Senior Advisor Church and Interfaith Relations

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.

*Preferred position location: Dakar, Senegal. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.


World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization. Our global strategy calls us to ‘live out our faith with boldness and humility’ and to expand and deepen our partnerships with churches and faith leaders. At the same time, we recognise that our Christian faith is a strength that we have not yet fully utilised to address the spiritual causes of poverty and vulnerability. This position is designed to provide strategic leadership to the World Vision partnership to strengthen our capacity to collaborate effectively with churches and other faith actors in the design and implementation programmes that promote sustainable, holistic child well-being.

The primary function of the role is to support Field Offices (FOs) and programmes to effectively engage and collaborate with churches and other faith actors in support of FO national strategies. This is done by developing, refining and supporting implementation of policies, standards, guidelines and resources to meet prioritised Field Office needs.

As World Vision expands its work in fragile and urban contexts, this role will develop or adapt resources that respond to the specific requirements of church and inter-faith relations within these challenging contexts.

The role will also provide support and technical advice to World Vision’s global sector & ministry teams to ensure project models and programming guidance contains clear guidelines on effective church and interfaith engagement.

The role will work closely with the Faith and Development External Engagement team by capturing promising practices of church/faith partnerships for vulnerable children and by supporting strategic partnerships with churches present at local, national, regional and global level.


Global Guidance:

  • Provide strategic leadership and coordination in the development, refinement and implementation of global standards, guidelines and resources in line with policies to strengthen effective engagement and collaboration with church and other faith actors in WV’s programming for child well-being.

  • Support WV entities in the implementation of the Faith and Development management policy and other faith related guidance, especially as it relates to church and other-faith partnering.

  • Ensure the quality implementation of the ‘Partnerships with Churches’ policy. Ensure timely analysis of programme data to show scale and quality of implementation.

  • In collaboration with Global Field Operations (GFO) and Global Impact (GI), develop guidelines and capacity building resources for field offices and programmes to use to strengthen their engagement and mobilisation of churches and other faith based organisations.

  • Working with WV’s peace building team, ensure WV’s guidelines on church and interfaith relations create opportunities to build peace between faith groups, and strengthens social cohesion especially in fragile and urban contexts.

  • Ensure WV’s guidelines on church and interfaith relations build on existing good practice in partnering and external engagement already developed by WV’s advocacy and external engagement team. Support NOs and ROs to develop good partnering relationships with FBOs and faith leaders.

  • Working with Global Centre (GC) Faith & Development (F&D) Prayer Resource and Initiative specialist, mobilise prayer support for church and interfaith relations in response to priority Field Office needs.

Sector Integration:

  • Ensures effective integration of church and inter-faith relations into sector project models and field guidance

  • Work with WV’s global sector teams, ensure church and interfaith relations are well integrated into project models, field guidelines and quality assurance resources.

  • Work with global sector teams to test and implement metrics to show how church and interfaith relations contributes to the achievement of project model outcomes.

  • Work with WV’s peacebuilding team to strengthen the role of interfaith relations as a foundation for peacebuilding, and to integrate interfaith peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity into existing project models.

  • Work with global sector teams and GC F&D to refine resources and strengthen church and other faith groups implementation of Spiritual Nurture of Children approaches and resources.

  • Working with Global Knowledge Management, use this evidence to produce internal and external communications materials to showcase the contribution of church and interfaith relations to CWB outcomes.

Learning and Innovation:

  • Lead the continuous improvement of WV’s regional and national work on church and interfaith relations.

  • Work with global Knowledge Management colleagues to establish a community or practice for practitioners to share good practice and innovation in relation to church and interfaith relations.

  • Identify, document and disseminate good practices and innovations on church and faith partnerships.

  • Build a cadre of staff across the partnership who are able to promote effective church and interfaith relations within field offices and programmes.

  • Work with the Faith and Development External Engagement team to leverage existing relationships and opportunities as relevant to Field Office needs, and to ensure good coordination and learning from local to global level.

Church and Faith Partnerships in Fragile, Urban, and Disaster Management:

  • Support Field Offices to adapt existing church and interfaith relations tools and resources to their specific contexts.

  • Working with the fragile contexts and urban teams, ensure WV’s church and interfaith relations resources are adapted and working effectively in these contexts.

  • Working with the Disaster Management team, ensure church and interfaith engagement resources are adapted for disaster management programmes.


  • Master degree in theology, religious studies, development studies or other related fields.

  • At least 5-7 years’ experience in senior leadership roles within the development/humanitarian industry.

  • At least 5-7 years’ working experience in diverse and other faith contexts working

  • At least 5-7 years’ experience and demonstrated understanding of other faith communities, the complexity of working as Christian NGO within Faith contexts, relationship with the faith and development arena, major players, and joint work towards the sustainable development goals.

  • Exemplary personal Christian commitment, vibrant and mature Christian leadership.

  • Deep knowledge of a range of Church structures, denominations and history, preferably with personal experience of working with different denominational bodies.

  • Knowledge of and experience working with para-church networks.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in culturally and religiously diverse environments.

  • Deep understanding and extensive experience of Islamic contexts, especially in fragile contexts.

  • A team player with proven effectiveness working collaboratively with others and developing partnerships both internally and externally.

  • Clarity in conceptual thinking and communication including critical thinking skills and the ability to challenge the status quo.

  • Excellent communication skills in writing and producing clear, concise and appealing documents.

  • Strong computer literacy in the use of MS Word, Excel, Lotus Notes, and the hosting of webinars and conference calls.

  • 5-7 years’ working experience in international, cross-cultural settings.

  • Proven experience working with and through networks.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

  • Fluency in Arabic or French an advantage, other languages helpful also.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to World Vision objectives and ministry priorities. Supports the vision, mission, core values, and the covenant of partnership.

  • Self-starter with strong time management, coordination, prioritization, multi-tasking skills.

  • Ability to work with a high level of ambiguity.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven flexibility to work well with others with diverse personal styles.

  • Work collaboratively with team members when assigned to work as part of a team.

Work Environment/Travel:

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