Senior Partnering Advisor

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within the GMT +/-8 time zone where WVI is registered to operate.
International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within the GMT +/-8 time zone where WVI is registered to operate.


Partnering is central to World Vision’s strategy to 2030. This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of a dynamic team which will work with, primarily, World Vision country offices towards a step change in their partnering effectiveness which in turn will lead to significantly greater sustainable impact on child well-being.

The Senior Partnering Advisor’s responsibilities include technical partnering leadership to:

  • Lead the organisational development programme ‘Partner of Choice’ with specific national offices which strengthens their effectiveness to be fit-to-partner;

  • Drive effective design, monitoring, and evaluation for partnerships including developing, testing and mainstreaming new approaches and tools;

  • Lead learning and knowledge management for partnering across World Vision including external engagement role; co-facilitation of high-level partnering training; business sector engagement will be a KM focus;

  • Provide partnership brokering, facilitation, and coaching support services to a range of internal clients. This will include provision of coaching services to, for example, national directors and their senior leadership teams, leaders within regional and global teams, and Our Promise 2030 Strategic Initiative leads *.


  • Implementation of the Partner of Choice programme: Work with National Directors (and their senior leaders) to prioritise partnering capacity strengthening interventions. Facilitate assessment and planning workshops, deliver partnering training workshops and provide on-going coaching to key staff.

  • Lead technical development and mainstreaming across the organisation of partnering tools and metrics with a specific focus on DME and generating greater return on investment on World Vision’s partnerships (e.g. via introduction of new Collaborative Advantage Model)

  • Lead learning and knowledge management for partnering through the Partnering Community of Practice and engage externally to represent World Vision’s partnering and present at high level UN event).

  • Provision of partnering brokering, training, and coaching services to regional and global leaders.



  • Appropriate postgraduate qualifications in a relevant discipline eg international development.

  • Minimum of 5 years of knowledge and experience of multi-stakeholder partnerships.

  • Strong understanding of DME, (ideally applied to partnerships).

  • Strong organisational capacity building.

  • Experience in facilitating adult education, and blended learning systems.

  • Excellent resource development, presentation skills; able to effectively communicate concepts and actions in a clear and persuasive manner across a range of cultures and organizational levels.

  • Ability to interact and effectively manage relationships with colleagues across cultures and organizations.

  • Effective in motivating and influencing; leads by example exhibiting integrity, humility and transparency.

  • Fully Fluent: English. Second language preferred.

  • At least 5 years’ experience working in the area of international development with full understanding and practice of a range of different civil society partnering situations including some multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral partnerships.

  • Experience working in capacity building with civil society networks and significant exposure to a large multi-faceted organisation comparable to World Vision.

  • At least 5 years’ experience working in diverse community development contexts.

  • Partnership Brokers Association accreditation or equivalent.


  • Knowledge of humanitarian sector.

  • Experience of church-based / Christian social action networks.

  • Technical understanding of drivers of sustainability (especially Ownership, Multi-stakeholder Partnering, Social Accountability).

  • Strong analytical, organizational, coordination, planning, facilitation skills.

  • Strong negotiation, decision making and problem solving skills.

  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills (specifically linked to DME).

  • Understand financial management and resource allocation.

  • Demonstrated collaboration & team building skills.

  • Effective relationship management skills; ability to influence without having authority.

  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.

  • A mature and committed Christian.

  • Ability to structure and manage one’s own work.

  • Ability to facilitate discussion with senior colleagues, such as Senior Leadership Team and Board members as well as appropriate peers from other organisations and sectors.

  • Ability to build strong relationship with all partners from internal and external organization.

  • Ability to capture strategic and high-level components in all kinds of conversation and dialogue and actions.

Work Environment:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.

  • Ability to work effectively virtually is a key requirement.