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Programmes Director, World Vision Nepal



The purpose of this position is to provide strategic leadership to World Vision International Nepal’s (WVIN) technical programmes, to ensure the organisation delivers on its strategic goals to work with the most vulnerable children and families. You will manage a team of technical experts to ensure the quality of programme design, as well as oversee the expansion of a diversified funding portfolio through the Resource Development Unit. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will provide valuable input in to WVIN’s strategy and objectives.


Organisational Leadership:

  • Active participation in Senior Leadership Team.

  • Support strategy development and implementation, ensuring it is fit for purpose to pursue diversified funding opportunities, responding to the Nepal landscape, and

  • reflecting the needs of the most vulnerable.

  • Provide overall leadership to the Programmes Department.

Programme Design:

  • Design results-based innovative development programmes that reach the most vulnerable children and families.

  • Improve the quality of programme designs through technical rigor.

  • Analysis of monitoring for continuous improvement.

  • Oversee technical programme design and performance to deliver on WVIN ministry targets, and reporting on sector achievements.

Grant Acquisition and Management (GAM):

  • Diversify WVIN’s current funding portfolio through both institutional donor engagement, as well as private non-sponsorship opportunities.

  • Preposition WVIN for grant opportunities.

  • Oversee the design of high-quality winning proposals.

  • Build partnerships with other INGOs for consortium.

  • Formulate and deliver GAM strategy to increase the win rate.

External Engagement:

  • Represent WVIN at donor meetings to present evidence of impact in programming.

  • Manage critical donor, corporate, peer and UN relationships and negotiate partnerships.

  • Ensure Technical Managers are building relationships with government departments and other INGOs.


  • Masters in International Development, or similar.

  • Knowledge of good development approaches including the rights based approach and empowerment approach to development.

  • Knowledge of the following sectors – education, health, livelihoods, child protection.

  • Ability to design innovative projects as a part of an effective programme.

  • Knowledge of DME processes/project management cycle.

  • Knowledge of institutional donor requirements.

  • Strong people management skills, with excellent interpersonal skills and an enabling style. Able to lead and manage a team of nationals and expatriates, and an ability to mentor staff.

  • Ability to work across departments with peers. Strong influencing, negotiating and collaboration skills.

  • Clear strategic thinking with excellent problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Ability to work at both a strategic and a project level to resolve issues.

  • Confidence to engage with senior leadership, donors and government representatives.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including cross-cultural communication skills.

  • At least 8 years’ experience of working in international development programming including at least 2 years of working in an implementing country office.

  • Experience of applying technical rigor to project designs.

  • Practical experience of applying DME/project cycle management.

  • Experience with government relations and networking with other international agencies.

  • Experience in designing winning grant projects for a range of donors, and managing donor contracts.

  • Experience leading teams in a cross-cultural environment.


  • Experience working in a disaster response.

  • Ability to develop, monitor and lead on relevant strategies.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 15% of the time.