People & Culture Business Partner (Asia Region)

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.

*Preferred position location: Singapore. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in Asia where VF/WVI is registered to operate.


The role of the Regional People & Culture Business Partner (P&C BP) is to provide high quality leadership guidance and technical support to the People & Culture Managers and teams based in VisionFund’s Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in the Asia countries.

The aim of this role is to develop and lead quality performance of the P&C function in the region in order to meet demanding business needs.

The post holder will be required to have solid business awareness and understanding of microfinance / retail financial services so as to apply a People & Culture lens to the business operations & people related priorities.

This role will be responsible for developing, rolling out and reviewing Partnership-wide people related initiatives relating to both P&C and business strategic directives (e.g. talent management, job evaluation, salary benchmarking, employee relations, performance management, succession planning, recruitment etc.). The role will be responsible for implementing and ensuring MFI adherence to standardized people related processes across the MFI network within the Asia region.

This role will work closely to partner with and be a trusted advisor to VFI Asia Regional Head; MFI P&C Teams and MFI Senior Management teams.


  • Support, influence and provide advice to MFI P&C teams with an aim of helping to influence their SMT and Board of Directors and implementing both Partnership wide initiatives and MFI initiatives within Asia region. Oversee and manage implementation making insightful adjustments and recommendations tailored to the specific MFI audience.

  • Act as a support and escalation point for Senior Management Team at MFI level.

  • Lead and develop the MFI P&C staff within Asia region identifying training and development needs of teams. Provide one-on-one coaching as required. Identify and guide the development of high-potential staff, and build a talent management framework for P&C staff to ensure all can reach their full potential within the MFI.

  • Work collaboratively with the MFI Chief Executive Officers to effectively matrix manage P&C Managers in Asia countries (currently Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Mongolia and Philippines).

  • Work with and provide trusted advice and recommendations to the VFI Regional Head and regional team, with an aim of influencing to achieve effective people related priorities and improving business results.

  • Lead MFI P&C teams in collecting accurate and timely people related data and information. Coach, develop and train teams to use information collected from P&C and Operations to analyse and provide valuable insights to feed into business plans and other MFI related activities.

  • Ensure all P&C related reporting at MFI level is accurate & timely.

  • Work collaboratively with the MFIs and regional team to implement and improve standardisation of process & policy within the regional MFI network.

  • Act as escalation point for high-risk or Whistleblower-related employment relations issues. Work in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders to ensure required actions are taken to resolve all issues arising.

  • As part of the Global Centre team contribute to the P&C team planning and implementation of Global projects, taking the lead at times and collaborating with other regional P&C BPs.

  • Act as trusted advisor to the Global P&C & Governance Director relating to specific regional related issues and strategic planning.


  • Bachelors degree in Human Resource Management or equivalent.

  • Sound and demonstrable generalist Human Resources knowledge and skills, specifically influencing, persuading, coaching and training others.

  • Extensive experience in an HR management role.

  • Experience in and understanding of financial institutions.

  • Relevant regional or global experience in HR.

  • Project management experience.

  • Experience of managing through partnership.

  • Professional membership of relevant HR body e.g SHRM, CIPD.

  • Effective written and verbal communication in English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • HRIS systems.

  • HAY certification.

  • Exposure to working as an internal consultant in an international organisation.

  • Exposure to not for profit environment.

  • Experience in a culturally diverse environment.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% of the time.