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Humanitarian Learning & Development Advisor- FIELD

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
Less Than 1 Year

* This is a full-time, 10 month contract.

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


This role will drive forward the development and delivery of the inter-agency Field Managers in Emergencies Learning and Development (FIELD) Programme working in close collaboration with the Programme Manager at Save the Children UK. The role will manage World Vision’s engagement in this project and be responsible for the management and delivery of learning resources for key topic areas agreed to in project plan.

This will involve gathering and curating existing content; engaging SMEs to contribute to development of new learning packages; tapping into local and national networks to obtain learner feedback and input on programme design; designing and creating learning resources; marketing and increasing awareness of the programme and monitoring effectiveness.

This position is funded through a sub-grant from Save the Children UK.


Project Management:

  • Manage World Vision’s engagement with the inter-agency FIELD Programme.

  • Provide strategic input into the overall direction of the FIELD Programme.

  • Design and develop learning pathways including the curriculum for agreed upon management competency areas. This will involve developing unit outlines, gathering and curating existing content; engaging SMEs to contribute to development of new learning resources; tapping into local and national networks to obtain learner feedback and input on programme design.

  • Work with World Vision and Save the Children cross functional SMEs (i.e. Finance, Grants, Logistics, Supply Chain) and external e-learning and gamification developers to produce the learning products.

Representation, Influencing and Relationship Management:

  • Access existing networks and build new ones to engage (SMEs, field staff, local actors, where relevant private sector, etc.) in the design and development of the programme.

  • Represent the FIELD Programme as required at working groups, conferences, established networks, and other external influencing opportunities to both raise the profile of the programme and also to identify opportunities where the programme can either meet identified L&D needs within the sector and /or leverage and complement other L&D initiatives.

  • Examples of networks would be Regional L&D and capacity building networks (IAWG one In East Africa), the regional Humanitarian Leadership Academy hubs in Philippines, Nairobi, Jordan, etc. Conferences/Meetings: example would be the recent Humentum Capacity for Humanity Conference in Tanzania.

Training Facilitation:

  • Deliver bespoke training for national and international staff from a range of different NGOs and INGOs in response to identified needs for active humanitarian responses.

Fundraising and Proposal Writing:

  • Identify opportunities where the FIELD Programme can jointly fundraise with other organisations as well as apply directly to institutional donors to expand the programme’s coverage.

  • Draft proposals according to available opportunities.

Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Once learning products are launched, support the monitoring and evaluation of learning, feeding into the improvement and development of programmes.

  • Prepare quarterly narrative progress reports for WVI and Programme Manager at Save the Children UK.

  • Prepare six monthly narrative and financial project reports for the Save the Children UK and donor.

Internal (WVI) Disaster Management Mentoring Programme:

  • Develop an online resources site on the internal LMS.

  • Survey staff to ascertain learning needs on mentoring.

  • Design and deliver mentoring training/support as required.

  • Monitor mentoring relationships.



  • Bachelor’s’s degree in international development, social/political science, or adult learning and development or related field.

  • A solid understanding of the humanitarian sector and how it operates.

  • Experience working with sector wide or multi-agency initiatives or projects.

  • A good understanding of adult learning methodologies.

  • Excellent project management, problem-solving and organisational skills, gained through managing complex cross-organisational projects with multiple stakeholders.

  • Influencing and advocacy skills with a proven ability to build own credibility and authority with others

  • Strong communication skills – verbal, written and distance communication – at a standard appropriate for giving feedback to learners or influencing at a senior level.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to bring out the best in people from a range of backgrounds and cultures.

  • Ability to travel internationally, occasionally at short notice and to remote locations.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a humanitarian context or in emergency response in developing country contexts.

  • Significant experience of working for an International NGO.

  • An extensive professional network within the humanitarian sector which can be leveraged to increase the number of agencies involved in and contributing to the development of learning resources for the FIELD Programme.

  • Experience of designing and developing high quality learning solutions for adult learners.

  • Fluent in written and spoken English.


  • Masters degree in international development, social/political science, or adult learning and development or related field.

  • Experience writing funding proposals.

  • Experience of Distance Learning methodology and Learning Management System use (e.g. Moodle).

  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages (French, Spanish or Arabic would be a strong advantage).

  • Experience with mentoring programmes.

  • Excellent training and facilitation skills.

Work Environment:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel internationally as required. Likely to be approximately 10% of the time.