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Women's Economic Empowerment Advisor - Australia-wide

World Vision

The Opportunity to be a Changemaker

Reporting the Economic Empowerment Manager, we are seeking a Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Advisor to play a role as an effective technical portfolio leader and technical advisor to WVA supported projects in Field Offices in Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

This role will involve significant stakeholder engagement. Within World Vision Australia (WVA) Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) team, WEE is one of three key pillars, including Inclusive Market Systems Development (iMSD), and Financial Inclusion (FI). The three pillars are highly inter-related and often programmed together. It is expected that the role will work closely with the other members of SEED, as well as other members of Field Impact department. In particular, the WEE advisor will work closely with the evidence building team on monitoring and evaluation (M&E), the policy team on policy positions and products, as well as the grants acquisition team on new project proposals. The role will also work closely with WVA’s Senior Gender Advisor and Disability Inclusion Advisor on Gender. Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) issues. This role requires experience working on grant programs funded by institutional donors, with experience working on DFAT funded aid and development programs an advantage.

Your main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Portfolio leadership - Lead WVA's portfolio across strategy development, technical resources and strategic partnership;
  • Technical support - Provide comprehensive and integrated technical support to the implementation of selected projects/programs under WVA management;
  • Thought leadership and external engagement - Enhance, demonstrate and promote WV’s thought leadership to influence development policy and practice;
  • Business development - Support business development and acquisition of new projects/programs;
  • Cross functional engagement to support WVA strategic priorities.

Your skills and experience will include:

  • Demonstrated technical skills and expertise in WEE, especially in the context of economic development programs focused on market-based approaches, private sector development, financial inclusion and value chain development. Experience in the agriculture sector is preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record in supporting economic development program teams to achieve WEE outcomes across the program cycle, including design, monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Demonstrated skills and track record in gendered analysis, especially in the context of gender responsive market analysis and gender analysis to inform gender transformative programming targeting harmful social norms and gender relations. 
  • Demonstrated track record in record gender mainstreaming and targeted strategies to promote WEE outcomes, with experience in grant funded programs preferred. 
  • Stakeholder management skills and track record in the context of cross-disciplinary teams and cross-cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrated skills and track record in training and facilitation, including developing training resources and practical tools.  
  • Demonstrated skills and track record in business development, including donor relations, grant proposal development/writing.  
  • Self-managed work experience, with ability to maintain focus and achieve outcomes under pressure.

What you need to know

This role is a permanent position operating in a full-time capacity and will be based in our office in Burwood East, Melbourne. Remote work in Australia will be considered for the right candidate (preference for Sydney or Canberra).

World Vision Australia takes our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we provide an environment that is safe for our child and adult beneficiaries. We have strong recruitment procedures to make sure the safest and most suitable people work with the children in our programs. All successful candidates will undergo a criminal record and Working with Children check prior to employment. We provide our staff and volunteers with ongoing supervision, support and training in their work with child and adult beneficiaries.

Why World Vision

World Vision is a global community, working together for the one purpose – to bring about positive change in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.  People are inspired to work for us because they want to contribute to making a difference.  We are part of an international team, using our talent, determination and influence to invest in a better tomorrow. As a global Christian humanitarian organisation, we provide short-term and long-term assistance and have impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children and people worldwide. With approximately 37,000 staff members working in nearly 100 countries, World Vision has been engaging people to work towards eliminating poverty and its causes for almost 7 decades.

World Vision has been partnering with communities in Australia for more than 40 years through our Australia First Nations Program. We are committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities achieve their own development goals, build on their strengths and create solutions to their own challenges. World Vision is committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff are well represented and supported within the staff team. The Australia First Nations Program has a First Nations staff network that acts as a support network and safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff who are separated by distance but connected by culture. The network also provides advice to the Australia First Nations Program and the broader WV organisation regarding our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and families.

When it comes to our people, as an organisation we embrace diversity, employing people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds.

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