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Associate Director - Quality Assurance Technical

Job Description


This Purpose of Position will be used in the WVI or local Careers site, and if applicable, advertisements. Please describe the role in 2-3 concise sentences. Focus on the core of what this role is supposed to achieve. Describe the purpose of this position and how this position contributes to achieving department objectives and the management and performance of others.

To provide technical leadership in the development of quality programmes and projects. This position will ensure that World Vision learning is translated into stronger and more impactful programmes. The position will further lead quality assurance in programs through management of an effective team to contribute to innovation, technical excellence, application of learning and DME results, influence of the ministry of WVM towards achievement of the strategy objectives and child well-being outcomes. This position will provide leadership and technical oversight in the measurement of programs and strategy; will ensure that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems are developed and utilized and the WV Development Programming Approach is strengthened and implemented across WVM programming.


List statements describing the final results of this position and method of accomplishments, and how results/performance are reviewed and measured. Begin with the most important accountabilities.

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Major Activities

End Results Expected



  • Lead in the development, ongoing refinement, monitoring, tracking and reporting of WVM’s strategy.

  • Motivate staff to work as teams and focus on strategic priorities in delivering results on child well-being outcomes and maintain high level of productivity and standard of professionalism.

  • Facilitate and support effective matrix relationship/cross functional teams to assure mutual accountability for program performance and effectiveness between implementation and quality assurance teams.

  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive overall monitoring and evaluation systems/framework, including performance indicators and benchmarks in the WVM NO to ensure transparency and accountability in compliance with overall strategic direction.

  • Support management and accountability through providing routine, accurate collection and reporting of information that confirms status of program activities based on logframes and M&E frameworks.

  • Develop the quality control systems and mechanisms needed to guarantee proper management of information and data.

  • Coach the DME, technical and sponsorship staff in design and implementation of M&E frameworks, reporting, data and knowledge management.

  • Lead the implementation of program Quality Standards in the WVM NO.

  1. Programme plans aligned to National Office strategy and World Vision guidance on programme quality standards

  2. World Vision Programmes are child focused and community based

  3. Monitoring and Evaluation System Manual for WVM Strategy developed.

  4. Quality control Systems and Mechanisms Developed


Capacity Building and Program Quality

  • Support the training and capacity development of WVM Quality Assurance team and partners in DME and LEAP including areas of program assessment, design, and monitoring & evaluation methodologies and on the use of Monitoring and Evaluation tools.

  • Collaborate with the regional Program effectiveness specialist and Quality Assurance Coordinators in the planning of workshops and development of training materials to address the needs to improve performance in areas identified in the DME Capacity Assessment and monitoring and evaluation reports.

  • Support the Quality Assurance Specialist, Sponsorship /Operations managers, P&C director and technical specialists in developing and implementing effectiveness plans for integrated capacity building.

  • Support the Organizational Capacity Plan (OCP) implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and update/review on an annual basis.

  • Lead the knowledge management and utilization efforts of the WVM NO.

  • Support the training and capacity development of Technical Program Managers in DME and LEAP

1. DME, Technical and sponsorship Staff capacity in M&E is developed.



  • Lead the process of improving the technical depth and technical quality of WVM programs in priority sectors

  • Develop and ensure effectiveness of DME systems and project performance frameworks (in collaboration with IPD) in measuring and tracking technical quality in program implementation and results.

  • Build and contribute towards the development and application of evidence-based technical approaches and program models aligned to WVM strategy.

  • Develop and document key innovations to effectively manage the programmatic knowledge-base of WVM

  • Assure support for program quality throughout the life cycle of ADP programming and align team capacity development responsive to relevant needs

  • Monitor program performance (grants, ADPs, PNSF) in terms of achievement of targeted results and contribution to child well-being.

  • Ensure program implementation staff are aware of and comply with all donor/WV technical programmatic standards and requirements through developing and maintaining appropriate monitoring and support systems

  • Ensure all technical and programmatic reports are submitted on time, meet quality expectations, and are appropriately documented

  • Support the Quality Assurance Specialist, Sponsorship Manager, AP managers and technical specialists in preparing plans for adoption of DPA, strengthening of DME including indicators for child well-being in order to operationalize their national program strategies.

  • Guide WVM NO on the utilization of evidence based programming models and their contextual adaptation.

  • Monitors the quality of Technical Program (TP) and Community Engagement and Sponsorship Plan (CESP) design across WVM NO to raise quality.

  • Assures adequate technical support on DME, Program logic and integration between Technical Programs

  • Provides technical endorsement of the DME in the Technical Programs and Sponsorship and Community Engagement Plan design for the WVM ND to approve.

  • Support the monitoring of the quality of CESP development across NO, ensuring integration of sponsorship, and community engagement in alignment with DPA principles.

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation System Manual for Technical Programs developed.

  2. Impact of World Vision Malawi programming is demonstrated through tangible evidence.

  3. DME related risks are identified and monitored.


Innovation and Learning

  • Support WVM in innovative operations research and programming interventions.

  • Assist in the identification of cutting-edge, research-based program assessment, design, monitoring & evaluation methodologies and models.

  • Coordinate regular program review meetings to facilitate dialogue and learning on project/program Implementation.

  • Keep abreast of DME best practices through ongoing research.

  • Promote the replication of documented best practices among the Program offices

  • Disseminate and promote the utilisation of key research and case studies

  1. Leanings and innovations are clearly documented.


Knowledge Management - Documentation and Sharing of Best Practices

  • Lead the roll out and implementation of Horizon 3.0.

  • Contribute to the design and review of project management information systems.

  • Support the documentation of lessons learnt and good practices and share them with the broader organisation.

  • Provide coaching for WVM DME staff on facilitation of learning and reflection on M&E products and presenting recommendations for leadership and staff action.

  1. World Vision best practices are documented and shared.

  2. TPs and APs structured data is uploaded and live on Horizon 3.0


External Representation

  • Develop / build linkages with other (external) organizations and Support Offices that contribute towards the effective delivery of effective ministry in alignment with programming effectiveness policy.

  • Provide annual Business Plan and monthly reports to the regional leadership.

  • Lead the Program Support Team meetings and follow up the implementation of the PST action plan.

  • Build the recognition and reputation of World Vision Malawi as a partner of choice among stakeholders including government, peer organizations, and donors and develop the capacity to effectively communicate of World Vision Malawi’s value proposition as a partner

  • Support effective program implementation through ongoing donor engagement on programmatic performance and revisions in a timely manner

  1. Networks (within World Vision) and alliances with external partners (research institutions, Universities, other NGOs, etc) are established.


People Management, Mentorship, and Development:

  1. Manage Quality Assurance and strategy team; define expectations, provide leadership and technical support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly

  2. Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities for staff

  3. Incorporate staff and career development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process.

  1. Staff performance within the department is maintained


Budget Management

  1. Lead in the development of Quality assurance budget.

  2. Provide oversight on budgets related to DME initiatives

  1. Annual budget in place and implemented


List education, knowledge & skills, licenses preferred, and all experiences required to perform this position in a fully competent manner.

Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position:

List academic requirements (if applicable), technical skills, or other knowledge required as a minimum qualification for this position.

  1. Master’s degree in International Development, Business Administration, Strategic Management, Public Health, Economics, Rural Development or its equivalent.

  2. Minimum of 7 years managerial experience in Portfolio and Program Management with a thorough understanding of all areas of project management cycles.

  3. Ability to engage at a strategic level with senior government, UN and INGO officials.

  4. Computer literate in Microsoft Office and statistical packages

  5. .

List additional work experience required as a minimum qualification for this position.

  1. Ability to lead a multi-cultural team with an empowering and outcome oriented approach.

  2. Strong budgetary and financial management skills

  3. Proficiency in written and spoken English.

  4. Good interpersonal, organizational and time management skills

  5. Ability to solve complex problems and to exercise independent judgment

  6. Demonstrated experience in web based M&E systems

License, registration, or certification required to perform this position:

If applicable, include language requirement(s) as a minimum qualification for this position.


Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

List academic requirements, technical skills or other knowledge preferred for this position.

  1. Demonstrated experience in designing, monitoring and evaluation of multi sectoral programmes/projects.

  2. Previous experience in grant management.

List additional work experience preferred for this position.

Work Environment

Include travel & work environment details.

Complete Travel and/or Work Environment statements if applicable.

  1. The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to _40__% of the time.


While all 13 core capabilities are expected of the role, to help the recruiters conduct more effective screening and interviewing of prospective candidates, please select the level for which they will interview. Then, identify a maximum of 3-4 priority core capabilities that are the most critical for this position.

  1. Select one level. For older versions of Microsoft Word, double-click the checkbox, and then click “Checked” in order to select the checkbox.

    Individual Level

    Leadership Level

    Organisational Level

  2. Select 3-4 priority core capabilities that are the most critical for this position.

Achieving quality results & service.

Practising accountability & integrity.

Communicating information effectively.

Thinking clearly, deeply & broadly.

Understanding the Humanitarian Industry.

Practising innovation & change.

Demonstrating Christ-centred life & work.

Learning for growth & development.

Maintaining work/life balance & effectiveness.

Building collaborative relationships.

Practising gender & cultural diversity.

Influencing individuals & groups.

Understanding World Vision’s mission & operations.