Program Technical Director, 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 succesful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.

*Please submit your CV in English.


The Program Technical Director will oversee the programming team that will provide support and guidance to Field Offices in COVER (COVID-19 Emergency Response). Because of the global nature of COVER, this position will play a critical coordination and guidance role for the partnership and field offices.

The role will report to the Disaster Management (DM) Strategy, Effectiveness and Digital Capabilities team but will be required to collaborate with a wide range of partnership stakeholders and understand WV business processes in development, advocacy and disaster management.


Leadership of Programming Function:

  • Programming support (PO level) required is flagged and identified in collaboration with manager and GRRT surge capacity function; if there is a PO deployment, provide direct management oversight.

  • Strong collaboration with MEAL function to ensure implementation of the COVER results framework and programming adaptations required based on the pandemic context.

  • Strong collaboration with the IM/KM functions to ensure accurate reporting and data is available (ultimately on Horizon) and that ongoing learning processes occur.

Strategy and Representation:

  • Significant role played in the development of the next phase response strategy and programming guidance documents.

  • Learning and recommendations from the COVER RTL process and the grant target setting exercise are reflected in the next phase response strategy and influence other key strategies and guidance.

  • Representation as requested on partnership collaboration/advisory groups.

  • Collaborate with GFO and other partnership entities on strategy, business processes so as to ensure minimum burden on FOs and aligned processes to the extent possible.

  • Advocate for integration of COVER objectives into partnership processes, key documents and strategy.

Coordination of funding allocation, information and reporting (with Finance, GAM and SOs) for both grants and pooled funding:

  • GAM IM system is maintained in collaboration with Global GAM counterparts including the timely dissemination of grant opportunities (with ROs and SOs); this includes updating Horizon and Teams.

  • Represent COVER in the Grant Advisory group and ensure periodic GAM analysis is generated and shared with senior leadership.

  • Pool funding is allocated to FOs (with Finance and SOs) based on the set criteria for receiving this funding.

  • Reporting on pooled funds is completed according to requirements to ensure accountability.

Field level Support for Implementation:

  • Field Offices (FOs) are well equipped with the knowledge and guidance required for the impactful implementation of programming.

  • Coordination and collaboration with regions to ensure effective FO support.

  • Ad hoc or as advised engagement with Programming leads in FOs to periodically gauge needs, issues, and opportunities.


  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations, or related study.

  • Proven knowledge leading a multi-cultural team.

  • Experience working in a cross-cultural environment and working remotely.

  • Sharp analytical and independent decision-making skills.

  • Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders.

  • 5-8 years of proven experience in emergency responses or related field.

  • Knowledge of World Vision’s business processes (both development and EMS).

  • Familiarity with major humanitarian codes, principles and practice.

  • Work experience as Program Manager at least for 1-3 years in a country other than the home country.

  • Understand Humanitarian Industry and have proven experience within a relief setting.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Previous experience working in complex emergency/rehabilitation settings.

  • Experience coordination with INGO’s and other key stakeholders-High degree of negotiation and persuasion skills.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in a working environment where expectations remain high and requires long working hours.

  • Ability to facilitate the creation of cross-functional project teams and the development of global strategies.

  • Excellent time-management and prioritization.

  • Demonstrates openness and transparency.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position Is a “remote working” position and requires flexibility in trying to manage work life balance.