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Regional Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Director, Asia Pacific


*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within the Asia Pacific region where WVI is registered to operate.


This position will provide strategic leadership and advisory support to the Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) and National Offices (NOs) in the implementation of Humanitarian emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. The RHEAD will ensure the quality of WV’s humanitarian and emergency response and recovery engagement including the assurance of the appropriate HEA strategy, emergency response structure, policies, standards, staffing and resources. The RHEAD will also ensure that the National Offices are building effective disaster resilience of partner communities through emergency preparedness, response, mitigation and transition planning. The RHEAD will ensure support for effective mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction within longer-term development programming, through cross-functional efforts within the Integrated Ministry Team, and direct engagement with NOs.

The RHEAD reports to the Senior Director of Operations (SDO) who is the line manager for this position. As a member of the regional operations leadership team the RHEAD has strong links with the national- and regional leadership and functional heads. The RHEAD also has a dotted line reporting relationship to the Global Director of Humanitarian Operations in the Disaster Management sector team.



  • Advise and support the Regional Leaders and Senior Director Operations, in their leadership and engagement on matters related to HEA operations in Asia Pacific.

  • Lead and support the delivery of the disaster management (DM) mandate of the Partnership in NO strategies, and through mobilization of resources, external engagement, equipping of management and governance leaders.

  • Advise and support the National Directors during disasters ensuring appropriate emergency response and prompt relief services that is aligned to WVI Standards and International Humanitarian standards.

  • Proactively serve as a member of the Asia Pacific Operations Leadership Team (OLT).

  • Contribute to formulation of global disaster management (DM) strategies, priorities and plans ensuring that regional priorities are integrated and prioritized.

  • Provide leadership to the Asia Pacific Regional Disaster Management Team during local or global humanitarian emergencies.

  • Practice servant leadership and be a role model for the staff team, peers and others.

Technical & Operational Support:

  • Lead the integration of HEA activities with other line ministries (Development and Advocacy) and sectors.

  • Ensure that the HEA regional team works collaboratively with National Office HEA teams in providing technical guidance and expert advice to enhance the quality of HEA programs.

  • Develop strategic linkages with Support Offices and donors to increase visibility of WV programmes and widen funding base of Asia Pacific National Office’s in emergency preparedness, response and disaster risk reduction.

  • Implement the provisions of the Emergency Management System (EMS) with particular reference to RL and RDMD accountabilities

  • Leverage emergency response resources including people, budget and infrastructure to ensure smooth relief operation.

  • Contribute to the development of global HEA policies, guidelines and standards and provide leadership in contextualizing and mainstreaming these within the Asia Pacific region.

  • Lead the development and adapt effective HEA models and strategies in disaster preparedness, mitigation and response, ensuring stewardship of resources, including risk management and efficient operating models.

  • Collaboratively work with National Office, Global Rapid Response Team (GRRT) and regional HEA team in ensuring smooth management and operational transition after major relief operation.

  • Facilitate the development of crisis country clusters for emergency response at sub-regional level.

  • Facilitate the monitoring, evaluation and documentation of HEA responses in NOs.

  • Act as a strategic link and focal point for regional HEA connecting National Offices, Support Offices and Global Center for mutual support.

External Engagement:

  • At a strategic and policy level, represent WV with Government agencies, UN, INGOs, in collaboration with National Offices (if present), dealing with macro and local issues regarding humanitarian principles including advocating on key issues which affect the most vulnerable.

  • Enhance constructive collaboration with regional networks, institutional donors, IASC members, technical working groups and organizations at regional and country level to ensure effective and efficient disaster management.

  • Management:

  • Provide oversight on overall department plan and budget ensuring that operations and project implementation are within approved plan and budget.

  • Ensure that staff annual objectives, performance indicators and learning development plans are achieved.

  • Provide oversight to the management of exceptions during emergency responses in

  • collaboration with Finance Director.

  • Actively promote staff care practices & policies within the Integrated Ministry team and with NO counterparts.

  • Ensure the proactive and consistent cross-functional engagement of the HEA team as an integral part of the Asia Pacific regional Impact and Engagement Group.

Knowledge Management:

  • Lead the process of continuous learning in HEA practices, systems and tools that will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness the organization.

  • Encourage mutual learning between National Offices within the Asia Pacific Region and between other regions.

  • Contribute to establishment and use of HEA regional data bases and e-resources including regional good practices relating to human resources and organizational development as part of wider knowledge management strategy

  • Facilitate formation and coordination of regional HEA forum or network that contributes to strategy action and promotes learning.

  • Facilitate the documentation of best practices and contribute to the community of practice and center of excellence.

  • Participate and actively contribute to partnership forums, working Groups and networks related to HEA as deemed necessary by regional leadership.

  • Work with other members of the AP team to ensure sound HEA practices within the wider ministry of World Vision in the region.

Quality Assurance / Risk Management:

  • Ensure that HEA operation is compliant to WV’s policies, procedures, practices and standards.

  • Ensure that HEA operation is compliant with international standards, practices and procedures such as Core Humanitarian Standards, Child Protection Minimum Standards, Code of conducts, etc.

  • Collaborate with Regional Program Quality team in adapting and integrating DME standards, LEAP framework and tools in HEA planning for disaster preparedness and mitigation.

  • Support the Regional Leadership in alignment of the National Office strategies, quality and needs related to HEA.

  • Ensure that all HEA operation minimize and mitigate audit risks.

Capacity Building:

  • Lead the assessment, development and implementation of an integrated regional capacity building plan based on regional HEA priorities.


  • Lead and support Christian activities that enrich and develop mutual growth in Christ.

  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the

  • Senior Director Operations for Ministry Impact and Engagement.


  • Advanced degree qualification preferred. Bachelor degree in Development Studies, Climate Change, Crisis Management or equivalent Humanitarian experience and qualification.

  • A Minimum of 10 years in operational humanitarian experience with minimum of 5 years in a leadership role, preferably in Asia Pacific.

  • Strong empirical knowledge of Humanitarian Sector including humanitarian charter, laws and standards.

  • A thorough understanding of Code Humanitarian Standards, Red Cross Code of Conduct, Child Rights, etc.

  • Strong Christian commitment, spiritual maturity and discernment evidenced by life and character including active and regular fellowship with other Christians.

  • Strong ability and commitment in critical networking, relationship building, and partnerships, especially those outside of WV itself.

  • Strong analytical, critical, strategic, creative and innovative thinking.

  • High level awareness of global, regional socio-economic and political issues in Asia Pacific.

  • Strong leadership and facilitation skills with demonstrated collaboration and team building skills.

  • A proven record of developing people in a cross-cultural setting and initiating and implementing organizational change.

  • A mature and committed Christian who can lead Spiritual Nurture activities.

  • This role involves the coordination with geographically dispersed NO HEA teams located in national

  • offices.

Work Environment:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% of the time.