World Vision Kenya Hiring Program Development and Quality Assurance Director

With over 70 years of experience, our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith.

Come join our 33,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries and share the joy of transforming vulnerable children’s life stories!

Employee Contract Type:International Assignment – Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Job Description:

Purpose of Position

The Program Development and Quality Assurance Director (PDQA-D) will lead in external engagement to position with donors and governments, develop partnerships with NGO, private sector and academia partners, and coordinate acquisition and reporting of grants and contracts with internal and external stakeholders in support of sustainable and diversified funding to enable the fulfilment of the World Vision Somali National Office Strategy.  The position-holder will lead in the development, revision and dissemination of the national office strategy and sector technical approaches.  The position holder will need to ensure the office strategy remain relevant to the evolving context and align with World Vision’s organization goal.  He/she will spearhead the establishment and maintenance of monitoring and evaluation, accountability and information-management systems, as well as research and learning processes and products to inform adaptive management and promote thought leadership. The position-holder will oversee a team of program officers, technical advisors and M&E specialists to ensure the development of contextualized, competitive and impactful proposals and timely and complete reporting; technical backstopping to field team support quality implementation and engagement with coordination and learning structures, and monitoring of projects as per donor and World Vision standards.



Lead positioning and acquisition of government and multilateral donor grants and/or contracts


  • Lead proposal development processes through leadership of program development unit team, review and technical guidance on donor requirements, drafting of concept notes and proposals, mobilization/coordination of proposal writers and technical contributors, and engagement with GC, EARO and support offices.
  • Ensure key WV plans, procedures and systems are in place and updated for grant and risk management, including Go-No-Go procedure, partnership grant information databases, GAM strategy and grant forecasting, and acquisition and reporting RACIs.
  • Ensure an active roster of technical expertise is readily available through preferred supplier system.
  • Lead the development of positioning papers, technical briefs, value-for-money statements, etc. to demonstrate organization’s capacity.
  • Coordinate acquisition efforts with WV Somalia SomReP and Global Fund flagship programs, World Vision partnership, and other relevant stakeholders to position the organization to win.


  • Actively engage existing donors, sharing briefs and pitching new ideas and approaches to sustain engagement and interests.
  • Pre-position relationships with key government counterparts in strategic line ministries to access World Bank, AFDB and other multi-lateral finance.
  • Develop new donor networks to position the organizationas partner-of-choice;
  • Lead the development of operational research to position the organization as thought-leaders in technical areas.
  • Lead the development of positioning papers, technical briefs, value-for-money statements, etc. to demonstrate organization’s capacity.
  • Ensure team is actively engaged in coordination and technical forums, bringing World Vision’s capacity, expertise and learning to share with others and position the program as a partner-of-choice.
  • Actively seek out collaborations with partners, including NGOs, academia, and private sector to position for future opportunities.


Lead Somali National Office strategy development, alignment and dissemination processes

  • Spearhead WV Somalia strategy revision process, ensuring that all sector approaches are updated, department and government contributions are integrated and output is relevant to the opportunities and challenges of the Somali contexts and donor environment.
  • Sector technical guidance developed and disseminated to field teams to promote alignment with WV strategy and donor and partnership standards and support quality and impactful programming.
  • Ensure other department strategies including the GAM Business Plan are align with and contribute to the organization strategy.
  • Link flagship programs (such as SomRep, Global Fund), vertical projects and emergency responses into larger strategic initiatives together with TA, Operation Director, CoP and HEA TA/Manager.
  • Ensure projects are connected and contributed to CWB objectives programmatically and technically Ensure reporting of programs and projects are reported into the WV’s strategic framework.


Lead M&E and IM team in the establishment and maintenance of accountability, M&E and information management systems

  • Upgrade, digitize and strengthen existing information management systems;
  • Ensure accountability mechanisms are in-place/functional, scaled/integrated across entire program and locations and enable two-way communication between organization and affected populations.
  • WV Somalia has information management and M&E systems in place to aggregate, analyse and present program impact information against national office strategy, WV partnership requirements and other stakeholder needs, including donors, government, etc. 
  • Grant tracker and opportunity trackers in place and updated to support on-time, on-target and too specification delivery and reporting of projects and coordinated forward planning.


Champion thought leadership

  • Develop and disseminate knowledge products, including, operational research case-studies, technical approach summaries at relevant local and international forums.
  • Support the design and review of research products and development of summaries.
  • Identify relevant research and advocacy topics and mobilize finance and technical expertise to develop knowledge products to inform programming and raise profile of the program.
  • Pro-actively develop partnerships with learning and academic partners and pre-position framework agreements to stand-up research as needs arise.


People management

  • Develop and update performance management plans.
  • Monitor staff performance and provide real-time feedback.
  • Motivate staff members to learn new skills, take on new responsibilities and grow professionally with a special focus on Somali staff.
  • Take remedial actions for poor performing staff.


  • Preferred Masters, but acceptable Bachelor’s degree in international development, business administration, social and agricultural development studies.
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in humanitarian and development practice, with at least 5 years in management positions.
  • Strong leadership skills with demonstrated experience either (i) leading complex acquisition process; (ii) managing a 3+ member acquisition/technical team to acquire and deliver complex project/program (iii) cooperative agreement (required), contract (preferred) proposal development experience.
  • Experience in external engagement with NGOs, donors, private sector, etc.
  • Excellent oral/written and interpersonal skills.
  • Confident communication and documentation skills; ability to represent the organization to a variety of stakeholders in a range of forums.
  • A team player with leadership qualities, excellent flexible project management skills, organization and dependability.
  • Capacity to prioritize and manage a diverse range of staff members, projects and activities.
  • Able to work on a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national and multi-agency staff members.
  • Ability to solve complex problems and to exercise independent judgment.
  • Capable of working independently and with demonstrated experience engaging a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Master’s degree a strong asset.
  • Experience working with or in fragile context settings.

Required Education, training, license, registration, and certification

  • Preferred Masters but will consider Bachelors graduates (if other relevant experience is demonstrated).
  • International relations/studies.
  • Agricultural science.
  • MBA and/or market systems development.
  • Social science.

Preferred Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Work experience for a management level of social enterprise or NGO.
  • Experience in an incubator, a start-up advisory, social enterprise, innovation space, project management or entrepreneurial experience.
  • Must adhere to set security standards.
  • Ensure a gender perspective in the scope of work.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Work environment: Nairobi Office-based with occasional travel to the field.
  • Travel: 50% Domestic/international travel is required.
  • On call: Yes.

Applicant Types Accepted: Local and International Applicants (IA’s) Accepted


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