National Director, WV Guatemala

International Role - Yes
2+ Years


World Vision Guatemala / Fundacion Vision Mundial Guatemala (FVMG) has a successful track record of implementing transformational development programmes and projects in Guatemala for more than 40 years. In Guatemala, we are the most recognized NGO in the country as a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. For good.

In Guatemala, World Vision has a special focus on improving the welfare of children, especially in health and education; strengthening the capacity of families to improve livelihoods and resilience; and reinforcing community organisation for social management and advocacy at the municipal and national levels. During FY2018, World Vision Guatemala was active in 537 communities throughout the country, impacting the lives of over 400 thousand children from the most vulnerable communities.


As National Director, World Vision Guatemala / Fundación Vision Mundial Guatemala (FVMG), you will be charged with overseeing and launching a new organisational cycle for World Vision in Guatemala— bringing major changes in the country’s structural and financial model by increasing our focus in local fundraising to create self-sustainability and acting as a platform organisation that mobilises Christian partners, churches and organisations to contribute significantly towards children’s development and well-being. These changes will achieve an increased impact in the life of the most vulnerable children in Guatemala, with special focus of impacting more children by FY2021.

  • Strong focus on social marketing and fundraising actions through individual donations, funds from companies, governments, foundations, and multilateral institutions.

  • Mobilization of churches and Christian organisations, so they can join and promote actions towards the development and protection of children and adolescents.

  • Positioning of FVMG at national, regional (LAC) and international levels as a Christian organisation that protects and promotes children and adolescents’ rights.

  • Strong leadership in acquisition and management of grants, in addition to strengthening relationships with institutional and individual donors.

  • Operation in digital environments, with intensive use of innovative technology.

  • Lean organisational structure with low operational costs and high effectiveness in promoting an impact on the lives of children and adolescents.


  • Ensure FVMG’s contribution to the 5 strategic mandates of World Vision’s Global Strategy – Our Promise (i. Deepen our commitment to the most vulnerable children; ii. Focus our ministry on a few areas; iii. Advocate on behalf of children; iv. Deliver high-quality, sustainable funding; v. Live out our Christian Faith with boldness and humility).

  • Ensure Guatemala’s strategy is aligned with World Vision’s global strategic priorities and expectations agreed with the World Vision Advisory Council.

  • Develop and implement appropriate advocacy strategies to raise awareness of- and advocate for change in- key issues within the specific context in favor of children.

  • Ensure excellent standards in the management of the human, financial, capital and technical resources of the organisation, which includes inspiring and setting high standards of work and clear performance indicators and accountability to stakeholders.

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

  • Promote World Vision’s Mission, Vision, Core Values and key ministry Standards and Practices among the staff and partners and ensure these are the core foundation of World Vision Guatemala strategies and work.

  • Be a model of a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry, and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships, and provide spiritual guidance to staff by the World Vision’s mission, vision and core values. Inspire staff to support Christian identity, commitments, and witness.

  • Promote a culture of innovation and agility in order to respond timely to external challenges and expectations and ensure relevance.

  • Promote a culture of learning and development, employee engagement and good stewardship of human capital in the office that is sustainable for growth and high performance.

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

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

Lead the implementation of World Vision Guatemala's new transition process, thus ensuring the achievement of necessary goals to become a relevant and self-sustainable organisation to contribute to the wellbeing of most vulnerable children in Guatemala:

  • Design and ensure the execution and adaptation of a transition process according to internal and external context for continuous relevance in Guatemala.

  • Strengthen the integration and alignment of marketing and programming for coordinated design and promotion of products and programmes.

  • Strengthen all needed skills and organisational approaches needed for self-sustainability.

  • Practice an adaptive leadership open to collaborative analysis and addressing challenges and conflicts timely.

  • Ensure timely, effective and appropriate organisational internal communications strategy in World Vision Guatemala.

  • Establish an intentional approach to change management through a strategy or plan.

Lead dialogues and negotiations with other World Vision – Global Center entities (Strategy Implementation Office, Global Operations, Global Treasure, Resource Development, etc.) and Support/Fundraising Offices (World Vision US and World Vision Canada):

  • Ensure implementation and compliance to the World Vision global organisation/Partnership Performance Management Standards and Principles.

  • Negotiate and influence stakeholders in World Vision representing the best interests of Guatemala children.

Collaborate and build strategic relationships with Christian leaders, governments, corporations, NGOs and the civil society in order to support World Vision Guatemala’s ministry; for the following purposes:

  • Advocacy agenda - promote integral well-being and protection with a tenderness of childhood, through the incidence of public politics that impact childhood.

  • Institutional relations for the acquisition of resources and partners.

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

  • Media relations; ensure that World Vision and Child Well-Being and protection agenda is promoted appropriately.

Practice twin citizenship (Dedicated to both World Vision Guatemala and the greater global World Vision organisation as a “Twin-Citizen”), with effective participation in international forums, events, and campaigns:

  • Act as a Twin Citizen and global leader ensuring that World Vision Guatemala participates in global processes and decisions and allocates resources and talent were most needed, Partnership wide.

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

  • Build strong relationships with the Board.

  • Support the Chair of the World Vision Guatemala Advisor Council in strengthening organisational governance.

  • Support the Chair of the World Vision Guatemala Advisor Council in coordinating Council meetings, and in maintaining a pool of contacts from which to draw future Council members.

  • Support Advisor Council Chair and Advisory Council members in succession plans.

Lead World Vision Guatemala’s staff, thus promoting their commitment and high performance towards the institution’s objectives:

  • Ensure that World Vision Guatemala functions in a contextualised, complementary, sensitive and cohesive manner.

  • Establish and ensure a collaborative working environment across areas and teams.

  • Lead and prepare others for taking decisions and lead organisational processes in order to ensure and promote organisational agility.

  • Build sustainability through the growth and development of staff and leadership capability and effective organisational succession planning for all leadership roles including the National Director and Senior Leadership Team.

  • Inspire, motivate, accompany and develop the Senior Leadership Team.

  • Ensure formation to the leadership team so they can face change and have management capacities.

Lead the management of the organisational model in order to ensure the staff’s commitment and high performance, besides discipline in the execution of initiatives related to the new model:

  • Ensure that World Vision Guatemala operations provide relevant impact in the country and region.

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

  • Ensure organisational compliance to the country Government standards and laws for World Vision operations in the country.

  • Provide leadership, strategic direction and support to the team for developing and implementing excellent donor experience and acquisition of Ministry funds.

  • Identify new opportunities and forge alliances that lead to optimisation of the resources.

  • Ensure effective stewardship and accountability of World Vision and other donor resources, finances and people.

  • Ensure efficient and effective organisational practices, which result in a successful financial and operational audit rating.

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

  • Ensure office is in compliance with local legal requirements and standards.

  • Represent World Vision Guatemala in courts, if required.

  • Provide direction for integrating private and public funds to maximize results and respond to community needs in the most effective and efficient way.

  • Have overall responsibility for assessment of risks and the development of risk management planning to mitigate risks to World Vision Guatemala operations, staff, assets, and programmes.

  • Maintain complete accountability to the Advisory Council and Regional leadership on the management of risks facing the organisation.

Humanitarian Emergency Affairs (HEA):

  • Maintain the capacity to respond to natural and man-made emergencies in coordination with the HEA team.

  • Collaborate with HEA Regional Director in determining the appropriate level of emergency response in country.

  • Oversee relief efforts, as and when they arise and work in partnership with HEA response teams. Build in-country relief response capacity to ensure adequate disaster mitigation, management and response.


  • Master’s degree in Management, Social Sciences, Engineering or equivalent required.

  • 8-10 years in a senior management position or similar executive position required; specifically in the areas of strategy and planning, financial management, risk management, people development and management, and management of organisational processes focusing on results delivery.

  • Experience leading organisational change management innovation and processes.

  • Proven experience and knowledge in marketing and fundraising, mostly using new digital technology.

  • A track record of successful networking with government, humanitarian sector, private sector, field operations organisations, and children focused organisations.

  • Proven communication and negotiation skills with key internal and external stakeholders at national and international levels, with a required fluency oral and written in Spanish and English.

  • Strong Christian leader with the ability and experience to inspire spiritual leadership internally and externally; knowledge and relationship with Christian and Evangelical and Catholic churches—the ability to interact proactively with the Christian sector in various faith expressions.

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time.