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Regional Governance Advisor, Southern Africa

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
2+ Years

Preferred location: South Africa, Johannesburg. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate within Africa where WVI is registered to operate.


The purpose of this position is to apply the relevant knowledge, skills and methods that promote the development of high performing national office boards and advisory councils (ACs) that guide, protect and ensure the achievement of the World Vision Mission and Vision.

To this end, the position will lead board development, provide and manage governance training, clarify decision rights and accountability in all aspects of World Vision governance in the region. As a member of the Global Governance

Dept., the position supports regional implementation of WV’s best practice governance model by national boards, advisory councils and alignment with microfinance organizations boards. It also supports the Partnership national office

governance Transition and Peer Review processes according to established standards. The position makes an important contribution to governance policy development, research and creation of quality resource materials.


Board and Advisory Council Development:

  • Research and apply the most relevant and effective governance practices that advance boards and advisory councils towards higher levels of performance in collaboration with National Directors and Regional Leaders.

  • Lead the development of a three year regional governance strategy, annual work plan and Regional Forum plan for board capacity building and other learning processes that enhance the quality of governance within national offices in Southern Africa.

  • Produce periodic progress reports against defined objectives and submit them to the Senior Regional Governance Advisor Field Offices, Regional Leaders and National Directors.

  • Organize evaluations for collecting feedback about the results of board development and other governance related inputs and define recommendations to improve board governance work in the national offices.

  • Create a resource base from the Southern Africa region of board governance related experts and institutions that World Vision can collaborate with or utilize in developing national office governance competencies.

  • Facilitate the adoption by National Offices and Regional Offices of tools and instruments (e.g. Charter of Relationships for engagement) that clarify the respective decision rights of the national director, board and regional leader at the Intermediate and Interdependent governance stages of national offices.

  • Participate, upon invitation by the national director or board/advisory council chair, in specific board or advisory council meetings as an active observer in their governance processes and provide written feedback of observations and recommendations.

Nationla Office Governance Transitions:

  • Provide competent advice, coaching, detailed plans and evaluation of readiness for governance transitions to Branch, Intermediate or Interdependent status.

  • Manage the Regional Office part of the National Offices' Transitions process as a key advisor to the Regional Leaders. Advise National Directors on the process and provide organisational development support to the transitions process.

Peer Review:

  • Provide advice for an appropriate follow-up and implementation plan of Peer Review recommendations.

  • Facilitate the process to convert Peer Review recommendations into Board/AC development goals and objectives that enhance governance effectiveness, and track their implementation before the next Peer Review.

  • Provide support and tools produced by Peer Review Unit to assist in adequate and timely preparation and execution of the Peer Review process in National Offices.

  • Serve as a Peer in up to four Peer Reviews per year in the regions and use governance expertise and experience to review alignment and provide appropriate recommendations that will assist the board or advisory council learn and develop towards higher levels of performance.

Collective Responsibility:

  • Contribute to priority regional senior management meetings and to Global Governance Department planning and coordination meetings.

  • Uphold any Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that defines the working relationship between the Global Governance Department and the Southern Africa Regional Office.

  • Participate actively in weekly chapel, devotions and spiritual development retreats in work location.

  • Carry out any other tasks consistent with the position’s purposes, as may be required by the Senior RGA Field Offices, the Regional or the Partnership Leader for Global Governance.

  • Practice the Core Values, Covenant of Partnership and Partnership Principles.

Key Performance Indicators for this Position:

  • Evidence within National Offices of effective governance oversight as evidenced by increased understanding and implementation of leading governance practices, alignment to the WV core documents and adherence to the relevant WVI Board approved policies.

  • The existence of clear and user friendly checklists, planning templates and other tools to facilitate the governance transitions of National Offices.

  • An increasing number of high performing boards and advisory councils evidenced through Peer Reviews and annual self-assessments combined with an objective evaluation carried out by the Regional Governance Advisor (RGA).

  • Evidence of relationship building with National Directors, Boards and Advisory Councils, Regional Leaders and Global Governance Department that builds trust, confidence and willingness to collaborate in the achievement of the World

  • Vision Mission and Vision.

  • Evidence of persistent follow up to ensure National Offices implement recommendations arising from and Board Advisory Council assessments and Peer Review to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.


This is a senior position that requires a person who has considerable understanding of governance principles and prior experience working with boards either as a board member, corporate secretary or CEO/ND.

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

  • Masters level or higher degree in related field such as Human Development, Law, Organisational Development, Management, or Governance.

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the functioning of International NGOs such as World Vision in terms of their governance, management and operations.

  • Understanding of peer review mechanisms.

  • Broad knowledge and understanding of current board governance issues in the region and the world.

  • Experience in senior management roles, including working directly under a board or serving on a board, preferably in a non-profit organisation.

  • An understanding of current practices in corporate governance in the corporate as well as the NGO sector.

  • Proven ability to work with high level members of board and advisory councils across physical and cultural distances.

  • Excellent communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English, and strong interpersonal skills and diplomacy skills.

  • Ability to lead and coordinate board assessments and board training and to deliver tasks on time.

  • Outstanding coordination skills, with ability to handle multiple activities concurrently, work under pressure, and meet tight deadlines.

  • International experience/exposure through travel or living working in other countries.

  • Ability to participate effectively in a virtual team while ensuring achievement of team objectives.

  • Good diplomatic and negotiating skills and ability to exercise discretion.

  • Demonstrated commitment to World Vision's mission statement and Core Values.

  • Able to travel a minimum of 30% of the time.

  • Ability to speak a second major language prominent in the Region is preferred (e.g. French), but not essential.

  • Proven ability to work across different cultures and nationalities within the region.