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Director -Grants Acquisition

Job Description

World Vision Lanka (WVL) is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. It is dedicated to working with the worlds most vulnerable people regardless of their ethnic, religious or social background. World Vision has been in Sri Lanka since 1977 and has invested over USD 380 million in relief and development projects across the country.

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

We are currently looking for dynamic & creative individuals to join our Senior Leadership Team (SLT)in our journey of caring.


Location: To be based in Colombo with travel

Job Profile

Provide leadership in the development of the Grant Acquisition and Management capacity of WVL through donor engagement, pre-positioning and strengthening of the WVL donor base to enhance & retain government, multi-lateral donors through well-coordinated resource acquisition efforts that focus on WVL’s programmatic priorities and strategic objectives. Working in collaboration with the corporate partnership development unit the position will be responsible for maximizing and diversifying the funding & resource base of WVL for its programmatic priorities.

The Grants Acquisition Group brings together several key support functions, and includes, External Relations with Government and the Non-Government sector. As part of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director for Grants Acquisition will develop appropriate mechanism consistent with WV Lanka, Partnership and Regional Policies, Guidelines and Objectives. The role will provide critical support to the National Director in strengthening his/her ability to engage all stakeholders effectively, and will support all other key ministry areas for effective program implementation and enhance quality of ministry

Key Result Area

Strategic Alignment: Communicates, and aligns WVL Grants Acquisition strategy within the framework of national strategy of WV Lanka and Partnership strategy.

Leadership: Strong leadership which creates an environment orientated to trust, open communication, creative thinking & cohesive team effort despite internal and external pressures.

Functional Integration:Strong Integration with other functions within WV Lanka and partnership..

Critical Thinking and Judgment:Uses data, experience, and good judgment to make sound decisions and devise effective solutions to problems. Assesses and manages risk in own work.

Preferred Education, Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Degree or equivalent qualification in International Development, Economics, Business or any related field with a minimum of 5 yearsexperience in portfolio management/business development and related experience preferably in a INGO/Bilateral Agency

  • Proven experience in a leadership/management position in a complex, international organisation preferably in INGO context preferred

  • Demonstrated prior success in grant submissions inclusive of engagement with corporate partners

  • Experience working with Govt/Institutions partners, gained through a consulting company, international or community development agencies in the development sector

  • Good communication & presentation skills in English & the ability to communicate in Sinhala and/or Tamil.

  • Ability to think strategically and innovatively, constantly pursuing new and better ways of working

  • Demonstrated commitment to World Visions values and philosophy, and capacity to engage with the broader community in living these values

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 applicationwith your CV and details of three non-related referees on or before the given closing date.

Closing Date: 27th March, 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

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