Global Response Lead, COVID-19 Emergency Response

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
1-2 Years

*Preferred position location: United Kingdom. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.

*Please submit your CV in English.


World Vision is seeking a Global Response Lead for our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to limit the spread and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable children and families worldwide.

Coordinating World Vision’s largest ever global response spanning relief, recovery and development in 70 countries, totaling $350 million, the Global Response Lead will be critical in ensuring a cohesive and effective whole of WV Partnership response. We are looking for an experienced humanitarian and development leader to work closely with WV’s regional and global teams and across disciplines, functions and funding streams.


The global COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on countries and communities across the world. Beyond the direct impact of the virus itself on those infected and the health systems struggling to cope with it, the indirect impact of measures to contain the virus are devastating the livelihoods of poorer families and impacting the health, nutrition, education and protection of vulnerable children. As the epicenter of the pandemic shifts, its impacts are growing and changing across different regions and countries, with risks of second waves and spikes remaining through the recovery and economic impacts that will be severe and long lasting.

Responding in China and East Asia since the first outbreak of COVID-19 in January, WV launched its COVID-19 Emergency Response (COVER) on 11th March 2020 just as WHO declared a global pandemic. This grew rapidly in scale from an initial $80 million programme in 17 countries to a whole of WV Partnership response across all field regions and countries through an 18 month, $350 million global Response Plan to reach 72 million people through four objectives spanning health, WASH, food and livelihoods security, education, child protection, advocacy and external engagement. By mid-August the response had reached over 45 million people.

After establishing the first phase of this response WV is now looking ahead through the remainder of 2020 and 2021 to ensure effective implementation of current response plans, maintaining momentum through the next phase of the response, adapting and evolving as the pandemic does. This will require a growing emphasis on recovery and livelihoods while retaining a strong health and multi-sector approach to response to new spikes and adapting longer term programming and advocacy across humanitarian, fragile and more stable development contexts.

This critical role will work closely with World Vision leaders across all regions and as an extended member of WV’s Disaster Management executive team will work collaboratively alongside leaders of WV humanitarian and development programmes, sectors, advocacy & external engagement, grants, fundraising & communications, finance & other support functions and will matrix manage an embedded global response team providing direction, coordination, information management & communications.


Strategy and Leadership:

  • Lead the development and revision of World Vision’s COVID-19 Response strategy and plans through FY21.

  • Strategic monitoring of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on vulnerable children and families across WV’s countries and regions of operation, providing strategic insight, discernment and guidance to World Vision leaders at national, regional and global level.

  • Leadership engagement with a broad range of stakeholders across the World Vision Partnership – especially at Regional and Global level across ministries, sectors and functions, to ensure a collaborative and cohesive whole of WV Partnership global response.

  • Support WV Partnership leaders internal and external communications and engagement on COVID-19 with input and briefings (e.g,. for WVI Board, high level external events).

Operational/Resource Management and Coordination:

  • Provide portfolio oversight & support to the implementation of World Vision’s COVID-19 response in 70 field countries and to global level activities, ensuring reporting and accountability for response effectiveness and impact.

  • Monitor and support resource development and allocation across the $350 million response including funding from sponsorship, grants and private non-sponsorship.

  • Oversight and support to WV Partnership COVD-19 Response Coordination mechanisms, which bring together stakeholders from national, regional, support and global WV offices across a range of core functions – strategy, operations, technical, grants, advocacy, communications.

  • Operational coordination on COVID-19 response implementation across multiple stakeholders ensuring opportunities and challenges are effectively identified, prioritized and addressed.

Communications and External Engagement:

  • Oversee and support WV’s internal and external communications on COVID-19 including messaging, SitReps, landmark reports, policy positions, newsletters.

  • Represent World Vision externally with media, partners and other audiences as a spokesperson on COVID-19, its impact on vulnerable children and WV’s response.

  • Oversee WV’s monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning through the COVID-19 response ensuring data, information management and evidence of impact is well captured and communicated.

Team Leadership and Coordination:

  • Convene and coordinate a virtual team of staff assigned to key roles on the Global Response.

  • Matrix manage a range of colleagues deployed, seconded and/or contributing their time, skills and experience from other WV teams in support of the COVID-19 Response.

  • As an extended member of WV’s global Disaster Management executive team, contribute to its strategic direction and effective functioning, representing and leading on the COVID-19 Response.


  • Masters-level degree, preferably in international studies or similar with humanitarian and/or development focus.

  • Minimum of 10 years operational and management experience in the international development and humanitarian action.

  • Proven leadership track record with excellent relationship management in a complex international organisation.

  • Extensive experience across the humanitarian and development spectrum.

  • Excellent communications, team and people management skills.

  • Fluent English language and preferably a second international language (e.g., French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese).

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Existing relationships and networks across the international World Vision Partnership.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including with external audiences & media.

  • Confidence in information management and technology platforms.

  • Knowledge and experience in more than one of the following sectors: public health, livelihoods, WASH, education, child protection.

  • Experience in a major global humanitarian emergency.

  • Experience working in several regional and international contexts.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • In the current international climate of travel restrictions it is envisaged that at least initially this role will be home office based working virtually with teams and colleagues internationally. If/when this context changes the position would require the ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 30% of the time – to global/regional capitals and to national field locations.