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Syria Response Livelihoods Advisor

9667-16N12123
Amman
18-May-18
International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

World Vision International is seeking a Livelihood Technical Specialist for its Syria Response, covering Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. The position is part of the Regional Technical Team, and will be based at the World Vision office in Amman, Jordan. The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Lead on developing and implementing a Livelihood Programming Strategy for World Vision’s Syria Response as a whole, and for each of the countries included in the Response.

  • Lead on ensuring technical expertise and staff capacity, innovation, quality results and organisational learning within World Vision based on credible evidence gained through livelihoods programming.

  • Have up-to-date sectoral knowledge to ensure that current thinking is reflected in World Vision’s Livelihood and Resilience programmes, and that they in turn influence across the response.

  • Lead livelihoods specific and/or integrated research and learning initiatives.

  • Represent World Vision in external engagement with technical sectors, donors, governments and other relevant stakeholders in the humanitarian community.

  • Serve as the technical specialist in resource acquisition related to livelihood programming.

  • Model and promote World Vision’s values that aspire to achieving a safe and secure future for children.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy:

  • Refine and lead the realisation of livelihood sector objectives from the Syria Response Strategy, ensuring synergy, integration and cross-fertilization with other sectors at both regional and country levels.

  • Based on evidence of impact, monitor and analyse progress and provide recommendations towards achieving Livelihoods strategic objectives at the regional and country level.

Technical Expertise and Organisational Learning:

  • Provide Livelihoods expertise, technical support and updated knowledge during project/programme design, monitoring, implementation and evaluation, as well as to related staff across the response.

  • Ensure understanding and quality embedding of Livelihoods Technical standards at project, programme and strategic levels.

  • Ensure capacity building of Livelihoods staff where required.

  • Lead development of strategic new Livelihoods approaches in line with the programming context and imminent funding environment of response countries to ensure programme relevance.

  • Work with other technical leads and MEAL, to support the coordination and exchange of lessons learned and good practice.

Regional level Advocacy and External Positioning:

  • Represent World Vision on relevant regional working groups, in donor meetings, private sector engagements and at conferences.

  • Work with the Response Advocacy Lead to develop and maintain relationships and networks with the relevant national institutions and other key stakeholders.

  • Support Response Country Offices to engage national level decision makers in effective policy dialogue.

  • Use credible and validated evidence from programming to inform policy dialogue and policy recommendations.

  • In collaboration with Programmes, and response offices & NOs, map existing and develop new WVI Livelihoods partnerships at Response and national levels.

Resource Acquisition:

  • In collaboration with other WVI specialists, support mapping of donors and actively pursue new funding opportunities for WVI in the area of Livelihoods.

  • In collaboration with country offices, actively engage in designing the technical components of new project proposals and take the lead in writing regional project applications for donors.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate efforts to comply with WVI and national sectoral standards and policies, ensuring response offices are capable of meeting minimum quality standards for the Livelihood and Resilience sector.

  • Be aware of the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs (HEA) standards and operational imperatives.

  • Any other duty as agreed with the supervisor.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • University degree in Economy/Human Development/Social Sciences or related field.

  • Master degree in relevant field required.

  • At least five years working experience at a senior level in Livelihoods and Resilience sector in a humanitarian context.

  • Excellent technical understanding of Sustainable Development, Economic Development and Livelihoods and Resilience, including agriculture and IT sectors.

  • Experience designing and facilitating Livelihoods capacity building activities and training.

  • Good understanding of humanitarian architecture.

  • Substantial experience in networking and positioning with external stakeholders.

  • Extensive experience in developing successful project proposals.

  • Experience in advocacy, preferably on trans-national level.

  • Experience of working in the Syria Response Region would be an advantage.

  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.

  • Excellent spoken and written English language skills required.

  • Arabic language skills an advantage.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Ability and willingness to learn new things and support new initiatives.

  • Capacity to engage in policy dialogue.

  • Excellent networking and relationship management skills with the actors of the Livelihoods and Resilience sector (Government, NGO, civil society).

  • Strategic, critical and innovative thinking.

  • Ability to establish and maintain strategic partnerships.

  • Understanding of community mobilization and empowerment principles and approaches.

  • Excellent communication, coordination, diplomacy and negotiation skills.

  • Programme design and proposal development skills.

  • Coaching and staff capacity building skills.

  • Events/ processes facilitation skills.

  • Experience in advocacy initiatives, coalition building and ability to rally coalitions and networks to take positions on specific policy issues.

  • Ability to engage in personal learning and development.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure, efficient task prioritization and time management.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (oral and written in English; Arabic would be an advantage).

  • Experience of communicating with Government, Non-Government, organizations and other sectoral stakeholders.

  • Experience of engaging with private sector companies.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Willingness to be flexible with hours when necessary and ability to travel locally and internationally up to 50% of time.