Global Sector Lead - WASH

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
2+ Years

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

*For WV internal applicants only.


The position provides global leadership and direction for sector, leveraging all entities within the World Vision partnership to maximize their contribution to child well-being. Oversees World Vision’s sector programming to ensure that it reflects the organizational distinctive of Christ-centered, community empowering and child focused in its standards and practices and the highest technical standards are met in its programming. Builds WV’s reputation in the sector, creates partnerships and innovative approaches and strengthens and mobilises WV’s sector community of practice to execute excellence in programming that demonstrates evidence of impact. Positions and brands WV as a leading child-focused organization and represents WV at high level external boards and advisory councils.


Set Strategic Priorities:

  • Define WV’s sector vision, global sectoral approach and targets in alignment with Partnership strategy.

  • Provides thought leadership in their respective area of expertise both within and outside World Vision.

  • Develops WV brand and reputation through quality programming, evidence of impact, policy and advocacy related work.

  • Responsible for the development of sectoral policy and guidance in alignment with Partnership strategy.

  • Ensures Partnership alignment to sector approaches and core project models to achieve strategy.

  • Ensures integration of WV’s distinctive, biases and ethos in all sector guidance and practice.

  • Ensures the global sectoral approach is vertically aligned (from sector fundraising & marketing through sector programming) and horizontally integrated (with other sectors and lines of ministry).

  • Ensures overall compliance with Partnership standards and external standards.

  • Ensure innovations in sector programming.

Build Capacities:

  • Builds capability of WV’s sector professionals and global community of practice.

  • Promotes a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

  • Internally benchmark capabilities, processes, and systems in education programming against market leaders and build toward best in class.

  • Determines the technical capacity needs for the partnership.

Provide Global Stewardship:

  • Maintains a global view of sector across the partnership.

  • Determines the technical capacity needs for the partnership.

  • Ensures accountability in provision of technical services by Technical Service Organisation (TSO) and programme implementation for globally agreed standards, sector approaches and core project models.

  • Build understanding of current sectoral footprint and identify opportunities for further impact.

  • Maintain a view of revenue streams to support programme opportunity. Measure extent to which resourcing opportunities meet ministry needs and impact Child Well Being (CWB).

Ensure Accountability:

  • With Evidence and Learning, responsible for analysis and interpretation of data that provides global evidence of impact for sector.

Promote WV Way:

  • Coordinates with other Global Sector leads in ensuring global approaches (including core project models) are integrated and have a ministry focus that is Christian, community-based and child-focused.

  • Oversees and coordinates closely with Support Office (and GC where appropriate) sector team engagement and partners.

External Engagement:

  • Represents and builds World Vision’s influence, advocacy, partnerships and reputation externally.

  • Collaborates with Faith and Development actors externally as we seek to integrate faith into all our programming to address spirituals of causes of child well-being.

  • Participates in high level international meetings, forums and conferences as required.

  • Actively positions WV as a NGO of choice with global 2030 Agenda platforms, and with potential and key partners, donors and stakeholders, businesses and donors.

  • Provides technical support to Global Campaigns.


  • Masters degree in the sector related expertise area.

  • In-depth knowledge / expertise in sector programming including evidence based best practices.

  • Sector professional with minimum 10 years’ experience designing and leading programming in the developing world.

  • Strong experience developing strategy and policy in WV or in another International NGO.

  • Strong experience and proven skills in leading a team of technical professionals.

  • Strong experience in working with grant funded programmes by bilateral and multilateral donors.

  • Strong experience and proven skills in working effectively across the WV Partnership to advance priorities and achieve change, in situations without direct authority in which influence, relationships, and technical quality are needed to succeed.

  • Strong experience and proven skills in external engagement that contributes to change in policy and practice and builds WV’s reputation as a leader in the industry

  • Experience in working with faith, faith actors and faith related issues in development.

  • Experience of HEA and fragile contexts.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in working with and managing large grants in sector programming for major bilateral and multilateral donors.

Work Environment/Travel:

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