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Senior Director Resource Development

Job Description

*For World Vision internal applicants only.

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful applicant within a jusrisdiction (country or US State) where WVI is registered to operate.


The Senior Director Resource Mobilisation position provides leadership within the organisation on multi-lateral funding and all donor engagement for humanitarian response. The position oversees and leads in strengthening of national office resource mobilisation and grants management for humanitarian responses by providing leadership in prepositioning, designing and managing humanitarian responses funded by multiple donors (UN, USAID ECHO, and DFID).

This position provides immediate support to the Senior Technical Advisors, Technical directors, and directors in acquiring and managing bilateral, multilateral and private funding for programmes aimed at contributing to child well-being world-wide. The position will coordinate with the leadership of the WV core sectors (education, child protection, livelihoods, and health and nutrition) and the WV Global Grant Acquisition and Management Director to ensure well integrated programmes for impact, particularly in the pursuit of multi-sector cash funding. Key to this position is the leadership and oversight on the Program Investment Management Framework (Booking Protocol) for the different UN pipelines (UNICEF, OCHA UNHCR and UNWFP) and quality assurance and ensuring reduction of complexity throughout the process to ensure responsiveness and competitiveness. This will also involve the process of mobilising match funding from the different WV Support Offices to enhance accountability and complementary interventions for impact.

The Senior Director Resource Mobilisation is a key position in the team reporting to the Partnership Leader for the merged HEA and FPMG portfolio supporting the positioning of World Vision as a partner of choice for emergency response to global social service needs.


Leadership and Strategy Execution:

  • Responsible for leading development and implementation of the resource mobilisation strategy for the team to ensure multilateral engagements are well institutionalised and supported.

  • Leads the development of WV multilateral funding policies and practices.

  • Leads the alignment of the Food Assistance strategy and the fragile context model to WV global sector approaches to support achievements of the partnership strategy- through technical approaches (TA) and technical programmes (TP).

  • Provide support and leadership to the development of innovative and replicable project approaches emergency response along with execution guidance for these approaches that strengthen resilience to shocks.

  • Lead and be accountable for the development and management of the framework for the acquisition, management and booking of resources UN agencies (UNICEF, UNHCR and WFP).

  • Ensures that the unit is engaged in strategic level and building core relationships with multilateral donors (OCHA, UNICEF, UNHCR and WFP) at global, regional and national office level.

  • Responsible for the effective coordination of support offices in the mobilisation and management of match funding for UN grants.

  • Coordination and Representation


  • Responsible for establishing global agreements with assigned UN agencies to foster partnership with WV.

  • Coordinate mapping of donors, understand donor expectations and areas of influence.

  • Represent WV in external coordination and strategic meetings and specifically with Regional and global donors (WFP, USAID, DFID, ECHO etc) to profile the organisation and ensure that we are well represented in these forums where issues of humanitarian assistance are being discussed.

  • Lead the engagement of WV in the global coordination platforms e.g. food security cluster, inter agency standing committee (IASC) and UNHCR coordination cluster, to support and profile the work of WV and influence other partners to adopt WV good practices.

  • Analyse, identify and influence global partnership opportunities to work with key external institutions towards joint programming with WV as a key participating agency (universities, UN or other INGO partners.


  • Promote collaboration/integration with livelihood, health and education sectors to strengthen national office resource mobilisation and joint programming.

  • Influence and lobby regional leaders, resource development directors, HEA Directors, national directors and support offices to expand programmes and enter new areas based on needs (Food Assistance, Nutrition, water, sanitation, education, child protection, refugee programmes) through multi-lateral funding.

  • Oversee the development of effective working relationship between the team and the WV Relationship Managers (WVUS FSL for US government funded grants, WVUK for United Kingdom funded pipelines, EULO Office for EU/ECHO funded pipelines, WV Netherlands and WV Germany the bilateral pipelines.

  • Lead the coordination with GAM in the pursuit of emergency response funding and other relevant food assistance pipe.

Program Development and Donor Engagement:

  • Guide and influence the process of donor prioritisation and ensure systematic engagement donors (USAID, ECHO, UNWFP, UNICEF, UNHCR, DFID) through engaging with SOs for potential entry with new donors and establishing relationships with their Regional representatives.

  • Accountable for creating and guiding food assistance program expansion in selected National Offices based on vulnerability.

  • Responsible in leading the expansion of (UNICEF and UNHCR programmes) during emergencies and ensures effective implementation.

  • Lead the development and execution of the WV global humanitarian financing policy for multilaterals and subsequent dissemination to all offices.

  • Coordinate with the Regional Leadership during Disaster Declaration of emergencies and developing resource mobilisation plans for multi lateral organisations.

  • Responsible for meeting the growth strategy targets for humanitarian funding streams (food assistance and services), identify where needs exist and influence adoption of programmes.

  • Lead in conducting context analysis for different regions and identify opportunities and work with Senior Technical advisors and directors to pursue the opportunities and expand programmes to respond to slow or rapid onset disasters and fragile contexts.

Knowledge Management and Evidence Based:

  • Coordinate research, documentation and reflection exercise for learning and evidence building for donor portfolio.

  • Facilitate the documentation and dissemination of field best practices, case studies and success stories for engagement with different stakeholders.

  • Provide technical inputs into policy briefs to ensure quality of advocacy messages.

  • Engage with different advocacy initiatives to mobilise funding from multilateral donors.

Leadership and Management:

  • Participate in senior management meetings and activities including regular meetings, training activities, devotions and other activities as requested.

  • Lead in the supervision of three key functions in the unit namely Director, Technical director and senior technical advisors to ensure compliance and performance on their roles.

  • Establish performance agreements and development plans with each direct report and ensure they do the same for their direct reports.

  • Mentor, coach and facilitate career progression and leadership development for members of the team.

  • Provide leadership and guidance in the formulation of key policies and standards for the unit and monitoring compliance and consistency in the interpretation of such policies and procedures.

  • Ensure alignment and integration of the Unit plan and goals of line ministries with overall WV partnership strategy and goals.

Other Responsibilities that include and are not limited to:

  • Coordination with partnership entities as needed for planning and problem solving purposes in relation to integration and wider humanitarian response within the partnership strategy.

  • Develop relevant and value adding relationships with external agencies that are core to the operations of the team.

  • Active contribution and support in spiritual nurture of staff.



  • Masters’ degree in International Development, Social Sciences, or a related field or equivalent experience required.

  • Direct experience in- and thorough working knowledge of- food assistance legislation and regulations of major donors including the United States, Canada, the European Union and Australia.

  • Strong team player with proven ability to collaborate constructively and find solutions to achieve objectives while building and maintaining good relationships at all levels.

  • A minimum of 10 years working experience in a high level management position in program development, donor relations or related field.

  • Track record of strong and positive relationships with significant Humanitarian assistance stakeholders (i.e. WFP, UN agencies, NGOs and major donors).

  • Professional maturity translating into the ability to provide counsel and expertise to senior professionals.

  • Ability to coach and support experienced senior professionals, providing necessary direction and guidance, managing by objectives while delegating the detailed management of their teams and specialised areas of content.

  • Minimum of 10 years work experience in senior management leading to a high degree of expertise and knowledge of effective resource mobilisation and acquisition.

  • A deep and broad understanding of business operations within World Vision or a similar organisation.

  • Significant multi-cultural leadership and management experience.

  • Good spoken and written English communication skills.

  • Knowledge of an additional international language (French, Spanish and/or Portuguese) highly preferred.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.


  • Minimum a Master’s Degree level.

  • A minimum of 15 years working experience in a high level management position in program development, donor relations or related field.

  • A Minimum of 10 years senior management experience.

Work Environment:

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