Practice Area Lead: Livelihoods – VSO – Multiple Locations

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Practice Area Lead: Livelihoods – VSO – Multiple Locations

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Practice Area Lead: Livelihoods – VSO – Multiple Locations

Key responsibilities

  • Strategic development and programmatic quality (technical and volunteering for development approach) of VSO’s global portfolio in the practice area
  • Plan and oversee portfolio growth to achieve significantly increased scale and reach targets as outlined in VSO’s operating plan
  • Raise and advance the profile, and positioning of VSO, with current and potential donors, external partners, networks and stakeholders to secure strong strategic partnerships for income and people resourcing
  • Identify and facilitate engagement of VSO employees, volunteers and partners as a network of practice to continuously deepen VSO’s technical capability and knowledge in the practice area
  • Guide and Manage VSO resources to respond to opportunities and needs across each part of the programme cycle
  • Continuously improve VSO’s programming in the relevant practice area by ensuring a strong evidence base informed by analysis of both internal and external evidence and research
  • Participate in strategic decision-making about our global programme portfolio and programming, policy, advocacy, research and evaluation priorities
  • Establish clear positions and priorities on VSO’s policy agenda in the relevant practice area, advocating for change, networking with key people/bodies.
  • Ensure compliance with all security, fraud, safeguarding and code of conduct requirements, to promote and uphold VSO performance standards
  • With peers across VSO to ensure effective ways of working and to share knowledge, skills, resources and networks
    • Knowledge, evaluation and learning team to monitor and manage impact and influence outputs and outcomes
    • Engagement and leadership team to ensure full integration of volunteering for development engagement and leadership strategies
    • Programme development team to monitor quality of volunteering for development programming and integrate learning from practice area
  • With the business pursuit leads and country representatives to ensure alignment of income growth with programme strategy; to ensure technical resourcing of business pursuit processes, including positioning and bid development
  • Work closely with multi-disciplinary people resource within practice team and global support teams;
    • With finance business partnering to manage investment planning and budgeting

Essential Selection Criteria

  • Post graduate qualification in the relevant practice area and/or international development or equivalent experience
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of relevant development, policy and funding trends within the relevant practice area
Experience of
  • Influencing and delivering results cross-organisationally at senior level in large, complex development organizations
  • Creating and maintaining a high performing, globally dispersed team, managed in line with the organisation’s values, policies and procedures
  • Leading and managing change and employee engagement
  • Engaging a broad range of donors and managing strategic partnerships
  • Programme design, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning management and leadership
  • Driving programme quality and leading and supporting organisations to become knowledge driven
  • Representational activities in high level forums
  • Strong leadership behaviours including external orientation, situational agility, and partner focus
  • People management and in working across multiple cultural contexts
  • Financial and budget management
Closing date for applications 19 January 2020 before midnight.

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