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 world’s 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.
TECHNICAL ADVISOR- EDUCATION & LIFE SKILLS
Locations: Colombo with travel
The position will provide strategic leadership & technical advise in defining and achieving World Vision Lanka’s (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, NGO’s, 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:
Master’s degree in any field of Social Science preferably with post graduate training on Education
Or Bachelor’s degree in any field of Social Science with post graduate training on Education with minimum of 5 years’experience working directly in the education sector
At least 8 years’experience in the development sector with 5 years in education and life skills sector, with a minimum of 3 years’in 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
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