World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Southern Africa has experienced significant environmental landscape changes related to drought, cyclones and flooding which affect food security, sanitation, education and child protection. The vast majority of the population lives in poverty and their coping mechanisms having been eroded by frequent and recurrent disasters over the last 10-20 years.
With nine National Offices, the Southern Africa region (SAR) continues to prioritize disaster management through its Humanitarian and Emergency Response division which contributes to the regional strategic goal of Building Resilience through Peace, Protection and Opportunity.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Provide strategic, innovative and operational leadership for the implementation of World Vision’s Disaster Management (early warning, mitigation, response and recovery) in Southern Africa, to contribute to the regional and National office strategies.
Ensure the quality of WV emergency response engagement including appropriate structures, standards (internal and external), policies, staffing and resources.
Provide leadership to the DM2020 process working across all sectors and functions to ensure WV’s disaster management work is cutting edge, and effectively supporting children in all types of emergencies, with particular focus on conflicts and urban.
Build relationships internally and externally to increase and promote integrated disaster management and resource development, and be an authoritative voice for policy change and learning.
Strategy and Leadership:
Position World Vision as a competent, innovative and effective humanitarian agency by ensuring that the Southern Africa region responds professionally to all categories of emergencies, and undertakes effective disaster management.
Develop SAR Humanitarian Emergency Affairs (HEA’s) contribution to the SAR business plan and the Partnership’s vision for Disaster Management 2020, using innovative and cutting edge programming and processes.
Work across sectors and functions to support strategy and ensure effective disaster management in all areas of WV’s work.
Assess pending disasters through scenario analysis and design and develop preparedness, advocacy and resourcing action plans.
Facilitate the establishment and functioning of emergency preparedness and response strategies on the basis of sub-regional country groupings.
Work with the resource development unit and support offices to ensure effective resourcing of all aspects of disaster management, including innovative funding opportunities with non-traditional donors.
Working with national offices, assess, adopt and operationalize WV’s engagement with a range of contemporary humanitarian principles or issues such as international humanitarian standards, conventions, codes of conduct, vulnerable populations, contextual & humanitarian analysis, conflict issues, at a national level.
Work closely with other teams for appropriate integration in Southern Africa Region.
Working closely with NDs, the Regional Security Director and Office of Corporate Security, promote appropriate measures to ensure risks are objectively assessed, mitigated and communicated to staff especially in medium to high risk locations.
Coordinate and supervise the Southern Africa Region HEA team in areas of policy analysis, communications and programming.
Emergency Response Coordination:
Support and advise the Southern Africa Regional Senior Director of Operations in the event of Category 2 and Category 3 declarations and in the matrix management of Cat III responses.
Ensure National offices have the technical and managerial capacity to respond to Cat 2 and 3 responses, by using response registers or by provide short term leadership of emergencies.
In the event of a Global or National Office Response declaration, fulfill all duties of the Regional HEA Director as outlined in the emergency management system manual.
Monitor all Southern Africa HEA projects on a regular basis, noting policy implications, and offering appropriate support to ensure projects are managed according to WVI and international standards.
Technical Support/Capacity Building:
Support capacity building of HEA units at NO level, including technical staff and Learning Centres to build understanding and engagement in disaster management to support ensuring clear goals and accountabilities are established and achieved.
Lead the Southern Africa Regional HEA team in ensuring that national offices have the knowledge, skills, resources tools and capacity to maximise mitigation, preparedness, response and transition at a community level.
Ensure individuals’ performance and development needs are met, and employees are high performing and engaged.
Engage in National Office (NO) HEA staff hiring processes.
Assure that National Offices have a functioning national emergency preparedness fund in place as per policy guidelines.
Ensure that Regional Rapid Response Team capacity is recruited, built and developed.
Promote and ensure high standards of programmatic quality in such areas as emergency programming and DME.
Facilitate transition strategies so that relief programs are integrated into national offices and regional entities where feasible.
Ensure that ICRC/NGO Code of Conduct including SPHERE and other humanitarian minimum standards are maintained in responses.
Ensure that the NOs, National and Community Disaster preparedness plan are updated as frequently as necessary.
Assist in establishing Early Warning systems and strengthening Early Warning and Early Action implementation.
Participate in, and facilitate lessons learned processes, program evaluations and audits (operational as well as financial) of NO/PO programs, and contribute to post-audit monitoring and remedial activities.
External Engagement and Collaboration:
At a strategic and policy level, represent WV with government agencies, UN, INGO and church bodies, in collaboration with National Offices (if present), dealing with macro and local issues regarding humanitarian principles including advocating on key issues which affect the most vulnerable.
Enhance constructive collaboration with Global Center, SAR departments, Technical Service Operation, Support Offices (SOs), global capitals, NOs, regional networks, institutional donors and organizations at regional and country level to ensure effective and efficient disaster management.
Promote continuous learning in the field of HEA at regional level and ensuring that NOs take up good practices. Share learning, innovations and better practices across the region and HEA communities of practice (CoPs).
Active engagement with HEA CoPs.
Working with the External Engagement Director, represent WV SAR in strategic forums that could enhance WVs profile.
In line with NO and RO strategy, build consortium and relationships with other agencies for disaster management.
Ensure HEA is contributing to CWB reporting and breaking silos between development and relief.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Masters-level degree in international development or a similar field.
A Minimum of 10 years of humanitarian experience with minimum five years in a leadership role in a large international organization preferably in Africa.
Seasoned experience in strategy development, response management and program integration.
Proven ability to manage seasoned professionals in a virtual environment.
Strong empirical knowledge of the humanitarian sector including humanitarian charters, laws and standards.
Ability to influence and lead in a globalized organization in an increasingly complex industry environment.
Very good experience in networking, relationship building and creating strategic partnerships with UN agencies, INGOs and research institutions.
Understanding of management and integration in a cross functional matrix model.
Strong commitment to WV’s vision, mission and core values.
Demonstrates Christ-centred life and work.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
High degree of negotiation and persuasion skills.
Ability to travel internationally as needed.
Ability to work with a reasonably level of comfort in high tension and high security risk situations.
Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments and physical hardships.
Strong written and verbal skills in English and preferably another language, especially French.