Director, Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs - World Vision, Mississauga

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religions, race, ethnicity or gender. We offer an exciting environment where people help make a difference in the lives of children around the world! Currently we are inviting applications for the position of Director, Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs (HEA).

The Director of HEA heads the Department within International & Canadian Programs (I&CP) that is the resourcing, programming and support focal point within World Vision Canada for emergency response, disaster mitigation, and transitional programming. The Director provides overall leadership and direction for when and how World Vision Canada should respond to emergencies. In addition, the Director is also World Vision Canada’s representative in various key networks. During emergencies, the Director is the primary interface with the media.

Key Job Functions:
The Director of HEA provides overall leadership to the HEA team ensuring that World Vision Canada is strategically positioned to respond to emergencies/post emergency activities in a timely and effective manner. Key to this is ensuring that effective response coordination includes strong links between the field, major donors, and our marketing, communications and advocacy teams. In addition, the Director ensures that emergency and transitional programming are adequately funded and that these activities are represented in the media and in line with key advocacy messages.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Strong knowledge of international relief and disaster management issues, both from an academic, institutional and practical point of view, and ability to engage at various levels within the organization and outside of the organization on those issues • Ability to engage and represent Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs (HEA) Department’s broad and strategic interests and priorities internally and externally in a manner that advances and promotes those interests and priorities • Strategic thinking and visionary skills, with the ability to help apply and implement strategy and vision, to motivate staff to this effect • Able to discern and support staff and leadership development • Comfortable with change management and able to lead within a context of ongoing changes and seize opportunities from that • Able to deal with conflict management and resolution by valuing various points of views, assessing alternatives to resolve opposing views and building consensus • Political savvy, with the ability to work and relate to a large and diversified internal and external network, engage with multiple stakeholders and reach consensus and decisions accordingly • Cross functional and cross organizational understanding, with the ability to work with and relate to the various aspects and objectives of International & Canadian Programs (ICP)/WVC and the WV Partnership as a whole

Minimum Requirements:
• Masters Degree in International Development, International Relations, Conflict Resolution/ Peacebuilding/ Human Rights or any other related post graduate degree • Minimum 7 years experience in the humanitarian sector, and at least 2-3 years field experience, preferably in fragile contexts • Strong communication skills • Experience working cross-culturally • Proven problem solving and facilitation skills • Computer literacy (MS Office Suite and Lotus Notes) • Knowledge of and sensitivity to gender issues • Preference given to candidates who have excellent knowledge of the World Vision Partnership

Other requirements to consider:
Strong managerial experience is essential as is the capability to lead, motivate and develop a highly productive and cohesive team. Other important attributes include a drive for innovation and the ability to effectively manage and influence change.

English fluency essential, with French as an asset. Extensive domestic and international travel required.
How to apply: 
Interested applicants are asked to complete an online Application via our website.

Application deadline is February 17, 2012.

World Vision is committed to the protection of children, all offers of employment will be conditional upon the successful completion of reference checks and a Police background check. Qualified candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the core values and mission of the World Vision partnership.

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The People and Culture Division