World Vision International

Job Opportunities in Somalia


World Vision Somalia has worked with the children of Somalia, their families and communities since 1992 through a variety of emergency and rehabilitative programming to address the emergency needs of communities while addressing some of the underlying causes of vulnerability in those same communities.

During the last 20 years, the programme has grown to 13 districts spread over three main operation regions, South central, Puntland and Somaliland.

Current Opportunities

Health & Nutrition Sector Lead

Health & Nutrition Sector Lead

Purpose of the position:

The position will provide technical leadership for World Vision International’s health and nutrition programming, ensure quality of designs and implementation, and oversee the capacity building of staff and partners in implementation of health and nutrition programs so that the health and nutrition portfolio promotes child wellbeing and community resilience.

The position will also strengthen the visibility and credibility of World Vision’s health & nutrition programming with regulatory authorities, donors, World Vision, the UN, and other technical and coordination forums.

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Staff & Partner Capacity Building and Technical Support

  2. Design, Monitoring and Evaluation

  3. External Engagement and Funding Acquisition

  4. Program Integration and Management

  5. Reporting and Donor Communication

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • Educational level: A Master’s degree in Health, Public Health, Nursing, Environmental Health, or related field.

  • Experience: 7 years’ experience in a humanitarian or development context, preferably with experience in a fragile context.

  • Strong writing skills: Able to draft case studies, project reports, concept notes, and other program materials in clear and concise English, and under tight deadlines.

  • High capacity to review, absorb and apply emerging evaluations and studies from the Health and Nutrition sector to WV’s approaches

  • Proven networking abilities: Able to quickly connect and build mutual trust and collaborative working relationships with Health and Nutrition donors, NGO staff and leadership, Government representatives, and community leaders.

  • Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as negotiation skills

  • Advanced computer skills especially in evaluation and health data

  • Experience working and living in a different country or cultural context

  • Training in Humanitarian standards, Design for Behavior Change, Donor rules and regulations training (USAID, EU, DFID, etc.) is desirable

  • Good trainer with proven facilitation skills

Working Environment

  • Work environment: Office-based with frequent travel to countries in the region with active conflict.

Health & Nutrition (Specialist) Manager


To implement Health and Nutrition projects through a variety of community structures, including community groups, user committees and LNGOs. The position is responsible for all aspects of implementation, including partner identification, hiring and performance management of World Vision staff, capacity building of partners and World Vision staff, proposal and budget development and report writing. The Health and Nutrition Manager will take an active role in assessments and evaluation exercises in an effort to improve quality and increase scope of Health, Nutrition and Gender programming. The position is the key focal point at the field level for Health, Nutrition and Gender programming and will share

information to relevant cluster groups, coordination mechanisms, government ministries, and INGO/LNGOs. The position will take a lead role whenever possible at such forums.

The Health & Nutrition Manager will work closely with the Food Assistance Manager, national staff, partner organizations, the Global Fund TB, liaise with Local Authorities and the other humanitarian agencies in Somaliland/Somalia to enhance harmony and integration of programming.


Project Design, Monitoring, Implementation and Evaluation:

  • Provide support in developing proposal designs and program designs in collaboration with, local structures, PDU and Technical Advisors.

  • Take lead in assessment and evaluation processes for Health and Nutrition projects in collaboration with local structures, Quality Assurance teams and Technical Advisors.

  • Take lead at the field in developing M&E tools programs that align with LEAP framework and other donor frameworks to monitor impact.

  • In collaboration with Programs Development Unit and Technical Advisors provide narrative and financial reports of the highest quality and standards.

  • Ensure evaluation results are shared with relevant partners and effectively used for project redesign within the LEAP framework.

  • Provide technical guidance during project implementation to ensure the projects meet or supersede established Health, Nutrition and Gender standards and targets.

  • Regular documented, monitoring of project implementation.

  • Liaise with relevant ministries, UN Agencies such as UNICEF, WFP and other stakeholders to ensure that programs are in line with cluster strategies and objectives.

Project & Budget Management:

  • Develop appropriate project management documentations and ensure in-place, in-use and updated as required (DIPs, Cash Flows, Procurement Plans, etc).

  • Establish and oversee implementation of sound financial systems for efficiently controlling the quality of technical Health, Nutrition Gender project works/activities by closely tracking work progress against payment and work plans and

  • controlling the quality of final project outputs as per the donor and user community expectations.

  • Ensure optimal use of financial resources in the project through timely requisition of all necessary supplies/contracts for project implementation.

  • Ensure that monthly financial projections are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.

  • See to it that management response to audit queries is done on a timely basis.

  • Prepare Project implementation tools and disseminate to World Vision staff and implementing partners.

  • Ensure Health, Nutrition and Gender projects implementation is in alignment with current financial and administrative policy and procedures.

  • Disseminate World Vision financial and administrative procedures to Local partners.

Staff & Partner Capacity Building for Health, Nutrition and Gender programming:

  • Work with local structures, including user committees and LNGOs to identify technical gaps in knowledge and skills and develop capacity building plans to bridge them.

  • Train staff and partners in best-practice Health & Nutrition models and approaches.

  • Hold regular progress meetings with partners and staff to review project performance and address challenges to implementation.

  • Facilitate linkages between local partners and coordination mechanisms.

  • In collaboration with Quality Assurance and Program Design Unit train Health and Nutrition staff and partners in design, reporting, monitoring and evaluation.

  • Facilitate awareness raising of staff and partners in key humanitarian principles, including Local Capacity for Peace, SPHERE, Child Protection, etc.

Develop strategic partnerships with donors, coordination mechanisms for coordination purposes and to raise profile of Health, Nutrition and Gender programming for marketing and fundraising purposes:

  • Represent WVS in coordination and cluster forums, providing regular updates as required and seeking leadership roles when appropriate.

  • Collaborate with Communications Department to market WVS Health, Nutrition and Gender programming to potential donors and partners.

Human Resource management of staff under his or her care and in line with WV Policy is followed:

  • Ensure staff are appraised regularly and feedback mechanism in place and updated.

  • Develop capacity plans and ensure they are resourced.

  • Undertake Disciplinary measures when required.

Community Capacity development and enhanced collaboration:

  • Collaborate with local authorities and relevant user groups and management committees.

  • Work closely with local structures to facilitate the implementation and sustainability of Health & Nutrition interventions.


  • Master’s degree in public health/Nutrition/nursing or medicine, or a Bachelor’s Degree (in the same field) with significant experience.

  • Five years’ experience in health and nutrition programmes, at least three of which are in a management position.

  • Two years; or more of cross-cultural working experience.

  • At least one year in managing health and nutrition programmes in a humanitarian setting.

  • Demonstrable knowledge of humanitarian standards and practice standards in health and nutrition e.g. WHO and SPHERE standards.

  • Competent in end-user computer software.

  • Proven experience in proposal writing and project reporting.

  • Specific trainings on donor requirements e.g. DEC, g2g training, GoG Training, EuropeAid training and Security training.

  • Licensed practitioner (medical, nursing, public health or nutrition and dietetics board).

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal relationship skills; experience working with government officials at all levels.

  • Strong analytical skills and high level technical proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with ability to use these tools to collect and analyze immunization program data.

  • Good business-oriented verbal, visual and written communication skills.

  • Proficiency in MS Office with the use of IT facilities for information-sharing and/or database management.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 10% of the time.

Senior Director, External Engagement

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.


The Senior Director, External Engagement provides overall leadership, coordination and alignment of global level external engagement, seeking to achieve influence, support income and ultimately to impact external targets in support of WV objectives for children as articulated in Our Promise. The Senior Director will develop and deliver annual plans that maximize the external engagement of Senior leaders, sector and thematic experts, policy advisors and children. The Senior Leader leads and facilitates the External Engagement (EE) Advisory Group for aligned and impactful external engagement across the Global Centre, including through analysis and prioritization of external stakeholders and partnerships, and through regular reporting, innovation and excellence. The Senior Director leads the alignment of EE in WV Global Capitals, leads a team of EE advisors (including in the Global Capitals) and ensures that WV voices are addressing the most important and impactful stakeholders, forums and processes in support of the rights and well being of children, especially the most vulnerable. The Senior Leader will support strong external engagement across all entities of the Partnership, including support to Regional Advocacy Directors in their EE planning. S/he will support Senior WV leaders, including the President, in their participation in major multilateral events and dialogue with external bodies.


Develop and deliver a global External Engagement agenda focused on the rights of children and the achievement of priority Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) External Engagement agenda provides the best opportunities for WV to advance its external objectives and positively impact the lives of most vulnerable children.

Examples include:

  • Work with Global Capital leads to represent or position WV within the UN, diplomatic, and NGO communities.

  • Coordinate and facilitate external relationships that enable WV to articulate its concerns to NGO, UN, Governmental, and other multilateral bodies.

  • Strategic briefings to inform organizations of WV's work and policy positioning.

  • Direct meetings with key individuals and active participation in meetings of multilateral bodies.

  • Support, coordinate and facilitate representation at agreed global events on behalf of the wider A&EE.

  • Translate in-depth policy work in A&EE priority thematic areas into messaging for use in external relationships.

  • Maintain good relations and work effectively with other members of the GC, SOs and GFO teams to ensure that World Vision presents a professional and efficient point of contact to global institutions.

  • Including maintaining awareness of the activities of other members of the team to enable mutual support during times of high pressure activity.

  • Management of the EE team, including across Global Capitals in New York, Geneva and Brussels. Support regional capitals in other locations (Africa, Asia and LAC).

  • Aligned, well functioning team supporting overall EE objectives of the A&EE team and Global Centre.

  • Develop team culture in line with agreed A&EE behaviours and mindsets.

  • Contribute to the overall leadership of the A&EE team.

  • Set and monitor the team’s annual workplans and the individual workplans of the team.

  • Manage budget.

  • Represent World Vision, and/or support representation of World Vision leaders at priority external forums, events, networks and other processes to promote agreed policy positions.

  • Strong and effective World Vision representation at priority global forums and processes, through:

  • Consistent use of strategic planning processes and tools. This includes working with Global Communications to develop communications plans for all priority engagements, and working with the President’s communications team when he is participating.

  • Support for participation in international meetings, and provision of direction re: networking with multilateral leaders. Briefing key World Vision leaders before key events and debriefing afterwards.

  • Act as the organisational representative, the representative of the President, or the representative of the Advocacy & External Engagement Partnership Leader at external forums.

  • Advise WV leadership on industry thinking and new developments.

  • Provide overall leadership to EE Advisory Group.

  • Aligned, coherent and bold World Vision EE across the Global Centre, directed at the most important and prioritized external stakeholders, leading to influence, income and impact for children.

  • Provide guidance for the development of strategic global partnerships.

  • WV’s highest priority global partnerships are performing and delivering at their optimal level and, thereby, making substantive contributions to WV’s impact.


  • Masters degree in International Affairs, Public Policy, International Development, Human Rights, Law or other relevant field.

  • Minimum 7 year leadership experience working in child rights focused External Engagement in CSO context and/or government or multilateral context.

  • Expert level understanding of child rights policy debates and dialogues, including regarding the Sustainable Development Goals, ODA, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Significant field experience and/or understanding in international development or humanitarian contexts.

  • English language fluency.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Excellent communications skills, verbally and written.

  • Excellent trends and political analysis skills.

  • Excellent team leadership and management skills.

  • Strong understanding of World Vision Partnership and Our Promise.

  • Strong understanding of global trends, debates and agendas related to development and humanitarian issues.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.


*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