Job Title: National Director
Organisation: World Vision International
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
World Vision Uganda is a Christian Relief, Development and Advocacy Non-Government Organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We currently work in over 41 districts in Uganda. World Vision is committed to the protection of children and we will not employ people whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible. “Our Vision for every child, Life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every Heart, the will to make it so.”
Job Summary: The National Director (ND) will strategically lead, develop and direct the implementation of all aspects of World Vision Ministry in the National Office. In performing this role, the ND will be an effective member of the World Vision Partnership, and will model the organization’s principles of Twin Citizenship to ensure high ministry quality and impact. The ND as a leader will contribute to partnership life and unity, by acting as both a local and global representative of the organization. The ND will lead the Uganda team to achieve the country’s strategy in alignment with Our Promise for effective operations.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Leadership and Strategic Management (30%)
- Promote WV’s Vision, Mission, Core Values and key Partnership standards, policies and practices among staff and partners, ensuring that these are the core foundation of the National Office strategies and work;
- Ensure that WV Uganda functions in a cohesive complementary manner where the principles of Interdependence
- and Twin Citizenship guide the contribution made to the Partnership and the use of Partnership resources;
- Provide ongoing review and development of the National Office strategy and individual program objectives in order to ensure continuous alignment with the Partnership strategy – “Our Promise 2030”;
- Ensure excellent standards in the management of the human, financial and technical resources of the organization, which includes inspiring and maintaining high standards of work and clear accountability to all stakeholders;
- Lead and manage the WV Uganda team in a way that facilitates a high-performance culture in line with “Our Promise” mindsets and behaviors;
- Ensure capable values-aligned staff are recruited in a timely manner to implement the National Office strategy, ensuring that there is accountability for staff performance;
- Ensure that the National Office has robust Board approved succession plans that are regularly updated and implemented when required;
- Direct and lead teams in management of diverse, strategic and time sensitive projects;
- Provide overall strategic leadership in identifying and securing financial and other programmatic resources, both locally and internationally, to support WV’s work in Uganda;
- Actively represent WV Uganda (as shareholder) on Vision Fund Uganda’s board. Ensure that Vision Fund’s microfinance ministry is appropriately integrated with WV’s ministry in order to promote fullness of life for children and their communities;
- Ensure that WV Uganda maintains a high-quality Faith & Development strategy and operational plan that is appropriate for the Ugandan context;
- Model a high standard of personal Christian commitment, leadership, ministry and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships, and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the Vision, Mission and Core Values of World Vision;
- Ensure that Office Leadership is equipped to work in diverse and multicultural contexts;
- Participate in and lead regular devotional meetings and hold all WVU leaders accountable for doing the same in their respective areas of organization;
Advocacy and Representation
- Represent WV Uganda at different fora and engage/build strategic alliances with the government, major donors/donor agencies, WV Partnership, non-governmental agencies, churches, the business community, other local partners and the media;
- Develop and implement appropriate advocacy strategies to raise awareness of, and advocate for change in key issues within the specific context;
- Earn public and stakeholders’ confidence and trust in WV Uganda by ensuring its positioning as a leading NGO in promoting the well-being and rights of children within the Ugandan context;
- Optimize communication platforms, channels and opportunities to raise awareness of the WV brand and impact/contribution both within and outside of the WV Partnership;
- Ensure that staff and Board Members respect and guard the WV brand in their communications and actions, both in and out of the work environment;
- Identify new opportunities and forge alliances that lead to optimization or expansion of WV brand and programmatic resources;
Governance, Compliance and Country Legal Environment (20%)
- Ensure effective Governance of the National office, ensuring Board & Committee meetings are held and succession planning is effectively managed for effective oversight, insight and foresight by the WVG Board
- Support the board in ensuring effective functioning and compliance to Partnership Governance standards as well as local law.
- Stay abreast of local legal and regulatory requirements and standards and ensure the National Office complies with them at all times;
- Retain competent external legal expertise to provide appropriate legal support to World Vision operations.
- Ensure and oversee proper mechanisms for Child Protection and implementation of other WVI standards and principles.
- Ensure that the entity functions in a complementary, cohesive manner where principles of interdependence and twin citizenship guide the contribution made to the Partnership and the use of WV Partnership resources.
- Ensure that WV Uganda actively participates in scheduled Peer Reviews and that the Board and staff are sufficiently prepared to participate meaningfully. Take ownership for appropriate action planning and execution of Peer Review recommendations;
- Lead process of policy development/contextualization and reviews in order to effectively support WV Uganda’s work, and regularly update Board on status of policy implementation;
- Ensure risks to the organization are identified in a timely manner through risk registers and appropriate mitigation measures are undertaken to address them, and regularly report to the Board/Regional Office on risk.
Succession and Talent management (5%)
- Develop and implement a structured approach to talent management in the National Office focused on tracking and development opportunities for key talent.
- Coordinate NO talent development program and development centre, senior executive talent advisory and coaching support.
- Drive the design, delivery, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on implementation of development modules for identified high potential talent.
- Provide technical support to NO in the implementation of their talent management planning strategies, systems and guidelines.
- Ensure that the NO develops and maintains a talent pool of high potential staff ready for senior level jobs within the NO as part of the succession plan and across the partnership
Ministry Quality (20%)
- Ensure high ministry quality and impact by ensuring that the organization is achieving its expected annual targets in all programmes on a sustainable basis;
- Ensure the highest standards of quality and accountability in program implementation through: – (i) compliance with World Vision international policies/standards/strategy (“Our promise 2030”), (ii) international standards and (iii) compliance with codes of conduct and agreements to which WV is a signatory;
- Ensure all project proposals, reports, audits, and ministry evaluations are reviewed in a timely manner and at a proper level within the office and appropriate actions are implemented, to ensure impact, accountability, and compliance;
- Ensure that a national monitoring & evaluation strategy based on relevant technical and managerial indicators exists and is implemented;
- Develop and maintain National Office capacity to respond to natural and manmade emergencies;
- Oversee humanitarian emergency efforts as and when they arise and work in partnership with response teams;
- Ensure accountability for the implementation of effective ministry to all key stakeholders i.e., ensure a relevant, timely and accurate flow of management and operational reports according to program objectives and standards;
- Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and appropriately managed to meet and enable quality program implementation.
Financial Management and Accountability (15%)
- Provide good stewardship and oversight over all resources at all times and throughout the organization;
- Ensure strong financial compliance through timeliness and completeness of financial reports;
- Undertake appropriate reporting of audit results and actions;
- Ensure action planning and execution to resolve audit findings in an agreed and timely manner.
National Resource Development
- Spearhead the implementation of an effective National Resource Development Strategy and implementation plan to steadily and incrementally generate funds and other resources locally;
- With the Board and Senior Leadership team, develop a monitoring framework to ensure the National Office meets specific national resource development targets while remaining efficient;
Safety & Security (5%)
- Maintain, and regularly review security and safety plans and protocols (security manual, evacuation plan, Disaster Preparedness Plan, Risk/Crisis Communication and risk assessments at national and AP levels) and ensure; understanding and compliance by all staff and visitors;
- Liaise with other international organizations to collect information about the security environment and, where appropriate, discuss joint responses to security threats.
- Perform other duties as required by supervisor/ Board (5%)
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant for the World Vision National Director job should hold a relevant Master’s Degree
- Experience with large bilateral and multilateral grant acquisition (and compliance).
- At least ten years of management experience, 5 of which should have been at National/Country Director or similar level in complex development programming. Experience with WV integrated programming areas (Education, Health & Nutrition (including WASH), Resilience & Livelihoods and Child Protection) desired.
- Experience in microfinance operations and Humanitarian Emergency Assistance a plus.
- Demonstrable track record in working with and Board(s) and leading senior leadership teams.
- Experience in managing diverse, strategic and time sensitive projects;
- Successful past experience in overseeing large grants and working with government donors (USAlD, EU, DFAT, FCDO, etc.), UN agencies (WFP, UNHCR, etc.).
- Strong understanding of human rights approaches, and particularly child rights.
- Understanding of advocacy execution, national advocacy strategy development and leading advocacy campaigns.
- Ability to nurture relationships, build strong teams and hold staff accountable so as to drive organizational performance.
- Good knowledge of financial management and budgetary control principles.
- Ability to organize and lead fundraising/resource mobilization efforts with major private donors, corporate organizations and governments, as well as to secure donor funding and sustainably grow organizational financial portfolio.
- Clear communicator (in both verbal and written form) with ability to present persuasively to Board, Senior Management Team, staff, donors, NGOs, government officials, community leaders and other stakeholders and partners.
- Versatility with use of new communication technologies and platforms to engage a variety of audiences, and an ability to drive strengthened use of such in order to enhance brand recognition.
- Committed Christian appreciative of denominational diversities and differences in Christian traditions, with a strong passion for child well-being.
- Comfortable with working with multi-cultural teams, gender aware and with well-developed interpersonal skills.
- Familiarity and willingness to abide by the NGO Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid Code and Sphere Minimum Standards, etc.
- Deep knowledge of UN humanitarian architecture and donor community.
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
- Ability to work under pressure and make tough decisions.
- Proven visionary and strategic abilities.
- Achieving quality results and service, practicing accountability and integrity, and communicating information effectively.
- Thinking clearly, deeply and broadly, understanding the humanitarian industry, understanding World Vision’s mission and operations, and practicing innovation and change.
- Building collaborative relationships, practicing gender and cultural diversity, and influencing individuals and groups.
- Actively supporting World Vision’s Christian identity. Role models biblical ethics and principles in action.
- Develops diverse, high-performing teams through effective recruitment, coaching and team-building. Promotes learning for growth and development.
- Responsible steward of resources and assets.
- Strong understanding of MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning) and Transformational Development processes preferred.
- Experience and/or understanding of advocacy execution, national advocacy strategy development and leading advocacy efforts as a pillar of a theory of change.
- Approachability and relatability
- People building skills
- Clear communication
- Ethics, transparency & authenticity
- Growth mindset
- Respect for diversity
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to submit your application and complete Curriculum Vitae by applying online through visiting World Vision International’s e-recruitment jobs portal at the web link below.
Deadline: 7th July 2023