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Technical Advisor- Economic & Agriculture Development

Colombo - 09

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 & 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


Location: Colombo with 40% travel

Job Profile

Provide strategic leadership and technical advise on Economic & Agriculture Development sector ensuring the sector priorities are integrated and reflected in the World Vision Lanka (WVL) national strategy and its projects & programs in line with the World Vision (WV) regional & global sectoral goals & objectives.

Major Responsibilities

  • Provide required sector specific technical expertise/advise & strategic leadership to World Vision Lanka programming & projects & ensure integration & implementation of the technical deliverable within its programs

  • Design Technical Approach (TA) & Technical Programs (TP) based on learning evidences in line with Govt strategies/policies & organisational strategy

  • Lead the technical staff and partners in the effective & efficient delivery of technical priorities ensuring programmes adapt project models & approaches to achieve TP targets

  • Effective networking with relevant sectoral expertise to enhance available resources/networks to position & brand WVL as a leading organisation in the sector

  • Develop & maintain strategic engagements with potential partners/donors to establish joint & innovative projects to achieve child well-being (CWB) in the communities we serve

  • Provide technical advise in the development of project concepts/proposals to enable diversified funding & resource mobilisations

  • Be up to date on sector knowledge & relevant national and provincial policies and trends in the sector and support effective knowledge management process to capture, document and disseminate knowledge among national/internals stakeholders

  • Effective management and capacity building of zonal technical coordinators and program staff in the delivery of effective technical program to meet sector priorities

Minimum knowledge skills, training & experience required:

  • Masters degree on Agriculture and/or business development with post graduate training on development

  • Bachelors degree with minimum of 5 years experience directly working on the sector

  • At least 8 years experience in development sector with 5 years in livelihood and Enterprise development and Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) sectors, with a minimum of three years in leading and managing people

  • Extensive knowledge on national and provincial policies and national and international trends of agriculture, enterprise development, local economic development, DRR, and related sectors such as micro finance, climate change, minor irrigation, etc

  • Research and advocacy skills/training

  • Excellent interpersonal, representational and networking skills

  • Effective in written and oral communication; able to speak and write fluently in English and Sinhala and/or Tamil

  • Computer literate in MS Word, MS Excel, Power point, email and internet

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Membership of a professional body is preferable

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

  • Experience in more than one technical sector

  • Training/knowledge/experience on cross cutting sectors; Gender, Disability, Peacebuilding, Environment, DRR and Climate change

  • Knowledge and experience of holistic community development

  • Experience in working on 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

World Vision Lanka offers a competitive remuneration package based on individual competence and skills. 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: 28th January, 2018

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only short listed candidates will be notified.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.