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National Director - World Vision Nicaragua

Job Description





CANDIDATES TO BE CONSIDERED: Nicaraguans and Foreigners



The National Director will strategically lead and develop World Vision's operation in Nicaragua as well as position WV as key partner for Nicaragua’s international co-operation, with particular emphasis on the relevance of WV Nicaragua for its most vulnerable children as well as globally – considering governmental priorities and opportunities.

The ND will lead and inspire the local team and coordinate with the regional partners to achieve the country's strategy for effective and tender child protection through public engagement, fundraising, and operations and also participate in and implement directional shifts of the organization as guided by global and regional strategy and directives. The ND will ensure that country and WV Nicaragua financed international operations maintain the Partnership's focus on Child Well Being Outcomes and Aspirations as applicable.

The ND will foster collaboration with relevant non-governmental organizations, governmental entities (national and local), Churches and FBOs, corporations / major donors and program partners to achieve the strategic goals. In doing so, the ND will maximize income, influence and impact as well as insure stewardship, effectiveness and efficiency of costs in close collaboration with involved key partners.

In performing this role, the ND will be an effective leader locally, an effective coordinator with regional collaborators directly in charge of program, finance, and resources development implementation for Nicaragua and with regional partners for WV initiatives. He/she will model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships as representative of our global organization as an expression of God’s love for all children.


Deliver on Child Well-being Aspirations and Operational Sustainability

Develop and foster strong and effective relationships with key governmental, corporate, and other relevant partners to significantly increase their investment in child protection through WV Nicaragua. This includes implementation of an effective resources development strategy and action plan to generate funds locally.

Build strong and effective relationships with relevant NGOs, coalitions, governmental, corporate and church / FBO partners on child protection and international development collaboration to enhance WV’s income, influence, and impact as it relates to children with special emphasis in the most vulnerable.

Collaborate and build coalitions to catalyze movements for child protection of children in Nicaragua.

Strengthen national governance and its contribution to strategic goals and ministry objectives through membership and Advisory Council development.

Develop and foster strong and effective relationship with World Vision Support Offices to significantly contribute to child protection through WV Nicaragua.

Be a credible advocate for children and champion efforts for child protection.

Convene contributors, policy and decision makers and communities to protect children and to be engaged and dedicated to sustainable reduction of violence and inequality through policy change and joint actions.

Mobilize change towards a more just and secure society at every level by lifting the voices of local children, youth and their communities.

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

Ensure that the WV brand is recognized within the country and reputational and credibility risks are mitigated

Ensure a highly motivated, effective and professional team

Lead and inspire the team through a shared vision and ensure that all collaborators understand clearly their contribution for the achievement of the strategy and office targets.

Ensure effective teamwork – internally and with regional partners - with transparent information and clarity on roles and responsibilities.

Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry and integrity and strengthen the understanding and adoption of corporate identity.

Motivate staff and volunteers to see themselves as part of the global WV partnership while living out the principle of Twin Citizenship


Key capabilities that are important in the performance of the ND in Nicaragua are:

  • Foster relationships with various governmental agencies, corporations to increase income, influence and impact.

  • Ability to become a Child Rights Champion with special emphasis in protection

  • Solid knowledge of the country’s culture, and the capacity to interact across cultures.

  • Local communications and public relations

  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills

  • Build collaborative relationships

  • Influence individuals and groups

  • Engage and mobilize supporters

  • Integrity and Trust Accountability and Outcome Focus

  • Capacity to foster an organizational culture of innovation and an enterprising spirit.

  • Servant Leadership

Added value:

  • Fundraising – sustainable mix of private and public funding streams

  • New business development

  • Marketing


  • Graduate degree in communications, public relations, political science, business, or field related to the position.

  • Knowledge and experience with Nicaraguan governmental agencies – preferably related to children’s issues and international collaboration.

  • At least 10 years of work experience overall; 7 years’ experience of relevant experience.

  • Experience with social media strategies, developing external stakeholder relationships and working with local governments, with demonstrated political savvy.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including public speaking in a wide range of business, government and humanitarian field audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate work across relevant areas, develop the business and services to provide exceptional service to internal and external customers and manage risks appropriately.

  • Experience with direct and lateral management of teams toward results.

  • Fluency in English and Spanish.

  • Requires ability to work and travel extensively in country as well as internationally (approximately 20-40% of working time).

Added pluses:

  • Knowledge of the key players and issues impacting child well-being in Nicaragua.

  • Experience with fundraising from corporations