World Vision International

Job Opportunities in Costa Rica


Current Opportunities

Regional Audit Director- Latin America & Caribbean

*Preferred position location: San Jose, Costa Rica. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in the Latin America & Caribbean Region where WVI is registered to operate.


The key roles for the person in this position are to:

  • Lead and direct the implementation of Global Internal Audit (GIA) vision and strategic initiatives at the region and national office level around risk management, governance and internal controls; provide reasonable assurance to key stakeholders regarding the adequacy of internal controls to mitigate risk that threatens the organization's ability to implement its strategy and achieves its objectives, including compliance with government and donors’ requirements; ensure that the regional and national offices audit services are rendered in accordance with the IIA International Auditing Standards, GIA's Charter and WVI’s policies and procedures; ensure the implementation of GIA’s risk assessment template and risk based integrated audit (RBIA) across the region; represent GIA on the region’s Integrity Protection Hotline (IPH) team, and play a key participatory and advisory role at advisory board/council and audit committee meetings as needed.

  • Engage, collaborate, assist and support local boards in executing their fiduciary duties as well as partnership leaders, including the Chief Audit Executive (CAE), and other key stakeholders regarding their responsibilities for strategy, governance, risk and internal controls.

  • Become a trusted strategic partner of key stakeholders (CAE, local ARC, RLs, NDs, etc.) by building and strengthening trust and relationships, and providing reasonable assurance regarding the adequacy of internal controls to mitigate risk that threatens the organization's ability to implement its strategy and achieves its objectives, including compliance with government and donors’ requirements.

The person in this position will ensure that:

  • At least 75% of the annual internal audit plan is initiated each fiscal year, and conducted in accordance with GIA and IIA auditing standards, and audit resources (staff, funds, equipment and tools) are used efficiently and effectively.

  • Audit and periodic stakeholders’ reports, including analysis of internal audit findings and recommendations and implementation status, are reliable, complete, accurate and prepared and delivered in a timely manner to key stakeholders so that they are aware of the risks, trends, effectiveness of internal controls, and risk mitigation to assist in their decision making process around strategy, governance, risk, and control.

  • GIA’s vision and strategy, including , RBIA, RIAT and audit management system (AMS), are implemented, and a sustainable work/life balance and Christ focus working environment are maintained in each office where staff can grow professionally, spiritually and build trust and relationships with key stakeholders within and outside the internal audit department/function.


Represent the CAE in an advisory capacity at local (NO) Audit Committee or advisory Council meetings as needed, including being a contributing member of the Integrity and Protection Hotline and Regional Risk Management committees and meetings.

  • Lead and manage the local internal audit function within the region, including directly leading audit assignments and activities of the intermediate and branch auditors by ensuring that a risk based audit plans are developed and implemented. This includes coordinating reviews, investigations at the regional level.

  • Coordinate the external audit function.

  • Engage in the hiring and management of NO audit staff.

  • Assessing the level of capacity and provide necessary coaching and training where required of NO audit staff.

Act as a strategic partner by championing innovation, implementing /risk based auditing throughout the region including leading and directing the strategic direction of GIA at the regional audit level, and joining the Regional and National Office leadership in identifying potential risk areas through appropriate reporting and quality controls (e.g. financial, operational, reputational) that can impact WV's ability to reach the needs of the children and communities it serves and work together on controls around risk areas.

Oversee and manage monthly and quarterly reporting to GIA and the region by ensuring audit team provides timely, accurate, complete and reliable reports that are reviewed and delivered within the established audit scheduled timeframes.

  • Consult, advise, and partner with regional leadership and ND's (including NO audit teams) around strategy implementation, governance, risk and control.

  • Oversee the regional and local offices resource, allocation, planning execution and quality control over audit.

  • Partner with corporate risk and control functions to ensure activities are aligned.


  • At least a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or other relevant field.    

  • Proven experience in Risk Based Audit.

  • Basic IT Audit and Fraud Investigation.

  • Data mining & analytics, including financial analysis.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including listening and relationship building.

  • Proficient in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.

  • Minimum of 7 years working in audit (external aor internal) with three or more years experience managing multi-cultural staff, preferrably in a global organization.

  • Experience in Internal Audit Team Management.

  • Writing and presenting audit findings and reports to key stakeholders, including audit and risk management committees (ARC).

  • Traveling up to 40% of the time to international locations.

  • Cross cultural working experience.

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or Chartered Accountant (CA).

  • Fluent in English and Spanish.

  • Solid written and verbal communication, and presentation skills.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in Risk Based Audit.

  • Basic IT Audit and Fraud Investigation.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Solid interpersonal skills, including listening and relationship building.

  • Data mining & analytics, including financial analysis.

  • Proficient Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access skills.

  • Internal audit management/leadership.

  • Cross cultural experience.

  • International NGO.

  • Relationship building with Audit Committee.

  • Team Management.

  • Automated Audit System.

  • Building Internal Audit Capacity.

  • Embedded Audit Tools/Techniques.

  • Strategy Implementation Review.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% of the time.


*We have consolidated World Vision's Emergency Response Roster. If you have previously applied your information has been retained and is in our database; do not reapply.

*Answer all questions on the application to be considered for the Emergency Response Roster; country location to be determined based on response.

*If you do not meet minimum eligibility requirements, we invite you to support and help through prayer and donations.

World Vision’s Emergency Response Roster is comprised of highly experienced and vetted humanitarian aid professionals available for short term, medium term, and long term emergency response assignments with World Vision. This roster allows World Vision to more rapidly identify and hire for key positions in its humanitarian response offices.

If selected, eligible applicants will first be fully vetted and then approved for the Emergency Response Roster. As vacancies arise in our humanitarian offices, roster members will be considered for employment opportunities.

If you have the required experience and would like to work with us helping protect lives, restore dignity, and renew hope, we’d love to hear from you.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for all Emergency Response Roster Positions:

  • 5+ years of cross cultural humanitarian emergency experience outside of your home country.

  • Minimum 2 years experience serving successfully in fragile or unstable environments.

  • Experience directly managing staff during humanitarian emergency responses.

  • Ability to work long hours in stressful environments with a variety of skilled professionals.

  • Demonstrated management of budgets in emergency response settings.

  • Willing to serve unaccompanied; most likely in a team house setting.

  • English proficiency; written and verbal.

  • Grant Acquisition Management experience in your personalized expertise.

  • Strong track record in developing good working relationships with governmental institutions and multilateral agencies.

Below are the World Vision Emergency Response Roster positions that are currently open and accepting applications. If a position matching your background and interests is not listed, we encourage you to check back often as a more appropriate roster position may be listed and accepting applications at that time.

When submitting your application to World Vision’s Emergency Response Roster, please indicate in your cover letter / application which roster position you would like to be considered for.

Director positions currently accepting applications (must have 5-7+ years’ in response leadership role):

  • Response Director

  • Operations Director

  • Programmes Strategy & Development Director

Manager/Specialist positions currently accepting applications (must have 5+ years’ related experience):

  • Communication and External Engagement Manager

  • Human Resources Manager

  • Support Services Manager

  • Finance Manager

  • Information Management Manager

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Humanitarian Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Manager

  • Grant Acquisition and Management Manager

  • Cash Programming Manager/Specialist

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Manager/Specialist

  • Health Manager/Specialist

  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Manager/Specialist

  • Nutrition Manager/Specialist

  • Education in Emergencies Manager/Specialist

  • Livelihoods Manager/Specialist

  • Protection Manager/Specialist

  • Child Protection ManManager/Specialist

Application Developer II

*Preferred position location: Costa Rica. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in Latin America & Caribbean and the United States where WVI is registered to operate.


Individuals working in an Application Developer II role work on multiple small to large, complex projects as a team member, sometimes as a project lead. Individuals working as an Application Developer II require increased skill in multiple technical environments and possess knowledge of a specific business area.

Individuals must be able to adjust to constant business change and as needed to proactively plan for changes that are likely to occur. Common types of changes include introduction of new organizations through mergers and acquisitions, the separation of parts of organization (as subsidiaries, or when the business changes direction), evolving goals and strategies and emerging technologies. These changes require integration of solutions that can impact the overall system development activity. Application Developers also provide client support, consultation and subject matter expertise for system development, maintenance and support.

Individuals within the Application Development job family work closely with clients, business analysts and team members to understand the business requirements that drive the analysis and design of quality technical solutions. These solutions must be aligned with business and IT strategies and are in compliance with the organization’s architectural standards. Application Developers are involved in the full systems life cycle and therefore are responsible for designing, coding, testing, implementing and supporting application software that is delivered on time and within budget. Responsibilities beyond development of software may include participation in component and data architecture design, technology planning, product evaluation, advanced testing processes and buy vs. build recommendations. Individuals also provide input to project plans related to the Application Development initiative.

Application Developers have a strong knowledge of programming languages used by the organization. They have experience in systems design and have a solid understanding of development, database development, testing, and integration methodologies. Knowledge of current and emerging IT products, services and processes is required.


Project Planning:

  • Participates in project planning process with IT business analysts and team members.

  • May develop work plan timelines and manages work flows to meet project timeframes.


  • Identifies technical requirements.

  • Creates technical design specifications and assists in sizing technical requirements.

Code and Test:

  • Codes applications using a disciplined development process and in accord with the company’s standard development process (SDLC).

  • Integrates solutions with other applications and platforms outside the framework.

  • Creates data extracts and reports from system based requirements.

  • Develops, executes and documents test plans.


  • Assists in the deployment of new modules, upgrades and fixes to the production environment.

  • Makes modules production-ready by moving them to libraries, completing forms, following procedures, completing version control documents, etc.

Maintenance (Break/Fix):

  • Provides ongoing maintenance of applications.

  • Participates in review sessions where patterns of development and break/fix metrics are reviewed as part of standard process for optimizing IT development processes.

Production Support:

  • Provides Level 2 and 3 production support.

  • Troubleshoots existing information systems to identify errors or deficiencies and develops solutions.

Performance Management:

  • Evaluates existing applications and platform and provides recommendations for improving application performance by conducting gap analysis, identifying feasible alternative solutions, and assisting in the scope of modifications.

Documentation/User Guides:

  • Documents functions and changes to new or modified modules and test activities/results.

  • Assists in the development of user guides and training documentation for systems.


  • Adheres to standards and procedures.

  • Reviews modules for quality assurance and checks compliance with applications standards and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

Technology, Evaluation and Research:

  • May evaluate new application packages and tools and perform research on best practices.

  • Provides recommendations for solutions.


  • Provides technical coaching and mentoring to less-experienced team members.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Programming/Systems, Computer Science, or other related field, or equivalent work experience.

  • Expertise in a number of areas including cloud computing, API integration, cloud messaging, ground-to-cloud connectivity, highly scalable distributed systems.

  • 2+ years of experience in Java development and concepts, including debugging against Java APIs.

  • 2+ years of experience with JEE Application Servers and Container (administration, deployment and/or development in Tomcat, JBoss, WebSphere, Spring, etc.)

  • Experience with SOAP and/or Web Services.

  • 2+ years of experience providing technical solutions development for enterprise software or hosted high-­tech services using JEE and/or JSE framework.

  • Experience in at least one programming language and excited to learn others.

  • Familiarity with industry development best practices.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.


  • MuleSoft integrations and customizations.

  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills with the ability to exercise mature judgment.

  • MuleSoft development.

  • Experience working with RAML using MuleSoft.

  • Solid understanding of the design patterns.

  • Experience with MuleSoft MMC and Enterprise release capabilities is a plus.

  • Experience with Tomcat, XML, JMS, WS and SOA/Integration technologies.

  • Experience using the JAVA IDE (Eclipse, IntelliJ, Netbeans).

  • Experience using Maven.

  • Experience profiling Java applications including threading issues and examining thread dumps.

  • Integration product support from integration vendors like IBM, BEA, Oracle, Tibco, etc.

  • Advanced degree in accounting, business, finance or other business-related field.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 20% of the time.