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Savings Group Facilitator-ANCP iLive (North)

Job Description

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 has invested over USD 380 million in relief and development projects 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 currently looking for qualified and experienced project staff for a Gender & Disability inclusive Economic Development Grant funded iLIVE Project which aims to promote economic empowerment and social change by helping Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and vulnerable women in achieving sustainable livelihood & income generation opportunities. The project will work closely with all implementing partners, National & Provincial Government authorities, Disabled People's Organizations (DPO), Producer groups and savings clubs. Funded by the Australian NGO Corporation Programme (ANCP) working in collaboration with World Vision Australia, World Vision Lanka, CBM Australia and Promundo the project will cover Northern & Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka.

SAVINGS GROUP FACILITATOR - ANCP iLIVE

Location: To be based in North with extensive travel

Job Profile

Working closely with the Economic Development Advisor, the position will provide professional and technical advice on sustainable & inclusive livelihood opportunities for women and Persons With Disability (PWD) in alliance with external and internal partners with a special focus on facilitating the savings group model in the project. contributing to the overall quality of the project. In addition he/she will:

  • Identify existing & potential Producer Groups, Savings Groups, Disable Persons Organisations (DPO’s), & Producer Groups, that PWDs and women can engage with in achieving sustainable livelihood & income generation opportunities

  • Facilitate Savings Groups Model in the project- providing technical input for saving habits, creating linkages between cooperate & private sector partnership, promoting saving group functions among the stakeholder communities & partners

  • Provide Technical/Sectorial Capacity/Competency building of Saving group, communities and partners on Sector specific standards in order to achieve project goals

  • Formation / strengthening of savings groups formed for persons with disability and vulnerable women in the project areas of operation

  • Contribute towards achieving project outcomes and goals as per the project mandate and organisational policies and procedures

  • Maintain and enhance good relations with the relevant Government Ministries, NGOs and other stakeholders and with vertical & horizontal actors of local value chains.

  • Provide Operational guidance and directions for Saving group, community and Society while providing strategic guidance to the Project Assistant to achieve project outcomes and goals as per the project plan and grant agreement

Knowledge, skills & abilities required for the position

  • A Bachelor's degree in the Social Sciences, Development Studies, Agriculture, Community Development, Micro Finance or any relevant professional qualification

  • Demonstrated knowledge & experience in livelihood sector, preferably in PWD & gender mainstreaming and empowerment projects, with exposure in micro finance, value chain development in local/international NGO context

  • Prior experience in program strategic planning, project design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation with quality report writing skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, representation, advocacy & networking skills with ability to liaise and work effectively with government officials, implementing partners, community representatives and other stakeholders to deliver high impact project outcomes as per the project mandate

  • Good understanding of current socio, economic & political context of the areas of operation

  • High level of written and verbal communications skills in English, Tamil and/or Sinhala

  • Computer literate in MS Office including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, email & internet

  • Ability to travel extensively within the project area of operations

  • A team player with good interpersonal skills & cross-cultural sensitivity with ability to work well with multi-disciplinary teams

  • Commitment to World Vision Core Values & Mission Statement

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: 17th October, 2016

Female candidates & persons with disability 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.

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