World Vision International

Job Opportunities in Zimbabwe

World Vision began its operations in Zimbabwe in 1973. It started working from bordering countries to provide life-saving support to refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during the Liberation Struggle.

WVZ operations are spread across 9 out of the 10 provinces of the country, with a majority of its 1.75 million clients in rural areas.

Current programmes focuses on improving the well-being of boys and girls in the areas of Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, Child Protection, Food Security and Economic Development.

Currently there are 29 Area Development Programs (ADPs) and WVZ works in consortia to implement large projects supported by different multilateral funding agencies. Among them are, ENSURE (Enhancing Nutrition Stepping Up Resilience & Enterprise), IGATE (Improving Girls Access Through Education) and ENTERPRIZE (Ensuring Nutrition Transforming & Empowering Rural Farmers and Promoting Resilience in Zimbabwe.

Current Opportunities

Senior Director – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

*Position Location: Any country within Africa where WVI is registered to operate; preference given to countries where WVI is currently conducting WASH projects.


World Vision (WV) believes that every child deserves clean water, proper sanitation and dignified hygiene. In fact, in 2015 WV formalized this by making a bold commitment: to reach everyone, everywhere we work with clean, safe water, dignified sanitation and appropriate hygiene behavior by 2030. With teams in more than 50 countries, this year WV has made great strides towards that audacious goal: 1.6 million people reached with sanitation, 3.2 million people benefiting from programming that improved their hygiene and 4.7 million people provided with access to clean drinking water.

The Senior Director of WASH provides strategic leadership and direction for the WASH field operations to maximize the WASH contribution to child well-being, the Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure operational performance that meets the sector standards and donor expectations. This position ensures effective partnership with WV field teams, the donors and other partners. The role strengthens WV operational effectiveness and reputation, creates and strengthens strategic partnerships, networking, and innovative approaches and strengthens and mobilizes the community of practice to execute programming that demonstrates evidence of efficiency and impact, enhance global WASH reputation, influence, and thought leadership. The role will collaborate with the WVUS Director of WASH and WVI Global Sector Lead for WASH. The location of this position is continental Africa. The specific location in Africa is negotiable.


Set Strategic Priorities:

  • Ensures quality WASH programming that is equitable and sustainable.

  • Develops annual WASH Business Plans with the Regional WASH Directors, Support Offices and National teams.

  • Ensures integration of WV distinctives and ethos in WASH implementation.

  • Ensures alignment of WASH programming with global sector approaches and project models.

  • Ensures overall compliance with WVI Partnership standards and industry standards.

  • Oversees the quality and coverage of WASH programming.

  • Champions cross-sector collaboration for integration of WASH programming with other sectors.

  • Provides leadership and mentoring for WASH field teams, and supports the WASH Capacity Building Plan.

Provide Operational Accountability:

  • Ensure accountability of national and regional portfolios to deliver WASH outcomes as defined in Business Plans.

  • Ensure donor promises are met or exceeded.

  • Measure extent to which resourcing opportunities meet WASH operations needs and impact child well-being.

  • Ensure high quality technical support is provided to National Offices on the development of Technical Approach and Technical Programs to address WASH needs.

  • Ensure effective implementation of 14-Country Response Plan recommendations in WASH programming.

  • Ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of WASH programming, evidence-building for new initiatives where needed, and learning and sharing for quality improvement.

Internal and External Engagement:

  • Maintains effective and strategic relationships with Regional Office WASH Managers, WASH Sector Lead, and major WASH Support Offices to assure WASH service quality and meet donor expectations.

  • Assures quality programming and evidence of impact in WASH field operations to position WV as the NGO of choice with potential and key partners, donors and stakeholders.

  • Championing WASH campaigns and resource acquisition in the field.

  • Champion the annual/biannual WASH Forum to celebrate impact and innovation in WASH and to leverage funding opportunities with donors and partners.

  • Participates in high level international and regional meetings, forums and conferences as required.

  • Collaborates with Faith and Development actors internally and externally as we seek to integrate faith into all our programming.

Build Capacities:

  • Determines the technical capacity needs for the Field WASH teams.

  • Builds capability of the Field WASH professionals and community of practice.

  • Builds understanding of current footprint and identify opportunities for further growth and impact.

  • Promotes a culture of innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement.

  • Collaborate with WVI Partnership sector leads to ensure WASH lessons are documented and disseminated.

  • Collaborate with Partnership sector leaders on the development and implementation of Project Models.



  • Master’s degree required in international relief and development, behavior change, engineering or business, plus related professional work experience.

  • Excellent in written reporting and in verbal communication in English.

  • Strong experience and proven skills in leading a team of technical professionals.

  • Leader with minimum 10 years’ experience designing and leading WASH programming in the developing world.

  • In-depth knowledge/expertise in WASH programming including evidence based best practices.

  • Strong relational and networking skills, demonstrated ability to supervise teams, and significant experience engaging with donors and fundraisers.


  • Strong experience working with and managing large grant portfolios for foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors.

  • Strong experience and proven skills in working effectively across cultures to advance priorities and achieve change, in situations without direct authority.

  • Strong experience and proven skills in external engagement that contributes to change in policy and practice and builds WVs reputation as a leader in the industry.

  • Strong experience developing strategy and policy in large organization.

  • Experience in working with faith, faith actors and faith related issues in development.

  • Fluency in a relevant second language (Spanish or French) is desirable.

Advocacy, Communications and Public Engagement Manager


World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We are a community of close to 40,000 staff working across the world to help change the lives of vulnerable children. Our supporters, partners and staff join forces with communities on the ground to help children enjoy good health, be educated for life, experience the love of God and their neighbors and be cared for, protected and participating in addressing issues that affect their lives. World Vision has been active in Zimbabwe since 1973. Our operations are spread across 9 out of 10 provinces, with a majority of over 1.75 million beneficiaries in rural areas. Our current programs focus on improving the well-being of boys and girls in three priority sectors: health and nutrition, livelihoods and education. We also focus on child protection, gender and disabilities, emergency assistance and resilience building as cross cutting priorities across our programs. If you share the same vision, JOIN US and contribute to life in all its fullness for the children and communities we serve.

Job Title: Advocacy, Communications and Public Engagement Manager

Work Location: Zimbabwe National Office Harare

Reports To: National (Country) Director

Direct Reports: Communications Officer, Advocacy Officer, Faith & Development Coordinator


The Advocacy, Communications and Public Engagement (ACP) Manager is a leader within World Vision Zimbabwe. The role is responsible for leading and coordinating the organization’s work in advocacy, communications and public engagement. The ACP Manager will oversee strategic and policy engagement in advocacy, including the current global campaign, while ensuring advocacy activities remain focused on established priorities and contribute to concrete deliverables. The ACE Manager will further position, build the profile and manage the reputation of the National Office (NO) via government, UN, peer agency engagement and media, with a particular focus on expanding our digital and social media footprint. The ACE Manager will also oversee key national level public engagements as they pertain to advocacy, faith & development (F&D) and communications. The ACP Manager will supervise the F&D Coordinator, Advocacy Officer and Communications Officer. This position will support the NO in responding to the development challenges and needs of children and communities to contribute to long term impact. The role will lead on enhancing World Vision’s influence and position as a leading child-focused organization across the country. This function will provide leadership and technical support to the National Office, guided by the NO strategy and Our Promise


% Time

Major Activities

End Results Expected


Strategic leadership

  1. Lead and manage the WV Zimbabwe (WVZ) Advocacy, Communications and Public Engagement Department;

  2. Lead Advocacy & Policy engagement based on strategic priorities and Campaigns on behalf of World Vision, with a particular focus on the “It Takes a World to End Violence Against Children”;

  3. Ensure WVZ’s communication strategy and plan are aligned to WV’s broader communication strategy (Africa and Global), with a particular focus on impact based initiatives and further leveraging our digital and social media footprint

  4. Review, align and implement WVZs national advocacy, communication and public engagement strategy as needed;

  5. Ensure that our advocacy, communication and public engagement interventions can contribute to our overall resource development strategy and revenue generation.

  • High caliber Advocacy, Communications and Public Engagement team in place;

  • WVZ develops and executes the ‘It Takes a World’ Campaign with clear interventions and deliverables;

  • Policy level engagement contribute to effective review of policies and are implemented, contributing to the well-being of children

  • Through various communication channels, the work and impact of WVZ are effectively profiled and contribute to an improved understanding, support and engagement from individuals, partners and stakeholders



Strategic leadership

  1. Develop an advocacy and campaigns strategy and policy agenda for the country focusing on the National Office strategy

Campaign Management

  1. Coordinate documentation of best practices and evidence related to WVs advocacy work and campaign

  2. Ensure that children’s voices are represented through local level advocacy efforts and local-national-global linkages

External Engagement

  1. Build strategic partnerships with civil society, donors, Governments and corporations, UN entities and other organizations to enhance collective response to child well-being

  2. Strengthen partnership and collaboration with faith based organizations at National level in order to influence and monitor policy implementation to enhance child well-being.

Resource Development and cross-sector collaboration

  1. Explore potential funding sources for advocacy work and It takes a world campaign

  2. Work with Support Office, Regional advocacy & campaigns , and other regional ministry functions to ensure that grants and other specially funded initiatives incorporate advocacy and EVAC campaign elements

  3. Provide support in development of multi-country proposals.

  4. Act as a focal point person for external and media engagement on child protection and gender issues which may require profiling and advocacy interventions

  5. In times of emergency responses, support messaging and policy briefs in collaboration with the region

Research and Analysis

  1. Support assessment and research activities to gather information and analysis that would inform policy and advocacy briefing documents, assessment reports, and research papers;

  2. Support the process of gathering information on the key National advocacy themes – from WV Zim’s programs, other humanitarian actors, communities in the province, and other primary and secondary sources -- in order to inform advocacy products and tools;

  • WVZ policy engagement at national level contributes to improved child and youth friendly government legislation and implementation

  • WVZ focus on advocacy priorities contribute to tangible solutions and changes

  • It takes a world campaign effectively contributes to attitude and behavior changes pertaining to sexual abuse against children, and a reduction in such incidences over time

  • Advocacy becomes more imbedded across our programs and interventions



  1. Ensure there is a yearly communication and digital platform action plan with deliverables in place

  2. Ensure increased communications focus on stories and publications that effectively communicate “evidence of impact”, in alignment with the national strategy and resource development plan and priorities

  3. Engage local and international media around stories and issues that pertain to WV’s core focus on children and their well-being

  4. Ensure there is an effective and coordinated use of relevant social media platforms by WVZ based on a plan

  5. Ensure more field based staff receive basic training and support so they can more effectively capture information and visuals that can be used across our various communications platforms – focus more on “telling the story from the field” and ensure the voices of children are heard

  6. Review and enhance internal communications using relevant internal platforms (with a primary focus on staff, AC, SO and Regional partners and other key stakeholders)

  7. Build an executive communications plan for the National Director, to ensure the ND is known, heard and engaged in two-way dialogue with staff

  8. Coordinate, monitor and manage reputational risk narrative and brand issues associated with the organization;

  9. Facilitate a process of continuous learning on appropriate communication systems, processes and tools as appropriate for WVZ

  10. Support the National Director and other senior staff to serve as a key spokespersons and can be positioned as opinion leaders on relevant topics and issues

  • Pro-active engagement based on a clear plan

  • The right information is generated and effectively shared across our various internal and external stakeholders

  • Reputational and other risks are understood, mitigated and responded to in accordance with the global standards

  • Communications play a key role in enhancing our public’s understanding, and the positioning and engagement of WVZ on issues critical to children, and demonstrating evidence of impact across our programs

  • Enhanced use of digital / social media platforms further support communication deliverables for WVZ

  • Voice of children are more clearly heard and contribute to positive changes in understanding and attitudes toward the work undertaken by WVZ and its partners

  • Communication plan is monitored and evaluated to ensure impact is captured and aligns with NO strategy and Our Promise


Public and External Stakeholder Engagement

  1. Lead WVZ, national government and partner engagement, representing WVZ in key internal and external forums – relevant government entities, partners and other stakeholders. This will be done in coordination with the Resource Development Department (RDD)

  2. Provide strategic direction for business development to pursue advocacy funding, through support in the development and implementation of the external engagement plan as well as via identification of resources, key stakeholders and relationship building and management;

  3. Work with Business Development Unit to develop advocacy related capacity statements, funding proposals, with particular focus on Extractives, Peace-Building.

  • Enhanced ability for WVZ to leverage public engagement and support for its work at a national and local level

  • WVZ prepositioned and profiled for strategic donor engagements, including corporates

  • WVZ positioned as leading child focused organization in Zimbabwe


Mentoring and Coaching

  1. Lead, manage and provide capacity building support to staff in the ACP Department by ensuring clear goals and accountabilities are established and achieved;

  2. Ensure individuals’ performance and development needs are met, and staff are high performing and engaged;

  3. Identify capacity gaps in NO in advocacy communications and public engagement with SLT and Region to address them.

  4. Champion/Facilitate advocacy and communications training within field level programs

  • Effective processes in place to successfully manage talent.

  • Accountability and high performance culture maintained.


Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position:

  • University Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities, development studies, International Relations, Communications or its equivalent

  • A post graduate qualification is a plus

  • 3- 5 years’ experience in advocacy, campaigns, communications and government and stakeholder engagement

  • Experience of working in an NGO, UN or other relevant organization in the same or related capacity

  • Must have ability to manage a multi-disciplinary portfolio

  • Advanced understanding of social accountability methodologies

  • Demonstrated team management and leadership experience

  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with diverse teams (cross cultural & cross functional) to achieve shared goals

  • Ability to engage at a strategic level and build collaborative relationships with government, donors, media and peer agencies

  • Experience in developing an array of communication materials such as publications, video segments, web and other modern media

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

  • Able to work within a faith based organizational environment

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Understanding and experience in Grant Acquisition and Management, especially in terms of the grant cycle, humanitarian and development donors, and proposal development.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and leading advocacy and communications strategies within the humanitarian and development sector.

  • Advanced understanding of policy analysis and engagement processes.

Work Environment

Complete Travel and/or Work Environment statements if applicable.

  1. The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 20% of the time.

Global Director, Humanitarian Operations

*Position to be located within a jurisidiction (country or U.S.State) where WVI is registered to operate.


The Global Director of Humanitarian Operations plays a critical leadership role to ensure that the World Vision international Partnership is equipped to prepare for and respond to humanitarian emergencies and to oversee & support WV’s portfolio of major humanitarian responses, which in FY18 enabled WV to reached 14 million people with humanitarian assistance in response to 140 disasters in over 40 countries, and totaled $692 million, over a third of WV’s total ministry spend.

The role set’s WV’s disaster management standard, leads WV’s global surge capacity and capability development, matrix manages Regional Humanitarian Directors & national Emergency Response Directors and oversees $2 million of pre-positioned emergency supplies and our $7 million emergency preparedness & response fund.


  • Humanitarian crises are affecting more people and for longer. Driven by conflict, climate change and disaster over 130 million people worldwide need humanitarian assistance and protection just to survive. The number of active emergencies with an international response has doubled in a decade. Conflict related crises are increasingly protracted, with average emergency responses lasting 7 years and 60% of people receiving humanitarian assistance doing so for 5 years or more.

  • For children facing emergencies these large scale, protracted humanitarian crises means that much of their childhoods are too often scarred by violence, long term displacement and disrupted education with their psychosocial needs increasingly recognized. After years of decline global hunger is growing again. From 2015-17 the number of people experiencing crisis-level food insecurity or worse increased from 80 to 124 million.

  • Humanitarian principles are under attack and the international humanitarian system is changing. Aid work should be protected under international law, yet hospitals are bombed, aid workers targeted and civilians starved by armed groups. Despite growing humanitarian funding (from US$4 billion in 2005 to $15 billion in 2018) a huge funding gap remains, of around 40% in most emergencies. New ways of working are bringing greater effectiveness & efficiency through cash based assistance, digital innovation and more local, durable and preventive solutions.

  • Responding to the needs of vulnerable children in humanitarian emergencies has been central to World Vision’s identity and ministry since our founding. WV’s core values, mission statement, Board policy on ‘Disaster Management and Conflict Response’ and Our Promise’s strategic imperative to ‘deepen our commitment to the most vulnerable children’ all reinforce our commitment to principled humanitarian action framed by our Christian identity and child focus.

  • In FY18 World Vision reached 14 million people (incl. 10 million children) with humanitarian assistance in response to 140 disasters in over 40 countries. Disaster Management ministry totaled $692 million, over a third of WV’s total ministry spend.


  • Monitor and support new and evolving humanitarian emergencies and WV responses. Participate in emergency declarations, advising on strategy & identifying where global capacity is needed to supplement local, national and/or regional capacity.

  • Lead and manage WV’s global Humanitarian Operations (HOps) Team and matrix management to Regional Humanitarian Directors & national/local Emergency Response Directors.

  • Setting and upholding World Vision’s standards for disaster management.

  • Build and monitor WV’s Disaster Management capabilities at national, regional and global level.

  • Develop, maintain and deploy WV’s global rapid response and pre-positioning capacity: leading WV’s Global Rapid Response Team & overseeing WV’s pre-positioned emergency supplies and emergency preparedness & response fund.

  • Position World Vision as a leading humanitarian agency, overseeing WV’s relations and engagement with UN OCHA and engaging regularly with sector peers.

  • As a member of WV’s global Disaster Management executive team, contribute to the strategic direction and effective functioning of the Disaster Management team.



  • Bachelors-level degree in International Studies.

  • Leadership and senior management experience in a complex global organisation.

  • Minimum of 10 years operational and management experience in the humanitarian sector, including at field level in major emergency responses.

  • Extensive knowledge of the international humanitarian sector (including standards, systems and actors) and strong track record of relationships and external engagement in the sector.

  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language.


  • Master’s Degree in International Studies with focus on humanitarian action.

  • Leadership and management development studies.

  • Humanitarian studies and/or humanitarian leadership development.

  • Effective communications – written and spoken with media, public presentations etc.

  • Technical skills and experience in relevant area (e.g., programmes, logistics, security. management, humanitarian protection, accountability, technical sectors [e.g., WASH]).

  • Some proficiency in other languages (e.g., French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese).

  • Experience working in a range of international and cultural settings and at global capital level.

  • Management of a dispersed geographic team.

  • Financial and budget management.

  • Risk management in humanitarian settings.

Work Environment:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 40% of the time. This will include insecure areas and locations where basic services are damaged or limited as well as high level external representation in global humanitarian capitals such as Geneva and New York. Some travel may be at short notice if needed in response to humanitarian emergencies and on rare occasions may need to be prolonged for up to several weeks. A day-to-day working base could be from a WV office and/or home office environment, preferably from a well-connected international travel hub location. During home/office working times, extensive virtual/online interaction across several international time zones would be common so flexibility in daily working hours and routine is both possible and necessary.


*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.

Eligible, selected, and fully vetted applicants will be approved on the Emergency Response Roster and may be considered for future humanitarian opportunities with World Vision. If you have the required experience and would like to partner 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 affairs 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.

  • Demonstrated management of budgets in emergency response settings.

  • Grant Acquisition Management experience in your personalized expertise.

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

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

  • English proficiency; written and verbal.

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 Director

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

  • Communication and Engagement Manager

  • Human Resources Manager

  • Support Services Manager

  • Finance Manager

  • Information Management Manager

  • Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Manager

  • Grant Acquisition and Management Manager

  • Cash Programming Manager

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Manager

  • Health Manager

  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Manager

  • Nutrition Manager

  • Education Manager

  • Livelihoods Manager

  • Protection Manager

  • Child Protection Manager

Gender & Youth Officer (Bindura)


World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We are a community of close to 40,000 staff working across the world to help change the lives of vulnerable children. Our supporters, partners and staff join forces with communities on the ground to help children enjoy good health, be educated for life, experience the love of God and their neighbours and be cared for, protected and participating in addressing issues that affect their lives. World Vision has been active in Zimbabwe since 1973. Our operations are spread across 9 out of 10 provinces, with a majority of over 1.75 million beneficiaries in rural areas. Our current programs focus on improving the well-being of boys and girls in three priority sectors: health and nutrition, livelihoods and education. We also focus on child protection, gender and disabilities, emergency assistance and resilience building as cross cutting priorities across our programs. If you share the same vision, JOIN US and contribute to life in all its fullness for the children and communities we serve.

Position Title: Gender & Youth Officer (1)

Location: Bindura

Purpose of the Position:

To provide guidance and technical programmatic direction to the ENTERPRIZE Consortium for gender related programming focusing on gender equity integration within the project; and contributing towards the achievement of project goals and objectives The Gender Officer provides leadership to and ensures gender mainstreaming at programming level as well as appropriate representation of the project in local, provincial and national networking and coordination forums.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES- Key Result Areas and Activities:

  1. GENDER STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT & LEADERSHIP- Develops gender and youth action plans to be used within ENTERPRIZE and to technically integrate gender and youths in all activities throughout the Consortia.

  2. GENDER INTEGRATION SUPPORT- Develops project framework for gender equality and youth programming to ensure approved donor gender and youths results are achieved; Develops necessary methods and tools, such as overall guidelines and checklists for all project technical areas to integrate gender equality, empowerment of women and youths; Advises and supports the Consortia team and partners to implement the gender and youth strategy.

  3. TRAINING AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: Supports capacity development in gender and youths for Consortium partners, staff and stakeholders; Integrates gender in all ENTERPRIZE training manuals and materials;

  4. STAKEHOLDER COORDINATION, NETWORKING & ADVOCACY- Collaborates with key stakeholders such as Line Ministries, technical partners, NGOs and academics working on gender and youths programming. Participates in gender and youth coordination platforms at national level and geographic areas of operation; Develop targeted communication products on key gender, youth and social inclusion.

  5. EVIDENCE AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT- Facilitates cross-learning visits amongst partners and stakeholders on implementation of gender equality and youth strategies; Documents gender, youth and social inclusion project good practices and lessons learnt; Participate in and support conduct of project period reviews.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in International Development, Gender Studies/Public Policy/Social Sciences/Womens Studies or any other related field.

  • Advanced Degree in Gender/Women studies will be an added advantage.

  • 3-5 years’ experience in Gender and Development programming.

  • Good working knowledge of gender mainstreaming in programming.

  • Good communication and facilitation skills

  • Clean class 4 driver’s licence

NB: Shortlisting will be done as applications are received. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.