Regional Advocacy, Policy and External Engagement Sr. Advisor

POSITION TO BE LOCATED ANYWHERE WITHIN MEER (MIDDLE EAST/EASTERN EUROPE REGION) WHERE WVI IS REGISTERED.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:

The position is responsible for providing technical support and guidance to the Field Offices to implement advocacy, policy and external engagement plans according to the country context, Regional Plans and WV partnership strategy – Our Promise, policies, standards and priorities, to achieve the well-being of most vulnerable children in the Middle East Eastern Europe Region (MEER).

The chosen candidate will serve as a technical resource person to enable MEER in taking a leadership role in humanitarian advocacy be this within WV partnership, but also among regional and national partners, given that MEER is composed of source, transition and destination countries of displaced children. Ensure program quality in the successful delivery of advocacy project models, Sustainable Development Goals, WV flagship campaign It Takes a World to end violence against children and social accountability.

The Senior Advisor will assist in embedding advocacy, policy and external engagement with other lines of Ministry in alignment with partnership policies, strategies and standards to enhance field offices can achieve strategic objectives through advocacy and external engagement as defined in the Partnership Strategy - Our Promise Phase 2.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES

STRATEGY & PLANNING

  • Develop and implement the Advocacy and Policy Agenda for the MEER Region.

  • Advise and contribute on the development and roll out of the FY22 External Engagement plan for MEER.

  • Development of regional advocacy and policy capacity building strategies, priorities and business plans ensuring alignment with regional and global advocacy and policy priorities, both internal and external to World Vision.

  • Contribute to the development of global policies guidelines, especially humanitarian related one and standards and assist in contextualizing them within the MEER region.

  • Ensure successful implementation of the global advocacy campaign (It Take A World) with great focus on fragile context and humanitarian policy.

  • Coordinate with regional and national communications teams on localizing models to influence behaviors and implementation of global initiatives such as context relevant and adapted SBC and CVA.

  • Lead Maturity Framework and Advocacy Success Matrix dialogue and provide quarterly updates for the Regional Director.

ADVOCACY & POLICY TECHNICAL SUPPORT

  • Provide technical support and guidance to Field Offices for design, implementation and monitoring of advocacy and policy, and the External Engagement plans.

  • Works with NO advocacy teams to pursue a child-focused humanitarian advocacy agenda that is aligned with regional and global advocacy strategies and positioning

  • Lead capacity building and technical support to all stakeholders involved in the implementations of EE Plans, in order to increase MEER profile internally and externally.

  • Coordinate training, forum or workshops related to all related forms advocacy aligned to regional capacity building plan

  • Capacity building based on the partnership and regional matrix results.

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

  • Support the continuous learning through documentation of advocacy programs and models that best support the mission of World Vision.

  • Facilitate the formation of regional advocacy forums/ networks that contribute to strategic action and promotes learning, especially humanitarian advocacy.

  • Supports in the development and execution of strategic research and analysis agenda on emerging issues and the region’s metanarrative that will enhance child well-being.

  • Develop and prepare advocacy reports, position papers and concept papers on Child Wellbeing, child rights and child protection issues that can contribute to policy dialogue, especially humanitarian advocacy within the MEER region

INTERNAL ENGAGEMENT & COORDINATION

  • Liaison with internal stakeholders and representation, relationship building and stakeholders’ management with global A&EE, DM Advocacy, Global Capital.

  • Participate and actively contribute to partnership external fora, working groups and networks related to advocacy and policy. Work with other members of the SMQ, RDU, HEA teams to ensure that advocacy is understood and integrated within the broader ministry of World Vision in the region and embedded into regional grant-funded projects.

EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT

  • Actively contribute to the EE agenda development, rollout and coordination

  • Support active engagement with international organizations, government agencies, media, partners and communities to enhance World Vision’s influence and credibility on advocate issues to improve wellbeing of children and promote advocacy messages, especially regarding humanitarian policies.

  • Maintain good external relations with partner agencies to foster collaborative relationships and network during collaborative advocacy programs in the region, especially regarding humanitarian advocacy.

  • Support the development of external coalitions at national and regional levels on advocacy issues that WV would like to support.

  • Representation on the inter-agency and external forum to contribute on transforming MEER as thought leader.

GENERAL

  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the Advocacy and Communication team and other functions within the region promoting mutual learning, support and accountability.

  • Participate in devotions and other activities that enrich and develop mutual growth in Christ.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Master Degree in either human rights, law, international policy, international relations, or related field.

  • Extensive experience in humanitarian advocacy and policy, including representing WV or another INGO/UN Agency at national, regional & global networks and forums

  • 3-5 years' experience in a variety of contexts, and at least one of the fragile countries in MEER, leading on humanitarian advocacy and policy, with a focus on capacity building and support.

  • Experience in the architecture and implementation of External Engagement Plans.

  • In-depth knowledge of context specific advocacy and policy in MEER region.

  • In-depth understanding of key aspects of child right, advocacy and campaigns, demonstrable understanding of the essentials of transformational development and humanitarian programming.

  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills, particularly in a cross-cultural environment

  • Ability to influence internal and external stakeholders and represent WV, particularly with donors and partners, coupled with experience in government, IO or UN representation.

  • Experience in evidence-based policy development, policy paper and advocacy content.

Travel and/or work Environment Requirement

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

Gender Officer ( Tongogara Refugee Camp)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

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. World Vision Zimbabwe is committed to the safeguarding of staff, children and communities that we work with, preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are committed to promote the welfare of children, youth, adults and individuals with whom World Vision engages with. World Vision expects all staff to share this commitment through our conduct and behavior. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work with us. If you share the same vision and values, JOIN US and contribute to life in all its fullness for the children and communities we serve.

About the Project

The Tongogara Refugee Camp Action for Covid-19 Emergency Response and Preparedness (TRACE) program will reach a total of 77,000 people in Chipinge District over 6 months with a focus on People of Concern at Tongogara Refugee Camp and its host communities. A multi-sectoral and integrated approach to Covid-19, TRACE will support upgrades to existing water systems, water points, and hand washing stations as a core component of Infection Prevention Control. The program will address key gaps in health-service provision, equipping both Isolation Centre and District Hospital with key treatment equipment and PPE. A gender-sensitive and child-protective environment will be fostered by the project, reinforced by Social Behavior Change Communications strategies to enhance protection of women and girls. The program provides a safety net for the most vulnerable through livelihoods support designed to further crop and small livestock production in the refugee Camp.

Please be advised that the position is contingent upon contract award and client approval.

Job Title: Gender Officer

Location: Tongagara Refugee Camp

Duration: 6 months

Purpose of the Position:

To provide guidance and technical support for the achievement of the project’s gender related outcomes and integration of gender within the project Livelihoods and Resilience, WASH, Health and Nutrition components. The gender officer will plan, implement and undertake follow up on gender issues in the context of emergency response as well as ensuring mainstreaming of gender towards enhancing gender equality through the project’s various interventions.

Major Accountabilities/Responsibilities:

Gender Technical Support

  • Provide the direction and technical expertise to the project’s team on implementation of the key gender components across the emergency response interventions

  • Develops gender action plans and ensures integration of gender throughout the project cycle

  • Identifies gender sensitive community engagement approaches utilised during implementation

  • Employs various gender mainstreaming methods/tools to promote gender equality

Analyse and ensure activities are sensitive to issues of gender equality and inclusion through the use of necessary gender tracking tools

Capacity Building:

  • Supports capacity building in gender for communities, partners, staff and stakeholders

  • Develops culturally appropriate IEC materials that are gender responsive

  • Ensures gender is integrated in WASH, Livelihoods and Health related trainings and materials

Networking & Coordination

  • Collaborates with key community stakeholders

  • Participates in gender coordination meetings

  • Mobilise communities, to participate in gender advocacy activities and communicate with key stakeholders in inclusive and context appropriate ways;

Evidence and knowledge management-

  • Inputs into the development of Performance Monitoring plan (PMP) and tools that enables the project to collect the desired gender outcome and output indicators

  • Support documentation and dissemination of innovative approaches, experiences, good practices, project impacts and lessons learnt;

  • Participate in and support conduct of project period assessments

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Participate in the development and implementation of the gender performance monitoring plan and indicator tracking tables;

  • Prepare and submit project progress reports

  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation activities.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Degree or relevant qualification in Gender Studies a priority; International Development/Development Studies/Women’s Studies/Social Work/Public Policy field.

  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in Gender and Development programming

  • Ability to collect/collate data and produce documented evidence for dissemination internally and externally

  • Strong facilitation, community mobilisation, communication and collaboration skills

  • A strong commitment to gender and child-safeguarding

  • Computer literate

  • Excellent report writing and information dissemination skills

  • Ability to speak local languages.

  • Clean class 4 Driver’s license a must.

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

Qualifiedwomen are encouraged to apply.

Director of Projects and Partnerships, WV South Sudan

*Please submit your CV in English.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To provide oversight to major multiyear projects and strengthening partnerships with donors and other key stakeholders. To develop and operationalise systems that promote integration and ensure timely, and effective implementation of projects. To oversee the implementation of systems and processes for the “Partner of Choice” program which is Part of Our Promise Strategic Initiative 3.2, for strengthening Field Offices' positioning with a wide range of key external stakeholders, including donors, governments, the UN and other bilateral and multi-lateral organisations, civil society and private sector. Strengthen holistic, organisation-wide approach to establishing impact-led, effective partnering.

The director will be working closely with the program development director and Operations Director.

Ensure projects comply with donor requirements and meet their expectations and to influence and promote coordination with key stakeholders.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leadership and Team Management:

  • Create performance agreements with each direct reports, and conduct quarterly reviews and end of year performance appraisals.

  • Provide guidance and direction to the team as required, and establish team cohesion and growth, including the organization of capacity building opportunities.

  • Coach and mentor team in conducting assessments, setting personal development goals and providing ongoing support on tools and relevant training resources/material.

  • Lead recruitment of qualified project management staff.

  • Ensure the Human Resources department is aware about the staffing/recruitment plan.

Project Management and Oversight:

  • Provide strategic and operational oversight of major bilateral and multilateral projects, ensuring mechanisms and tools are in place for effective/accountable implementation of projects (start and end on time, on target, and within budget).

  • Develop a culture of excellence with regards to the planning and implementation of projects, including periodic and targeted reviews of challenging projects to ensure completion and optimum expenditure rates.

  • Spearhead coordination between departments to promote information sharing, joint planning, and problem solving, especially amongst DM, M&E, and Technical Advisors to support operational effectiveness.

  • Facilitate the operational effectiveness process to update tools including flowcharts and RACI (responsible, accountable, consulted and informed) for the project cycle management process.

  • Ensure that each new project conducts a start-up workshop lead by the Program Manager/Project Director/project lead and supported by the PD team. Ensure all involved staff have copies of approved program design (narrative, logframe, monitoring and evaluation plan, budget) and grant agreement and that they understand donor regulations, reporting and other requirements.

  • Ensure the HR department is aware ahead of time which staff to recruit for upcoming projects.

  • Ensure regular, positive, and productive communication with respective donor representatives, the field, and partners regarding the implementation of program activities.

  • Ensure on time submission of high-quality reports to donors.

  • Monitor grant implementation and resource/fund utilization rates in conjunction with the Operations and Finance teams.

  • Assist the field in accessing appropriate technical assistance for successful implementation of activities.

  • Revise program documents as necessary and as requested and coordinate or complete approved grant amendments; Coordinate and/or submit grant amendments.

  • Ensure sector advisors provide technical support to the Project Directors/ COPs and respond to technical support requests.

  • Provide management support to project teams under his/her supervision.

  • Strengthen the risk management on the portfolio touching on liquidity levels, audit implementations, recoveries from donors, & effective close outs.

Partnerships and Engagement:

  • Represent and coordinate WVSS at national (Juba) level coordination meetings with donors, stakeholders, INGOs, local organizations, and high-level government officials. Provide updates on projects at coordination meetings. Provide key stakeholders with updates of meeting outcomes stakeholder priorities.

  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with major (government/private) donors during the project implementation, monitoring, evaluation and close-out including EU, USAID, BHA, UNICEF, UNDP, GAC, FCDO, HPF and World Vision Support Offices, including hosting visits and responding to communication. Ensure that WVSS builds its reputation for integrity, expertise and reliability.

  • Coordinate and lead the submission of multiyear bilateral and multi-lateral project reports to donors and support offices.

  • Maintain WVSS master list of stakeholder contact information and update regularly.

  • Lead the “partner of choice” initiative led by the GC team.

  • Ensure PD staff actively participate in relevant national networks, clusters and coalitions.

  • Ensure that WVSS is a thought leader in FSL and known for its health programming.

  • Contribute to the development of communications and marketing materials.

  • Improved coordination and collaboration with functional directors in WVSS.

Risk Management:

  • Assess level of risks associated with each project and ensure sufficient alignment with relevant WV strategies at all levels.

  • Lead the development, monitoring and mitigation of key risks in program development and quality.

  • Identify and implement continuous improvement processes for operations support.

  • Collaborate with senior management and contribute to the development of policies and procedures for operations support.

  • Ensure compliance with administration policies and procedures.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • At least 10 years field experience in a relief or development environment, with at least 5 years in a senior managerial role with direct reporting lines.

Technical Training qualifications required:

  • Previous experience with successful multi-million-dollar program management and oversight (USAID, EU/ECHO, FCDO, GAC, DFAT, UN agencies).

  • Previous experience in managing food security and Livelihood, WASH, Nutrition, Health, GBV/protection, and Education program.

  • Must have a clear understanding of the working of the major WV partners (USAID, EU/ECHO, FCDO, GAC, DFAT, UN etc), their requirements and standards.

  • Ability to engage high level donors to influence funding priorities, strategy and policy.

  • Ability to engage with governmental, NGO and other senior leaders on development issues and maintain effective partnerships.

  • Experience in program leadership in fragile contexts.

  • Strong project management skills, with oversight to project directors and chief of party.

  • Must be able relate and represent WV to program partners, in a highly professional manner.

  • Capacity building experience in project design, implementation, reporting, and evaluation.

  • Computer knowledge including Word, Excel, Lotus Notes and Power Point.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including report-writing and proposal writing skills.

  • Good understanding of World Vision and Sphere relief standards.

  • Knowledge of and adherence to the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct.

  • Master’s degree in International Development, Rural Development, NGO Leadership or a related discipline.

  • Project Management pro.

Preferred:

  • Strong experience in managing staff, partners and facilitating capacity building.

  • Strategic thinking skill, strong in managing people and problem-solving abilities, networking and negotiating skills.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Field-Based (National office). The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and stay in different locations including camping if accommodations are not available.

  • This travel will require up to 30% of the time.

Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Justice

*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.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:

The Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Justice will provide analysis of trends and opportunities in relation to how the needs and rights of children can and should be addressed through various forms of funding from global, regional and national level sources, debt relief, taxation and private capital. This analysis will be used to develop recommendations for child focused policy action in regard to all forms of development financing in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, and, as such, World Vision’s Global Impact Framework. This analysis will support Advocacy & External Engagement (A&EE) advocacy objectives for the Global Campaign, the 2030 Agenda, as well as objectives of Support Offices (SOs) in relation to Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Regional Offices (ROs)/Field Offices (FOs) regarding domestic resource mobilization/public financing.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Analysis of and reports developed on Official Development Assistance (ODA), taxation/public financing, private sector investment and other forms of Financing for Development (FfD) and their impact on the financing of child focused policies. Develops policy positions and products that relate to the achievement of child related SDGs and WV child well-being objectives.

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

  • Lead and collaborate with SO, RO and FO colleagues on research and policy development on FfD. Creates a process to engage SOs on ODA focused work.

  • In conjunction with the Local to Global team (A&EE), works with the Centre of Excellence to support country level budget focused advocacy. Builds FOs capacity in conducting country level analysis; supports “translation” of global FfD policy positions for use at national level.

  • Collaborate with select partners and coalitions on this agenda. For example, work with the World Bank relationship manager to develop a plan to become more engaged with World Bank as a Tier 1 stakeholder.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Master’s Degree in economics, international development, political science or related focus.

  • Minimum 5-7 years’ experience in policy, research, government relations/external engagement, or other specific field relevant to this role and World Vision’s work.

  • Strong experience and skills in research and analysis.

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

  • Strong experience in the NGO/civil society sector and/or with multilateral organizations (World Bank, IMF, etc.)

  • English fluency.

  • Second language strong asset (esp. Spanish, French).

Preferred:

  • Strong knowledge and professional experience working on Financing for Development issues and trends; strong understanding of policy development and influence processes with governments and international agencies from a civil society perspective.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Travel after Covid restrictions- 10-15%.