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.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) is a grant funded office. The purpose of this position is to provide:
Leadership in acquiring and managing resources (grants and private funds) according to donor and WV accountability standards,
Leadership ensuring that grant opportunities align with WVSI strategy.
Management of Program Quality functions, including project designs, baselines, and evaluations, whereby projects contribute to a portfolio of programming aligned with strategic objectives.
This position will ensure that all projects and programs achieve the greatest impact on the well-being of children. This will also help WV and its partners in Solomon Islands to achieve their objectives so that World Vision is seen as a partner of choice for Support Offices and Donor Agencies. The Program Quality and Resource Mobilisation Manager is a member of the WV Solomon Islands Senior Management Team and plays a central role in the implementation of country strategy and business planning. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the position holder will work closely with National Director, Operations, and Finance to review strategic intent and grant priorities.
High quality proposals developed in line with WVSI strategy and sector priorities:
Engage proactively in Senior Management Team, provide regular updates on progress, and facilitate cross-organisational ownership, contribution, and decision making towards successful Grant Acquisition and Management (GAM).
Manage the concept development, proposal formulation, and submissions stages of resource mobilisation.
Serve as in-country focal point for managing the concept development, proposal formulation, and submissions stages of resource mobilisation. (e.g. consultation with key stakeholders in-country including staff, local government, donors, etc. to formulate programmatic ideas and directions that fit with WVSI strategic areas of focus and donor requirements).
Review calls for proposals and recommend whether WVSI should pursue funding opportunities using the Go/No Go Process, with decisions informed by WVSI strategy and technical programs.
Advise on prioritising of grants for block or competitive grant opportunities.
Ensure budgets are competitively costed within donor requirements.
Produce high quality grant proposals, ensuring all proposals submitted by WVSI meet donor requirements.
Regular support provided to Operations Team to ensure high quality Grant Management:
Provide regular on-going monitoring and support to Operations team to ensure grants under implementation meet required targets and donor expectations, and major grant performance issues are resolved or appropriately escalated.
Ensure that donor requirements and standards are well understood by PQ/Operations and project staff and a clear hand-over process is conducted for the implementation team, ensure that grant opening workshops are conducted, and produce grant/donor requirement summary sheets as required.
Provide support to grant/major donor projects on donor standards and regulations for monitoring and evaluation activities as required.
Ensure WV Solomon Islands tools for monitoring project activities are fit for purpose and enable data to be used for grant reporting.
Build cooperation, team spirit, a supportive and learning environment in collaboration with all other departments.
Provide management of PQ team.
Support the professional and personal development of the Program Quality team members through on the job coaching and via providing external or on-line training opportunities.
Regularly liaise and coordinate PQ issues with the Operations Manager and Operations team.
Program Quality Management and Staff Capacity Building Support:
Lead the coordination and drafting of major program quality documents including report writing, designs, baselines and evaluations. Develop annual plans for major PQ events.
Ensure documents meet donor and international best practice quality standards.
Lead the contracting and management of consultants to ensure high quality technical advice either in PQ products or project activities.
Ensure that the programming capacities of WVSI staff are adequately built.
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.
Provide supervisor oversight of WVSI Comms team.
Manage Supporter Engagement with major Donors:
Serve as the key liaison point for major donor engagement queries originating from Support Offices.
Act as the primary liaison for WSI’s relationships with Support Offices with relation to all projects. Ensure effective collaboration and regular communication with Support Offices.
Coordinate major donor visits to WVSI project sites.
Strategically manage and nurture major donor investment in WVSI.
Maintain detailed knowledge of context in which programming occurs, impacts being achieved, and challenges being addressed by WVSI programs.
Working closely with the National Director, continue to update/revise supporter engagement strategy and practices to adapt to changing context.
Engage with Donors and/or donor relationship managers to support co-creation and reciprocity of ministry.
Relationship management and Representation:
Actively network, build relationships, and strengthen reputation and positioning of World Vision with key donors present in Solomon Islands as well as World Vision Support Offices through regular meetings and other engagement activities.
Act as the primary liaison for WVSI’s relationships with Support Offices with relation to all grant projects. Ensure effective collaboration and regular communication with Support Offices.
Work closely and effectively with a broad breadth of staff (from project based field staff to high level technical advisors) to ensure effective grants management.
Ensure that WVSI is represented at appropriate regional or Global World Vision GAM and Programme Quality related meetings.
Represent WV at donor meetings, joint agency assessments and task forces, developing and maintaining good relationships.
Lead WV Solomon Islands contributions to consortia programming.
Strategic Thinking & Alignment:
Lead the development of the Program Quality strategy and related business plans for the country, ensuring alignment and application of WV International objectives i.e. Child Well Being Targets (CWBTs), World Vision’s development program approach and aggregation of metrics (e.g. grant implementation).
Ensures integration of all projects and programs bringing a true holistic approach to development.
Provides the Senior Management Team (SMT) the necessary Program Quality (PQ) data and analysis that can influence effective decision making for the overall good of Solomon Islands programming initiatives.
Encourage the full and appropriate expression of World Vision’s Christian identity.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelors Degree in Development Studies, Business Administration, a technical field (e.g. Public Health, Economic Development, WASH) or related field. Masters preferred.
Demonstrated 3-5 years’ experience in successful proposal writing, funding acquisition, and donor relations.
At least 5 years’ experience in program or project design, assessment, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and report writing.
Excellent written and oral English communication skills.
Knowledge of program development and design, resource acquisition, major donors and multi-laterals and donor relations.
In-depth knowledge on program design, monitoring and evaluation.
Strong planning, organizational and management skills and ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.
Ability to contribute to positive organisational development.
Demonstrated ability to work with autonomy, whilst working within a team to deliver high quality team products.
Demonstrated ability to work well with local staff and build capacity of local staff in a manner than honours their strengths.
Strong relational skills, especially in a cross-cultural environment.
Ability to work well in a team setting, including giving and receiving feedback to help improve team performance.
Ability to maintain calm and work under pressure to strict deadlines.
Experience with programming and/or operations in an emergency context is desirable.
Eagerness for learning.
Competent in use of Microsoft Office computer programs.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Work experience in South Asia and Pacific regions.
The position is based in Honiara in the World Vision Solomon Island Office.
Ability to travel in-country and internationally is required.
*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):
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
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
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Manager/Specialist
Education in Emergencies Manager/Specialist
Child Protection ManManager/Specialist