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Regional Leader – East Asia

International Role - Yes
2+ Years

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The East Asia Region of World Vision International (WVI) provides oversight to the National Offices covering up to eight (8) countries where World Vision’s focus is predominantly programme implementation: Cambodia, China, DPRK, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Vietnam are branches of World Vision International with a full reporting relationship to the Regional Leader, and Thailand has a joint reporting structure to their local governing board and the Regional Leader.

The total budget for the region is approximately $116 million per year with more than 3,250 employees across the region. The Regional Leader role includes integration with VisionFund International (VFI). VFI is the microfinance subsidiary of WVI. Microfinance lending to the poor is performed through over 30 Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) globally impacting the lives of millions of children. As social enterprise, it ensures financial sustainability as well as social performance and focus on child wellbeing outcomes. VFI has MFIs in Mongolia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The Regional Leader recognises that it is the responsibility of National Offices to implement the whole mission of World Vision in their respective countries. National Directors for each country report to the Regional Leader and have a primary role of supporting, guiding, leading and executing strategy to achieve the mission of World Vision.


Strategic Leadership: 25%

  • Provide strategic leadership to effectively deliver the whole mission through National Offices and regional initiatives, in alignment with WV Vision, Goals, Mission, Core Values, global strategy and regional strategic priorities.

  • Lead the implementation of the Partnership Strategy, Our Promise, while building unity and promoting a culture of twin-citizenship across all National Offices and the Regional Office. Be accountable for the development and periodic review of regional strategy and priorities that clearly support the partnership strategic mandates, objectives and priorities.

Leadership Development: 25%

  • Ensure adequacy of sectoral and management support skills needed to deliver the ministry.

  • Lead the selection process for National Directors and present final candidate(s) for approval to Partnership Leader, Global Field Operations for Program, Project, Branch and Intermediate offices; act as the President’s delegate as assigned in the selection of National Directors in Interdependent offices.

Board Engagement: 20%

  • Support National Directors in the appropriate selection of members and the development and functioning of Advisory Councils and Boards according to approved Partnership standards and guidelines.

  • Engage with board chairs and NDs to ensure accountability of National Offices.

Accountability & Stewardship: 15%

  • Ensure alignment to global strategy for self-funding and interdependent offices within the region.

  • Ensure adequate impact of WV’s presence through effective operations, public engagement, ministry delivery and alignment of intermediate branch, program and project countries within the region.

Organizational Culture (aka “promote the World Vision way”, and includes Conflict Resolution): 10%

  • Provide spiritual leadership, promote the Christian ethos of World Vision in the region, and strengthen the spiritual development of all staff.

  • Set an example in strong personal Christian faith integrated in work and encourage Christian growth among staff within the region.

Other: 5%

  • Carry out other tasks and duties as may be assigned from time-to-time by the Partnership Leader, Global Field Operations.


  • A minimum of ten years experience providing strategic leadership as a senior organizational leader, preferably within the humanitarian industry. Three years’ (3) senior leadership experience in Asia is required, preferably in East Asia.

  • Minimum educational qualification of a Masters degree in a relevant field.

  • A minimum of five years’ (5) experience managing a multi-cultural leadership team.

  • Proven ability to be a Partnership player and build unity and create an organizational behavior that fits the demands of the new Partnership Strategy, Our Promise 2030.

  • A heart and a passion for the region and its peoples.

  • Demonstrated ability to deal decisively with complex situations.

  • A minimum of five years’ (5) experience working with an Advisory Council or Board, either as a member, reporting to one or developing and advising an Advisory Council or Board.

  • Ability to travel frequently both regionally and internationally (up to 40%).

*To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit quoting reference 3756. The deadline for applications is 9AM BST on Saturday 22th September 2018.

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