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Chief of Party, WV Burundi


The Chief of Party (COP) will have overall responsibility for the management of all project activities and staff. S/he will lead the planning and implementation of the project, overseeing all aspects (programmatic, financial, administrative, procurement, personnel, risk management) and will ensure that all project interventions are of a high quality and lead to measurable impact. This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the annual work-plans preparation, identifying external technical support needs, ensuring that appropriate management practices are being used in project implementation and the Monitoring and Evaluation systems are being used to provide timely management information. S/he is also responsible for ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program under his/her supervision.

The COP will manage the Consortium with Christian Aid Burundi and partners and facilitate their cooperation in developing and completing shared vision and goals; recommending policies that maximize the project’s impact, providing information about the project within the organization and ensuring activities to contribute to deliverables being carried out within all partner organizations.

The COP ensures that all programming/operations processes comply with WV Mission, Vision, Core Values and donor’s standards. S/He will strengthen accountability, programmatic integration, and ensure that all the grant objectives achieve maximum impact in for Child Well-being. The position will report to the National Director and will be based in Bujumbura, World Vision Burundi Head Office with frequent field visits to support frontline staff.

The COP bears ultimate responsibility for ensuring that grantees and sub-grantees meet EU and program requirements.


Direct and Oversee the Project Implementation:

  • Promotes excellence in planning, executions and reporting of the EU funded Health Project.

  • Promotes excellence in planning, executions and reporting of all WVB Grant programs/projects. Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.

  • Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and SO staff.

  • Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact.

Leads Donor Engagement, Relationship Building and Communication during Projects Implementation:

  • Manage proactive and responsive relationship with EU delegate, in close collaboration with World Vision and Christian Aid Burundi staffs.

  • Liaise with Christian Burundi, local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Participate, lead NGO – donor forum to represent WV, the project, and seek cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities.

  • Serve as primary liaison to donors, local and national governmental authorities, local NGOs, community organizations, Facilitate learning of best practices on program’s technical areas and other donor organizations.

Quality Assurance:

  • Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet EU and WV requirements.

  • Participate and conduct on-going lessons learned with key staff and partners/sub-grantees.

  • Establish clear and frequent communication regarding program progress and oversight management with the donor.

Human Resources:

  • Supervise staffs with skills across a diverse set of technical areas.

  • Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects.

  • Lead grant staff and short-term consultants.

  • Provide spiritual leadership to the grants team. Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.

Risk Management and Grant Close out:

  • Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.

  • Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.


  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in providing management advisory services and or managing staff and operational systems, with a minimum of three years at the international level.

  • At least 3 years of experience managing EU- or other donor-funded programs.

  • Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of the country and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities in (country of the grant).

  • Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries.

  • Familiarity with bilateral and multilateral donors programs, their history and their development; mastery of donors regulations governing such programs.

  • Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.

  • Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • Experience of leading large and diverse teams.

  • Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.

  • Experience as senior expert advisor required.

  • Experience managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.

  • Fluency in English and French.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.

  • Sound knowledge in monitoring and evaluation.

  • Project management skills.

  • Familiare with EU grants regulations.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Work environment: Office-based with frequent travel to the field.

  • Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.

  • Travel: 30% Domestic/international travel is required.

  • On call: 10%

Programmes and Operations Director

*Position open for national and international applicants.


  • To provide strategic leadership to the Programmes and Operations teams.

  • To ensure programme designs are efficient, effective, innovative and reach the most vulnerable.

  • To ensure funding diversification and growth per the WVIN strategy.

  • To ensure quality, effective, efficient and timely implementation of all operations and sponsorship.

  • To provide strategic input to the Senior Leadership Team.


Drives high quality results in programme implementation:

  • Strong performance management of Programmes and Operations teams.

  • Projects, programmes and sponsorship implemented in timely, effective, relevant and efficient manner.

  • Performance of partner NGOs is managed.

  • Underspend/overspend not more than 5%.

  • All donor requirements for grant-funded and PNS projects are met.

  • WVIN is prepared to respond to small –medium sized disasters in a timely, effective, efficient and appropriate manner.

  • GC sponsorship standards are met.

  • Program Implementation contributes to impact the most vulnerable through appropriate beneficiary selection and geographic targeting.

  • Monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual and other donor reports are submitted on time.

Increase and Diversify Funding:

  • 75% of project proposals submitted for funding are accepted and funded.

  • WVIN’s funding portfolio is a mix of sponsorship, PNS, bilateral, multilateral and foundation funds.

  • Preposition with peers, donors and government for future grant opportunities.

  • In collaboration with MEALS Director and Programs and Field Operations team, ensuring availability of evidence of impact of program implementation for pre-positioning and proposal development.

Ensures the creation of, technically sound programming that focusses on the most vulnerable:

  • Design innovative development programmes that reach the most vulnerable children and their families.

  • Improve the quality of programme design through technical rigor, evidence and learning and through intelligent risk.

  • Ensure WVIN has technical representation on key working groups, committees etc with donors, peers and government.

  • Technical programmes are aligned with GoN Line Ministry programmes.

People Management:

  • All Programme and Operations staff have clear performance expectations and individual learning plans.

  • Regular coaching of managers.

  • Department/unit managers able to meet 85% of department annual goals and within time schedule & budget.

  • Create working atmosphere that inspires and motivates staff to pursue excellent performance.

  • Manage cohesion among programs, resources development unit and field operations team.

Manages all Risks associated with Programmes and Operations:

  • Acceptable audits and programme evaluations.

  • Ensure performance of safeguarding responsibilities and obligations as per organizational policy, guidelines and standards in all WVIN operations.

  • Be accountable for the safety and security of WV Field Office teams and assets.

  • Ensure all business processes and programming activities of WVIN are in compliance with WV’s policies and standards, as well as relevant external regulations and standards including government’s and donors’.

Organization-wide Leadership:

  • Contribute to development and improvements of strategy, policies, procedures and systems for greater effectiveness, efficiency and a healthy organizational life.

  • Contribute strategically to Senior Leadership Team meetings.

  • Create and maintain a working environment that encourages critical thinking, learning and feedback, and strives to improve efficiency, effectiveness and quality of performance.

Professional & Personal Development:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to World Vision’s Core Values.

  • Demonstrable practice on Servant Leadership qualities.


  • Graduate degree qualification and/or professional qualification in International Development studies, Community Development or any Social Science related degree or MBA.

  • Clear strategic and systems thinker.

  • Experience and understanding of humanitarian response and/or DRR.

  • Strong experience in people management.

  • High critical, creative and innovative thinking.

  • At least 10-12 years’ experience in Program Management in a complex, international organization preferably in INGO context.

  • Developed people in a cross-cultural setting, and initiated and implemented organizational change at leadership level.

  • Experience in high level government, IO & UN representation.

  • Proven leadership ability.

  • Proven experience as a team player.

  • Demonstrated facilitation and collaboration skills.

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office computer programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Mature personality and skilled communicator.

  • Ability to manage complexity and ambiguity.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience working in a disaster response.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Will provide guidance, support, coaching and mentoring to Department/unit Heads and ensure a culture of collaboration and communication is maintained.

  • Must be willing and able to travel nationally up to 50% per annum.

Director – Child Protection and Education in Emergencies

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


To provide strategic leadership to World Vision’s Child Protection and Education technical sectors in both Emergencies and Fragile Contexts within the Disaster Management Programs. In addition to this, the position will also coordinate and ensure effective representation of Emergency Response issues within the Global Sector conversations.

On a day to day this position will manage a team of 3-4 Technical Specialists, build organizational capability, as well as and coordinate the Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) and Education in Emergencies (EiE) technical support with the TSO. The Director will provide coordination/guidance and be the representative of WVI in the global UN-Led Cluster Coordination and other external engagements.

The holder of this position is a part of the Global Rapid Response Team (GRRT) and is expected to available for deployment anywhere as a CPIE expert in the world that WV is directly responding. Deployments to a response can be within 24-72 hours for up to 25% of their time per year.

During non-crisis periods to engage in disaster preparedness and mitigation, capacity building, strategy development, and external engagement with stakeholders engaging in Emergency Child Protection and Education.


Strategic Leadership:

  • Collaborate with GC CP and Education Sector teams to develop CP and Education programming guidance for Emergencies and Fragile Contexts (including global minimum standards, models, capacity building strategies, curricula, and M&E tools), linking to Core Project Models wherever possible.

  • Provide thought leadership in order to find evidence based and high impact solutions to sector challenges

  • Lead, drive and facilitate ongoing development and implementation of the child protection and education in emergency (including conflict and fragile contexts) strategy.

  • Coordinate and support learning and innovation for programs focused on strengthening child protection and education in emergencies and fragile contexts, with a view to positioning WV as a global leader in child protection and education in emergency work. This will include significant work with the Strategic Initiative 1.1/Fragile Context Expansion process, Global Centre Child Protection and Participation Team, and DMT.

  • Oversee the quality of CP and education programming in emergencies, in alignment with global evidence-based practice.

  • In coordination with GRRT, G-tech and the H-Ops team, ensure that child protection is central in all emergency/conflict/fragile context response strategies

  • Define the sector research portfolio and documentation/publication agenda and work with Evidence and Learning Partnership Leader on implementation of this agenda.

  • Create a culture of learning using appropriate knowledge management interventions among Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) and EiE staff that are deployed to capture best practices and lessons learned for external engagement/positioning, policy change, and program improvement.

Deployment and Field Support:

  • Provide sector leadership for timely delivery of CPIE specifically but also in Education in Emergencies based on need through establishing networks and coordination mechanisms with other players within the response (engagement with

  • Child Protection and/or Education Clusters and associated working groups)

  • Leading Child Protection and Education assessments to identify needs and surveys, monitoring and evaluation to ensure quality of programs and advocacy.

  • Responsible for grant acquisition through effective facilitation with Finance and other program teams to prepare proposals and budgets for donor funding.

  • Design and implement CPIE and EiE programs to meet the needs of the affected populations. This should be done utilizing the minimum interagency Child Protection in Emergencies and INEE minimum standards, including clear integration of appropriate community-based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for children and families.

  • Guide the processes of monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness of an emergency response and guide the adaptation of programs to meet emerging needs.

  • Guide the process of program integration with other sector programs primarily HEALTH, WASH, and Livelihood and Food Security.

  • Coordinate the process of documenting and sharing lessons learnt and promising practices from the emergency response.

  • Ensure a proper staff transitioning/recruitment of staffing and specifically the second wave of staff for a smooth handover.

Supervision and Management of Child Protection and Education in Emergencies team:

  • Lead and manage a team of 3 Technical Specialists (2 Child Protection Specialists and 1 Education in Emergencies Advisors) who are part of the GRRT for through:

  • Act as hiring manager for the new staff and ensure that all HR administrative procedures are complied with during recruitments.

  • Ensure effective management coaching, capacity development of the team.

  • Manage their travels for an effective work-life balance as well budget management.

  • Work with each team member to prepare them for rapid deployment as per the GRRT protocols (24-72 Hours’ notice)

  • Ensure that each staff member is adequate orientated and well place within their location (NO or RO)

  • Monitor staff well-being and implementation of CPiE and EiE programs when the team is in deployment. Deal with any issues/matters that arise decisively.

  • Ensure staff are support through debriefs, timely completion of timesheets, end of deployment appraisals and mental health reviews after each deployment.

  • During non-deployment times, support team members who are out of deployment to plan their time effectively in providing remote support to responses, attend prioritized meetings, input into critical conversations and taking time to rest for a balanced work-life balance.

Capacity and Talent Pool Development:

  • Lead the development and implementation of effective capacity building strategies for CPiE and EiE programs in emergencies, in collaboration with the GC CP and Education Teams.

  • Develop and disseminate Capacity statements and policy agendas for CPiE and EiE sectors.

  • Identify learning methodologies and tools that most effectively build the competencies and capacity of field staff within an emergency setting, linking to Global Sector capacity development tools and systems.

  • Develop blended learning materials including but not limited to guides, participant guides, simulation models and technical learning pathways that lead to effective child protection competency building for RDMT training and in some cases NDMTs

  • Facilitate training for CPiE programs staff and communities when in development but also through the RDMTs.

  • Provide mentoring to a number of Field Based CPiE professionals (including Regional Based where applicable) through an ongoing, one-on-one relationship by creating a schedule of regular meetings.

  • Ensure a healthy talent pool is in place through effective tracking of trained staff and making sure that members of the team are facilitated to deploy and take up secondment positions as they come up.

External Engagement and Internal Collaboration:

  • Lead on external engagement priorities working in collaboration with the EE specialists in CPP and Education as well as A&JC. Contribute to advocacy agenda and policy development globally and context specifically if deployed

  • Establish and maintain strategic alliances with emergency Child Protection and Education in Emergencies related donors, foundations, academic institutions, governments, international and UN agencies for positioning WV emergency response functions, acquisition of resources and policy influence. Specifically, ensure a strong engagement in UN Global Clusters and their associated task teams, and coordinate priority spaces such as the Alliance for CP in Humanitarian Action and the INEE inter-agency network for education in emergencies

  • Participate in the CPiE and EiE Communities of Practice and be a part of their business team aimed at helping in the facilitation of Working Groups and Interest Groups.

  • Facilitate discussion on strategic issues around CPiE/EiE in emergencies within the WV partnership and with key stakeholders

  • Attend regional and global forums representing DMT and Child Protection and Education in emergencies where appropriate.

  • Attend Global and Regional Forums educating senior leadership on Child Protection and Education needs in emergencies and fragile contexts.

  • Initiate and work closely with other WV Global Sector teams as well as the TSO Child Protection and Education teams in the development of integrated programs and use of technical specialists across the teams based on needs.


  • Relevant University Degree, preferable Masters degree in political science, international relations, law, social work or a related area.

  • Strong empirical knowledge of the Humanitarian sector including standards (Sphere, HAP, IASC guidelines, Humanitarian Law, charter etc.)

  • Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player.

  • Subsutantial knowledge, experience and skills of working with children and application in humanitarian settings.

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience working at National or International level in Child Protection or human rights fields is required.

  • Expirence with an international organisation at regional or mission headquater will be required.

  • At least 5 years working in conflict settings with IDPs/ refugees and a strong understanding of protection principles.

  • Strong empirical knowledge of the humanitarian sector including humanitarian charter, laws and HR and other standards.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

  • Knowledge of a UN language (French, Arabic, Spanish) an advantage.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience implementing M&E programs.

  • Strong strategic thinking and proposal writing skills.

  • Strong leadership, staff and budget management and capacity building skills.

  • Knowledge of Cash-Based Programming for Child Protection and Educational outcomes would be advantageous.

  • Training and capacity building skills.

  • Excellent report writing skills, documentation, building and dissemination of learning.

  • Ability of process and articulate complexity in a clear coherent way.

  • Worked in conflict zones and has a personal security awareness training (HEAT).

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time.

  • Ability to live and productively work under stress and in insecure and harsh environments.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, pshychologically stressful enviroments and physical hardships.