Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Advisor

International Role - Yes
2+ Years

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate in one of these countries: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Vanuatu, Timor Leste where WVI is registered to operate.


World Vision is a child focused Christian humanitarian organization established in 1983. Its programs aim to improve the well-being of the poor especially children through sustainable development, humanitarian emergency affairs (HEA) and advocacy.

World Vision Pacific Timor-Leste (WVPTL) has a unique multi-country structure where country programs in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu participate together operationally and all are fully funded by Grants.

This approach has enabled the programs in each country to benefit from shared leadership, management and other support services as a single office.

The heart of World Vision's work is in helping communities build stronger and healthier relationships. World Vision partners with communities through empowerment and developing an enabling environment where they can best then help themselves and develop for the future of their children. World Vision believes that the welfare of the community’s children is an indicator of a community's wellbeing. When children are fed, sheltered, schooled, protected, valued, and loved, a community thrives and hope prevails.


To provide technical support, leadership and guidance to PTL Country Program Offices (CPOs) in building capacity and preparation in Humanitarian Emergency Affairs, including Disaster risk reduction (including climate change adaptation), disaster response and preparedness.

To assist with or undertake the coordination, management and implementation of the most timely and appropriate response to humanitarian need in the four countries in collaboration with World Vision PTL country offices and project offices, governments and churches, communities and donors. To technically support CPO implementation of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership strategic objectives relevant to WV PTL countries as required.


Preparedness Planning:

  • Early warning systems and pre-positioning in place in all four countries.

  • Ensure Emergency Communication plan and system are established and operating in all existing area programs.

  • Work with external networks and/or organizations for cross learning, exchange of Early warning information and pooling of resources.

  • Support the Country General Services team to ensure Relief items pre-positioned and appropriately stored and maintained for emergency relief operations.

  • National Disaster Preparedness Plans are developed, reviewed, tested and understood by project staff in all four countries.

  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation are integrated in a meaningful manner in all development and sector programming.

  • Support increased collaboration between Sector managers, project managers, DME and HEA specialists.

  • Support all projects to integrate DRR within their approach and the pilot of DRR activities.

  • Lead shared learning activities which are consolidated and shared with relevant stakeholders.

  • Assume a leadership role in any Response activities, as needed.

  • Together with PTL Ops and PQ and CPO PQ teams to monitor and evaluate DRR and HEA projects in order to provide a solid base of evidence for interventions and impact.

  • Provide Technical input into all DRR projects, to ensure the implementation of activities are technically sound.

  • Guide, advise and support all Project managers and HEA staff in special funded projects to ensure HEA Programs are compliant to LEAP and relief standards.

  • Pay frequent visits to project sites and target communities to monitor progress, support staff, resolve issues, and meet partners (including community people).

HEA and DRR Strategic Technical Direction and Effectiveness:

  • Develop and lead out the process of establishing the WVPTL HEA strategic priorities, develop the documents and collaborate with key regional, WVI, PTL, WVA and WVNZ and CPO stakeholders to ensure appropriate for the context and understood by staff.

  • Working together with PTL PQ Advisor and relevant Ops and PQ colleagues, establish PTL key HEA and DRR quality standards, evidence practices such as priority indicators across PTL, key learning from existing projects (eg. AHP program), etc. and contribute to PTL CWBR DRR and HEA component deliverables.

  • Support and advise CPO HEA/DRR staff in technical design of DRR/HEA programming in line with community and donor priorities.

  • Together with the Program Quality & Operations department, develop a theory of change for Disaster Risk Reduction and CCA programming that ensures projects are contributing to WVs Child Well-being Targets.

  • Support the development of high quality project / program concepts, proposals and designs related to DRR and Disaster Management and Response, with support from Country Office GAM and PQ teams.

  • Ensure all response work is aligned with relevant National Policies for Emergency relief in each country.

  • Scoping partnership and funding opportunities related to DRM/DRR/CCA.

Capacity Building and Support:

  • Develop capacity of key point staff in four CPOs in HEA and DRR to prepare and respond to disaster (through regular refresher training and simulations – as funding permits).

  • Mentor, Coach, and facilitate learning amongst CPO Local HEA and DRR staff members towards taking leadership roles in any Emergency Response work.

  • Develop a Community of Practice for DRR/HEA across the PTL Region that encompasses Climate Change Awareness.

Representation and Networking:

  • Ensure that WV PTL is represented at Regional or Global World Vision forums pertaining to HEA/DRR related issues.

  • Ensure a close working relationship with WVA and WVNZ HEA teams, and liaise with them and other Support Offices as relevant as a first point of contact for all DRR/HEA/CCA related work in PTL.

  • Represent WV at donor meetings, joint agency assessments, regional events and task forces, developing and maintaining good relationships by sharing regular project updates as relevant/appropriate.

  • Build and maintain good relationships between WVPTL and key implementation partners, such as National Disaster Management Office, Disaster Management Committees, ensuring that are actively involved in project implementation.


  • Requires education and /or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree plus field experience in relief rehabilitation and in development for at least five year including management and technical support of staff in other cultures.

  • 3 to 5 years Community Development and HEA experience.

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in leadership/management position.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Post Graduate Degree in Management is desirable.

  • Disaster and climate change knowledge and issues.

  • Requires an understanding of the following areas, from extensive training or experience: health and nutrition; agriculture; water; contracts/ agreements and protocols; government-donor-UN relations; shipping and transport matters.

  • Strong commitment to build and work in a team environment. Self-directed and able to provide exemplary spiritual leadership to the team and to staff in PTL country offices.

  • Training and Facilitation skills.

  • Proven management and leadership ability.

  • Proven experience as a team player.

  • Demonstrated collaboration skills.

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office computer programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Experience in specific Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Awareness.

  • WV systems and Sphere standards.

  • Good time management and organizational skills.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • 30%-40% work travel is expected across Pacific countries. The successful candidate will need to be eligible to obtain the necessary work and travel visas as required.

  • This role will work directly with Operations and Project teams in the respective countries and areas.

  • Work will require visits to country project areas within Pacific and Timor Leste.

  • Diverse language group and some work areas may have security issues.

  • A good standard of personal health and fitness will be required.