Senior Advisor, External Engagement - Education

World Vision
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Oct 02

Position description

Builds World Vision’s (WV) influence, advocacy, partnerships and reputation externally in the Education sector. Ensure WV is represented by subject matter experts in key Education forums and participates in selected networks, associations, and boards as appropriate. Actively positions WV as a NGO of choice with global 2030 Agenda platform, potential and key partners, businesses, donors and other stakeholders. Oversees and coordinates closely with key internal and external stakeholders around grant acquisition. (Stakeholders include donors and funding modalities (in particular Education focused such as Education Cannot Wait; Global Partnership for Education etc); WV’s Global Grant Acquisition and Management team; grant acquisition teams in WV Support Offices and Regional Offices.) Ensures WV is visible in social media around key Education events/dates.




Set Strategic Priorities:

  • In collaboration with WV’s Advocacy/External Engagement (A&EE) team, develops and successfully achieves external engagement strategy for sector.

  • Maintain oversight of (and coordinate where needed) WV’s sectoral external engagement activities.

  • Strengthen and expand strategic partnerships (with particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals) at global level including multi-stakeholder partnerships, UN partnerships, and multinational corporations as well as faith actors.

  • Contribute to positioning WV to attain technical and strategic recognition and thought leadership position within the global Education sector.

  • Identify shared objectives and initiatives with WV Global Capitals strategies.

  • Ensure alignment with A&EE (including on global policy positions).

  • Provide management support and advice for global policy agenda / any campaign as per the Partnership strategy.

  • With Sector Quality & Innovation Advisor, ensure WV’s technical resources and standards align with and/or exceed industry norms.

  • Benchmark capabilities and deliverables, process and systems in Education programme against market leaders, and build towards best of class.

  • Identify key external influencers and networks to promote and inform future programme direction.


External Engagement:

  • Relationship development and management of key global platforms and partners in the sector.

  • Ensure alignment with A&EE.

  • Support global campaign and other A&EE global teams.

  • Ensure that external engagement tools and processes (as developed by A&EE) are integrated into sector practice.

  • Support Partnership Strategy strategic imperative on partnering and collaboration.

  • Identify key networks and associations and seek WV representation and participation.


Provide Global Stewardship:

  • Support the global resource development strategy providing expertize, and actively positioning WV as a NGO of choice with key donors and stakeholders.

  • Bring to bear evidence of WV’s contribution to Child Well-Being (CWB) in education in external relations for advocacy, donor relations and building WV’s reputation.


Build Capacities:

  • Provide authoritative technical and policy advice to WV’s education community of practice in order to enrich our understanding and engagement in sector.

  • Identify and build capacity of subject matter experts to represent WV externally on education issues.

  • Ensure external representations by subject matter experts reflect WV’s integrated understanding of development and child well-being.


Promote WV Way:

  • Serve as relationship manager and cultivate specific partnerships with multi-lateral agencies to realize WV’s sector plan.

  • Provide management support and advice for global policy agenda / any advocacy campaign as per the Partnership strategy.

  • Oversee and coordinate closely with WV Support Offices’ sector team engagement and partners.


Ensure Accountability:

  • Ensure appropriate use of evidence of results from WV’s work with relevant external stakeholders.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Politics, International Relations, Communications, Marketing, Education or International Development.

  • Excellent facilitation, negotiation and networking skills.

  • Excellent presentation and writing skills.

  • 10 years’ work experience with an International Development Organisation, Corporation or Government in the field of education, external relations, communications and or policy influencing.

  • Experience of working in partnership with International Development Organisations through networks, coalitions and partnerships on policy themes related to sector.


Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in working with faith actors and on faith related issues.


Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.

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