Technical Specialist - Partnering

Technical Specialist-Partnering

The Role:

The Technical Specialist-Partnering will spearhead partnering processes and elements of capacity development for World Vision Somalia partners (Local Non-government Organizations, International Non-government Organizations and government). The position holder will target not only the operational capacity of partners to deliver projects on-time and on-target, but also deliberately build the organizational capacity of partners to deliver accountable, holistic programming, demonstrating the highest standards of governance and employing strong internal control systems.

The position holder will develop partner-specific capacity plans; coordinate the provision of technical support to and monitor partner improvement across a number of development areas. He/she will develop and implement training modules along a whole host of capacity areas in an effort to improve both the organizational and operational capacity of implementing partners. He/she will also develop and maintain partner-grading system, actively tracking partner uptake of new skills and abilities.

Working closely with field-based Monitoring & Evaluation, technical and project-level management, the position holder will identify opportunities to integrate partners’ projects and beneficiary caseloads into complementary projects, programs and the wider humanitarian community.

He/she will maintain a partner’s database, cataloging capacity assessments, training efforts, monitoring reports, risk appraisals and development plans. Serve as focal point for WV Somalia with internal and external stakeholders regarding partner risk management, identification of capacity development opportunities and coordination of training efforts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partnership Policy Management & Strategy.

  • Compliance & Improvement.

  • Capacity Building of Partners.

  • Mentoring Partners in Coordination.

  • Quality Improvement in Partnering

  • Internal and External Engagement.


  • Degree in relevant field (Development, Accounting, Social Sciences, International Development/ International Relations).

  • Professional technical skills in humanitarian standards (SPHERE), specific trainings on donor requirements e.g. WFP, G2G training, GoG training, Europe Aid training and Security training.

  • 5 years of experience in the field of development issues, compliance management/ auditing in humanitarian emergency affairs, preferably with experience in developing countries.

  • At least 3 years of experience in program reviews, and provision of support to WFP, EU USAID-OFDA or any UN Partners (or direct undertaking of implementation through partners).

  • Excellent knowledge of both English and Somali languages.

Working Environment:

The position will be based in Baidoa with frequent travels all World Vision’s project areas. Domestic and international travel will be required for this position.

World Vision adheres to strict child and adult safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks, which will include criminal background checks. They will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Director of Global Compliance

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

*Please submit your CV in English.


In connection with the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) group, this position provides leadership for the WVI global compliance function. The Director will be expected to understand and evaluate WVI’s unique organizational environment, and apply a deep understanding of technical compliance principles to establish a recently developed function that will deliver an effective organization-wide compliance program. To accomplish these goals, the Director will need to possess a strong understanding of compliance best practices, and be able to exhibit creativity and strategic thinking in designing and implementing a framework that will enable the organization to effectively identify and manage its

internal and external requirements. The Director will be expected to act as a champion for fostering a culture of compliance in the organization. In particular, challenging existing negative perceptions of the compliance field, and demonstrating the benefits and value that a compliance practice can bring to WVI. This will include driving adherence to policy management standards, chairing the policy oversight committee, and advising stakeholders on policy development and revision. This role will also advise and support mandatory employee compliance training programmes ensuring a high degree of quality. This role will lead and support a network of Compliance Champions throughout the

organization who will act as focal points for their individual offices in leading the implementation and maintenance of local compliance functions and a compliance framework and monitoring tool.


  • Chair the policy coordination committee and act as a subject matter expert on policy management standards to ensure existing and new policies are in alignment.

  • Partner with a wide range of stakeholders and policy owners to advise on policy management and development best practices.

  • Maintain a network of partners and compliance champions throughout the organization to implement and support the Field Office Compliance Framework and monitoring tool.

  • Act in an advisory capacity to ensure employee training programmes and communications are effective at educating employees on expected behaviours.

  • Develop and deliver regular reporting to senior leadership and/or the Board on the effectiveness of the compliance program, highlighting any significant gaps requiring intervention.

  • Within the context of NGO Compliance practitioners and networking groups, act as a leader in developing sharing innovative best practices in place in World Vision.


  • Bachelor degree in finance, business, project management, security or related discipline.

  • Minimum of 8 to 10 years of work experience leading a compliance programme or related function.

  • Membership in a global compliance institute/organization.

  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience in developing and implementing strategies that produce results.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills in setting strategic goals, measures of success and priorities.

  • Ability to understand and align cross-functional strategic priorities.

  • Knowledge and experience in managing a compliance function.

  • Ability to effectively engage with executive level management in championing compliance and implementing it as relatively new discipline in the organization.

  • Experience in managing stakeholders and business units to achieve results.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Externally recognized compliance certification or qualification preferred.

  • International and/or prior experience working with an INGO.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time.