Office resource gathering trips, WV leader and VIP field visits are managed effectively.

  • Reputational risk issues are identified and reported appropriately.

  • Act as a spokesperson for WVSI when appropriate and identify and train other appropriate spokespeople.

  • Produce the WVSI internal newsletter.

Emergency Communications:

  • Monitor possible emergencies (earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, floods) and provide updates to the World Vision partnership as required.

  • In the event of an emergency (eg: earthquake or flood), the Resource Development & Communications Manager co-ordinates with World Vision partnership communications colleagues and oversees the production and dissemination of appropriate communications resources.

  • The Resource Development & Communications Manager acts as a spokesperson when required and/or briefs other spokesperson prior to interviews.

Staff Management:

  • Work with P&C to recruit and effectively manage GAM unit staff.

  • Conduct all required performance management processes, including managing staff professional development plans.

  • Assess WVSI staff capacity with regard to GAM.

  • Develop capacity building plan and deliver training and activities to build the necessary GAM skills of key staff across WVSI.

  • Conduct monthly staff meetings and one-to-one sessions to provide regular coaching and mentoring with all direct reports and other key GAM related staff.

Professional and Personal Development and Other:

  • Demonstration and understanding of and commitment to World Vision’s Core Values in the approach to work and relationships.

  • Performance review completed and personal development goal achieved.

  • Update information and knowledge gathered through participation of meeting, training, workshop and exchange visit.

  • Any other reasonable tasks requested by the line manager to support the quality of programming for WVSI.

  • Support a relief response for the relevant sector or as a member of the National Disaster Management Team.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor degree in a development-related field. Masters degree is preferred.

  • Clear thinking skills.

  • Excellent English writing skills for donor audience.

  • Knowledge of international best practice in project design and program design (e.g. problem analysis, pathways of change, development of results frameworks, targets and budgeting etc.)

  • Basic understanding program cycle including project planning, design, monitoring, evaluation.

  • Demonstrated high level networking, partnership and coordination ability.

  • Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail orientation.

  • Knowledge of results logic, monitoring and evaluation processes.

  • Knowledge on the latest development thinking on health, education, livelihoods, disaster management and protection programming.

  • At last 3 years of experience in developing winning proposals for donors such as USAID, DFID, DFATD, DFAT, World Bank, ADB, Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation.

  • Experience managing staff or cross-functional teams to meet deadlines and deliver quality outputs under pressure.

  • Experience working in Asia or field context.

  • Experience in preparing and leading GAM skills training workshops or other capacity building.

  • Experience in developing and managing implementation of strategy and workplan.

  • Experience of managing and successfully growing institutional donor relationships.

  • Experience writing and delivering quality reporting for variety of institutional donors.

  • Experience of partnering with building consortium partnerships with INGOs, NGOs, private business, faith-based organisation or academic institutions for grant projects.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Work experience in South Asia and Pacific regions.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position is based in Honiara in the World Vision Solomon Island Office.

  • Ability to travel in-country and internationally is required.

National Director – WV Solomon Island & Vanuatu (SolVan)

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Strategically lead, develop and direct the implementation of all aspects of World Vision Solomon Island and Vanuatu cluster to ensure high Ministry quality and high impact on the field.

Ensure/represent WV Solomon Island/Vanuatu to all donors, project partners, other WV Partnership offices and divisions, local Government, Church representatives and non-governmental organizations serving according to given Power of Attorney.

Provide leadership, strategic direction and support in the development and implementation of an effective National Resource Strategy.

Be accountable for all of aspects of WV’s work in the country.

The SolVan National Director will:

  • Provide Strategy and leadership of World Vision SolVan in implementing work towards child well being, ensuring a high level of integration and collaboration with other Asia Pacific offices and partner Support Offices.

  • Provide leadership and guidance through an on-going change process as the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu office cluster is being developed.

  • Actively engage in funding acquisition- building relationships and networks to appropriately position WV in Solomon Island & Vanuatu to secure strategic funding opportunities to enable the operations.

  • Provide strong operational management of all aspects of WV work.

  • Develop strong Ministry Objectives that directly contribute to the achievement of child well-being outcomes.

  • Carry out engagement activities with partners and other stakeholders.

  • Provide people and culture management for World Vision SolVan.

  • Promote strong financial management in a grants-only funded context

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, standards and requirements, including local country requirements.

  • Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership and provide spiritual nurture to team members.

  • Ensure adequate preparation for and engagement in emergency response.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy and Leadership:

  • Ensure there is a documented office strategy, Ministry strategies and operating plans, and the latter have been derived from the office strategy and has clear, measurable short-term and long-term targets; Ensure that Ministry strategies are aligned with Regional and Partnership strategic priorities.

  • Ensure there are clear strategies for Finance, People and Culture, Communications and other main functions, and they are based on the office strategy and operational plan and include main priority areas identified in respective Regional and Partnership Strategy. Facilitate and be accountable for the execution and monitoring of strategies.

  • Provide strategic leadership to the Solomon Islands & Vanuatu staff, supporting and managing all operations in WV SolVan to ensure implementation is efficient and effective and meets the goals and objectives of World Vision International and community partners.

  • Provide leadership and evidence-base for strong decision making in partnership with the Region and key Support Offices through the Strategy Support Team (SST).

Funding:

  • Establish networks and relationships with key stakeholders in order to position WVSolVan appropriately to secure funding going forward.

  • Ensure the financial sustainability of World Vision ministry in Solomon Island & Vanuatu through a proactive approach to funding acquisition and marketing World Vision’s programs to potential donors.

  • Ensure appropriate high quality concepts and proposals are developed to build on the relationships established with potential donors.

  • Provide a view of pipeline projects, resources and expense forecast.

  • Lead innovative initiatives.

Leadership and Management:

  • Promote WV’s Vision, Mission, Core Values and key Partnership Standards and Practices among the staff and partners and ensure these are the core foundation of the office, strategies and work.

  • Ensure capable staff are available to implement office strategy and operational plans.

  • Promote and participate in leadership development initiatives.

  • Lead and manage the team in a way that facilitates a high performance culture, open trustworthy relationships and integrity; Promote a culture of learning and development, employee engagement and good stewardship of human capital in the office.

  • Ensure implementation and compliance to Partnership Performance Management Standards and Principles, while seeking to implement Management guidelines on reasonable level; Champion leadership team in the proper implementation of

  • Performance Evaluations on annual basis for the whole office.

  • Support initiatives for staff care and well-being, both for international and local employees.

  • Respect, value and promote gender, age, religious and ethnic diversity.

  • Ensure excellent standards in the management of the human, financial, capital and technical resources of the organization, which includes inspiring and maintaining high standards of work and clear accountability to stakeholders.

  • Visit projects regularly to encourage, build relationships, and support WV programs.

  • Ensure the Partnership Security and Safety requirements including setting standards, performance requirements, monitoring security status, responding to security incidents as escalated.

Ministry Objectives:

  • Ensure all programs and projects are integrated so that a true holistic approach to transformational development is found in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the work of WV in Solomon Island & Vanuatu.

  • Ensure that donor promised agreements are fulfilled and grants are managed to high standard of excellence.

  • Define a clear landscape view of the needs of communities in Solomon Island & Vanuatu, identifying need at community, area and country levels to enable the story to be told to donors.

Public Engagement:

  • Represent World Vision to Solomon Island & Vanuatu government representatives, UN agencies, local and international non-government organisations, ministry partners, churches, media, donors and community leaders and maintain productive relationships with these people.

  • Ensure MOUs with relevant Ministries.

People & Culture (HR) Management:

  • Provide performance-based leadership that builds and motivates effective teams to achieve the complex scope of World Vision’s ministry and ensures accountability through appropriate performance management.

  • Review and approve the office succession plan to ensure that proper capacity is in place and the succession plan is updated and executed.

  • Develop and coach the senior leadership team in Solomon Island & Vanuatu.

  • Ensure effective Human Resource systems are operating for performance and development management of staff including recruitment and selection, orientation, development and evaluation to ensure ministry impact of the highest, cost effective quality, accountability and integrity.

  • Ensure gender and ethnic diversity at all levels according to relevant policies and guidelines.

  • Ensure the protocols and procedures for staff security, Safeguarding, risk management, stress management and staff care are implemented and monitored.

Financial Management:

  • Exercise good stewardship over all resources by maintaining financial control, procedures and records, according to accountability standards required by World Vision International.

  • Ensure the management and regular, systematic review of all budgets, project funding, expenditures and accomplishment of ministry objectives and ensure all programs and projects remain with budget.

  • Oversee compliance with all relevant sections of the Field Financial Manual including proper accounting systems and practices.

  • Ensure WVSolVan overhead budget is proactively managed in line with the funding secured to remain within % objective.

Compliance:

  • Ensure the office complies to local legal requirements and standards national and of the partnership.

  • Represent WV SolVan in courts, if required.

  • Ensure and oversee proper mechanisms for Safeguarding and other WVI Standards and Principles implementation.

  • Implement audit recommendations.

Christian Leadership:

  • Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, maturity and integrity as an example to staff and to commend World Vision to various publics.

  • Participate in and lead devotional meetings, annual Day of Prayer and other Christian events.

Emergency Response:

  • Develop and maintain capacity to respond promptly to all Category I emergency relief responses.

  • Ensure adequate liaison with the WV partnership in the event of any emergency response, particularly Category 2 and 3.

  • Ensure the implementation of national and international HEA efforts related to policy implementation, systems and structures.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Degree in international development, business administration, public health, social science, management or related discipline, preferably at Masters level.

  • 7 + years of experience in leadership with International NGO.

  • Significant leadership experience particularly in securing grant funding in a variety of contexts.

  • Experience in running an office or organisation, including managing strategy, system, structure and organisational culture.

  • Experience in managing Relief/Development and Advocacy programs.

  • Cross-cultural leadership skill - candidates must have experiences working globally in different context and culture.

  • Commitment to social justice beliefs and values.

  • Inspirational leadership.

  • Expect networker and relationship builder, specifically with Australian Government’s DFAT and Australian Management Contractors.

  • Visionary and strategic abilities.

  • Ability to work under pressure and make key decisions that impact the safety and wellbeing of WV staff.

  • Cross cultural skills – good understanding of country political, social-economic and cultural context.

  • Cross cultural sensitivity- flexible world view, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and demonstrated ability to communicate cross-culturally.

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to build personal and team-based relationships with staff, partners and leaders at all levels.

  • A firm understanding of complex security environments is essential. Operations are spread country wide, so ability to travel on a monthly basis to project sites is helpful.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Good analytical skills and a demonstrated ability to think creatively and innovatively.

  • Knowledge of DFAT or MFAT Programmes.

  • Work experience in South Asia and Pacific regions.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position is based in Honiara in the World Vision Solomon Island Office.

  • Ability to travel in-country and internationally is required.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE ROSTER

*We have consolidated World Vision's Emergency Response Roster. If you have previously applied your information has been retained and is in our database; do not reapply.

*Answer all questions on the application to be considered for the Emergency Response Roster; country location to be determined based on response.

*If you do not meet minimum eligibility requirements, we invite you to support and help through prayer and donations.

World Vision’s Emergency Response Roster is comprised of highly experienced and vetted humanitarian aid professionals available for short term, medium term, and long term emergency response assignments with World Vision. This roster allows World Vision to more rapidly identify and hire for key positions in its humanitarian response offices.

If selected, eligible applicants will first be fully vetted and then approved for the Emergency Response Roster. As vacancies arise in our humanitarian offices, roster members will be considered for employment opportunities.

If you have the required experience and would like to work with us helping protect lives, restore dignity, and renew hope, we’d love to hear from you.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for all Emergency Response Roster Positions:

  • 5+ years of cross cultural humanitarian emergency experience outside of your home country.

  • Minimum 2 years experience serving successfully in fragile or unstable environments.

  • Experience directly managing staff during humanitarian emergency responses.

  • Ability to work long hours in stressful environments with a variety of skilled professionals.

  • Demonstrated management of budgets in emergency response settings.

  • Willing to serve unaccompanied; most likely in a team house setting.

  • English proficiency; written and verbal.

  • Grant Acquisition Management experience in your personalized expertise.

  • Strong track record in developing good working relationships with governmental institutions and multilateral agencies.

Below are the World Vision Emergency Response Roster positions that are currently open and accepting applications. If a position matching your background and interests is not listed, we encourage you to check back often as a more appropriate roster position may be listed and accepting applications at that time.

When submitting your application to World Vision’s Emergency Response Roster, please indicate in your cover letter / application which roster position you would like to be considered for.

Director positions currently accepting applications (must have 5-7+ years’ in response leadership role):

  • Response Director

  • Operations Director

  • Programmes Strategy & Development Director

Manager/Specialist positions currently accepting applications (must have 5+ years’ related experience):

  • Communication and External Engagement Manager

  • Human Resources Manager

  • Support Services Manager

  • Finance Manager

  • Information Management Manager

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Humanitarian Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Manager

  • Grant Acquisition and Management Manager

  • Cash Programming Manager/Specialist

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Manager/Specialist

  • Health Manager/Specialist

  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Manager/Specialist

  • Nutrition Manager/Specialist

  • Education in Emergencies Manager/Specialist

  • Livelihoods Manager/Specialist

  • Protection Manager/Specialist

  • Child Protection ManManager/Specialist