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Senior Advisor, External Engagement

Job Description

*For World Vision internal applicants only.

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within a jurisdiction (country or US State) where WVI is registered to operate.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Represents and builds World Vision’s influence, advocacy, partnerships and reputation externally. Ensures WV is represented by subject matter experts in key forums and participates in selected networks, associations, and boards as appropriate. Actively positions WV as a NGO of choice with global 2030 Agenda platform, potential and key partners, businesses, donors and other stakeholders. Oversees and coordinates closely with Support Offices’ sector team engagement and partners and other GC teams. Work with and support World Vision’s global ministries and Global Capitals.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Set Strategic Priorities:

  • In collaboration with Advocacy/EE, develops and successfully achieves external engagement strategy for sector.

  • Maintain oversight of (and coordinate where needed) WV’s sectoral external engagement activities.

  • Strengthen and expand strategic partnerships (with particular focus on the SDGs) at global level including multi-stakeholder partnerships, UN partnerships, multinational corporates and faith actors.

  • Contribute to positioning WV to attain technical and strategic recognition and thought leadership position within the global worldwide sector.

  • Identify shared objectives and initiatives with Global Capitals.

  • Ensure alignment with A&EE (including on global policy positions).

  • Provide management support and advice for global policy agenda / any campaign as per the Partnership strategy.

  • With Director/Innovation, ensure WV’s technical resources and standards align with and/or exceed industry norms.

  • Benchmark capabilities and deliverables, process and systems in Education programme against market leaders, and build towards best of class.

  • Identify key external influencers and networks to promote and inform future programme direction.

Build Capacities:

  • With Advocacy/External Engagement, provide authoritative technical and policy advice to World Vision’s sector community of practice in order to enrich our understanding and engagement in sector.

  • Identify and build capacity of subject matter experts to represent sector externally.

  • Ensure external representations by subject matter experts reflect WV’s integrated understanding of development and child well-being.

Provide Global Stewardship:

  • Support the global resource development strategy providing expertize, and actively positioning WV as a NGO of choice with key donors and stakeholders.

  • Bring to bear evidence of World Vision’s contribution to CWB in specific sectors in external relations for advocacy, donor relations and building WV’s reputation.

Ensure Accountability:

  • Ensure appropriate use of evidence of results from WV’s work with relevant external stakeholders.

Promote WV Way:

  • Serve as relationship manager and cultivate specific partnerships with all multi-lateral agencies and works closely with WV AJC/EE (especially global capitals) team to realize WV’s sector strategy.

  • Provide management support and advice for global policy agenda / any advocacy campaign as per the Partnership strategy.

  • Oversees and coordinates closely with Support Offices’ sector team engagement and partners.

External Engagement:

  • Relationship development and management of key global platforms and partners in the sector.

  • Ensure alignment with A&EE.

  • Support global campaign and other A&EE global ministries.

  • Ensure that external engagement tools and processes (as developed by A&EE) are integrated into sector practice.

  • Support Partnership Strategy strategic imperative on partnering and collaboration.

  • Represents WV in selected networks, associations, and boards as appropriate, to ensure WV is at the forefront of the global sector debate.

  • Identify key networks and associations such as [xxx] and seek WV representation and participation.

KNOWLEDGE,SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing or International Development

  • Excellent facilitation, negotiation and collaboration skills are required for this position.

  • 10 years’ work experience with an International Development Organisation, Corporation or Government in the field of external relations, communications and or policy influencing.

  • Experience of working in partnership with International Development Organisations through networks, coalitions and partnerships on policy themes related to sector.

  • Experience in working with faith actors and on faith related issues.

Work Environment:

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