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National Director, World Vision China

Hong Kong
International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


In 1993, World Vision China was established to carry out a wide variety of work on poverty alleviation and community development. As a result of close partnerships and collaboration in the past decades WV China has not only won the respect of local communities but also established good relations with government counterparts and other NGOs.

In 2016, WV China has 35 Area Development Programs (ADPs) and non ADPs in mainland China with over 500 staff and total expenditure of US$23 million. All WV China projects are initiated through close partnership with local governments, operate within applicable laws and regulations, and receive their full support. The focus of our long-term programming is to ensure children enjoy good health, are educated for life, and are cared for and protects. WV China also operates a number of special projects that address issues such as orphans, left behind children, migrant children and children living with disabilities. We are also active in humanitarian emergencies and disaster risk reduction.


  • The National Director (“ND”) will strategically lead, develop and direct the implementation of all aspects of World Vision's ministry in this national office.

  • In performing this role, the ND will be an effective leader locally, an effective member of the partnership and will model the organisation's principles of Twin Citizenship to ensure high ministry quality and overall organisational effectiveness. The ND must operate effectively in a matrixed reporting relationship with a local Advisory Council/Board of directors, and WV's line management. The ND as a leader will contribute to partnership life and unity, by acting as both a local and global representative of the organisation and effectively collaborating with other WV offices and divisions.

  • The ND will model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships to be a fine exemplar of the organisation’s Christian faith. He/She will lead by example and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the Vision Mission and WV Core Values.

  • The ND will lead the team to achieve the country's strategy for effective operations and also participate in and implement directional shifts of the organisation, such as implementation of World Vision’s new global strategy, “Our Promise 2030” and changes to the Child Sponsorship Model, The leader will ensure the country's operations maintain the Partnership's focus on Child Well Being Aspirations and Objectives as they apply in that specific country context, maximising the impact in the field.

  • Externally, the ND will foster relationships and collaboration with the national, provincial and local government; major donors; project partners; Church and other faith representatives; and non-governmental organisations. In doing so, the leader will maximise stewardship, effectiveness and efficiency of costs and operating models.

  • In order to continue to carry on the WV China’s mission and vision, the ND will need to prioritize strengthening income and innovation towards a balanced and sustainable funding mix with all appropriate means.


Deliver on Child Well-being Aspirations / Outcomes and Targets:

  • Collaborate and build coalitions to catalyse movements for children’s well-being, locally and globally.

  • Align and influence national strategic mandates and priorities with global priorities for child wellbeing.

  • Champion increased and enriched connections between children, communities and supporters, for an increasingly vibrant, authentic and engaging experience among them.

  • Lead champions for innovative approaches to organizational services, processes and systems.

  • Be a credible advocate for children and champion efforts for child rights, mobilizing change at every level by lifting the voices of local children, youth and their communities.

  • Ensure that the NO functions in a contextualized, complementary, sensitive and cohesive manner. The core values, principles of interdependence and twin citizenship enhance the relevance of WV ministry and its distinct contribution to national development as well as guide the contribution it makes to the Partnership.

Grow and Leverage Yield to Ministry:

  • Ensures systems are in place so that projects are managed on time and on budget in achieving the desired impact on Child Well Being (CWB).

  • Set up a structure and budget that supports the Ministry and is aligned with the strategy, while keeping adequate efficiency ratio to be competitive in the humanitarian industry.

  • In dialogue with Global Centre (GC) and Region provide support / leadership for development and execution of shared support services in specific areas of ministry and functions, based out of the country and serving the entire partnership or region.

Increase and Diversify Funding Portfolio:

  • Build and maintain sustainability through diversified revenue growth in alignment with agreed targets.

  • Drive local income growth through National Resource Development.

  • Define vision for grants acquisition and management performance within National Office (NO), ensure that grants are strategically aligned to NO priorities and consider the competitive landscape.

  • Ensure alignment of marketing and programming for coordinated design and promotion of products and programmes.

Achieve Operational and Stewardship Excellence:

  • Lead the development and execution of the country strategy through programme approaches and operating plans with clear, measurable short-term and long-term targets.

  • Maintain and develop the current Humanitarian Emergence Affairs (HEA) capacity to respond promptly to all natural disasters as per Partnership guidelines.

  • Provide overall strategic leadership for the development and implementation of an appropriate country strategy, business plan and budget in accordance with World Vision’s Core Values, Mission Statement, Partnership Direction, Partnership Strategy, and relevant policies and protocols.

  • Ensure organisational sustainability by ongoing predictive success planning (funding, Ministry, organisational development, leadership pipeline).

  • Ensure that key Ministry and support functions are strategically aligned and appropriately included in the NO strategy.

  • Ensure a relevant, timely and accurate flow of management and operational reports based on program objectives are prepared for donors and the Partnership.

  • Ensure effective stewardship and accountability of WV resources, finances and people, consistent with performance standards established by the NO Board of Directors.

  • Promote and model high level of transparency, integrity and zero tolerance to fraud.

  • Have overall responsibility for assessment of risks and the development of risk management planning to mitigate risks to NO operations, staff, assets and programmes.

  • Ensure organizational compliance to the "country" Government standards and laws for WV operations in the country.

  • Ensure that staff security, child protection, risk management, and stress and trauma management protocols and procedures are developed and monitored.

Recruit, Motivate, Equip, Lead and Retain Capable Staff:

  • Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships, and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the WV Vision, Mission and Core Values.

  • Demonstrate Christ-centered servant leadership amongst WV staff and diverse partners.

  • Inspire staff to support Christian identity, commitments and witness.

  • Build and promote culture that is sustainable for growth and high performance.

  • Build sustainability through the growth and development of NO people and leadership capability.

  • Build sustainability through effective organisational succession.

  • Lead in a way that facilitates a high performance culture, open trustworthy relationships and integrity.

  • Promote a culture of learning and development, employee engagement, servant leadership and good stewardship of human capital in the office.

  • Build organisational culture, which leverages respect, value and promotes gender, age and ethnic diversity.

  • Contribute to the global pool of workforce of WV Partnership by sourcing, recruiting or building committed, competent talents from within the country.

  • Ensure effective human resource development system and structure in recruitment, retention, orientation, performance management and staff development.

  • Ensure gender and ethnic diversity at all levels according to relevant policies and guidelines.

Twin Citizenship and Partnering - external, board and Partnership:

  • Act as a Twin Citizen ensuring that National Office participates in global processes and decisions and allocates resources and talent where most needed, Partnership wide.

  • Contribute to the Partnership, understand its systems and priorities, act as a global leader and a Twin Citizen.

  • Source best practices and strategic services available Partnership wide, be aware of, and apply relevant innovative approaches.

  • Promote social entrepreneurship by pursuing innovative solutions to social problems, acting boldly and proactively sourcing required resources and not constrained by resources currently in hand.

Build proactive external relationship with local government leaders, donors, church leaders, private corporations for the following purposes:

  • Advocacy agenda - promote policy change for improved child well-being.

  • Donor relations for acquisition of resources and policy influence.

  • Enable and support programmes in the country by government agencies at all levels.

  • Media relations; Ensure that WV and Child Well-Being agenda are promoted appropriately.

  • Represent /the office/ engage and build strategic alliances with the Government of the People's Republic of China, the WV China Board of Directors, major donor agencies, the WV Partnership, non-governmental agencies, churches and media.

  • Strategically position WV as a credible and trustworthy national and global partner.

  • Actively engage Advisory Council/Board members and nurture working relationships that will enhance their growth and development.

  • Assist the Chair of the local Board in running Board meetings, in selecting Board members, in keeping a good network of Christian contacts from which to draw future Board members.

  • Support Board Chair and Board member succession plans.


  • Commitment to World Vision’s objectives, ethos, core ministries, Mission Statement and Core Values is mandatory.

  • Working knowledge of World Vision ministries, systems and international partnership structure is preferred.

  • Demonstrable capacity based on experience to implement high quality development, relief and advocacy programs.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience with training and experience in fund development and organizational management.

  • Excellent communication skills in Mandarin and English, both verbal and written, and demonstrated ability to communicate and appreciate the cross cultural environment.

  • Excellent understanding of the political, social and economic context of PRC and its impact on World Vision as a Christian International NGO.

  • Substantial programme management experience at a senior level for at least 5 years in a developing country context, with evidence of both responsibility and accountability.

  • A proven ability to engage at a strategic level and maintain quality networks with senior UN, INGO and Government officials, with working experience in China.

  • Good networking skills with high net worth individuals, corporates, bilateral donors and multilateral donors and a proven ability to access and implement and manage grant funded programs.

  • Ability to advocate and influence people and groups.

  • Strategic thinking with an action orientated approach to programme implementation, local income generation and grant acquisition.

  • Ability to manage external relations with other WV stakeholder offices (Regional and Support Offices) and understand and adapt to multiple stakeholder accountability relationships.

  • Ability to understand and appreciate the role of the local and international media and actively use media to promote and support the work of World Vision.

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to build personal and team-based relationships with staff, partners and leaders at all levels with a sound understanding of cross culture working environment.

  • Ability to cope successfully with frustrations, stress and dynamic change in the China context.

  • Must provide leadership and a lifestyle that reflects well of a faith-based NGO and that respects the cultures within China.

  • Must have significant life/work experience in the People's Republic of China.

  • Capable and competent to make key decisions impacting the safety and wellbeing of WV staff members.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Require ability to work and travel extensively in country of assignment as well as internationally (approximately 20-25% of working time) to attend various senior management and project meetings in WV China, region and WV Partnership. Travel is an essential function of the position requiring sufficient physical fitness to undertake the rigors of working and traveling (i.e. by car, truck, air, etc.) in a developing country as well as in the international arena.