National Director Job Opportunity at World Vision International Tanzania


Job Opportunity at World Vision International Tanzania

National Director

World Vision International Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania

job requisition id R14994

With over 70 years of experience, our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith.

Come join our 34,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries and share the joy of transforming vulnerable children’s life stories!

Key Responsibilities:


Job Opportunity at World Vision International Tanzania

World Vision Tanzania (WVT) ( started in 1981 and currently works with the Government of Tanzania as a strategic partner to deliver services in 16 regions of Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Arusha, Tanga, Morogoro, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Singida, Shinyanga, Simiyu, Tabora Kigoma, Kagera, Iringa, Lindi and Mtwara. WVT continues to have it operations in areas displaying high levels of vulnerability.

By 2025, WVT aims to contribute to the improved and sustainable wellbeing of 3.2 million children directly including the most vulnerable in Tanzania. This will be achieved through the following objectives: (i) Increase in children who are well nourished; (ii) Increase in primary school children who can read; (iii) Children report an increased awareness of God’s love and (iv) Increase in girls and boys protected from violence.

Here’s where you come in:
As the National Director, you will:

  • Set a strategic vision for the office and lead, develop and direct the implementation of all aspects of World Vision Tanzania Ministry as an effective member of the Partnership in line with Twin Citizenship principles to ensure solid ministry quality and high impact in the field; be accountable for all aspects of World Vision (WV)’s work in the country.
  • Ensure that WV’s ministry directly aligns with LEAP 3 principles and contributes at scale to the sustained well-being of children and the fulfilment of their rights within families and communities.
  • Have a strong external orientation and represent WV with all donors, project partners, WV Partnership Offices and divisions, local government, church representatives and non-governmental organisations, serving according to the Power of Attorney given by WV’s Global Centre.
  • Lead national resource development, leading local fund raising and ensuring growth of local resources through effective partnerships with Government, the private sector in Tanzania, individual Tanzanians, the Church, amongst other local partners.
  • Ensure alignment with VisionFund Tanzania (VFT), World Vision’s Microfinance Institution (MFI) arm, through participation in VisionFund’s Board and other Governance structures, and provide appropriate collegial support to MFI Executive Director.
  • Facilitate the farmers to have access to credit and viable markets
  • Appropriately develop national governance through identifying national lay leaders for board membership and leading organisational transition.
  • Maintain a strong growth with quality mentality and lead the office to leverage its private resources portfolio to ensure growth in the area of grants.
  • Provide leadership, strategic direction and support in the development and implementation of an effective
  • Resource Development Strategy.
  • Ensure people issues are front and centre, promoting an office that embraces diversity, interfaith collaboration, gender balance and engagement with all Partnership staff.

Major Responsibilities:

Spiritual Leadership:

Ensure that the office has a strong and integrated Faith and Development strategy that includes staff nurture, integration of program approaches such as Covenant with umbrella church bodies, Celebrating Families, FBFs, etc.
Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry and integrity though lifestyle and work relationships, and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the Vision, Mission and WV Core Values.
Ensure that office leadership is capable to work in interfaith contexts and is familiar with World Visions commitments.
Participate and lead regular devotional meetings.

Job Opportunity at World Vision International Tanzania

Ministry Performance:

Ensure high quality ministry approaches that align with LEAP 3 principles and ensure best practice development work at scale.
Ensure strong ability to measure Child Well-being (CWB) outcomes and maintain a green rating on the CWB report each year.
Ensure strong engagement in resource mobilisation, including positioning and support to grant acquisition efforts to raise additional resources and diversify WV Tanzania’s portfolio.
Ensure the highest standards of quality and accountability through compliance with World Vision policies and standards and international standards for emergency response, disaster mitigation, rehabilitation and development.
Ensure all project proposals, reports, integrated audits and ministry evaluations are reviewed at a proper level within the office and appropriate actions are implemented, to ensure impact, accountability and compliance.
Ensure that a strong national Monitoring & Evaluation strategy is in place and that M&E systems are streamlined to reduce processes and focus on child well-being.
Ensure accountability for the implementation of effective ministry to all key stakeholders. Ensure a relevant, timely and accurate flow of management and operational reports according to program objectives and standards and to meet reporting requirements from donors, Regional Offices, local partners.

Strategy, Operating Plan and Long and Short-Term Targets:

Ensure there is a documented office strategy, Ministry strategies and operating plans, and the latter have been derived from the office strategy and has clear, measurable short-term and long-term targets.
Ensure that Ministry strategies are aligned with Regional and Partnership strategic priorities.
Ensure there are clear strategies for People & Culture (HR), Communications and other main functions, and they are based on the office strategy and operational plan and include main priority areas identified in respective Regional and
Partnership Strategies. Facilitate and be accountable for the execution and monitoring of strategies.

Leadership and Management of WV Tanzania:

Promote WV’s Vision, Mission, Core Values and key Partnership Standards and Practices among the staff and partners and ensure these are the core foundation of WV Tanzania strategies and work.
Lead Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and ensure diverse representation on the leadership team.
Strong focus on leadership and people management, ensuring the most capable and qualified staff members are in place to implement office strategy and operational plans.
Lead the growth and development of SLT members by facilitating SLT secondments to other National Offices; exchanges and other exposure opportunities that would contribute to their growth into international and local leadership roles
Lead processes to develop national office governance from advisory status to governing board. Lead processes to transition the office to fully interdependent status.
Review and approve WV Tanzania’s succession plan.
Ensure that proper capacity is in place and succession plans are updated and executed.
Promote and participate in leadership development initiatives, including those for staff at management levels in the field and at the National Office level.
Lead and manage WVT’s team in a way that facilitates a high-performance culture, open trustworthy relationships and integrity.
Promote a culture of learning and development, employee engagement and good stewardship of human capital in the office.
Ensure implementation and compliance to Partnership Performance Management Standards and Principles, while seeking to implement Performance Management guidelines on reasonable level; Champion WVTs leadership team in the proper implementation of Performance Evaluations on a midterm and annual basis for the whole organisation.
Support initiatives for staff care and well-being, both for international and local employees.
Ensure excellent standards in the management of the human, financial, capital and technical resources of the organisation, which includes inspiring and maintaining high standards of work and clear accountability to stakeholders.
Set up and regularly update the National Office enterprise risk management (ERM) framework to identify, manage and report on key risks.
Visit field projects frequently to encourage, build relationships and support WV programs.
Ensure that initiatives directed to build capacity required to implement local fundraising are included in the office capacity-building plan.

Job Opportunity at World Vision International Tanzania

Advocacy and Representation:

Represent WVT and engage and build strategic alliances with the government of the country, WVT board, major donor agencies, WV Partnership, non-governmental agencies, churches and media.
Develop and implement appropriate advocacy strategies to raise awareness of- and advocate for change in- key issues within Tanzania that relate to CWB.
Lead and facilitate strategies for the promotion of justice that look for the change of unfair structures that oppress those in need.
Ensure WV is positioned as a leading NGO in promoting the well-being and rights of children within the country context to develop public and stakeholders confidence and trust.
Strengthen awareness of World Vision’s program both within and outside of the WV Partnership.
Ensure that the WV brand is respected within the country and that all vehicles and facilities are properly branded with standard WV branding.
Provide leadership, strategic direction and support to the team for developing and implementing a strong donor experience and acquisition of ministry funds.
Identify new opportunities and forge alliances that lead to optimisation of all resources.

Financial Management and Financial and Operational Audit Compliance:

Ensure efficient and effective organisational practices that result in successful financial and operational audit scores.
Ensure action planning and execution to resolve audit findings in an agreed and timely manner. Undertake appropriate reporting of audit results and actions.
Oversee and ensure strong engagement of leadership in monthly FFRs and ensure rapid action on issues raised.
Ensure strong financial compliance through timeliness and completeness of financial reports.
Ensure strong operational compliance through timeliness and completeness of program/project reports.
Provide direction for integrating private and public funds to maximise results and respond to community needs in most effective and efficient way.
Manage overall financial integrity of the program to WV Support Offices’ donors, the government and other stakeholders.
Provide overall strategic leadership and initiative for identifying and securing financial resources to support the program.

Governance, Compliance and Country Legal Environment:

Ensure the office complies with local labour law requirements and standards.
Maintain an external legal counsel that can support WV leadership when required.
Ensure and oversee proper mechanisms for Child Protection and other WVI standards and principles implementation.
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 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 WVT Board.

Safety and Security, Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness:

Develop and maintain capacity to respond to natural and man-made emergencies.
Review security and safety plans and protocols (security manual, evacuation plan, Disaster Preparedness Plan, and risk assessments at national Regional and Cluster Office levels) and ensure understanding and compliance by all staff and visitors.
Oversee relief efforts, as and when they arise and work in partnership with response teams. Build in-country relief response capacity to ensure adequate disaster management and response.
Liaise with other international organisations to collect information about the security environment and, where appropriate, discuss joint responses to security threats.

Job Opportunity at World Vision International Tanzania

Resource Development and Management:

Explore opportunities and facilitate Resource Development business planning. Align with regional Grant Acquisition Management (GAM) team objectives.
Develop and implement an effective National Resource Development strategy and implementation plan to generate funds locally.
Execute plan to generate funds from a variety of donors.
Implement long term and short-term programs that create new opportunities for acquisition, retention and transformation of a diverse set of private donors.
Ensure strong external engagement and visibility of WV Tanzania to help promote its work to key donors and acquire greater levels of resource for ministry from a diverse set of donors.
Ensure strong grants management to create trust and engagement with the donor for accessing future resources and increased credibility.

MFI Strategic Management:

As a member of the VisionFun board, ensure that VisionFund’s micro-finance ministry is integrated with World Vision’s Ministry to promote fullness of life for children and their communities;
Facilitate programmatic integration of VisionFund and APs/ADPs operations.

Knowledge/Qualifications for the role:

  • Master’s degree in development studies, international development, management, administration or social sciences or any other relevant masters qualification
  • Training in NGO leadership and experience in leading diverse teams that include national and international staff.
  • 10 years’ relevant experience in international relief and development with progressively more complex and higher-level leadership roles.
  • Previous work experience as National or Country Director is preferred
  • Fluency in English/strong written and spoken English language skills and ability to communicate the Mission and Vision of the organisation well.
  • Experience with integrated community development programming, with a diverse knowledge of technical program
  • Experience in managing large and complex operations in emergency/refugee contexts
  • Excellent grant acquisition experience, including experience with a diverse set of donors, as well as a strong ability to partner and position for complex grants.
  • Experience in leading local fundraising, including management responsibilities preferably over the areas of fundraising with major private donors and Governments.
  • Experience in Microfinance operations is an advantage.
  • Experience in being a member of Board or Board support at Executive level, and also understanding of Board mandate
  • Significant management experience (general/operational) where there is evidence of both accountability and managerial know-how, and high-quality delivery of results.
  • Strong ability to engage externally with donors, partners and other stakeholders. Evidence of building coalitions and engaging externally to influence policy and strategic directions.
  • Experience with World Vision desirable
  • Proven track record of leading multi-cultural teams in complex, culturally and politically-sensitive contexts and/or multi-sectoral emergency response projects.
  • Must exhibit composure and professionalism. Able to represent World Vision to government officials, donors and other external stakeholders in a professional and self-assured manner.
  • Have worked in Africa and understand the context and cultures of the continent.
  • Able to interact with a variety of individuals and ethnic groups.
  • Strong developer of teams and ability to embrace leadership principles and promote staff engagement and wellbeing.
  • Model Christian commitment and integrity while embracing denominational diversity and demonstrating an ability to engage in an interfaith context.
  • Strong moral values and convictions. Personal life which is exemplary.

Preferred knowledge and experience:

  • Experience with large bilateral and multilateral grant acquisition and compliance as well multi-sectorial humanitarian operations.
  • Proven 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
  • Supporting World Vision’s Christian identify and commitments, learning for growth and development, and maintaining work/life balance and effectiveness
  • Develops diverse, high-performing teams through effective recruitment, coaching and team-building
  • Role models biblical ethics and principles in action
  • Responsible steward of resources and assets.
  • Knowledge of UN humanitarian architecture and donor community
  • Knowledge of LEAP 3 processes and Transformational Development preferred.
  • Experience and/or understanding of advocacy execution, national advocacy strategy development and leading advocacy efforts as a pillar of a theory of change.
  • Experience in technical programming in at least one of the major ministry components (Relief, Development or Advocacy), close familiarity with the other two.

Job Opportunity at World Vision International Tanzania

Travel and Work Environment Requirements:

  • Domestic Travel: 20% Regular internal travel to project areas is required.
  • International Travel: 30% international travel will be required
  • Office based however some level of travel is expected within the WV Tanzania and to other places. Some travel may be in remote location with minimal facilities.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a stressful environment
  • On call: 10% In emergency and disaster situations, the position will be required to be on-call.
  • HEAT (hostile environment awareness training) and SRMT (security risk management training) or a UN equivalent, as appropriate for fragile contexts

Applicant Types Accepted: Local and International Applicants (IA’s) Accepted


Job Opportunity at World Vision International Tanzania

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