Senior Director - Food Security and Livelihoods

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 17 June 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 18 May 2018

Job Description

As a Senior Director, Food Security and Livelihoods, you will lead a team of business development managers, technical advisors and support staff in:

  1. Developing innovative concepts and proposals to acquire increasing amounts of public and major foundation funding for the WV mission, including food commodities / monetization and cash grant funding, and
  2. Supporting the acquisition, program management and technical branding work of colleagues in other Resource Acquisition Unit teams, the Program Quality & Impact (PQI) Unit and the private fundraising teams in the Transformational Engagement (TE) Division, including Campaign, Philanthropy, Corporate Engagement, and Chief Business Development officers. Based on cross-functional business and annual work plans.

Ensure the Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) team works cross functionally with Program Quality and Impact Unit to ensure accountability and oversight of the public and privately funded portfolios, and to ensure collaborative and integrated actions for positioning with public and major foundation donors and technical branding of World Vision with all donors.

Lead the development and implementation of Food Security and Livelihoods sector business plan and annual work plans to:

  • guide the acquisition of increased USG, foundation, corporate and individual donor contributions for programming interventions;
  • ensure innovative and effective technical designs to guarantee that these programs bring about measurable improvements in addressing poverty among target populations; and
  • ensure support for technical branding based on these programs to improve the perception of World Vision US (WVUS) across all donor segments as an innovative thought leader, and evidenced based designer and implementer of programs that reach the most vulnerable increasingly in fragile contexts and as a strong voice and advocate for social justice and change on behalf of our program participants.

Help carry out our Christian organization’s mission, vision, and strategies. Personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word and sign.


  • Strategic & Business Planning: Lead in the development of a FSL sector resource acquisition plan and annual business plans consistent with the Resource Acquisition Unit’s Annual Business Plans, including revenue driver and program quality metrics, and specific initiatives to ensure collaboration with other Resource Development Unit teams (Health, Child Development and Protection, Regional Engagement Team, Custom Team, WASH), PQI teams and TE private fundraiser teams.
  • Align team plans to Our Promise 2030 Partnership Strategy, the WVUS strategy, and the Go-Green and Go-Well plans for WVUS financial and organizational health. Ensure responsiveness to WVI Partnership needs and regional/technical strategies.
  • Lead, manage, mentor, and provide conflict resolution solutions for direct reports and other WV colleagues. Ensure accomplishment of the FSL business/work plan, objectives and targets by setting high standards and monitoring compliance.
  • Manage operational team budget. Monitor individual employee performance and conduct required performance evaluations. Hire, fire, train, counsel, evaluate, and recommend salary increases and promotions for those under direct supervision.
  • Ensure effective leadership of business development / proposal teams in the negotiation of all public and major foundation awards.
  • Public & Major Foundation Grant Acquisition: Lead, monitor and motivate Integrated FSL team to collaborate with other teams to acquire resources from private and public donors (including USG, multilateral, large individual grants, corporate and foundation grants). Collaborate with other WVUS teams to identify sources of funding that fit within national, regional and global sector strategies and competencies and lead team in aggressively acquiring grants from a variety of sources in support of those strategies. Lead team in the development of large, consortia proposals and projects. Expand public and private funding opportunities in coordination with WV stakeholders, external donors and WV national offices
  • Relationships/Networks: Network with public and major foundation donors, other NGOs, and industry thought leaders and practitioners to build WV’s technical brand and competitiveness to acquire significant FSL program funding. Support the TE Unit private donor networking and engagement as described in the team planning documents.
  • Establish collaborative relationships and networks with IPG colleagues, WVUS and WVI partners, representing and promoting WVUS IPG’s resource teams in setting standards and developing strategies. Represent WVUS by participating in professional associations; speaking engagements, task forces and working groups focused on integrated food and nutrition programming.
  • Technical Assistance/Capacity Building: Promote the implementation of WVI standards among groups in WVUS IPG and field staff to ensure alignment, quality and consistency of approach. Explore best practices for WVUS international programs and keep abreast of research, standards, and donor guidelines. Provide leadership to the FSL technical advisors in provision of technical assistance and training for headquarters and field staff in program design and implementation. Represent WVUS, as needed, in contributing to WVI partnership technical resource standards and initiatives.
  • Budgeting/Reporting: Participate in annual ministry planning and budgeting process, presenting team goals, negotiating budget requests with RDU leadership group (Senior Directors and VP).
  • Portfolio Management: Ensure technical program support for the FSL project portfolio in collaboration with PQI-FSL and Economic Empowerment teams.
  • Work collaboratively with team members when assigned to work as part of a team.
  • Keep Christ central in our individual and corporate lives. Attend and participate in the leadership of devotions, weekly Chapel services, and regular prayer.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, and keep informed of organizational announcements, activities and changes via regular reading of the WVUS Intranet and other corporate communication tools.

Required Skills:

  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Faith-based programming approaches
  • Program design and implementation (monitoring and reporting)
  • USG and major foundation grant making
  • Private donor engagement / fundraising
  • Networking and prepositioning
  • Technical branding
  • Oral and written communication / English language high proficiency
  • General management principles and practices

Required Experience:

Master’s degree or equivalent work experience (10 years) required. In addition to education, requires a minimum of 10-15 years of directly relevant experience, including at least eight years of extensive international work and travel experience in a developing country. Must exhibit demonstrated understanding of USG funding cycles and foundations grant requirements and opportunities. Demonstrated ability to supervise teams required. Fluency in a second language (Spanish or French) is desired.

About the Organization

The World Vision Partnership is a global community of people passionately committed to improving the lives and futures of the world’s most vulnerable children.

We believe that every child is a precious gift to the entire world and that their well-being concerns us all. We will not rest while children suffer in situations that can be changed. We are looking for people who share our beliefs and our passion.

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