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Sponsor Engagement Special Projects Leader

Preferred location: Asia Pacific Region. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.
International Role - Yes

*Preferred location: Asia Pacific Region. Other locations 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 looking for a strong, energetic and inspiring project leader to take forward an innovation process aimed at improving our ability to engage sponsors globally, and connect them with 3.2 million children and their communities.

As World Vision’s Sponsor Engagement Special Projects Leader, you will facilitate successful outcomes that improve business function. You will lead the delivery and management of innovation projects, collaborate with diverse sets of stakeholders, and continually assess and adapt work to make projects more effective – all with aim of making the World Vision sponsors’ Experience rewarding and fulfilling.

The key responsibilities for which you will take ownership in this role are:

  • Collaborating extensively across the World Vision Partnership to influence change processes.

  • Leading the development, testing, implementation and mainstreaming of innovations to the World Vision sponsors’ experience.

  • Providing leadership and support within the Sponsorship Engagement Team and its internal and external stakeholders to continually improve sponsor’s experiences with World Vision.

In this role, you will report to the Director, Sponsor Engagement, and work closely with the Senior Advisor of Sponsor Engagement Improvement to identify projects necessary to continuously improve the Sponsor Engagement feature set. You collaborate regularly with partner offices to draft and agree on scope, and with Senior Manager Business Systems Capabilities & Support, WVIT, Operations, Field Engagement team, and Support Offices to drive the project to completion.


Lead innovative continuous quality improvement of Sponsor Engagement features:

  • Facilitate development of improvement concepts with input / validation on ideas, proof of concepts and tests, working closely with SOs/NRDs to ensure target market personalisation needs are met.

  • Working with multiple marketing/experience/product/consumer facing projects, define the scope necessary to realise the global multi-year roadmap of Sponsor Engagement feature improvement roadmap defined by the Senior

  • Advisor, Sponsor Engagement Improvement. Work with the Director, Sponsor Engagement to ensure Go-To Field/Market sign-off to effectively deliver end to end.

  • Collaborate with and contribute to bilateral / multi-lateral continuous improvement development and testing plans, including orchestrating cross-functional input, and ensuring alignment with the broader stabilising of sponsorship.

  • Lead the processes and activities needed to identify, define, combine, unify, and coordinate the various processes and project management activities within the project management process groups.

  • Conduct risk management planning, identification, analysis, response planning, and controlling risk on projects.

  • Design and deliver proof of concepts, pilot winning efforts, scale out efforts to the partnership.

  • Organise, manage, and lead project teams. This may or may not include the direct management of resources, but does include the coordination of project related activities to maintain the timeline, and scope of the project.

  • Negotiate successful alternative plans as appropriate to keep the overall goals and deliverables on course.

  • Ensure systematic programme and project tracking and reporting.

  • Consult on the implementation of all Sponsor Engagement features improvements and its effective monitoring towards enabling an ongoing conversation on the reality of quality and the opportunity for improvements year on year.

  • Contribute to the ongoing definition, scope and design of the Sponsor Engagement coherent story, which enables compelling, tangible progress and impact communications to sponsors globally.

  • Incorporate the large and complex efforts resulting from the above into World Vision’s business as usual process.

Lead and influence Partnership-wide adoption of innovation processes:

  • Manage the processes and activities of the performing organisation that determine quality policies, objectives, and responsibilities so that the project will satisfy the needs for which it was undertaken.

  • Identify all people or organisations impacted by the project, analysing stakeholder expectations and impact on the project, and developing appropriate management strategies for effectively engaging stakeholders in project decisions and execution.

  • Engage and communicate with Marketing stakeholders at World Vision Support Offices (funding offices) to provide ongoing visibility and transparency into the timeline, deliverables, dependencies and status of all efforts led by this role.

  • Represent and support Director, Sponsor Engagement where required in leadership team meetings and stakeholder engagements and communications.

  • Contribute to the development of a culture of constant improvement through the implementation innovation and coaching of team members. Be a contributing part of the broader community of innovation change leaders in the World Vision partnership.

Direct Project Management and other responsibilities:

  • Monitor timeliness, performance and budgets of both lines of business programmes and projects, along with executive reporting for consistent accountability of key milestones and interdependencies.

  • Ensure timely and appropriate planning, collection, creation, distribution, storage, retrieval, management, control, monitoring, and the ultimate disposition of project information.

  • Manage the processes necessary to purchase or acquire products, services, or results needed from outside the project team. Processes in this area include Procurement Planning, Solicitation Planning, Solicitation, Source Selection,

  • Contract Administration, and Contract Closeout.

  • Plan, estimate, budget, finance, fund, manage, and control costs so that the project can be completed within the approved budget.

  • Ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required, to complete the project successfully.

  • Manage the timely completion of the project.


  • Master’s degree in marketing, project management, business administration or related field (or bachelor’s degree with extensive equivalent experience).

  • Minimum 10 years project management or marketing roles working with multiple projects in international organisations.

  • Demonstrated success in leading innovative process and/or product improvement in a global organisation with complex organisational structure/relationships.

  • Excellent analytical, creative, and innovative approach to solving problems. Critical thinking and capability of generating consistently accurate and useful information to inform strategic planning and decisions.

  • Proven ability to work proactively, identifying problems and need for change, and adapt plans throughout the project lifecycle.

  • Well-developed abilities in solving complex project issues.

  • Proved ability to think critically, evaluate effectively, adapt to relevant new information or changing priorities, and negotiate when faced with conflicting expectations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work across cultures, demonstrated experience of influence of non-reporting relationships and authority.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with many different functions, cultures and levels in the organisation (orally and in writing).

  • A minimum of 5 years experience in product or customer experience development, being able to clearly net out conclusions from customer insight and define a hypothesised improvement agenda.

  • Extensive international experience in working across cultures and within complex organisational structures.

  • Experience in managing geographically distributed project team to achieve results.

  • Leading complex planning workgroups internationally.

  • Project Management.

  • Marketing.

  • Team leadership.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:


  • Experience in driving marketing efforts focused on acquiring new customers/donors and retaining existing customers/donors.

  • Experience in the not for profit sector.

  • Experience in running split marketing tests that drive long term strategy based on data outcomes.

Leadership and Management:

  • Proven leadership skills.

  • Support Office marketing/supporter experience in a leadership role that needed to clearly weigh up and negotiate revenue raising/protecting opportunities versus costs/efforts.

  • Experience in managing geographically distributed project team to achieve results.

  • Well-developed abilities in solving complex project issues.

  • Ability to consult/collaborate widely, bring together diverse views, and facilitate agreement on critical issues.

  • Good facilitation, mentoring and coaching skills.

  • Ability to see the larger picture and analyse details.

  • Ability and commitment to lead and motivate a team of people from various cultural, linguistic, religious and educational backgrounds.

  • Committed to continuous learning and innovation.

Technical Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Strong project management skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse team of IT professionals.

  • Experience and skills in change management.

  • Experience and skills in risk management.

  • Ability to work effectively in a complex environment and under pressure.

  • Ability to work effectively in a complex, global organisation.

  • Knowledge of and skills in project management tools (Microsoft Project or Smartsheets required).

Relationship Abilities and Skills:

  • Ability and commitment to work with a broad variety of people from various cultural, linguistic, religious and educational backgrounds as well as virtual teams where members are located in multiple countries and time zones.

  • Significant experience, ability and skills to build effective communication with peers and customers, overcome resistance and influence decisions.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and present effectively to diverse groups of people in various settings and by various means (verbal and written).

  • Good facilitation skills.

Christian Commitment:

  • Understanding of, or willingness to learn, World Vision ministry.

  • Strong Christian commitment as evidenced by life and character and acceptance of World Vision’s Christian ethos as encapsulated in the organisation’s Core Values. This will be manifested by regular participation in devotions, as well

  • as regular attendance in chapel services.

Work Environment/Travel:

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