Initiative Leader- Fragile Context Expansion
*For World Vision applicants only.
*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within a jurisdiction (country or U.S. State) where WVI is registered to operate.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Our Promise 2030 creates an unprecedented opportunity for World Vision (WV) to reset expectations on performance and our ability to operate as a truly global organization striving to improve child wellbeing for the world’s most vulnerable children, especially those living in fragile contexts.
Since January 2017, a new Strategy Realisation Steering Committee (SRSC) has been established to oversee the early phase of WV’s strategy realization journey and set the pace of change across the Partnership.
The Strategy Realisation Office (SRO), a cross functional team of senior internal subject matter experts is the primary driving force for the strategy realization efforts. It is tasked with delivering a portfolio of strategic initiatives that are transforming multiple aspects of World Vision’s operations.
The SRO is seeking to appoint a new Initiative Leader – Fragile Context Expansion to take forward a new strategic initiative that aims to prepare and equip WV for optimized business operations within fragile contexts. This is a high profile role working with executive leadership across the Partnership.
You will be presenting to the highest levels of leadership within World Vision and engaged in high profile assignments that have the potential to radically transform all aspects of the organization.
You will have a passion for the world’s most vulnerable children and a desire to see World Vision excel in all aspects of operations required to deliver http://ourpromise2030 especially as it relates to working in Fragile Contexts.
Project Management - plans, executes and delivers outcomes against agreed upon objectives and milestones:
Develop Fragile Context Expansion (FCE) communication strategy for Internal (Approaches, models, resources etc) and External (Innovations, telling our story, media strategy etc) audiences.
A workstream to define, build and act on talent management, leadership and future workforce for FCE. P&C to lead with 1.1 to co-ordinate
Identify the change plan, future state for change management. Show clearly how this work fits within OP2030.
Stakeholder management - works with the Initiative Executives as well as the SRO Leader to determine needed resources to execute the work stream plan:
Investment plan for FCE/NOs at sub optimal level around grants and PNS. End to end review including Fragile Context Special Fund (FCSF), in alignment with the Partnership Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC).
Work with 4.2 to continue supporting marketing strategies and product development efforts as prioritized by the Resource Development Leadership Council (RDLC).
Work closely with SI2.2, Global Communications and Public Engagement teams to complete an evidence building strategy for our FC work.
Leadership - manages and provides day-to-day guidance to the initiative working team; resolves issues, and involves the SRO leader and Initiative Executives as appropriate:
Leverage WV’s risk appetite statement and ERM processes to strengthen risk management in FCE and build confidence across the Partnership.
Determine principles, triggers and decisions rights for expansion in sub national and new countries, and for withdrawing/ending work in locations.
Action learning and refinement of the Programming Approach, Operating Models, and Core Project Models in fragile contexts.
Liaises with other Initiative Leaders and SRO team members as needed:
Work with F&D to define better practice and principles for FCE, including developing the evidence base for core project models.
Together with GFO, EXL and SRSC define and support leadership structures for long term FCE work, post SI 1.1.
Provides information for regular updates to Steering Committee.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Master's degree preferred, in business administration, public administration, international development or related field.
Over 10 years as a senior leader in international development field locations with significant operational experience in fragile contexts.
Broad and deep experience in several functions, esp. on international development and management and cross-functional senior management experiences within World Vision.
Current or recent World Vision leadership experience is required.
Ability to think globally and look at the macro, strategic issues to inform strategy choices and management process.
Thinks carefully about the likely effects on others of one's words, actions, appearance and mode of behavior. Selects the words or actions most likely to have the desired effect on the individual or group in question. Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team.
Demonstrates ability to persuade, convince, or influence others to commit to actions or products, which he or she finds of value; convinces others by understanding their needs and relating the action or product to their needs.
Balances the needs and interests of various stakeholders and makes decisions involving competing goals, objectives and alternatives. Prioritizes tasks and redirects work effort in response to changes in priorities.
Identifies and analyzes situations and/or issues, considers options, develops and decides on solutions, recommends and/or implements and monitors appropriate solutions.
Acts in a candid and straightforward manner with others, honors his/her commitments and respects the confidentiality and needs of others.
Establishes a systematic course of action for self and others to ensure accomplishment of specific objectives. Balances the needs and interests of various stakeholders and the broader organization. Determines priorities and allocates time and resources effectively. Recognizes when there is enough data for a decision and the risk of not having all possible information is tolerable.
Makes decisions, takes actions or makes commitments, after considering the available courses of action and the needs and values of others.
World Vision Field Office Leadership: Track record in leading Field Office senior management, strategy development, operations, resource development, external engagement and all aspects of running a successful WV Field Office.
Fragile Context: Senior Leader in a fragile context – comfortable operating in challenging contexts and familiar with the challenges / opportunities presented by running a WV operation in a fragile state or country with significant sub-national fragility.
Strategy development – Confident in developing goals / objectives and associated metrics to drive performance and operations in a range of contexts.
Organisational Development – Seasoned leader with track record in managing organization-wide transformation and change agendas. Familiarity with OP2030 mindsets and behaviours.
International Development: Strong knowledge and understanding of humanitarian industry (relief, development, and advocacy), including how INGOs operate in the global and local contexts. Understanding WV current ministry and operations is critical.
Finance and funding Knowledge: Applies understanding of the broad financial basis of the organization, strategic resource allocation, and understanding funding model.
Biblical Scripture Knowledge: Demonstrates knowledge of biblical scripture by accurately applying biblical scripture in decisions, recommendations, and actions.
Business Know-How: Applies a broad-based understanding of key business fundamentals with knowledge of World Vision’s organization, strategic relationships, and the business/political environment. Uses a high-level understanding of finance, operations, marketing, information systems, and human resources to manage across departmental and functional lines. Evaluates and manages risks to the organization at all levels.
Performance Management: Demonstrates ability to design and implement performance management system, monitor leadership performance, report and document performance, and develop recommendation for strategy development and goals setting.
Written Communication: Expresses ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and effectively in writing, using correct and appropriate grammar, organization and structure.
English Language Proficiency: The ability to speak, understand and write fluently in English.
The position requires ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 40% of the time.