Talent Management & Leadership Development Technical Director

International Role - Yes
2+ Years

*Preferred position location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.


This position will lead Disaster Management’s Global Centre’s Talent Management Leadership Development to ensure that we have strong pipelines of DM talent to meet our ministry and organizational needs, and with the ultimate objective of making World Vision an agile organisation in the face of major humanitarian responses.

The Technical Director will be a trusted partner and influencer to bring credibility to the talent planning, development and leadership development and gain buy-in from all levels of the organization.

The Technical Director will lead and manage:

  • Talent Management Strategy that addresses critical gaps and future needs to ensure WV’s ability to be a leading humanitarian organization within the sector.

  • Development of key talent pipelines in collaboration with Global Sector leads and Regional Humanitarian Emergency Affairs (HEA) and People & Culture (HR) Directors.

  • Disaster Management talent development and leadership development initiatives including leveraging both internal and external opportunities and mobilizing a network of internal and external SMEs to support these initiatives.


  • Lead the development and implementation a business aligned Disaster Management (DM) Talent Management Strategy including relevant metrics aligned with current and future organizational needs.

  • Lead on the development of DM talent pools with regions that facilitate pipelines aligned with current and future field DM staffing and leadership needs.

  • Lead on the development of DM talent pools for priority sectors and functions identified as key gaps/needs a part of Emergency Workforce Planning.

  • Partner with Workforce Planning, talent acquisition, and other P&C teams to design and connect outcomes to DM talent management processes.

  • Lead the management of a DM GC external coaching programme support and internal coaching and mentoring programme.

  • Lead WV’s engagement with the Inter-agency Cross Organisational Mentoring Programme.

  • Lead WVI’s engagement with the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership.

  • Lead and manage specialized talent development and retention initiatives.

  • Manage the shadow deployment project.

  • Manage Disaster Management Retainer initiative.

  • Manage the field component of the WVUS Programmes Internship Programme.

  • Support the incorporation of Disaster Management into global leadership initiatives.

  • Leverage external Emergency Training and Leadership development opportunities to build WVI DM bench strength and position WV staff for key roles within the humanitarian response architecture.


  • University degree in the social sciences, learning and development, organizational development, international development or other related field.

  • Five years experience in humanitarian sector with strong empirical knowledge of the humanitarian charters, laws and standards.

  • Post graduate degree or equivalent experience in international development, human resources or other related field.

  • Knowledge of talent development and organizational development concepts and their application in large organizations.

  • Project/program management experience.

  • Experience leading a change process in a large, complex organization either in a field or headquarters context.

  • Experience working in a multicultural, geographically decentralized, global organization.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, high emotional intelligence, and strong client service orientation.

  • Excellent negotiation, diplomacy, and managing by influence skills.

  • Talent management.

  • Leadership development.

  • Coaching and mentoring programmes.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Systems thinker; the ability to understand the implications of change across multiple dimensions according to organizational development concepts.

  • The ability to balance process with people development and principles to guide where necessary but also allow for individual analysis and experimentation.

  • Adult learning best practice, particularly blended learning.

  • Strong understanding of the humanitarian industry, particularly related to emergency response.

  • Cross cultural experience with ability to communicate effective across diverse cultures.

  • Fluent in a second language other English such as French, Spanish or Arabic would be highly regarded.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally approximately 30% of the time.