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Technical Advisor - Education & Life Skills


World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision is dedicated to working with the worlds most vulnerable people regardless of their religion, caste, gender or ethnicity. World Vision has been in Sri Lanka since 1977 and currently works through 35 development and relief programmes in 20 Districts across the country.

At World Vision we are passionate about children and committed to bringing fullness of life to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Every day for thirty five years, that is what our team at World Vision has been doing.

We are looking for dynamic individuals to join us on our journey of caring.



Locations: Colombo with travel

The position will provide strategic leadership & technical advise in defining and achieving World Vision Lankas (WVL) Education & Life Skills- sectoral objectives in line with National, Regional and International strategies and priorities, towards the overall well-being of the children in the communities we serve. He/She will identify, research & engage with like-minded stakeholders including the Govt Ministries, NGOs, Corporates for potential partnership & be responsible for aligning program initiatives in line with Government policies & national targets. The position will ensure advocacy is an integral component of the sector programs and also provide support for research, technical feasibility studies, capacity building and knowledge management.


  • Ensure the sector priorities are reflected in national strategy, Technical Approach (TA)and Technical Program(TP) ensuring alignment with global sector priorities , government strategies/policies and relevant cross-sectoral considerations

  • Provide timely and quality technical advise to achieve Technical Program (TP), Area Program (AP) targets to relevant staff which includes zonal technical coordinators, zonal managers, donor funded and partnership projects staff, and research, policy and advocacy staff

  • Network nationally and internationally within the respective sectors, advocating and lobbying for respective sectoral programming needs

  • Research, map, identify , develop & maintain good relationships & engage with potential partners for innovative projects/programs in advocating for & mobilizing resources to achieve given child well-being outcomes

  • Ensure core group of technical expertise is built within the organization & in the periphery in achieving targeted goals & objective for the sector

  • Line manage Zonal Technical Coordinators and any other staff allocated to the technical sector

Minimum knowledge skills, training & experience required:

  • Masters degree in any field of Social Science preferably with post graduate training on Education

  • Or Bachelors degree in any field of Social Science with post graduate training on Education with minimum of 5 yearsexperience working directly in the education sector

  • At least 8 yearsexperience in the development sector with 5 years in education and life skills sector, with a minimum of 3 yearsin leading and managing teams

  • Extensive knowledge on national and provincial policies, and national and international trends of the education and life skills sectors and related sectors such as child protection, vocational training, youth development, etc

  • Research and advocacy skills/training

  • Excellent interpersonal, representational and networking skills

  • Good & effective written and oral communication in English, Sinhala and/or Tamil Computer literate in MS Word, MS Excel, Power point, email and internet

  • Good research and advocacy skills/training

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) in Tamil and/or Sinhala.Trilingual(preferred)

  • Experience in more than one technical sector

  • Membership of a professional body is preferable

  • Training/knowledge/experience on cross cutting sectors; Gender, Disability, Peacebuilding, Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate change

  • Knowledge and experience of holistic community development

  • Experience in working on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects

  • Experience working in a donor agency

Work Environment/Travel

  • Ability & willingness to travel domestically & internationally 40% of the time

  • Ability to work well in a cross cultural environment

If you meet the required criteria and wish to apply for this or any of the available vacancies, select the position you wish to apply for & submit your on-line application with your CV and details of three non-related referees on or before the given closing date.

Closing Date: 22nd November, 2017

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only short listed candidates will be notified.

This offer of employment is made contingent upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.

World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children