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National Director (Expiration 12/10/2019)



World Vision South Africa (WVSA) operates in a middle income country, but its Gross Domestic Products (GDP) ranks among the top three in Africa. However, the gap between the rich and the poor is widening with ever increasing urban migration to the detriment of both the urban built environment as well as contributing to deepening rural marginalization. South Africa is contrasted by two economies which equate with WV Model of Ministry context 4 and 2 with a population of over 52 million, children living in poverty with 4 million going to sleep every day without food (Human Science Research Council Report on Poverty, 2007) 34 % of population lives on less than $2/ day while 25% live on less than $1.25/day.


The Global World Vision Strategy has established that countries like South Africa are described as Transitioning Field Offices. This means that until 2022 such offices will no longer receive international funds, thus requiring that they develop a transition plan that will show a clear contribution to children in their context and that they reach self-sustainability with 100% of local multiple funds.


Therefore, World Vision South Africa has started a new organizational cycle marked by major changes in its structural model, with an increased focus on acting as a platform organization that mobilizes Christian organizations to contribute significantly towards children and adolescents’ development and well-being.


Specifications of WV SA new organizational model:

  • Strong focus on social marketing and fundraising actions through individual donations, funds from companies, governments, foundations and multilateral institutions.

  • Mobilization of churches and Christian organizations, so they can promote actions towards the development and protection of children and adolescents in South Africa.

  • Positioning of WV SA at national, regional and international levels as a Christian organization that protects and promotes children and adolescents’ rights.

  • Operation in digital environments, with intensive use of innovation technology.

  • Lean organizational structure with low operational costs and high effectiveness in promoting an impact on the lives of children and adolescents.



  • Strategically lead, develop and direct the implementation of all aspects of World Vision South Africa Ministry as an effective member of the Partnership in line with Twin Citizenship principles to ensure high quality and impact in the field; be accountable for all of aspects of WV’s work in the country.

  • Successfully lead the change process of World Vision South Africa transition from a funded entity, to a wholly self-sustainable office, responsible for its own fund raising.

  • Ensure that WV South Africa ministry is directly contributing to the sustained well-being of children including their rights, protection and participation, within their families and communities and stays relevant to impact.

  • Ensure organisational sustainability by providing leadership, strategic direction and support in the development and implementation of an effective National Resource Development Strategy that will lead to Increased and diversified funding portfolio.

  • Establishment and maintenance of collaborative partnerships between WV South Africa and donors, partners, all tiers of government, churches and other non-governmental organizations.

  • Observe World Vision core documents (Vision, Mission, Statement of Faith, Core Values and Covenant of Partnership) and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.



  • Lead increase and diversification of Funding Portfolio and National Resource Development for self-sustainability with emphasis on social marketing, local fund raising through individual donations, funds from private sector, government, foundations and multilateral organizations.

  • Influence donors using creative approaches to motivate them to get involved in support of World Vision South Africa Ministry.

  • Implement the National Office sustainability strategy.

  • Define vision for grants acquisition and management performance within National Office (NO), ensure that grants are strategically aligned to NO priorities and consider the competitive landscape.

  • Ensure alignment of marketing and programming for coordinated design and promotion of products and programmes.

  • Implement long term and short term programs that create new opportunities for acquisition, retention and transformation of diverse set of donors.

  • Strengthen digital technologies approach for fundraising.

  • Create and strengthen external relations with private sector, government, NGOs and civil society to promote children protection and development in South Africa.

Build proactive external relationship with church leaders, local government leaders, donors, private corporations for the following purposes:

  • Advocacy agenda - promote policy change for improved child well-being.

  • Institutional relations for acquisition of resources.

  • Enable and support programmes in the country by government agencies at all levels.

  • Media relations; Ensure that WV and Child Well-Being agenda are promoted appropriately.

  • Partner's acquisition.

Ensure Advocacy towards the protection of children and the promotion of their rights:

  • Represent World Vision South Africa, engage and build strategic alliances with the government ministries, WV 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 the specific context.

  • Lead and facilitate strategies for advocating justice issues to address changes in unfair structures that oppress those in need.

  • Strengthen awareness of World Vision’s program both within and outside of the WV Partnership.

  • Provide leadership, strategic direction and support to the team for developing and implementing excellent donor experience and acquisition of ministry funds.

  • Identify new opportunities and forge alliances that lead to optimization of all resources.

Ensure focus on Program Quality to deliver on Child Well-Being outcomes:

  • Collaborate and build coalitions to catalyze movements for children’s well-being, locally and globally.

  • Influence national strategic mandates and priorities with global priorities for child wellbeing.

  • Ensure programming implementation and quality through schools in WV South Africa prioritized regions and neighborhoods.

Ensure Operational Excellence:

  • Ensure that World Vision South Africa operations provide relevant impact in the country and region.

  • Lead the development and execution of the country strategy through programme approaches and operating plans with clear, measurable short-term and long-term targets.

  • Ensure country strategy is aligned with WV global strategic priorities and country Board expectations.

  • Ensure organizational sustainability by ongoing predictive success planning (funding, Ministry, organizational development, leadership pipeline, leadership development).

  • Ensure implementation and compliance to Partnership Performance Management Standards and Principles, while seeking to implement Performance Management guidelines on reasonable level.

  • Ensure excellent standards in financial, technical resources and people management across the organization, which includes inspiring and setting high standards of work and clear performance indicators and accountability to stakeholders.

  • Ensure organizational compliance to Government standards and laws in South Africa.

Spearhead Organizational Leadership, Change and Culture based on organizational identity and World Vision global strategy:

  • 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 World Vision South Africa strategies and work through Family Likeness guidelines.

  • Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships, and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the WV Vision, Mission and Core Values.

  • Inspire staff to support Christian identity, commitments and witness (including incarnational living).

  • Promote a culture of innovation and agility in order to respond timely to external challenges and expectations and ensure relevance.

  • Promote a culture of learning and development, employee engagement and good stewardship of talent.

  • Build organizational culture, which leverages respect, value and promotes gender, age and diversity.

  • Build and promote culture that is sustainable for growth and high performance.

  • Practice an adaptive leadership that is open to collaborative and address challenges in a timely manner.

  • Ensure timely, effective and appropriate internal communications strategy in WV South Africa, and when needed ensuring to be the one who communicates purpose and vision of change timely and regularly to all staff and team leaders.

  • Establish an intentional approach to change management through a strategy or plan.

  • Establish and ensure a collaborative working environment across program areas and teams.

  • Lead and prepare others for taking decisions and lead organizational processes in order to ensure and promote accountability and financial stewardship.

  • Build sustainability through the growth and development of staff, leadership capability and effective succession planning for all leadership and management roles.

  • Contribute to the global pool of workforce of WV Partnership by sourcing, recruiting or building committed, competent talents from within the country.

Practice Twin Citizenship in internal stakeholder engagements:

  • Act as a Twin Citizen and global leader ensuring that National Office participates in global processes and decisions, allocate resources and talent where most needed, Partnership wide.

  • Source best practices and strategic services available Partnership wide, be aware of, and apply relevant innovative approaches.

  • Promote social entrepreneurship by pursuing innovative solutions to social problems, acting boldly and proactively sourcing required resources and not constrained by resources currently in hand.

  • Support the WV SA Board Chair in coordinating Board meetings, and in maintaining a pool of Christian contacts from which to draw future Board members.

  • Support Board Chair and Board member in succession plans.

Position WV South Africa and promote its brand:

  • Strategically position WV South Africa as a credible and trustworthy national and global partner.

  • Ensure WV is positioned as a leading NGO in promoting the well-being and rights of children within the country context to enhance public and stakeholders’ confidence and trust.

  • Ensure that the WV brand is respected within the country and is consistently modeled in staff conduct and throughout office operations.

Promote accountability and a high performance culture with emphasis in financial management and operations, risk management:

  • Ensure effective stewardship and accountability of WV and other donor resources, finances and people, consistent with performance standards established by the WV South Africa Board of Directors.

  • Ensure efficient and effective organizational practices that result in successful financial and operational audit rating.

  • Promote and model high level of transparency, integrity and zero tolerance to fraud.

  • Ensure the office compliance to local legal requirements and standards.

  • Represent World Vision South Africa in courts, if required.

  • Provide direction for integrating private and public funds to maximize results and respond to community needs in most effective and efficient way.

  • Have overall responsibility for assessment of risks and the development of risk management planning to mitigate risks to NO operations, staff, assets and programmes.

  • Maintain complete accountability to the Board and Regional leadership on the management of risks facing the organization.



  • Minimum Qualification required: Master’s degree in Management, Social Sciences or equivalent.

  • Experience: At least 15 years’ senior management experience, including 5 years’ in a proven Marketing and Business role with ambitious sales targets, with overall responsibility for growing the sales portfolio of a profit or not-for-profit company and 5 years’ experience in Governance.


  • A qualification in Sales and Marketing management.

  • 5 years’ experience managing a P&L.

Technical Skills & Abilities:

  • Proven Leadership and Management skills.

  • Good Sales and Marketing skills.

  • Proven Decision-making skills.

  • Experience in leading executive teams, or leaders of leaders.

  • Experience with a Board.

  • Good sales and financial management capabilities.

  • Ability to cope under significant pressure.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff, board and other stakeholders.

  • High level of confidence and confidentiality.

  • Ability to communicate and negotiate with key internal and external stakeholders at a national and international level.

  • High level of emotional intelligence.

  • Familiar with current donor trends, both private and public.

  • Ability to engage churches across denominations.

  • Computer literacy.

  • Understanding of country context and culture.

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Working Environment/Travel:

  • Work environment: Office-based with frequent travel.

  • Travel: 40% Domestic/international travel is required.

  • On call: 100%


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Johannesburg - SOUTH AFRICA
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