WORK CONTEXT / BACKGROUND:
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organisation working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. As a child-focused organization, WV’s work focuses on children, ensuring they are protected and their basic needs are met. WVV has a total income of around US$ 18,000,000 (FY17) with funding from 14 support countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Funding of WVV consists of sponsorship program funding (70%) and PNS/grants (30%). WVV employs about 440 staff, of which 99% are Vietnamese nationals.
In alignment with the three ministry strategic objectives World Vision Vietnam implements three Technical Programs (TPs): Child Protection, Nutrition and Livelihoods. TPs are national level programmes implemented by World Vision in multiple geographic locations within a country, which are designed to ensure that WVV will achieve the highest impact for the well-being of children, in accordance with relevant Technical Approach and NO strategic objectives.
Currently, World Vision Vietnam is implementing 37 Area Development Programmes (ADPs) which operate in 5 zones: North (Hung Yen, Hoa Binh, Hai Phong and Dien Bien), Yen Bai – Tuyen Quang, Thanh Hoa, Central (Quang Tri, Quang Nam – Danang) and South (Quang Ngai, Binh Thuan, Ho Chi Minh, DakNong). From FY18, WVV adopts and implements the new operating model, therefore, the name of ADP will be changed to AP (Area Programme).
WVV’s APs usually focus within one administrative district of a province which populated by ethnic minority people with high rates of poverty. A uniqueness of WVV’s Development Program Approach (DPA) is that AP team members are based at district level where the AP is located, which enables them to work closely with government partners and communities on a daily basis. Beside the APs, WVV is also implementing different Special and Grant Projects to meet the specific needs of vulnerable children in both AP and non-AP areas.
Under each AP, there will be 6-8 staff, including one AP manager, one Sponsorship Facilitator, one Finance Officer/Bookkeeper, one AP Coordinator and 2-4 Development Facilitators (DFs) who are in charge of the management of all projects (assessment & planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and transition), and community engagement for the assigned communes/wards in their AP. For each zone (6-8 APs), there are 4 Zonal technical staff, including three Technical Program Officers (Nutrition, Child Protection, Livelihoods) and one Program Effectiveness Officer. DFs will be coached by the AP manager programmatically and the Zonal Officers technically. One of the strengths of this structure is to allow better integration of the program toward Child Well Being Outcomes.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
To provide overall leadership and management to the area program in accordance with WVV’s strategic directions (e.g. National strategy, Technical Approaches, Technical Programs), policies (e.g. HR Manual,
Finance and Child Protection policies, ect.), standards (e.g. technical project models, Program Effectiveness, child sponsorship, child protection and child safe organization, Program Accountability Framework, etc.).
Leadership and People Management
Provide overall leadership to the AP team, including spiritual leadership
Work with PnC department to recruit and provide orientation for new staff
Supervise, coach, mentor, provide adequate feedback to AP staff to ensure their high performance toward the shared goals
Identify and address development needs of AP staff to ensure that they are well equipped with core and job-specific competencies to carry out quality work
Identify and address staffing issues in a timely and professional manner in working with PnC department
Promote ongoing reflection and learning culture among AP staff
Organize the AP office and facilitate a working environment of trust, mutual respect, and care among all staff
Build effective relationships with support office/donors; provide support office/donors with vital program information, documentation, stories and reports on a timely manner and get them involved in key events/milestones of the program
Community Engagement and Sponsorship
Build effective working relationship with various development partners including PMB and technical departments at district and commune level
Network with external stakeholders (NGOs, CSO, local businesses, etc.) and create space for collaboration and partnership toward improved well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable
Raise awareness of local partners and community on WV’s Christian identity and values, child focused and community based development
Promote program accountability in accordance with PAF
Lead the AP planning process as well as the annual community review & planning process
Promote shared monitoring and integrated reflection with local partners and community to review the progress and identify areas for improvements
Support communities and partners to develop and implement the community development plan/ initiatives (micro projects) including advocacy initiatives
Support communities and partners to develop and implement community-based disaster preparedness plans
Identify and mobilize community resources for joint advocacy activities at district level
Lead the documentation of best practices, lessons learnt, MSC stories and share with external and internal stakeholders for learning and advocacy purpose
Lead the process of MVC mapping and inclusion in the project activities
Lead child projection and inclusion as per Sponsorship standards and monitor participation and benefits of RC/MVC and their families
Lead the child monitoring as per sponsorship standards
Be accountable for the implementation of Sponsorship 2.0
Reinforce Sponsorship In Programming (SIP) Essentials
Facilitate the process of program approach towards sustainability
Lead the adaptation of TPs following the standard guidelines/ tools and complete all AP level documents (log-frame, ITT, MnE plan, narrative AP Plan)
Provide coaching and support to AP staff to implement TPs according to the approved AP plan and budget
Mobilize technical, human, financial resources to support the program
Lead the monitoring and reporting of indicators to ensure data accuracy
Implement the recommendations of CWB reports, evaluation reports, technical model review reports
Coordinate the participation of local partners and community in baseline survey and evaluation at AP level
Document evidences and disseminate WVV’s project models to external partner for replication and advocacy purpose
Prepare monitoring reports for the AP (monthly, semi-annual, annually)
Support AP staff to mainstream CCT into program activities
Lead the implementation of Horizon 3.0
Manage resources with integrity and stewardship, in compliance with WVV’s financial policies and procedures.
Coordinate procurement and strategic sourcing at AP level
Prepare concept notes and proposals for PNS calls
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
(The following knowledge, skills, and abilities may be acquired through a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience, or on-the-job training.)
Bachelor degree in education, public health, community development, social work and/or business administration.
Master degree in similar fields
Knowledge & Skills
Conceptual understanding of and commitment to development work, especially Christian, child-focused, community-based development concepts, approaches and processes.
Basic knowledge and understanding of key aspects of development work; including health/nutrition, child protection, livelihoods and cross-cutting themes (e.g. gender, child participation, environment, disability), and integration of advocacy and disaster management in development programming.
Demonstrated leadership skills, including leading, building, and supporting a team with diverse roles and capacities.
Skills in facilitation of development processes, including organisation and mobilisation of communities and networking among different development partners.
Demonstrated capacity in program management, with conceptual understanding and required competency in DME functions.
Strong interpersonal skills and well-developed written and oral communications skills in Vietnamese and English, especially report writing skills.
Solid computer skills in Word, Excel, Powerpoint and email.
Ability to think critically and reflect.
At least 4 years work experience in community development.
Experience in program implementation, community mobilization and participatory approach would be an advantage.
Knowledge and experience in capacity building for local stakeholders/partners.
Experience in managing and supervising staff.
Experience of working with ethnic minorities.