Faith & Development Evidence Advisor

17077-17R05050
25-Oct-20
International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.

Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within Middle East/Eastern Europe Region (MEER) where WVI is registered to operate.

FAITH AND DEVELOPMENT EVIDENCE ADVISOR

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The purpose of this position is to support Middle East/Eastern Europe (MEER) Regional and Field Offices (FO) to ensure that Christ is at the center of all of our work. Through creating a vision to: Equip our leaders and staff to live out our faith; Further develop and scale guidance and evidence-based models for integrating faith in ministry practice and tracking the roots of poverty, vulnerability, and injustice; Ensure consistent communication of our Christian identity and mission; Expand and deepen our partnerships with churches and faith leaders.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop and scale evidence-based models for integrating faith in ministry practice:

  • Support FOs with integrating and tracking faith matters in their strategies and programming, including grants

  • Work closely with the GC (Global Center), FO and the MEER Strategy and Ministry Quality (SMQ) team to contribute to refinement of program quality standards and overall programming from F&D (Faith & Development) perspective

  • Support the FO with developing program (including grants) designs with a strong focus on F&D whenever possible and relevant

  • Support the FO with smooth integration of the F&D specific Core output and outcome Indicators in programming across all funding streams

  • Support the region and the field with generating evidence of impact on F&D related priority themes at the individual FO level as well as across MEER

  • Develop new and/or refine existing F&D specific evidence platforms and other info materials for knowledge management, progress monitoring and program quality assurance

  • Promote knowledge sharing on organizational F&D/SNC policies and standards and help the field with their realization in a context sensitive manner

  • Promote application of existing F&D models as well as help with developing new approaches especially relevant for the Response and other fragile context programming

  • Ensure fulfilment of Partnership F&D metrics, i.e., alignment to policies and completion of Mission Immersion Programme.

Expand and deepen our partnerships with churches and faith leaders, acting as connectors:

  • Support MEERO and FOs with developing new, and nurturing existing strategic partnerships with churches, and regional Christian agencies from a broad spectrum of denominations

  • Fulfil the External Engagement objective to create special platforms to amplify voices of faith partners to positively utilize their influence to reduce vulnerability and increase well-being of children and their families

  • Advise and support the FOs on interfaith partnering and engagement

Equip our leaders and staff to live out our faith as appropriate in their context

  • Create and nurture a network of F&D point people in the field for successful realization of related strategies and programming

  • Advise the FO leadership on all F&D policies and their contextualized implementation

  • Support the regional and FO leadership in further developing their spiritual leadership competencies and strengthening organizational culture enabling spiritual empowerment of local staff in the context sensitive manner

  • Develop resources and provide support to MEER leadership enabling them to work effectively in non-Christian dominant contexts

Other

  • Perform other duties related to F&D program quality and evidence building

  • Support with implementation of various F&D specific World Vision initiatives and pilots in MEER

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Required

  • Post-graduate degree in development, theology/mission, sociology or similar fields.

  • Minimum 7 years of experience of working on integrating faith in development in local or international organization; work experience in fragile context would be an advantage

  • At least 5 years of experience in building evidence of impact on faith’s contribution into well-being of children

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to support field offices in developing and assessing faith in development programming

  • At least 5 years of experience of integrating faith matters in grant funded programming

  • Demonstrating experience of building and strengthening partnerships with faith leaders

  • Proficiency of English

  • Good knowledge of data analysis software (SPSS, Stata, NVivo etc.) would be preferred

Preferred

  • Great understanding of the evidence base of the role of faith in fighting various dimensions of poverty and its practical applicability in different contexts

  • Good understanding of existing models and approaches promoting spiritual empowerment and thrive among children and their families, especially the most vulnerable

  • Good understanding of traditional and non-traditional donors’ strategic position and interest in faith in development and their readiness (if any) for investment

  • Ecumenical vision and proven ability to work respectfully across all Christian traditions

  • A basic understanding of Islam from a Christian perspective and willingness to work in Islamic contexts

  • Good experience in interfaith/intercultural dialogue

  • Experience in research project on the role of faith in transformation would be highly preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Willingness to be flexible with hours when necessary and able to travel in the field, including the fragile context countries, per need.