WORK CONTEXT / BACKGROUND:
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. As a child-focused organization, WV’s work focuses on children, ensuring they are protected and their basic needs are met. WVI-Vietnam has a total income of around US$ 18,500,000 (FY19) with funding from 14 support countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Funding of WVV consists of sponsorship program funding (70%) and PNS/grants (30%). WVI-Vietnam employs about 430 staff, of which 99% are Vietnamese nationals.
In FY 20, WVI-Vietnam is working in 50 districts across 18 Provinces of Vietnam for both Grant funded projects and Child Sponsorship funded Area Programs. The 50 districts include 37 Area Programs and grants as well as 13 additional districts for grants only.
The 37 Area Programmes (APs) some of which are integrated with grants operate in five zones namely : North1 (Hoa Binh and Dien Bien), North 2 (Yen Bai – Tuyen Quang), North 3 (Thanh Hoa, Hung Yen, Hai Phong), Centre (Quang Tri, Quang Nam – Danang) and South (Quang Ngai, Binh Thuan, Ho Chi Minh, DakNong). The additional Provinces for grants include: Quang Ninh (2 districts), Quang Binh (2 districts), Ha Tinh (2 districts), Nghe An (2 districts), Hai Phong (2 districts), Da Nang (3 districts), Quang Tri (1 district), Quang Nam(1 district), Thanh Hoa (1 district). WVI-Vietnam’s AP usually focuses within one administrative district of a province which populated by ethnic minority people with high rates of poverty. Beside the APs, WVI-Vietnam is also implementing different Special and Grant Projects to meet the specific needs of vulnerable children in both AP and non-AP areas.
In alignment with the three ministry strategic objectives World Vision Vietnam implements three Technical Programs (TPs): Child Protection, Nutrition and Livelihoods. Technical Programmes are national or sub-regional level programmes implemented by World Vision in multiple geographic locations within a country. They employ evidence-based practices and models previously identified, defined and prioritised through a strategic process and documented in a Technical Approach (TA). TPs are designed to ensure National Offices (NOs) achieve World Vision’s mission, which includes the highest impact for the well-being of children, in accordance with relevant TA and NO strategic objectives.
The Technical Specialist – Nutrition directly reports to the Technical Program Manager –Nutrition within the Programme Quality and Resource Development Department. The PQRD department consists of a Program Effectiveness Unit, Grant Acquisition and Management (GAM) Unit, A Technical Services Unit (in lie with the three Ministry Strategic Objectives) and HEA/DRR Unit.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Technical Specialist (TP) – Nutrition supports WVV’s strategic goal to reduce malnutrition for children under 5 through integrated approach.
This role has a strong focus on providing WASH technical expertise and support to ensure the quality of the Nutrition Technical Program implementation.
ROLE DIMENSION / DESCRIPTION (40%)
I. Nutrition Technical Program Implementation
• Support TP Manager - Nutrition in managing the Nutrition TP within the local context, including ensuring DPA is applied in APs
• Coordinate and disseminate WASH strategy, program logic, models and best practices.
• Filter WASH and Nutrition related partnership initiatives and contextualize for Vietnam context. This includes coordination of the collection, documentation and dissemination of World Vision WASH and Nutrition programming experience and best practice.
• Map WVV WASH and Nutrition activities/policies and approaches, and design a framework to refocus in more integrated ways. Incorporate Government approaches and policies into this thinking.
• Develop and deliver curriculum (ToT) training to government counterparts to enable staff to deliver accountable, evidence based, quality WASH and Nutrition programmes that bring sustained improvements to well-being of children.
• Identify and document best practices and good models for purpose of advocacy and replication.
End Results Expected
• All WASH and Nutrition programmes are evidence based
• Program and project designs for WASH are aligned with Nutrition strategic priorities
• Nutrition focal points for each AP or grant funded projects have sufficient support and understanding of WASH approaches in the Nutrition Technical Programme
II. Technical Quality Assurance (40%)
• Provide technical guidance on annual planning so that WASH and Nutrition "best practices, lessons learned are integrated into technically sound business plans and services are coordinated.
• Standardize Technical Guidelines/Training Materials for the implementation of the Nutrition Core Project models including Integrated WASH.
• Standardize DME tools for baseline, monitoring and evaluation of the TP by working with Program Effectiveness Unit.
• Support the Nutrition TP Manager in building the capacity of Nutrition Technical Program Officers, Area Programs, national and provincial partners in WASH to ensure the implementation of the Technical Program – Nutrition as per the Technical designs.
• Promote action learning across World Vision Vietnam through regular WASH and Health and Nutrition Sector Working Group meetings and training of others to take leadership of structured reflection in the zones, APs and grant funded projects
• Technically endorse all LEAP documents (e.g. Nutrition baselines, designs, proposals, monitoring and evaluations) as per the agreed business process.
• Support the TP Manager – Nutrition to conduct periodic M&E and reporting activities as required, including taking monitoring support visits to APs implementing WASH and Nutrition projects and providing in the field technical consultation to ensure quality and progress of activities implemented.
End Results Expected:
• Standardized Technical Guidelines and DME tools are available for AP monitoring and reporting
• TP is implemented in accordance with approved core project models
• Technical sector assistance is provided for design and the implementation of assessments, baseline and end line surveys for Nutrition Programme.
• Area Programmes are supported in the preparation of Detailed Implementation Plans (DIP), budgets, monthly cash flows and Mid-Year or Annual Management Reports
• Technical Program Officers at zonal level, AP staff and key partners are technically competent to provide support to APs in implementation of the TP.
• Data collected from TPOs/AP staffs is verified and reliable for Monitoring & Evaluation reports