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Talent and Leadership Director, VisionFund International

*Preferred position locations: London, Kenya, Federal Way-WA, USA or Monrovia, USA where WVI is registered to operate.


The role provides a strong mix of strategic and operational experience to VisionFund’s dedicated global staff. Developing leaders, high-potential talent and a highly effective workforce across the Network will be key to the success of the VisionFund strategy and Our Promise. Reporting to Global People & Culture and Governance Director, this role, together with the VFI executives, and in alignment with World Vision Talent Management strategy and processes, will be responsible for building Talent and Leadership strategies that are purpose-driven, performance-oriented, and principles-led.

The role will lead the development of Vision Fund’s leadership academy and Talent Management strategy to ensure VisionFund has a strong leadership pipeline and is able to attract and retain highpotential leaders with the necessary development support. Talent and Leadership strategies will support both strategic and operational effectiveness, they will foster a collective agile and learning culture where high potentials are enabled to thrive.


Strategic and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Building a robust organizational leadership framework and core competencies scorecard to track and strengthen organizational capabilities.

  • Developing and maintain tools in order to align organizational needs and gaps.

  • Developing a talent strategy that identifies and cultivate a talent pool for the organisation of tomorrow organizational mindsets and behaviors.

  • Developing and collaborating with World Vision, VFI specific talent initiatives to foster succession planning and identify ‘high potential’ talent for longer term development planning.

  • Designing and implement an effective Talent Review processes to ensure VFI has the capability required to drive future strategic goals.

  • Forecasting future leadership needs and coordinating that with overall workforce planning.

  • Contribute to talent identification, leadership recruitment and selection.

Agile and Learning Culture:

  • Developing VisionFund’s leadership academy programme that fosters a high performing culture of excellence.

  • Influencing organisational culture and engagement by strengthening VisionFund’s brand and utilizing core competencies for staff and leaders.

  • Delivering on the diversity and inclusivity goals of organization to foster a learning culture, based on curiosity, engagement, insight and determination.

  • Developing and utilizing (already available) talent management and culture tools and practices that foster growth and collaboration between leaders.


  • Track record in designing and successfully implementing Talent Management and Review processes and resultant initiatives in complex international organizations.

  • Proven in the review of and establishment of leadership development frameworks across a ‘group’; functional and regional basis, building an ‘organizational way’ of leadership.

  • Strong expertise in learning and development and capacity development in complex organizational settings.

  • Senior HR executive with extensive experience in provide HR capability to senior executives, presidents/CEO’s and Boards.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, especially at Executive level.

  • High service / customer orientation and commercial mind-set.

  • Strong Cross-Cultural Communication, Facilitation, Coaching and development skills across major cultural areas.

  • Understanding of business needs and drivers and ability to deliver value added solutions.

  • Bias for action and capacity to deliver efficiently and effectively. Capability in project managing multiple complex strategies across a complex organization and multiple geographies.

  • Clear and positive Christian faith commitment and capacity to provide leadership and guidance in this area.

  • University degree in HR, Business or related field. A relevant Master’s degree would be considered desirable, coupled with extensive senior and executive level HR management.

  • Innovative and problem-solving skills and capacity to deliver under pressure; pragmatism; persistence.

  • Relevant field experience and understanding of the wider context within which VFI operates.

  • Related Global HR certification desirable.

Work Environment/Travel:

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

Director – Global Fleet Management

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.


World Vision is one of the world’s largest INGOs, with over 37,000 staff operating in nearly 100 countries. The organisation delivers humanitarian aid to populations in some of the most challenging and complex environments, transportation and fleet operations are critical to the delivering our programmes. World Vision has a diverse global fleet of well over 10,000 standard vehicles and an equal number of motorcycles, it also includes drilling rigs and water craft. The total fleet portfolio represents one of the largest asset groups in the organisation.

The ‘Director – Global Fleet Management (GFM)’ is the global leader responsible for developing and driving organizational fleet strategy and ensuring current industry practice is implemented in relation to the procurement, operation and disposal of World Visions fleet. The role holder will be expected to lead the GFM team in working collaboratively across the organisation to deliver agile and flexible ‘end to end’ transportation solutions for World Visions operations.

World Vision is committed to operating its global fleet resources safely, cost effectively and with a reduced environmental impact. The role has a particular focus on Fleet Safety, ensuring our drivers and vehicles operate safely in challenging contexts where our staff and vulnerable road users are at the greatest risk.


Fleet Strategy & Practice Development:

  • Lead the development and implementation of global fleet management strategies. Ensuring Global Fleet Management (GFM) practices are in alignment with WV Fleet, Procurement and Financial policies and internationally accepted current practice.

  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to ensure that the WV fleet strategy aligns with expected organisational outcomes and reflects the values and vison of WVI.

Strategic Fleet Management:

  • Provide leadership, operational guidance and support to the global fleet team (direct & matrix management). Ensuring GFM is providing end to end transport solutions as a trusted business partner to the wider organisation.

  • Develop Fleet Safety initiatives aimed at reducing harm to staff and vulnerable road users, with particular focus on fatal Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs).

  • Explore the development of road safety programme opportunities with donors & suppliers.

  • Drive continuous improvement and innovation in GFM frameworks. Develop quality assurance and performance metrics across fleet management systems and procedures.

  • Identify significant risks and organisational gaps in fleet current practice and develop appropriate mitigation plans to protect the fleet function. Ensure risks are communicated with Enterprise Risk Management (ERM).

  • Drive the development of adaptive, agile and dynamic fleet management solutions that focus on delivery at the ‘grass roots level’, employing appropriate change management techniques when required.

  • Develop technology solutions to monitor fleet assets, operational use and disposal.

Relationship Management:

  • Drive high standards and performance through setting clear direction and empowering and influencing others.

  • Regular liaison with senior Global Supply Chain (GSC) managers, Global Field Operations (GFO) regional & programme level managers.

  • Act as a strategic link for the promotion of sound fleet practice for National Offices, Regional Offices and Response operations.

  • Regularly liaise with the wider Fleet network on emerging issues and provide a conduit to escalate concerns to senior leaders.

  • Actively contribute to internal and external forums, working groups and networks related to fleet management.

  • Work closely with members of the Corporate Security team promoting mutual learning, support and accountability.

Capacity Building:

  • Develop appropriate workforce & succession planning that ensures the organisations ability to deliver transport solutions in fluid high risk environments.

  • Oversee the development and implementation of global capacity building plan for operational fleet management.

  • Engage with senior leaders to raise the awareness of fleet management protocols and practice.

  • Develop a professional culture of innovation, learning and mentoring. WVI should be seen as the ‘employer of choice’ for INGO fleet professionals.

Knowledge Management & Quality Assurance:

  • Promote alignment with WV Fleet Management Policy.

  • Drive the process of continuous learning on current international accepted practice in fleet management & analysis, identifying tools and processes that can be implemented into WV operations globally.

  • Encourage mutual learning on fleet management issues at a Regional and Global level.

  • Assist in the facilitation of and coordination of global fleet information sharing forum/network that promotes the embedding of sound fleet management practice into all layers of WV’s programmes.

  • Facilitate the documentation of best practice and contribute to the community of practice and centre of excellence.


  • Relevant Tertiary Qualification (Bachelor’s Degree or similar) in Logistics, Engineering, Supply Chain, or general Business Management.

  • Recognised Industry Qualification in Logistics, Engineering, Supply Chain (or Business Project Management experience).

  • Suitable transferable qualifications from Military, Government or Private Sector.

  • Significant senior management experience (8-10yrs) in Humanitarian Operations involving Fleet Management or Logistics would be considered.

  • Proven ability and experience (8-10yrs) in fleet management or logistics at a senior level across a large complex international organization, with strong change management experience.

  • Proven experience in Financial Cost Centre management.

  • Procurement, Supply Chain or Logistics experience.

  • Understanding of Humanitarian operations.

  • Proven experience in managing coaching and developing staff.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Recognised Logistics, Engineering, Supply Chain Qualification (or Business Project Management experience).

  • Experience in fleet management optimization and sound understanding of the transport industry.

  • Previous experience in contract negotiation and supply arrangements with vehicle suppliers.

  • Experience in fleet management/operations within the Humanitarian sector.

  • Proven people leader with the ability to influence widely across a diverse organisation.

  • Previous experience in managing complex cost centers with Business analysis skills.

  • Proven business acumen and political savvy, must know how to get things done through formal and informal channels.

  • Skillful communicator with advanced influencing skills that can transcend boundaries and work effectively across all levels of a complex organization.

  • Ability to operate effectively and responsively in a fast changing, ambiguous environment and deal with high pressure situations calmly and with energy and resilience while managing multiple priorities and deadlines.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 35% of the time to potentially high risk operational areas.

  • Flexibility in work hours is expected.

Cash and Market Based Programming Advisor


The advisor for cash based programming will have responsibility for the coordination and tracking of cash and market based programming to support the Venezuela Emergency Response which includes the refugee and migrant hosting countries as well as Venezuela. S/he will be responsible for supporting Cash Based Programming design and operationally plan programs according to the response needs, technical standards and operational viability. S/he will be responsible for technical leadership, business intelligence, branding and administrative oversight of this portfolio. S/he will serve as the principal institutional point of contact for cash and market activities, technical support to Regional Office

(RO) and Field Offices (FOs), including resource development and will ensure that this new way of working is communicated effectively.


Rapid Assessments and Market Assessments:

  • Support in the development of Rapid assessment tools ensuring Market Based questions are factored in the tools.

  • In collaboration with Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DME) and the in-country Cash working Groups identify the most suitable and relevant tools for Market Assessments for decision on cash or in-kind programming.

  • Support DME to plan and conduct initial rapid and detailed Market assessment.

  • Contribute to The Cash Working Group assessment processes in consultation with response team, DME and sectors.

  • Identify and roughly sketch the supply chain of key staple items and services that are critical to the well-being of the intended communities.

  • Analyse the historic and current availability of both commodities and services on key identified markets including potential recent changes and patterns of seasonality.

  • Analyse secondary data on Markets and cash from relevant stakeholders and use this to validate the primary data from Market assessments.

  • Analyse the overall market environment in which commodity and service trade takes place, including relevant government policies and regulations, the (current) socio-political situation, security, road and transport infrastructure; corruption etc.

  • Assess the potential for bribery, corruption and fraud, with counter measures that can be incorporated by World Vision and partners, both at the procurement stage and the beneficiary level. Define the system of implementation, monitoring and fraud control.

  • Use assessment data to support decision making for multi sector and multipurpose cash and/or the feasible modality between in-kind, voucher and cash.

Support Field Offices in establishing and building Cash Programming Capacity:

  • Support the FOs to establish the structures and capacity requirements needed for their programming.

  • Support P&C to ensure that relevant JDs are in place for recruitment process of required staff.

  • Support the recruitment and deployment of cash based programming staff and plan and conduct staff capacity development.

Support Cash Based Programming design and operationally plan programs according to response needs, technical standards and operational viability including:

  • Work with FO Programs teams to influence donor funding using market and feasibility assessment data.

  • Based on the needs assessments, market assessment and feasibility assessment; liaise with the different sectors on sector design using cash transfers as a tool to meet their sector objectives.

  • Ensure cash based programs are based on technical standards (Cash Based Program manual, Minimum Economic Recovery Standards etc., and external: Government regulations and policies, SPHERE Standards, LCP/DNH, Protection policies etc.))

  • Include advocacy issues, cross cutting themes in design where appropriate.

  • Ensure cash based program design contributes to Child Well-being targets.

  • Provide support in integrating various sectors in the areas of cash based programming with coordination on multi sector and multi-purpose cash where applicable.

  • Ensure that appropriate MOUs are in place with financial service providers, mobile operators, traders and vendors for delivery of cash and or/vouchers as is relevant.

  • Provide the capacity building of cash delivery service providers as is appropriate ensuring they understand the guiding principles of WVI for working with beneficiaries such as those outlined in SPHERE etc.

Coordinate with and contribute to cash Working Group and UN Sector Cluster system in the use of Cash ( Multi-purpose and Multi sector use of cash) and National sector authorities:

  • Establish linkages and pursue opportunities to partner with related organisations, CBOs, local authorities and UN Cluster, and coordinate interventions to avoid duplication and conflicts of interest.

  • Participate and contribute to decision making in Cash Working Group or Govt. coordination system on Cash Transfer Programming.

  • Provide Information Management with summaries of information gathered at Cash Working Group & Govt. coordination forums.

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with other I/NGOs and the Cash Working Group at country level or CaLP at regional level.

Monitor, evaluate and document cash based program to inform operational improvement, adaptation and learning:

  • Support DME and sectors using cash in ensuring that that is an appropriate Monitoring plan for Cash Based Programs or that relevant questions and tools such as “Price Monitoring’ are in place.

  • Use monitoring data to identify issues and propose changes to Cash based programmes operations plan or design to address changes in context and operational improvement.

  • Review M&E & Accountability data with programmes to identify & address any issues for operational improvement.

  • Ensure overall planning for documenting of lessons, capturing best practices and case studies for internal and external sharing and profiling of WVI Cash Based Programming.

  • Identify, document and plan actions to address internal and external issues which affect sector programme quality.

  • Continuously monitor the environment for any risks to cash operations and make recommendations for adjustments as necessary.

Meet internal and external reporting requirements:

  • Support FOs to implement monthly cash based tracking and reporting system in coordination with DME and sectors implementing cash programmes.

  • Write and share reports for Cash Working group, ministry and/or other in-country stakeholders as required.

  • Support programmes in providing timely CBP details for communications requirements as requested.


  • Degree or post graduate qualification and / or professional background in CBP design, implementation, humanitarian work, finance, economics, international development, or other relevant field.

  • 5 to 7 years of international humanitarian experience.

  • Knowledge of, and expertise in, cash transfer technologies and methodologies, contracting and procurement.

  • Extensive understanding of payment systems, procedures and financial compliance issues.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills plus strong presentation and report writing skills in Spanish and English language skills required.

  • Proficiency in computer & online tools including Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes (or similar software), email, internet.

  • Demonstrated excellent inter-personal and negotiation skills.

  • Demonstrated problem-solving and analytical skills relevant to development of cash programming strategy.

  • Demonstrated accomplishment in working in challenging humanitarian contexts, with sound inter-cultural skills, with various host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance programme requirements.

  • Experience working in international humanitarian operations.

  • Experience in an advisory, management / project management position.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in organizational development, change management, program design, budgeting, financial analysis and project planning and management.

  • Ability to influence, coordinate and build strategies, tools and a cohesive CBP specialist field teams during on and off-deployment time), with clear deliverables and outputs that can be replicated and scaled up in the future.

  • Experience in resource acquisition / funding.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and great communicator.

  • Demonstrated experience with implementing cash and market based strategies for humanitarian and/or development programming (e.g. multipurpose cash or in sectors such as child protection, WASH, Financial Services, Enterprise Development and Community Development).

  • Understanding and experience of global trends and existing payment solutions (e.g. mobile money, mobile banking, e-vouchers, prepaid cards, point of sale devices or other alternative delivery channels as well as mobile capture of survey data or delivery of marketing and/or extension information, strategic alliances with private sector or social venture capital businesses.

  • Understanding of key challenges for MNOs and/or financial institutions in rolling out mobile and other finance platforms in rural areas, and ability to negotiate with these stakeholders effectively.

  • Experience at training upper and middle management on such topics as action planning, business development, business planning, financial performance and business valuation.

  • Good understanding of micro lending and business planning as well as a comparison of national level electronic-readiness and policy performances in developing countries. Knowledge of programming resources and tools leading to project model development.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Frequent international travel. Position based in Panama.

  • This role involves contributing to the facilitation and coordination of a virtual, geographically-dispersed cash programming and humanitarian operations network.


*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