Director of Emergency Funding

World Vision

World Vision U.S. is hiring a Director of Emergency Funding to serve on the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs (HEA) team.

At a Glance

Role: Director of Emergency Funding, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs

Location: Washington, D.C. preferred; remote possible

Reports to: Senior Director of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs

Required Experience: Master’s degree required or equivalent work experience (12 years). In addition to education or education equivalent, requires 5-8 years of experience and demonstrated success in the acquisition of funding for international disaster responses. Knowledge of humanitarian system and NGO disaster operations required. Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred.

Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the U.S.A. for any employer.

Travel: Up to 20% of time both in development and fragile contexts.

The Job:

World Vision is looking for a Director of Emergency Funding to lead the HEA U.S. government grant acquisition efforts. The Director will develop the strategic vision for successful U.S. Government engagement, specifically with USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and State Department’s PRM. The Director will manage a skilled business develop team. Further, the Director will help carry out our organization’s mission, vision, and strategies, and personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word and sign.

Your Responsibilities Will Include:

Leadership and People Management:

  • Keep Christ central in individual and corporate life. Actively participate in and contribute to the spiritual disciplines of the organization (Christian conduct, devotions, chapel, prayer, worship); incorporate WV Core Values into decisions within scope of role.
  • In consultation with key stakeholders, develop and bring to life the HEA fundraising strategy to align with global trends in the humanitarian space, to align with shifting donor priorities and work within available resources to achieve annual funding targets.
  • Manage a team responsible for submitting and winning emergency grant applications.
  • Hire, fire, counsel, evaluate, terminate, and recommend salary increases and promotions for those under direct supervision.
  • Advise and encourage Business Development staff when to deploy to difficult contexts to coordinate complex proposal submission efforts.
  • Encourage and foster professional development opportunities for direct reports.
  • Oversee annual development of SMART goals and performance goals for team members.
  • Maintain awareness of corporate goals, objectives, organizational announcements, and activities. Reference and follow organizational policies and procedures, seeking clarity as needed. Be a resource person for team members on organizational policies, protocols, etc.
  • Continually update and maintain team information management platforms such as grant acquisition trackers and new award data to inform Senior Leadership of overall progress towards annual targets/goals.
  • Continually strengthen team processes and tools for increased efficiency, impact and simplicity.

External Engagement:

  • Drive World Vision’s relationship building efforts with USAID/BHA and State/PRM. Successfully position World Vision US as a leading emergency response agency and work to ensure that these key emergency funding donors’ welcome submissions from WVUS.
  • Lead organization wide feedback collection on donor guidelines or policies to ultimately influence donor processes.
  • Where necessary and/or beneficial, participate in US-based Humanitarian Community meetings, technical working groups or InterAction-led working groups.

Oversee Funding Applications:

  • Provide leadership and oversight over annual pipeline development and oversee the go/no-go decision-making process for each opportunity to select priority funding applications.
  • Advise National Office teams on strategies and contacts to acquire US Government emergency funding. Equip National Office representatives to approach field-based donor representatives.
  • Identify, rationalize and allocate grant match funding for institutional funding proposals, ensuring the strategic use of grant match fund for increased funding acquisition.
  • Where required or necessary, step in on a funding opportunity to design, submit, and negotiate selected high-value, high-profile emergency proposals to institutional donors and successfully acquiring emergency grants, both solicited and unsolicited.
  • Where needed, work within the International Programs Group (IPG) or within the World Vision Partnership to identify and secure technical assistance for funding proposals

Intra-organization coordination/support:

  • As needed or when requested, provide support to other WV Fundraising channels regarding the acquisition and allocation of disaster funding and/or provide subject matter expertise on emergency response or humanitarian topics.
  • Provide WVUS input into senior WVI discussions and decisions around Partnership-wide issues impacting emergency grant acquisition, such as business processes and resources. Work to ensure that WVUS’ input regarding issues impacting emergency grant acquisition is appropriately presented and addressed. Promote cooperation among teams across the WV Partnership.
  • Coordinate with other teams within the International Programs Group (IPG) on humanitarian topics, advocacy efforts or humanitarian/development/peacebuilding nexus topics.


Perform other duties as assigned.

You Bring These Skills:

  • Leadership experience within a fast-paced environment supporting emergency work.
  • Skilled at empowering and mentoring others.
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities in a high paced work environment.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with people from other cultures, religions, and geographies; respects and adapts to other cultures and seeks opportunities to enhance relationships.

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree required or equivalent work experience (12 years).
  • In addition to education or education equivalent, requires 5-8 years of experience and demonstrated success in the acquisition of funding for international disaster responses. Knowledge of humanitarian systems and NGO disaster operations, required.
  • Previous supervisory experience is strongly preferred.

Additional Skills We Are Interested In:

  • Language fluency outside of English, preferred
  • Ability to travel without much notice
  • Ability to work well across teams and departments
  • Advanced Excel and/or data analysis skills, preferred

How to apply

Click here to apply. We look forward to reviewing your application.

What Happens Next? We review applications nearly every day assessing strength of fit for the role. Sometimes questions arise on our end, so we message you to learn more. Short-listed candidates are contacted for an initial phone conversation with our recruiting staff. Moving deeper into our selection process, select candidates can expect to participate in a panel interview and meet with additional members of the team. Finalists will end with a 1:1 with the hiring manager. Our most valuable resource is our talented staff. Our goal is to fill this vacancy with the right person in the shortest amount of time, so we have all hands-on deck to move this important work forward.