Urban Technical Specialist

This is your opportunity to use your experience in international development within complex urban contexts to help improve the lives of the urban poor, especially the most vulnerable children.

World Vision (WV) is a global network of development professionals committed to enhancing the well-being and protection of children, their families and communities to overcome the challenges of poverty and injustice.
World Vision International has established a Centre of Expertise for Urban Programs (Urban CoE) to address the megatrend of urbanisation, and lead WV’s global action research and learning for urban contexts. The Urban CoE is developing innovative models informed by local knowledge and field experiences for WV to implement in urban areas, anchored within WV’s overarching Development Approach.

The Urban Technical Specialist will contribute to building capacity of staff in urban learning sites and pilots, and document innovative programming approaches & models. He/she will provide the primary liaison function between the CoE and international Offices / regional teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
• Provide technical advice to field partners and the primary liaison function between the CoE and select international offices, in particular with respect to urban programming approaches.
• Building capacity of Learning sites and pilots to drive innovation in the field, supporting urban change initiatives through provision of technical guidance, including supporting organisational adaptation and change initiatives.
• Document field experiences and lessons, and share with the broader organisation / feeding into resource material development , funding and adaptation initiatives
• Drive research agenda through academic partnerships to contribute to evidence building.
• Support urban sectoral focused grants, and lead CoE contribution to subsequent urban grant applications.

REQUIRED SKILLS INCLUDE:
• Minimum 5 years related experience in international development.
• Experience in urban safety, child protection, urban WASH and youth empowerment will be prioritised.
• Strong written and verbal communication in English.
• Preferred: Spanish and/or Portuguese language skills.

If you believe you have the skills and experience to fulfil this challenging role that will enhance the lives of vulnerable children in urban contexts, we'd love to hear from you.

Deadline/closing date: 
Monday, April 21, 2014