Innovation and Private-Corporate Partnership Manager

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Innovation and Private - Corporate Partnership Manager facilitates innovative programming and approaches to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable children and their families and communities in Nepal and beyond, through the use of technology and collaborative partnership with internal and external stakeholders, including but not limited to private and corporate donors, start-up/IT companies, social innovators and entrepreneurs; and World Vision International (WVI) Nepal’s programs, acquisition, MEAL, field implementation, IT and broader innovation communities of practices of World Vision International.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Innovation Management and Leadership

  • Pro-actively taking leadership to facilitate, promote, and convene the creation of innovative programming approach, for new or existing development and humanitarian projects or advocacy initiatives of WVI Nepal, adding values to create more impactful, sustainable and innovation-at-scale initiatives to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable children and communities in Nepal.

  • In doing so, the following activities may include but not limited to:

     Proactively build new pipelines for innovative programming approaches across WVI Nepal’s projects, in partnership with cross-function team in WVI Nepal and other external partners

     Facilitate design thinking processes with relevant WVI Nepal’s team to develop ideas for prepositioning or to respond to grant opportunities and or funding from/or strategic engagement opportunities with private/corporate partners

     Contribute to the write up of the section on innovation section in new concepts/proposals development. This includes; specifying or outlining the proposed innovative approaches, framework, timeline, activities or tools, and associated costs, partnership and sustainability plan.

     In close coordination with the Programs Development and Quality Director and the Field Operations Director, co-lead efforts to promote innovation-at-scale across WVI Nepal’s projects in order to crate impactful and sustainable results for the well-being of the most vulnerable children and communities in Nepal

     Lead efforts to communicate to internal and external partners on innovative approaches in WVI Nepal’s projects contributing

Private & Corporate Partnership Mobilization

  • Identify and mobilize new partnership with Private and Corporate partners in Nepal and outside Nepal (via other World Vision International Offices) – to address issues faced by the most vulnerable children and communities in Nepal

  •  Develop new concept or proposal to raise new resources and or strategic partnership with private and corporate partners sharing the shared visions to support the improvement of well-being of children in Nepal – in close coordination with programs development and quality department team.

  • Lead discussion and negotiation for new agreements or project contracts with private and corporate partners supporting WVI Nepal’s innovative projects

  • Ensure compliance of WVI Nepal’s privatecorporate funded innovative initiatives to donors, Government of Nepal and World Vision International’s requirements.

  • Maintain regular communications with private and corporate donors, including providing regular updates on project progress, finding opportunities to engage, and trouble-shooting on projects challenges in partnership with field operations department.

  • Represent WVI Nepal in meeting with privatecorporate partners relating to WVI Nepal’s innovative initiatives

Innovation Lab Team Leadership and Project Management

  • Develop the Lab team’s annual work plans and budgeting, aligned with WVI Nepal’s country strategy and programs and annual work plan, and monitor the progress of the work plan and budget implementation

  • Manage, coach and support individual team member’s projects portfolios

  • Manage relationship and coordination with internal and external partners

  • With the Lab team, work closely with field operations team to ensure they have the tools to deliver innovative programming across WVI Nepal’s projects.

  • Liaise with the WV US, WV Support Offices and Global Center to generate interest in their supporting the Lab’s work.

  • Ensure capacity building support for the Lab team

  • Led by example the practice of WVI Nepal’s organizational culture, practices and core values

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Information Technology/Management, or other Sciences or Social Sciences background

  • Maturity to handle multiple deadlines and pressures within a fast-paced working environment especially in humanitarian settings (preferred)

  • Proven experience in delivering innovative projects or platforms, managing teams and resources to systematically problem-solve and arrive at new solutions (Innovation Management)

  • Strong grounding in strategic design, with proven ability in working at the planning level of complex projects or organizations (strategic design)

  • Proven track record of managing activities, resources, equipment and information to ensure excellence in operations in complex project environments (project management)

  • Proven experience managing social impact-driven projects, and an understanding of humanitarian aid and development systems, both at a global and Nepal-specific level (social impact management)

  • Strong creative capacity across communications and problem-solving, and the ability to challenge the status quo through creative and design processes (creative problem-solving)

  • Ability to facilitate connection and collaboration amongst groups of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds (Hosting + inclusivity)

  • Minimum 2-3 year experiences working on social innovation projects with local and or international organizations, in private or non-profit organizations in Nepal/abroad (relevant experiences)

  • Clear analytical and communications skills, including relevant experiences with crosscultural communications (communication)

  • Good understanding on development, advocacy and humanitarian relating issues affecting children’s lives in Nepal, and the role of International Non-Government Organization to promote solutions and partnership

  • Project Management Certificate (or other relevant training)

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • 30% Travel requirement. Ability to travel to remote project sites/and overseas

  • Must be able to interact with a diverse groups Able to work on a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national staff

  • Full adherence to World Vision Child Protection & Adult Safeguuarding, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

World Vision International Nepal is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourage candidates of diverse background, women and differently abled, to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be called for the subsequent selection procedure. WVIN reserves all rights to qualify/disqualify applications in any case.

Innovation Business Partner – External

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Lab was established in December 2015 as part of World Vision International’s Nepal Earthquake Response. The Lab brings together both international and local expertise from across diverse fields, integrating the shrewdness and innovation capacity of the private sector with the values, skills and first-hand experience of NGOs and communities in Nepal. The Lab coordinates resources, tools and knowledge to support collaboration and shared learning amongst its members. The Lab works closely with innovators to co-produce proposals that focus on the big questions of:

1. Does the concept fit in with disaster response, recovery, and preparedness in Nepal?

2.Could the idea/prototype lead to a 'breakthrough' or large-scale impact which can be prepositioned for inclusion into grants?

3.Could the outputs be implemented in other post-disaster or humanitarian/development contexts beyond Nepal?

The Innovation Business Partner – External will support the management of existing Lab projects and support in ideating, prototyping and scaling new innovations based on User Centric Design Principles. They will be involved in the implementation of the Lab’s strategy and in fostering partnerships amongst diverse set of stakeholders; national and international both in Nepal and beyond.

The Innovation Business Partner – External will need to have a strong understanding of User Centric Design along with previous experience of implementing tech for dev solutions. Specialization in the areas of Software Development, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence etc. will be preferred.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Pipeline Building

+ Support the Innovation Lab Manager to find and manage projects which develop and incubate innovation in the humanitarian sector. This could include new product designs, social business ideas, alternative response programming, designing and leading research or any ideas which push beyond the current limits of humanitarian response.

Tech for Dev.

+ Support in the design and development of technology solutions for issues/ challenges in the development sector/humanitarian programing.

+ Continue development and the enhancement of the technology platforms that exist within WVIN.

+ Ensure all technology platforms are operational and fulfill their functional requirement.

Solution Deployment

+ Prepare all necessary technical documents for the applications/digital solutions developed as requested by WV IT or any concerned stakeholder.

+ Prepare user manuals and training materials to orient/train concerned stake holders regarding the use of the digital solutions developed.

+ Conduct trainings and workshops to orient/train concerned stake holders regarding the use of the digital solutions developed.

+ Liaise with remote teams for solution deployment.

Coordination

+ Liaise with WV IT, Country Offices, Support offices and Global Center personnel on the development and deployment of tech for dev solutions.

+ Support WV GAM team in communicating with donors and concerned stakeholders.

+ Participate in partnership meetings and design workshops in person or virtually.

Operation

+ Monitor, track and document activities in order to report on progress and share results, best practice and learnings to internal and external stakeholders.

+ Perform other organizational and business processes that are required to contribute to WVIN's strategic objectives and to maintain a healthy organizational life.

+ Demonstration and understanding of and commitment to World Vision's Core Values in the roach to work and relationships

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor's degree in IT, Engineering, Software Development or related field.

  • At least 3 years of experience in the related field.

  • Proven willingness to learn about new and evolving technology

  • Proven track record of managing activities, resources, equipment and information to ensure excellence in operations in complex project environments.

  • Strong creative capacity across communications and problem solving, and the ability to challenge the status quo through creative and design processes.

  • Ability to work with inter-disciplinary teams to craft IT solutions.

  • Ability to communicate complex information to a non-technological audience.

  • Proficiency in compiled programming languages.

  • Experience in troubleshooting technology problems.

  • Experience in developing Blockchain based applications.

  • Experience in web and mobile application development.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • 15% Travel requirement. Ability to travel to remote project sites/and overseas

  • Must be able to interact with a diverse groups Able to work on a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national staff

  • Full adherence to World Vision Child Protection & Adult Safeguuarding, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

World Vision International Nepal is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourage candidates of diverse background, women and differently abled, to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be called for the subsequent selection procedure. WVIN reserves all rights to qualify/disqualify applications in any case.

Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) Lead, Mozambique

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.

*Please submit your CV in English.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

World Vision seeks a Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) Lead for the proposed USAID/Food for Peace -funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Mozambique.

The CLA Lead will work closely with all staff to ensure collaboration and learning with other activities in the applicant’s selected implementation area. S/he will ensure the activity includes active, intentional and adaptive learning within and across interventions, and will play a critical role in incorporating refinement activities and learning into implementation. This includes but is not limited to U.S. Government, host country government, international donors, multilateral organizations, and private sector investments. Additionally, the CLA Lead will improve peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and application, activity-based capacity strengthening, and evidence and data utilization in support of adaptive management both within and beyond initial refinement. The CLA Lead will also be expected to ensure appropriate and continued coordination and joint-planning with other USAID and other donor activities (specifically the USAID food security and resilience portfolio), host-government initiatives, and private sector engagement. Given the significant number of humanitarian and development activities planned and ongoing in the targeted geographic area, USAID expects significant time and expertise to be dedicated to coordination of activities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Learning and Knowledge:

  • Ensure that the Mozambique DFSA includes active, intentional and adaptive learning within and across interventions, and play a critical role in incorporating refinement activities and learning into implementation.

  • Oversee the timely accomplishment of activities described in the learning agenda according to proposal and donor requirements.

  • Improve/ promote peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and application, activity-based capacity strengthening, and evidence and data utilization in support of adaptive management both within and beyond initial refinement.

  • Design and facilitate processes for learning and adaptation.

Coordination:

  • Ensure appropriate and continued coordination and joint-planning with other USAID and other donor activities (specifically the USAID food security and resilience portfolio), host-government initiatives, and private sector engagement.

Research Studies:

  • Provide technical leadership with regards to research studies and active learning feedback loops.

Dissemination of Learning:

  • Lead the development of iterative learning and adaptation processes, structures and practices of Mozambique DFSA staff and stakeholders at various levels.

Staff Management:

  • Supervise staff that report directly to this position.

  • Conduct regular coaching and implement the Performance Development Management system.

Demonstrates World Vision’s core values, vision, mission and Transformational Development/Program integrated ministry model by all staff in the assigned Area. Provide spiritual leadership to the grants team. Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.

Perform other duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • An advanced degree (PhD or Master’s) plus a minimum of three (3) years relevant work experience or a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years relevant experience; Two years of relevant experience can substitute for a master’s degree.

  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating learning and knowledge sharing processes, in establishing and managing dynamic feedback systems to capture experiential learning and unintended consequences, and fostering collaboration across teams or organizations.

  • Demonstrated experience in food security, nutrition, and livelihoods sectors.

  • Knowledge management, organizational learning, and capacity strengthening.

  • Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative field research, and experience working closely with universities and/or other research institutions.

  • Experience in designing, facilitating and evaluating learning activities, across different areas, forums and stakeholders.

  • Understanding and experience in developing and leading stakeholder engagement activities, knowledge management programs, and communities of practice.

  • Experience in effectively communicating research and evaluation findings to stakeholders and facilitating the use of the learning products for improving policy and practices.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program preferably USAID Office or Food for Peace (FFP) policies.

  • Experience working/living in countries in Africa. Familiarity with the Mozambique context.

  • Ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • Ability to achieve results through partners.

  • Professional experience in development, organizational learning, and/or knowledge management.

  • Experience working with sub grantees and contracts under grants for complex projects.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Portuguese.

  • Strong knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and results synthesis, evaluation and presentation of data analysis for various audiences (policy makers, program managers, field staff, and/or government and community stakeholders).

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong management and interpersonal skills.

  • The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English and Portuguese.

  • Mentoring and facilitation skills.

  • Ability to network and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Experience working overseas in low-resource environments.

  • Familiarity with current international development challenges and their implications for livelihoods programming.

  • Experience in effectively communicating research and evaluation findings to stakeholders and facilitating the use of the learning products for improving policy and practices.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Office-based with mandatory and frequent travels to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.