Senior Programme Development Advisor, GRRT

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Senior Programme Development Advisor, GRRT


World Vision (WV) is seeking a Senior Program Development Advisor to join its humanitarian Global Rapid Response Team (GRRT). This position’s primary responsibility (50%) is to deploy (sometimes on short notice) to humanitarian emergencies to lead (or support) WV’s resource acquisition and management teams. Core to the role is a strong focus on 1) response strategy development, 2) significant donor engagement, 3) grant design and writing, 4) funding coordination and 5) resource management and reporting. In WV emergency response, this role plays a central role, often serving on the response’s Senior Leadership Team.

During periods of non-deployment, the position (alongside WV’s GRRT Program Directors) will support WV humanitarian responses through:

  • Leading virtual and in-person capacity building sessions within WV in order to strengthen the abilities of WV’s humanitarian programming staff.
  • Mentoring or supporting other WV humanitarian programming staff.
  • Building of humanitarian programming systems, frameworks, and processes for more efficient, successful resources development and management in WV responses.
  • Assisting strategic initiatives that link WV’s global strategy with field practice.


Deploy and lead WV responses’ resource development and management function in humanitarian emergencies to achieve the following:


  • Establish, resource, staff and manage the programmes unit as needed.
  • Ensure coordination across departments and across country contexts through streamlined work processes and team meetings.
  • Facilitate capacity building (related to donor engagement, strategic project design, compliance, and reporting) during deployments.

Resource Acquisition

  • Lead the growth and diversification of funding based on response office strategy by ensuring the GAM team plans, leads, develops and reviews concept papers and proposals for various projects for funding in order to achieve the Response Strategy.

Donor Engagement

  • Support the office in maintaining donor engagement by developing and maintaining effective relationships with donors and WV support offices to establish partnerships, and market WV and seek additional funding opportunities.
  • Ensure the WV response has strong relationships with key donors and personal connections to local representatives. Ensure this representation is tracked and recorded.
  • Plan, implement, analyze and share findings from assessments and program monitoring.
  • Develop, revisit, and adhere to the donor engagement strategy for greater grant stability and growth.


  • Provide function support and leadership in strategy formulation, implementation plan, execution and grant management to ensure alignment with the office’s Response Strategy.

Grant Management

  • Ensure WV responses are compliant with the grant policies, e.g. new staff is informed of and understand the Grant Acquisition and Management minimum standards as well those for any Sub-grantees.
  • Monitor the WV’s Response portfolio progress ensuring goals and objectives (both at a portfolio and project level) are achieved and non-financial grant requirements are adhered to (through WV’s Grant Health Tracker).
  • Ensure that grant management systems are in place using adequate tracking tools to support effective grant compliance and positive audit results, and that the grant team and field office staff understands this system and follows them accordingly.

Other Program Support

  • When needed, support on ensuring critical MEAL functions including assessments, monitoring, learning, evaluations and humanitarian accountability as well as information management are undertaken.
  • When required, support MEAL colleagues in ensuring all data from assessments, baseline, monitoring, feedback mechanisms is communicated to communities as appropriate and continuous improvement processes are in place for programme adaptation.

Work with Programme Directors to strengthen the roster of deployable programming staff and programming resources to support them

  • Support PD on virtual and in-person capacity building sessions within WV in order to strengthen the abilities of WV’s humanitarian programming staff (PIE & RDMT trgs).
  • Mentor other WV humanitarian programming staff.
  • Assist biannually with maintenance of the PIE roster.
  • When necessary, build or improve upon WV’s humanitarian programming systems, frameworks, and processes for more efficient, successful resources development and management in WV responses.

Lead key programme strategy initiatives:

  • Assist strategic initiatives that link WV’s global strategy with field practice.
  • Support other initiatives as required by DM leadership.
  • Serve as a key member of the Strategy, Effectiveness and Digital Capability team.


  • A minimum of 5 years in roles that feature resource acquisition, grant development, donor engagement and leadership in the humanitarian assistance with a significant portion of this in INGOs.
  • 8+ years’ experience in humanitarian assistance work including significant field presence.
  • Strong experience in engaging with governmental institutions, UN clusters, and multilateral agencies.
  • Strong experience in working with bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, grant management and proposal development.
  • Experience in managing resource acquisition and management teams that facilitate innovation and calculated risk taking.
  • Experience in program management and compliance of multi-sectoral emergency response projects.
  • Strong background in programme quality – MEAL – and information management.
  • Intensive experience in leading a multi-cultural team of professionals.
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Experience working in war zones / fragile contexts.
  • (Internal to WV) Work experience as humanitarian Snr. Program Officer or Programme Manager at least for 1-3 years in a country other than the home country.
  • Demonstrated understanding of key humanitarian principles, standards and best practices.
  • University degree in Humanitarian Studies, International Development, Political Relations, Economics, Sociology, or other related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of proposal and budget requirements and regulations of major donors including the OFDA, ECHO, DFID, UN agencies, German government.
  • Familiarity with humanitarian codes, minimum standards, principles and practice.
  • Fluency in written and verbal communication in English


  • Understand Humanitarian Industry and have proven experience within a relief/ Disaster Management setting.
  • Effective in written and verbal communication in French, including additional languages such as Arabic & Spanish.
  • Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders.
  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English, French, additional skills in Spanish, Arabic or other languages preferred.
  • 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 work with a reasonable level of comfort in high tension and high security risk situations.
  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts psychologically stressful environs and physical hardships.
  • Ability to facilitate the creation of cross-functional project teams and the development of national strategies.
  • Excellent time-management and prioritization.
  • Demonstrates openness and transparency.

Additional work experience preferred for this position:

  • Experience in leading “ad-hoc” teams accommodating multiple and frequent staff transitions in emergency response without undermining effectiveness and output of Programme Team.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel and deploy domestically and internationally up to 50% of the time, often at short-notice.

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