VisionFund Global People & Culture (HR)and Governance Director

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

*To apply for the role please send your CV and letter of interest to:[email protected]


Reporting to the President & CEO, the VisionFund Global Director, People, Culture and Governance will have professional oversight of the VisionFund People (Human Resources), Culture and Governance functions across the Network, as well as, leading the Faith and Development aspects of our Strategy. The role provides a strong mix of strategic and operational experience to VisionFund’s dedicated global staff. Developing Christian leaders, high-potential talent and a highly effective workforce across the Network will be key to the success of the VisionFund strategy and Our Promise.

The Global Director, People, Culture and Governance is part of VisionFund International’s Executive Leadership team. The role will build strong relationships with MFI CEOs, and through the Regional Business Partners and their teams across the Network, work to serve and equip the organizational effectiveness of VisionFund. The Global Director, People, Culture and Governance will also provide leadership to strengthen governance effectiveness across the Network through supporting boards at country level and facilitating board development.

The Global Director, People, Culture and Governance will develop appropriate global Shared Services, including existing World Vision services, to support the Network to deliver on the VisionFund Strategy and Our Promise. The Global Director, People, Culture and Governance leads a team of seven globally dispersed direct reports (to turn into five following some internal team adjustments).



  • Leading VisionFund’s global strategic People & Culture (HR) & Governance work to enable VisionFund to deliver on its new 2030 strategy by building a world class organization which is impact driven and distinguished by staff living out their faith with boldness and humility. Setting strategic direction for the VFI People & Culture, Governance, Security and Faith & Development functions, anticipating key trends, opportunities and vulnerabilities in line with VFI strategy and Our Promise.

  • Provide guidance to the CEO and the rest of the Senior Executive Team on all People & Culture, Governance, Security and Faith & Development issues.

People, Culture, Security, Faith & Development:

  • Partner with internal stakeholders to implement strategies for employee engagement, safety and wellbeing, while implementing and developing strategies to increase diversity and inclusion within VisionFund.

  • Provide leadership to the VFI network in order to achieve the WV Partnership’s Staff and Organisational Wellbeing aspirations and outcomes through the L.E.A.D.E.R (P&C) strategy.

  • Working with all employees and stakeholders, develop and design organisational culture to promote the critical behaviours and mindsets which will deliver VisionFund’s Strategy and Our Promise.

  • As a member of the Executive Leadership of VisionFund, contributing to the leadership and direction of VisionFund International and World Vision. 
Further-building VisionFund’s role in delivering financial and livelihood solutions to fight poverty amongst the most vulnerable.

  • Playing a role in leading on effectiveness and efficiency of the VisionFund Network through the continuing development of high quality Human Resources services and effective processes to support leadership development and the talent agenda, as well as governance.

  • Lead on Faith & Development Strategy to integrate our Christian Faith and Identity in the VisionFund Way in alignment with WV Our Promise and Strategic Imperative #5.


  • Strengthening global teams to deliver world class services in Governance to support the Network identifying gaps, what needs to be standardized and implementing this and enhancing delivery.

  • Establish global standards and initiatives and serve MFIs in these areas by working with Regional teams and MFI boards.

  • Advise the President & CEO and Executive Leadership of VisionFund International and MFI Executives on governance strategy, development and effectiveness and leading on change management.

Team Leadership:

  • Nurture the spiritual and professional development of direct reports and team members.

  • Set clear individual staff goals with measurable targets.

  • Provide performance feedback and coaching to direct reports during the year and hold annual performance review and career development conversations.

  • Encourage staff to identify training and development courses and opportunities.


  • 10+ years HR leadership experience in a multi-national for-profit company or non-profit organization.

  • Undergraduate degree in Business, Employment Relations, Business Administration, Industrial Psychology (or international equivalent).

  • MBA and/or Masters of Human Resources (or international equivalent) preferred.

  • Cross-cultural life/work experience strongly preferred.

  • CIPD, SHRM or equivalent.

  • Fluency in verbal and written English, Spanish and or French an advantage

Strategic Leadership:

  • A high level capacity and demonstrated skill in setting vision, developing strategy on a broad scale in corporate governance, security and Faith & Development.

  • Strategic ability to influence direction of the organisation and the ability to implement this on a practical level. 
Broad experience in implementing global services in international organizations and ideally, in a network setting to diverse, dispersed, digital and dynamic teams.

  • A deep understanding of how to make change happen, and of organizational development and culture change. 
Demonstrable strategic, clear thinker and creative leadership, management and coordination skills in a global network setting. 
Intellectual curiosity, courage and independence. Decisive, with the courage to make tough calls.

Human Resources Skills and Experience:

  • A strong track record of strategic human resource management and substantial experience of leading international Human Resources teams and transformational change in business and HR.

  • Excellent assessor of talent and matching top performers to the jobs where they can add the most value.

  • Experience in leading and managing complex projects, including learning and organizational development, culture change, recruitment and succession, reward harmonization and employee relations.

  • Provide leadership to the VF Network in order to achieve the WV Partnership’s Staff and Organisational Wellbeing aspirations and outcomes through the L.E.A.D.E.R strategy (Leadership, Engagement, Accountability, Depth of Talent, Execution and Rigour).

Organization and Managerial Capability:

  • Strong resource, financial, planning, project and process management skills, gained in a complex environment. 
Huge capability for complex problem solving and good sense of diagnosing performance issues of the organisation.

  • Acuity and sensitivity to work in sync with the senior executives.

  • Experience of cross-functional management including international operations, support functions, engagement across a range of audience and disciplines.

  • A proven ability to build, motivate, facilitate and engage a team, and play a key part in the wider management of an organization, towards delivery of key goals.

  • The capacity to cohere passionate, experienced and independent individuals into a high performing and confident group, organization or movement.

  • Excellent communication, diplomacy, negotiation, influencing and conflict mediation skills and the ability to apply these across a range of diverse audiences.

  • Ability to represent organisation at the senior most levels and externally, including as a board member across the Network.

Work Environment:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 25 % of the time.