World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people regardless of their religion, caste, gender or ethnicity. World Vision has been in Sri Lanka since 1977 and currently works through 34 development and relief programmes in 16 Districts across the country.
At World Vision we are passionate about children and committed to bringing fullness of life to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Every day for forty years, that is what our team at World Vision has been doing.
We are currently looking for dynamic & creative individuals to join us in our journey of caring.
Specialist – Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI)
Location – National Office, Colombo.
The purpose of this position will be to provide advice in defining and achieving World Vision Lanka (WVL)’s cross cutting themes under Gender Equality and Social Inclusion framework. This position is also responsible in contributing for technical design processes, maintaining up to date knowledge of Gender Equality and Social inclusion trends, strategic networking, and supporting positioning with corporate and institutional donors for coordination learning and advocacy.
Provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of a strategy for integrating gender equality, women’s empowerment and social inclusion in all WVL business.
Set strategic level key performance indicators of Women empowerment and Social Inclusion and drive the process of achieving, monitoring and reporting at the end of the year.
Provide budget guide lines, operational guide lines integrating with Technical Programmes at national and field level to ensure programmes adapt accurate technologies and approaches to achieve targets.
Support the Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist in developing quality monitoring tools and/or tracking and analyzing data.
Ensure Gender equality and Social Inclusion is well integrated and implemented at the field level.
Actively and professionally represent WVL at different forums, working groups, and consultative sessions, with peers, donors and government related to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.
Design and deliver trainings to build the capacity of the programme staff, local partners and stakeholders on Gender Equality core group of technical expertise is built within organization and in the periphery.
Initiate / identify funding opportunities and link with International Resource Development Management and Cooperate Partnership for developing Concept Notes / Proposals.
Facilitate the process of continuous learning and documentation of best practices in this sector appropriate to the context of WVL.
Required qualifications, experience & competencies
At least 5 years’ experience in the development sector with Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Programming.
Minimum of 3 years’ experience in leading and managing cross functional teams.
A university degree (Masters or equivalent) specialized in gender studies.
Extensive knowledge on national and provincial policies and national and international trends of Gender equality and Social Inclusion.
Research and advocacy skills/training
Excellent interpersonal, representational and networking skills
Good knowledge in project logic and design
Training / knowledge / experience on cross cutting sectors; Gender, Disability, Peacebuilding and Social cohesion
Knowledge and experience of holistic community development
Trilingual (English, Sinhala and Tamil) is preferred
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 50 % of the time.
World Vision Lanka offers a competitive remuneration package based on individual competence and skills. If you meet the required criteria and wish to apply for this or any of the available vacancies, select the position you wish to apply for & submit your on-line applicationwith your CV and details of three non-related referees on or before the given closing date.
Only short listed candidates will be notified.
*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidae in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Represents and provides strategic global leadership to build World Vision (WV)’s influence, advocacy, partnerships and reputation externally for increased impact. Ensures WV is represented by subject matter experts in key forums and participates in selected networks, associations, and boards as appropriate. Actively positions WV as a NGO of choice with global 2030 Agenda platform, potential and key partners, businesses, donors and other stakeholders. Oversees and coordinates closely with Support Offices’ sector team engagement and partners and other Global Centre teams. Work with and support World Vision’s global ministries and Global Capitals.
Set Strategic Priorities:
In collaboration with Advocacy/External Engagement (A&EE), Disaster Management EE&RD, and Public Engagement ,develops and successfully achieves external engagement strategy for sector.
Maintain oversight of (and coordinate where needed) WV’s sectoral external engagement activities.
Strengthen and expand strategic partnerships (with particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and child protection in humanitarian contexts at global level including multi-stakeholder partnerships, UN partnerships, multinational corporates and especially faith actors.
Lead and coordinate efforts by WV to attain technical and strategic recognition and thought leadership position within the global worldwide sector.
Identify shared objectives and initiatives with Global Capitals.
Ensure alignment with A&EE and DM EE&RD (including on global policy positions), and GAM and Public Engagement (on resource development).
Provide management support and advice for global policy agenda / global moment / campaign as per the Partnership strategy.
With Director/Innovation, ensure WV’s technical resources and standards align with and/or exceed industry norms.
Benchmark capabilities and deliverables, process and systems in CPP programme against market leaders, and build towards best of class.
Identify key external influencers and networks to promote and inform future programme direction.
Dynamic and relevant external engagement strategy for the sector.
All sector staff engage in key relationships with external agencies as required by WV’s strategic priorities and advocacy, revenue and other goals.
Key leaders and institutions as required by the strategic priorities and policy objectives of WV influenced to maximize child well-being.
Reputation of WV amongst external stakeholders enhanced; with WV recognized as a technical leader in child protection.
WV entities become a lot more outward oriented and collaborators.
WV’s understanding of faith as an integral component of child protection is reflected in WV’s positioning and external collaborations; and WV is recognized as a leader in this area.
Provide authoritative representation, technical, and policy advice to World Vision’s sector community of practice in order to enrich our understanding and external engagement in sector.
Identify and build capacity of subject matter experts to represent sector externally.
Ensure external representations by subject matter experts reflect WV’s integrated understanding of development and child well-being and faith identity.
Communities of practice become a lot more connected with external experts and institutions.
WV experts represent World Vision’s work in external forums and platforms.
WV is recognized as a “first in class” organization in the global child protection/ending violence against children community.
Provide Global Stewardship:
Support the global resource development strategy providing expertize, and actively.
Donors increasingly select WV’s work for funding and impact positioning WV as a NGO of choice with key donors and stakeholders.
Bring to bear evidence of World Vision’s contribution to Child Well-Being (CWB) in child protection in external relations for advocacy, donor relations and building WV’s reputation.
Donor prepositioning is developed for National Office (NO) and Support Office (SO) entities.
Increased influence for donor policies contributing to the child well-being, especially the most vulnerable.
Ensure appropriate use of evidence of results from WV’s work with relevant external stakeholders.
Strategic influential communication of WV’s impact, reach, evidence, and ongoing learning in child protection with important stakeholders.
Promote WV Way:
Serve as relationship manager and cultivate specific partnerships with all multi-lateral agencies and work closely with WV A&EE and DM EE&RD (especially global capitals) team to realize WV’s sector strategy.
Provide management support and advice for global policy agenda / global mobilization/ advocacy campaign as per the Partnership strategy.
Oversees and coordinates closely with Support Offices’ sector team engagement and partners.
WV’s policy positions are well informed of the external landscape and internal programming experience from the sector perspective.
WV’s policy positions represented accurately in relation with external stakeholders.
Relationship development and management of key global platforms and partners in the sector.
Ensure alignment with A&EE, DM EE&RD, GAM, and Public Engagement (Comms).
Support global campaign and other A&EE global ministries.
Ensure that external engagement tools and processes (as developed by A&EE) are integrated into sector practice.
Support Partnership Strategy strategic imperative on partnering and collaboration.
Represents WV in selected networks, associations, and boards as appropriate, to ensure WV is at the forefront of the global sector debate.
Identify key networks and associations such as [xxx] and seek WV representation and participation.
Keep abreast of latest developments and innovations in the broader sector that is relevant to WV and share them internally.
World Vision is represented well in key external forums participates in networks, working groups, coalitions and formal partnership as appropriate.
World Vision staff are well supported in their external engagement efforts.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing or International Development.
Excellent facilitation, negotiation and collaboration skills.
Proven skills and experience in external engagement that contributes to change in policy and practice and builds s industry reputation.
10 years’ work experience with an International Development Organisation, Corporation or Government in the field of external relations, communications and or policy influencing.
Experience of working in partnership with International Development Organisations through networks, coalitions and partnerships on policy themes related to sector.
Experience in working with faith actors and on faith related issues.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.