Regional Leader – Latin America & Caribbean (LAC)

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Executive-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 January 2017

Job Description

Regional Leader – Latin America & Caribbean (LAC)

World Vision International

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation devoted to improving the lives of children, families and their communities around the world. Our 45,000+ staff members working in more than 90 countries are united through our ethos, mission and shared desire for all individuals, especially children, to overcome poverty, inequality and injustice.


Latin America & Caribbean region of World Vision International provides oversight to the National Offices (NOs) covering up to fourteen (14) countries where World Vision’s focus is predominantly programme implementation. The Regional Leader will be based initially in Panama with potential relocation to another country in LAC region.

Amongst National Offices, some are partially governed by local boards with joint reporting to the Regional Leader, while the others are branch offices of WVI with full reporting to the region. There are currently four fully Interdependent National Offices, one Intermediate Stage National Office, eight Branch National Offices and one Programme Office.

The Regional Leader recognises that it is the responsibility of National Offices to implement the whole mission of World Vision in their respective countries. National Directors (NDs) for each country report to the Regional Leader and have a primary role of supporting, guiding and leading and executing strategy to achieve the mission of World Vision. This will include support to local fundraising of countries with transitioning economies.

To support the Regional Leader in providing primary focus and guidance on strategic, governance and leadership issues, a Senior Director for Operations (SDO) role was created to focus on operational issues, managing portions of the regional office functions and monitoring the National Office performance. The reporting relationship of the SDO is matrix between Regional Leader and Global Director, Field Operations.

Here’s where you come in:

As Regional Leader – Latin America & Caribbean, you will direct regional operations of World Vision, provide leadership to National Directors, and ensure effective management of ministry in alignment with World Vision’s, Mission, Vision, Core Values and global strategic initiatives. This includes all areas of operations including but not limited to; strategy management, people management, financial resource management, risk management, board and partnership engagement while at the same time managing the performance and effectiveness of National Directors. You will represent, position, enhance and protect World Vision’s ministry in Latin America & Caribbean both internally within the WV partnership and externally to relevant audiences and bodies.

Requirements include:

  • Minimum educational qualification of a Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of ten year experience providing strategic leadership as a senior organizational leader, preferably within the humanitarian industry. Three years’ senior leadership experience in Latin America & Caribbean highly preferred.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience managing a multi-cultural leadership team.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience working with a Board, either as a member, reporting to Board.
  • Fully Fluent: English and Spanish (spoken and written)
  • A heart and a passion for the region and its peoples.
  • Ability to travel frequently both regionally and internationally (40%).

Is this the job for you?

World Vision is dedicated to our team members’ development and their success. We aspire for all employees to be fulfilled through their work and their contributions to an organisation working to provide long-term sustainable solutions to the world’s most vulnerable people.

Find the full responsibilities and requirements for this position online and apply by the closing date 28 JAN 2017. For more information on World Vision International, please visit our website: Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

The World Vision Partnership is a global community of people passionately committed to improving the lives and futures of the world’s most vulnerable children.

We believe that every child is a precious gift to the entire world and that their well-being concerns us all. We will not rest while children suffer in situations that can be changed. We are looking for people who share our beliefs and our passion.

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