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Regional Governance Advisor – Asia Regions

Job Description

*Prefered locations: East Asia Regional Office (Bangkok) or South Asia & Pacific Office (Singapore). Position may also be located within Asia where WVI is registered to operate.


The purpose of this multi-regional position, Regional Governance Advisor (RGA) is to apply the relevant expertise, knowledge, skills and methods that will effectively engage with Support Offices and Field Offices in the development of high performing national office governing boards and developing advisory councils 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 throughout the following regions: South Asia & Pacific, East Asia, Asia Support offices and Australasia. As a member of the Global Governance Department the position supports regional implementation of WVI’s best practice governance model by national boards in both Support & Field offices and alignment with microfinance organizations boards as applicable. It also supports the Partnership national office governance Transition and Peer Review processes according to established standards. The position makes an important contribution to ensuring alignment to Partnership strategy, governance policy development, research and creation of quality resource materials.


Board Development & Capacity Building:

  • Provide capacity building, development facilitation and training in best practice governance as well as strategy oversight to Boards and Advisory Councils in: South Asia & Pacific, East Asia, Asia Support offices and Australasia, in collaboration with the RLs, ND’s and Support Office CEOs.

  • Facilitate the assessment of governance effectiveness in National Offices and develop action plans to address identified gaps.

  • Create and implement regional governance strategy, annual work plan and Regional Forum Plan for capacity building and other learning processes.

  • Support the defining of baseline Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for governance at national, regional, and global level, to promote effectiveness and alignment to Partnership standards.

  • Ensure monitoring, observation, regular communication and quality board meeting reporting, so as to keep track of Board and Advisory Council performance.

  • Provide support and quality control for National Office Board and Advisory Council Transitions where appropriate.

  • Coach and advise national directors/CEOs senior leadership (Subject Matter Experts that support board committees) and board support staff to work with their boards and Advisory Councils and derive value from them.

  • Contribute content and develop board training modules.

Peer Review & Global International Audit (GIA):

  • In conjunction with the Peer Review department, provide support and counsel to board and staff with regard to the self-review, in preparation for Peer Reviews.

  • Provide advice for an appropriate follow-up and implementation of peer review recommendations.

  • Participate as a peer in reviews assigned and scheduled by the Peer Review Department.

  • Support GIA’s risk audits related to the governance functioning.

Collective Responsibility, Regional Strategy & Alignment:

  • Contribute to regional senior management meetings as appropriate and articulate governance issues as well as Global Governance Department planning and coordination meetings.

  • Participate in the development of a contextualized Regional Forum that is governance-focused and a development opportunity for boards and Advisory Councils.

  • Occasionally attend Board or Advisory Council meetings as a resource advisor /observer on governance with agreement of parties concerned.

  • Liaise with VisionFund governance department (where applicable) to ensure alignment between National Offices and VisionFund MFIs on governance issues as per WVI policies and guidelines.


  • Attend and participate in weekly chapel, devotions and regional/departmental retreats.

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

  • Undertake any other tasks that are consistent with the position’s purposes, as may be required by the Partnership Leader, Global Governance.


  • Masters level or higher degree in related field such as Human Development, Law, Organisational Development, Corporate Business and related 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.

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

  • Experience in senior management roles, including working directly under and reporting to a board, serving on a board, preferably including experience in the non-profit sector.

  • Understanding and experience working with Support Offices whose primary function is raising funding and resources.

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

  • Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills.

  • Proven ability to work with high level members of board and advisory councils, national directors in field offices and CEOs in support offices across physical and cultural distances.

  • Understanding of peer review mechanisms.

  • Management and mentoring skills for supervising future Governance Advisor.

  • Ability to lead board assessments, conduct objective assessments per defined standards and facilitate board development and capacity building.

  • Ability to conceive and formalize sound strategy to meet the mission and deliver on objectives and tasks on time.

  • Outstanding coordination skills, with ability to handle multiple activities concurrently, work under pressure, and meet 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, influencing and negotiating skill with ability to exercise discretion.

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

  • Proven ability to work across different cultures and nationalities within the regions and cultural contexts.

  • Fluency in English and another Asia language.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English and another Asia language.


  • Masters Level or Higher Degree in related field such as Human Development, Law, Organizational Development, Corporate Business Management or Governance.

  • Experience in development of quality board tools and polices.

  • Board experience and board development facilitation.

  • Ability to work in a complex organization.

  • Understanding of current practices in corporate governance and NGO sector governance.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30+% of the time.

  • Willingness to work outside the normal working hours from time to time, due to the need to connect with people in different time zones.

  • Ability to work in a virtual team.