National Director, WV Senegal

International Role - Yes
2+ Years


For over 30 years, World Vision has worked with the poorest communities in Senegal. Today, World Vision Senegal has 244 staff working in the regions of Fatick, Diourbel, Kaffrine, Tambacounda, Kédougou, and Kolda with 29 long-term development programmes, including 124 projects that benefited 690,000 children and their families last year.

World Vision Senegal uses a community-based approach working closely with children, households, communities, local authorities, and partners. We listen to families, understand their issues, and empower communities with skills and resources that bring lasting change for children.

We serve most the vulnerable children and families through a multi-sector programmatic approach in health and nutrition, education and life skills, food security and resilience, advocacy, child protection and participation and local leadership development.


The National Director (ND) will strategically lead, develop, and direct the implementation of all aspects of World Vision's ministry in this national office. In performing this role, the ND will be an effective leader locally, an effective member of the partnership, and will model the organization’s principles of Twin Citizenship to ensure high ministry quality and overall organizational effectiveness. The ND as a leader will contribute to partnership life and unity, by acting as both a local and global representative of the organization. The ND will lead the team to achieve the country's strategy in alignment with Our Promise 2030 for effective operations. Participate in and implement directional shifts of the organization, such as the ensuring that Senegal program has capacity to execute global strategy; particularly the strategic agenda for fragile contexts, development, and management of grants and PNS. The ND will ensure the country's operations and operating model maintain the Partnership's focus on Child Well Being Outcomes and Aspirations as they apply in that specific country context; maximizing the impact in the field while maintaining efficiency as a wise steward of entrusted resources.

The ND will collaborate effectively with other partnership offices and divisions to achieve local and organizational goals. Externally, the ND will foster collaboration with major donors, project partners, local government, Church representatives, faith-based organizations, and non-governmental organizations; serving according to given Power of Attorney. In doing so, the leader will maximize stewardship, effectiveness, the efficiency of costs, and operating models.

The ND will model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry, and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships to be a fine exemplar of the organizations Christian faith. The ND will lead by example and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the Vision Mission and WV Core Values.


Deliver on Child Well-being Aspirations / Outcomes and Targets:

  • Collaborate and build coalitions to catalyze movements for children’s well-being, locally and globally.

  • Align and influence national strategic mandates and priorities with global priorities for child wellbeing.

  • Champion increased and enriched connections between children, communities, and supporters for an increasingly vibrant, authentic, and engaging experience among them.

  • Lead champions for innovative approaches to organizational services, processes, and systems.

  • Be a credible advocate for children and champion efforts for child rights; mobilizing change at every level by lifting the voices of local children, youth, and their communities.

  • Ensure that the National Office (NO) functions in a contextualized, complementary, sensitive, and cohesive manner. The core values, principles of interdependence, and twin citizenship enhance the relevance of WV ministry and its distinct contribution to national development as well as guide the contribution it makes to the Partnership.

  • Grow and Leverage Yield to the Ministry.

  • Ensures systems are in place so that projects are managed on time and on budget in achieving the desired impact on Child Well Being (CWB).

  • Set up a structure and budget that supports the Ministry and is aligned with the strategy, while keeping adequate efficiency ratio to be competitive in the humanitarian industry.

  • In dialogue with Global Centre (GC) and Region provide support and leadership for development and execution of shared support services in specific areas of ministry and functions, based out of the country and serving the entire partnership or region.

Increase and Diversify Funding Portfolio:

  • Build and maintain sustainability through diversified revenue growth in alignment with agreed targets.

  • Define a vision for grants acquisition and management performance within NO; ensure that grants are strategically aligned to NO priorities and consider the competitive landscape.

  • Ensure alignment of marketing and programming for coordinated design and promotion of products and programmes.

Achieve Operational and Stewardship Excellence:

  • 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 country strategy is aligned with Regional and WV global strategic priorities.

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

  • Ensure that key Ministry and support functions are strategically aligned and appropriately included in the NO strategy.

  • Ensure effective stewardship and accountability of WV resources, finances, and people; consistent with performance standards established by the NO Board of Directors.

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

  • Have overall responsibility for assessment of risks and the development of risk management planning to mitigate risks to NO operations, staff, assets, and programmes.

  • Ensure organizational compliance with the "country" Government standards and laws for WV operations in the country.

Recruit, Motivate, Equip, Lead and Retain Capable Staff:

  • Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry, and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships; and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the WV Vision, Mission, and Core Values.

  • Demonstrate Christ-centered servant leadership amongst WV staff and diverse partners.

  • Demonstrate strong conviction and ability to work in ecumenical and inter-faith contexts.

  • Inspire staff to support Christian identity, commitments, and witness (including incarnational living).

  • Build and promote a culture that is sustainable for growth and high performance.

  • Build sustainability through the growth and development of NO people and leadership capability.

  • Build sustainability through effective organizational succession.

  • Lead in a way that facilitates a high-performance culture, open trustworthy relationships, and integrity; promotes a culture of learning and development, employee engagement, servant leadership, and good stewardship of human capital in the office.

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

  • Contribute to the global pool of workforce of WV Partnership by sourcing, recruiting, and building committed competent talents from within the country.

Twin Citizenship and Partnering – external and Partnership:

  • Act as a Twin Citizen ensuring that NO participates in global processes and decisions and allocates resources and talent where most needed, Partnership wide.

  • Contribute to the Partnership through understanding its systems and priorities; act as a global leader and a Twin Citizen.

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

  • Promote social entrepreneurship by pursuing innovative solutions to social problems, acting boldly, and proactively sourcing required resources; not constrained by resources currently in hand.

Build a proactive external relationship with local government leaders, donors, church leaders, private corporations for the following purposes:

  • Social entrepreneurship.

  • Advocacy agenda - promote policy change for improved child well-being.

  • Donor relations for acquisition of resources and policy influence.

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

  • Media relations; Ensure that WV and Child Well-Being agenda are promoted appropriately.

  • Represent the office, engage and build strategic alliances with the Government of the country, board, major donor agencies, WV Partnership, non-governmental agencies, churches, and media.

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

  • Assist the Chair of the local Board in running Board meetings, in selecting Board members, in keeping a good network of Christian contacts from which to draw future Board members.

  • Support Board Chair and Board member succession plans.

  • Serve as Chair of the VisionFund Senegal Board of Directors.


  • Master’s degree in development studies, management, or social sciences; or equivalent with 10 years' experience in country-level program management.

  • At least 10-years experience in overseeing large Government grant, its acquisition, and donor engagement.

  • Experience in one of the major Ministries (Relief, Development, Advocacy), close familiarity with the other two.

  • Knowledge of LEAP (Learning through Evaluation with Accountability and Planning) cycle and Transformational Development Indicators is preferred.

  • Experience in fundraising and generating local revenue.

  • Advocacy and public relations.

  • Leading or working with advisory boards.

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

  • Demonstrating experience of living and working in fragile context (economic, social, weather, etc).

  • Experience with Humanitarian industry and World vision will be preferred.

  • Experience in combining slow and fast onset programs. Ability to juggle emergency response with long-term transformational development.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English and French.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 15% of the time.