World Vision International

Country Director - Solomon Islands

Job Description

World Vision Pacific Timore Leste Programme Overview:

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice through sustainable development, emergency relief and raising public awareness. The heart of World Vision's work is in helping communities build stronger and healthier relationships. World Vision helps communities help themselves. World Vision focuses on children because they are the best indicator of a community's social health.

World Vision has been successfully delivering child-centered development programmers in each of the Pacific Timor-Leste countries of Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, focusing on community level interventions that protect children and provide opportunity for growth and development. Country programs are varied, tailored to address local development priorities and delivered in ways that are appropriate to the context in the field. Priorities expressed by the Australian and New Zealand government also suggest significant growth opportunities across the Pacific.

World Vision Solomon Islands:

In Solomon Islands, World Vision is the largest NGO providing direct programs implementation in 6 provinces in partnership with local partners. World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) is known as community-based Organisation with increasing focus to ensure its community-based programming impacting the lives of the most marginalised children. World Vision reaches out the most remote communities where the availability and quality of basic services are very poor. In 2016, WVSI programs reached out 9% of Solomon Island’s over half of million population.

The size of WVSI Portfolio is the following:

Total Funding in FY 17: USD 4,9 million

Total Staff: 110

Geographic Focus: Guadalcanal Provinces (including Weather Coast of Guadacanal),Honiara City Council, Central Islands, Makira, Malaita (East and South), and Temotu.

Sectors: Health System Strengthening with a focus on Maternal Child Health & Nutrition and WASH); Addressing Gender-based Violence (GBV); Community Economic Development-Market Linkage; Early Childhood Education; Disaster Management; Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Mitigation.

The PTL Office approach has the Pacific Timor-Leste Office (PTLO) and relevant parts of World Vision Australia (WVA) and World Vision New Zealand (WVNZ) operate together to achieve Child Well Being. Leadership will be strategically focused and release operational control to the countries.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Solomon Island Country Director (CD) will lead, direct, develop and manage all aspects of World Vision’s strategy and programs implementation in Solomon Islands. As an effective member of PTL, CD also ensure ministry impact of the highest, cost effective quality and accountability according to the relevant policies, protocols and standards of World Vision.

The Solomon Island Country Director will:

  • Provide Strategy and leadership of World Vision Solomon Island in implementing work towards child well being, ensuring a high level of integration and collaboration across the 4 PTL offices and partner Support Offices.

  • Actively engage in funding acquisition- building relationships and networks to appropriately position WVSI to secure strategic grant opportunities to enable the operations.

  • Ensure strong operational management of all aspects of WV Solomon Island work.

  • Develop strong Ministry Objectives including Reciprocity of Ministry where communities and donors/supporters are able to minister to each other and directly contribute to the achievement of child well-being outcomes.

  • Lead stakeholders engagement activities with partners and other stakeholders in particular with Solomon Islands Government, key donors and supporters, church leaders, Solomon Islands Civil Society Organisations, local media and other key stakeholders.

  • Provide people and culture management for World Vision Solomon Island.

  • Ensure the highest quality of financial management and in compliance with donors’ programs compliance.

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, standards and requirements, including local country requirements.

  • Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership and World Vision’s core values.Ensure adequate preparation for and engagement in emergency response.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy and Leadership:

  • Lead country strategy implementation in SI. WVSI strategy is in alignment with WV PTL strategic directions.

  • As a member of the Senior Leadership Team of World Vision PTL, this position plays a significant role in the oversight and refinement of the PTL strategy .

  • Plan for and implement WV PTL’s strategy through development of a Solomon Island annual business plan.

  • Promote and support behaviours and processes that contribute to the PTL Strategy.

  • Be an active member of PTL Senior Leadership Team, contributing to management & decision making concerning WV PTL.

  • To provide strategic leadership to the Solomon Island staff, supporting and managing all operations in WV Solomon Island to ensure implementation is efficient and effective and meets the goals and objectives of World Vision PTL and community partners.

Funding Acquisition:

  • Establish networks and relationships with key stakeholders in order to position WVSI appropriately to secure funding going forward.

  • Ensure the financial sustainability of World Vision ministry in Solomon Island through a proactive approach to funding acquisition and marketing World Vision’s programs to potential donors.

  • Ensure appropriate high quality concepts and proposals are developed to build on the relationships established with potential donors.

  • Provide a view of pipeline projects, resources and expense forecast to allow a networked view across PTL.

Operational Management:

  • Develop annual operating program plans and budgets for Solomon Island to ensure they are in accordance with PTL strategies, and World Vision International’s Core Documents, policies & protocols.

  • Ensure a relevant, timely and accurate flow of management and operational reports to meet reporting standards of the support and donor partners.

  • Ensure the Monitoring sand Evaluation of projects is providing the needed information to ensure project are on track and evidence of the impact that is occurring.

  • Ensure collaborative arrangements between WV Solomon Island and other WV offices are effective through encouraging cooperative behaviours and continuous improvement activities.

  • Ensure the implementation of national and regional Advocacy efforts on Ending Violence Against Children including policy implementation, systems and structures.

  • Ensure the PTL Security and Safety requirements including setting standards, performance requirements, monitoring security status, responding to security incidents as escalated.

Ministry Objectives:

  • Ensure all programs and projects are integrated so that a true holistic approach to transformational development is found in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the work of WV in Solomon Island.

  • Ensure that donor promised and agreements are fulfilled and grants are managed to an extremely high standard of excellence.

  • Define a clear landscape view of the needs of communities in Solomon Island , identifying need at community, area and country levels to enable the story to be told to donors.

  • Facilitate a strong and effective working relationship between Area Program Managers and Donor Relationship Managers.

Public Engagement:

  • Represent World Vision to Solomon Island government representatives, donors, UN agencies, local and international non-government organisations, ministry partners, churches, media, donors and community leaders and maintain productive relationships with these people.

People & Culture Management:

  • Provide performance-based leadership that builds and motivates effective teams to achieve the complex scope of World Vision’s ministry and ensures accountability through appropriate performance management.

  • Review and approve the office succession plan to ensure that proper capacity is in place and the succession plan is updated and executed.

  • Develop and coach the senior leadership team in Solomon Island.

  • Ensure effective Human Resource systems are operating for performance and development management of staff including recruitment and selection, orientation, development and evaluation to ensure ministry impact of the highest, cost effective quality, accountability and integrity.

  • Ensure gender and ethnic diversity at all levels according to relevant policies and guidelines.

  • Ensure the protocols and procedures for staff security, child protection, risk management, stress management and staff care are implemented and monitored.

Financial Management:

  • Exercise good stewardship over all resources by maintaining financial control, procedures and records, according to accountability standards required by World Vision International.

  • Ensure the management and regular, systematic review of all budgets, project funding, expenditures and accomplishment of ministry objectives and ensure all programs and projects remain with budget.

  • Oversee compliance with all relevant sections of the Field Financial Manual including proper accounting systems and practices.

  • Ensure WVSI overhead budget is proactively managed in line with the funding secured to remain within % objective.

Compliance:

  • Ensure the office complies to local legal requirements and standards.

  • Represent WV Solomon Island in courts, if required.

  • Ensure and oversee proper mechanisms for Child Protection and other WVI Standards and Principles implementation.

Christian Leadership:

  • Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, maturity and integrity as an example to staff and to commend World Vision to various publics.

  • Participate in and lead devotional meetings, annual Day of Prayer and other Christian events.

Emergency Response:

  • Develop and maintain capacity to respond promptly to all Category I emergency relief responses.

  • Ensure the implementation of national and international HEA efforts related to policy implementation, systems and structures.

KNOWLEDGE,SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Required:

  • Degree in international development, business administration, public health, social science, management or related discipline, preferably at Masters level.

  • 7 + years of experience in leadership with International NGO.

  • Significant leadership experience particularly in securing grant funding in a variety of contexts.

  • Experience in running an office or organisation, including managing strategy, system, structure and organisational culture.

  • Experience in managing Relief/Development and Advocacy programs.

  • Cross-cultural leadership skill - candidates must have experiences working globally in different context and culture.

  • Commitment to social justice beliefs and values.

  • Inspirational leadership.

  • Expect networker and relationship builder, specifically with Australian Government’s DFAT and Australian Management Contractors.

  • Visionary and strategic abilities.

  • Ability to work under pressure and make key decisions that impact the safety and wellbeing of WV staff.

  • Cross cultural skills – good understanding of country political, social-economic and cultural context.

  • Cross cultural sensitivity- flexible world view, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and demonstrated ability to communicate cross-culturally.

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to build personal and team-based relationships with staff, partners and leaders at all levels.

  • A firm understanding of complex security environments is essential. Operations are spread country wide, so ability to travel on a monthly basis to project sites is helpful.

Preferred:

  • Good analytical skills and a demonstrated ability to think creatively and innovatively.

  • Knowledge of DFAT or MFAT Programmes.

  • Work experience in South Asia and Pacific regions.

Work Environment:

  • The position is based in Honiara in the World Vision Solomon Island Office.

  • Ability to travel in-country and internationally is required.