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Faith and Social Harmony in Development Advisor

9184-15N24012
Erbil
24-Jan-18

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The technical advisor leads the engagement with and mobilization of church and faith based partners. The technical advisor is responsible for:

  • Improving WV Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI's) conceptual understanding of, approach to, and collaboration with faith leaders.

  • Improving WV KRI's understanding of social cohesion and peacebuilding, and build WVKRI staff’s Do No Harm & social reconciliation awareness and capacity.

The position-holder will champion innovative approaches to dealing with interfaith engagement in the fragile context. He/She will have experience in project cycle management, relief programming, and an understanding of minimum standards/best practices. A networker, the position holder will actively pursue external engagement to develop audiences for interfaith dialogue.

He/she will ensure on-time, on-target implementation and reporting of the Faith and Development projects. He / She will be a mature Christian, who respects denominational and religious diversity who is capable of articulating World Vision’s mission to people of various backgrounds. He/she will have strong organizational skills, capable of coordinating multiple stakeholders, assets and processes to support a vibrant devotional life for staff members.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy and Program Management for Faith & Development (F&D):

  • Lead WV KRI’s engagement with church and other faith partners.

  • Build a network of collaborative Christian partners working towards assistance to vulnerable, conflicted persons and CWB objectives in alignment with WV KRI’s strategy.

  • Learn and support rollout of relevant programming approaches which integrate faith and development.

  • Work closely with WV KRI’s Partnering Programmes Officer and the CREF Project Officer to develop the capacity of faith based partners.

  • Be lead technical advisor for CREF program planning process to ensure alignment with donor promise, context, new and emerging humanitarian needs and response strategy as well as technical quality. Work closely with project operations lead to support quality implementation.

  • Linkages formed with other peacebuilding/interfaith networks to enhance WV’s understanding of best practice and to share our learning.

  • Lessons learned in sectors regarding F&D, packaged and shared with the wider humanitarian community.

  • Contribute and support effective monitoring, evaluation and learning processes and initiatives, and ensure effective data management frameworks are established as well as putting in place regular reporting mechanisms on CREF activities (monthly, quarterly, annual, as required).

Support WVI Staff Faith in Development:

  • Work closely with the KRI Response Manager to support Christian commitments and integration of faith into the KRI team’s culture.

  • Develop community church and other faith leader engagement competency and skills framework, outlining the competencies and skills that are needed for different positions in WV.

  • Support the field Office teams in Faith Partnering relations.

Develop Guidelines and Support Project Design to integrate Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion:

  • Contribute to the organization-wide thinking in WVL on Social Cohesion and Partnering in line with current research and best practice.

  • Work with WVI technical expertise to identify proven peacebuilding and social cohesion technical approaches and curriculums which can be used with partners and with WV programming.

  • Provide a landscape of social cohesion and civil society actors – including churches - in Northern Iraq.

  • Provide do no harm training to staff and partners.

  • Review proposed projects for do no harm considerations.

  • Develop guidelines to ensure that WVKRI interventions are done with careful consideration of relieving social tensions.

  • Work with other technical advisors to integrate peace and faith as a cross cutting theme into other programming approaches.

Build Institutional Capacity to enable effective Partnering:

  • Support PDQA in effectively mainstreaming Partnering in Technical Approaches and Programmes.

  • Work with PDQA team to analyze core DME processes such as design and evaluation, and develop improved practices that enable us to complete DME work effectively in community engagement (Social cohesion and partnering).

  • Work with the P&C team to analyze core P&C processes such as recruitment and performance management keeping partnering as a core competency.

External Engagement:

  • Liaise with WV Partnership related entities.

  • Lead National Level engagement regarding CS partnering relations.

  • Liaise with external parties in respect of CS development landscaping and initiatives.

  • Support GAM in relevant concept notes and project proposals.

  • Engage with MEER FinD Dir. on a regular basis throughout the program planning process in order to secure the different layers of strategic alignment (field and regional office) for the overall initiative.

  • Share information (including analysis) with internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis to meet their information requirements.

Other Tasks:

  • Participate in local and international capacity building events and meetings.

  • Participate and attend spiritual nurture events as well as other organizational events.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Must have a degree or equivalent in relevant fields of study such as International Development, Political Science/International Relations, Economics, Sociology, or other related field.

  • In-depth knowledge of project design, project management, project implementation and proposal writing.

  • Excellent written & spoken English. Arabic/Kurdish language is preferred.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, representation and negotiation skills.

  • Excellent analytical and writing (English) skills.

  • Sound planning, time management and administrative skills.

  • Ability to work under pressure, in a team, and for long hours if required.

  • Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PPT and DB Software.

  • Strong interest and understanding of issues related to poverty, civil society, health, child & youth development and humanitarian and emergency affairs.

  • High sense of responsibility and attention to detail.

  • Proven track record of coaching and capacity building.

  • Cross cultural sensitivity and thorough understanding of the local context, cultural and political situation.

  • Ability to communicate persuasively to all stakeholders.

  • Ability to build and maintain strong link and relationships with major NGOs, donors, government agencies, Support Offices, etc (external and internal).

  • Ability to interpret and present information with influence and impact.

  • Good understanding of the working of major donors, such as USAID, UN, CIDA, Aus Aid etc.

  • Good understanding of World Vision and Sphere relief standards, as well as the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct.

  • 5 years of experience in Grants Acquisition and Management.

  • 3-5 years’ experience of leading a team of diverse background and specialties.

  • Experience in working in culturally diverse setting.

  • Experience in working in Humanitarian and/or development.

  • Full commitment to World Vision’s core values and mission statement.

  • Full adherence to World Vision Lebanon Child Protection, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

  • Full adherence to security protocols.

  • Motivated and goal orientated.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • MA degree in social sciences, international development or equivalent.

  • Proven track record for multi-sector progGAMming experience.

  • Experience coordination with INGO’s and other key stakeholders.

Work Environment/Travel:

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