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National Director - WV Rwanda

Job Description


World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. WV is currently reaching more than 100 million people in 94 countries, serving all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

In Rwanda, World Vision started its operations in 1994, with the aim of primarily responding to the humanitarian crisis caused by the 1994 Genocide. In 2000, World Vision Rwanda (WVR) mission switched from relief to long-term development through began Area Development Programs (ADPs), which are long term community-driven development programs. Currently there are 30 Area Programs spread in 18 districts. Since 2010, innovative livelihoods programs driven by an empowered world view thinking were initiated and have giving birth to the Great Dream (Izonzi Nziza) and THRIVE projects. Currently the office has a team 320 staff with 87,000 registered children. The office has a budget of U$D 39 million made up of Sponsorship and Grants.

The NO has no Advisory Council.


  • Set a strategic vision for the office and lead, develop and direct the implementation of all aspects of World Vision Rwanda (WVR) Ministry as an effective member of the Partnership in line with ‘Twin Citizenship’ principles to ensure solid ministry quality and high impact in the field; be accountable for all aspects of WV’s work in the country.

  • Ensure that WV’s ministry directly aligns with LEAP 3 principles and contributes at scale to the sustained well-being of children and the fulfilment of their rights within families and communities.

  • Have a strong external orientation and represent WV with all donors, project partners, WV Partnership Offices and divisions, local government, church representatives and non- governmental organizations.

  • Serve according to the Power of Attorney given by the Global Center.

  • Maintain a strong growth with quality mentality and lead the office to leverage its private resources portfolio to ensure growth in the area of grants.

  • Ensure alignment with VFR through leadership and ensuring appropriate representation of WV staff and external resource people on the board of directors.

  • Provide leadership, strategic direction and support in the development and implementation of an effective Resource Development Strategy.

  • Ensure people issues are well taken care of, promoting an office that embraces diversity, collaboration, gender balance and engagement with all Partnership staff and having competent leadership and relevant project management staff as necessary.


Spiritual Leadership:

  • Ensure that the office has a strong and integrated Faith and Development strategy that includes staff nurture, integration of program approaches such as Covenant with umbrella church bodies, Celebrating Families, etc.

  • Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry and integrity. Embrace diversity of denominations in Rwanda and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the Vision, Mission and WV Core Values.

  • Participate in and lead regular devotional meetings.

Ministry Performance:

  • Ensure high quality ministry approaches that align with LEAP 3 principles and ensure best practice development work at scale.

  • Ensure strong ability to measure CWB outcomes and maintain a green rating on the CWB report each year.

  • Ensure strong engagement in resource mobilization, including positioning and support to grant acquisition efforts to raise additional resources and diversify WVR’s portfolio.

  • Ensure the highest standards of quality and accountability through compliance with World Vision policies and standards and international standards for emergency response, disaster mitigation, rehabilitation and development.

  • Ensure all project proposals, reports, integrated audits and ministry evaluations are reviewed at a proper level within the office and appropriate actions are implemented, to ensure impact, accountability and compliance.

  • Ensure that a strong national Monitoring & Evaluation strategy is in place and that M&E systems are streamlined to reduce processes and focus on child well-being.

  • Ensure accountability for the implementation of effective ministry to all key stakeholders. Ensure a relevant, timely and accurate flow of management and operational reports according to program objectives and standards and to meet reporting requirements from donors, Regional Offices, local partners and the NGO Section at Immigration.

Strategic Leadership and Management of WVR:

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

  • Lead SLT and ensure diverse representation on the leadership team.

  • Strong focus on leadership and people management, ensuring the most capable and qualified staff members are in place to implement office strategy and operational plans.

  • Review and approve WVRs succession plan; ensure that proper capacity is in place and succession plans are updated and executed.

  • Promote and participate in leadership development initiatives, including those for staff at management levels in the field and at the NO level.

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

  • Promote a culture that embraces gender diversity and allows strong and diverse teams to be put in place at every level. Promote a culture of learning and development, employee engagement and good stewardship of human capital in the office.

  • Ensure implementation and compliance to Partnership Performance Management Standards and Principles. Champion WVR leadership team in the proper implementation of Performance Evaluations on a mid-term and annual basis.

  • Support initiatives for staff care and well-being, both for international and local employees.

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

  • Visit field projects frequently to encourage, build relationships and support WV programs.

  • Ensure there is a documented 5 year strategy in place (FY’16-20) that is aligned to Our dream 2030, grant acquisition and technical program strategies with this overall direction.

  • Ensure there are clear strategies for People and Culture, Communications and other main functions and they are based on the NO strategy and operational plan and include main priority areas identified in respective Regional and Partnership Strategies. Facilitate and be accountable for the execution and monitoring of strategies.

  • Ensure that initiatives directed to build capacity required to implement local fundraising are included in the office capacity-building plan.

Advocacy and Representation:

  • Represent WVR to engage and build strategic alliances with the government of the country, major donor agencies, WV Partnership, non-governmental agencies, churches and media.

  • Develop and implement appropriate advocacy strategies to raise awareness of- and advocate for change in- key issues within Rwanda that relate to CWB.

  • Lead and facilitate strategies for the promotion of justice that look for the change of unfair structures that oppress those in need; Ensure WV is positioned as a leading NGO in promoting the well-being and rights of children within the country context to develop public and stakeholders’ confidence and trust.

  • Strengthen awareness of World Vision’s program both within and outside of the WV Partnership.

  • Ensure that the WV brand is respected within the country and that all vehicles and facilities are properly branded with standard WV branding.

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

  • Identify new opportunities and forge alliances that lead to optimization of all resources.

Financial Management and Financial and Operational Audit Compliance:

  • Ensure efficient and effective organizational practices that result in successful financial and operational audit scores.

  • Ensure action planning and execution to resolve audit findings in an agreed and timely manner. Undertake appropriate reporting of audit results and actions.

  • Oversee and ensure strong engagement of leadership in monthly FFRs and ensure rapid action on issues raised.

  • Ensure strong financial compliance through timeliness and completeness of financial reports.

  • Ensure strong operational compliance through timeliness and completeness of program/project reports.

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

  • Manage overall financial integrity of the program to WV Support Offices donors, the government and other stakeholders.

  • Provide overall strategic leadership and initiative for identifying and securing financial resources to support the program.

Safety and Security, Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness:

  • Develop and maintain capacity to respond to natural and man-made emergencies.

  • Review security and safety plans and protocols (security manual, evacuation plan, Disaster Preparedness Plan, and risk assessments at national Regional and Cluster Office levels) and ensure understanding and compliance by all staff and visitors.

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

  • Liaise with other international organizations to collect information about the security environment and, where appropriate, discuss joint responses to security threats.

  • Ensure staff safety and orient staff to the management of potential risks related to operation within restricted religious context.

  • Attend monthly the Network of International NGOs (The NINGO) meetings represented mostly by Country Directors of major INGOs.

Compliance and Country Legal Environment:

  • Ensure the office complies with local labour law requirements and standards.

  • Maintain a legal registration certificate as per the ministry of Local government at the department of Immigration and Emigration.

  • Maintain an external legal counsel that can support WV leadership when required.

  • Ensure and oversee proper mechanisms for Child Protection and other WVI standards and principles implementation.

  • Ensure that the office functions in a complementary, cohesive manner where principles of interdependence and twin citizenship guide the contribution made to the Partnership and the use of WV Partnership resources.

VFR Strategic Engagement:

  • Ensure strong engagement on board of VFR by national staff members and follow up regularly with progress.

  • Facilitate programmatic integration of VFR and WVR’s AP/Cluster operations.

Resource Development and Management:

  • Explore opportunities and facilitate Resource Development business planning. Align with regional GAM team objectives.

  • Execute plan to generate funds from a variety of donors.

  • Implement long term and short term programs that create new opportunities for acquisition, retention and transformation of a diverse set of private donors.

  • Ensure strong external engagement and visibility of WVR to help promote its work to key donors and acquire greater levels of resource for ministry from a diverse set of donors.

  • Ensure strong grants management to create trust and engagement with the donor for accessing future resources and increased credibility.


Government Grants & Budgets:

  • Strong knowledge of financial management and accounting principles.

  • Strong expertise in grant acquisition and management.

Major Ministries:

  • Experience in technical programming in at least one of the major ministry components.

  • (Relief, Development or Advocacy)

  • Knowledge of LEAP 3 processes and Transformational Development preferred.

  • Experience and/or understanding of advocacy execution, national advocacy strategy development and leading advocacy efforts as a pillar of a theory of change.


  • Experience working in African contexts.

  • Understanding of political, socio-economic, and cultural contexts within the country achieved within 3 months after assuming the role.

  • Experience and/or understanding of working in a large and complex organization with a matrix management structure.


  • Experience leading diverse executive teams.

  • Ability to present persuasively Senior Management Team, staff, donors, NGOs, government officials, community leaders and other stakeholders.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience:

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

  • Masters Degree in a relevant field (required to work in Rwanda).

  • 15 years relevant experience in international relief and development, with progressively more complex and higher level leadership roles.

  • Training in NGO leadership and experience in leading diverse teams that include national and international staff.

  • Experience with integrated community development programming, with a diverse knowledge of technical program areas where WV focuses (education, health/nutrition, livelihood/resilience, micro-finance, child protection, etc.).

  • Experience managing large and complex operations. Experience in emergency/refugee contexts.

  • Strong ability to engage externally with donors, partners and other stakeholders. Evidence of building coalitions and engaging externally to influence policy and strategic directions.

  • Excellent grant acquisition experience, including experience with a diverse set of donors, as well as a strong ability to partner and position for complex grants.

  • Significant management experience (general/operational) where there is evidence of both accountability and managerial know-how, and high quality delivery of results.

  • Fluency in English/strong written and spoken English language skills and ability to communicate the Mission and Vision of the organization well.

  • Experience with World Vision desirable.

Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Must exhibit composure and professionalism. Able to represent World Vision to government officials, donors and other external stakeholders in a professional and self-assured manner.

  • Have worked in Africa and understand the context and cultures of the continent.

  • Able to interact with a variety of individuals and ethnic groups.

  • Strong developer of teams and ability to embrace leadership principles and promote staff engagement and well-being.

  • Model Christian commitment and integrity while embracing denominational diversity and demonstrating an ability to engage in an interfaith context.

  • Strong moral values and convictions.

  • A personal life which is exemplary.

Working Environment/Conditions:

  • Work environment: Office-based with frequent travel to the field.

  • Travel: 20% domestic with occasional international travel required.