PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The National Director (ND) will strategically lead, develop and direct the implementation of all aspects of World Vision's ministry in these national offices. In performing this role, the ND will be an effective leader locally, an effective member of the partnership and will model the organization’s principles of Twin Citizenship to ensure high ministry quality and overall organizational effectiveness. 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 team to achieve the country's strategy in alignment with Our Promise 2030 for effective operations and participate in and implement directional shifts of the organization, such as the ensuring that Mali- Mauritania program has capacity to execute global strategy particularly the strategic agenda for fragile contexts and development and management of grants and PNS. The ND will ensure the country's operations and operating model maintain the Partnership's focus on Child Well Being Outcomes and Aspirations as they apply in that specific country context, maximizing the impact in the field while maintaining efficiency as wise steward of entrusted resources.
The ND will collaborate effectively with other partnership offices and divisions to achieve local and organizational goals. Externally, the ND will foster collaboration with major donors, project partners, local government, Church representatives, faith-based organizations and non-governmental organizations, serving according to given Power of Attorney. In doing so, the leader will maximize stewardship, effectiveness and efficiency of costs and operating models.
The ND will model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships to be a fine exemplar of the organizations Christian faith. The ND will lead by example and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the Vision Mission and WV Core Values.
- Deliver on Child Well-being Aspirations / Outcomes and Targets.
- Collaborate and build coalitions to catalyze movements for children’s well-being, locally and globally.
- Align and influence national strategic mandates and priorities with global priorities for child wellbeing.
- Champion increased and enriched connections between children, communities and supporters, for an increasingly vibrant, authentic and engaging experience among them.
- Lead champions for innovative approaches to organizational services, processes and systems.
- Be a credible advocate for children and champion efforts for child rights, mobilizing change at every level by lifting the voices of local children, youth and their communities.
- Ensure that the National Office (NO) functions in a contextualized, complementary, sensitive and cohesive manner. The core values, principles of interdependence and twin citizenship enhance the relevance of WV ministry and its distinct contribution to national development as well as guide the contribution it makes to the Partnership.
- Grow and Leverage Yield to Ministry.
- Ensures systems are in place so that projects are managed on time and on budget in achieving the desired impact on Child Well Being (CWB).
- Set up a structure and budget that supports the Ministry and is aligned with the strategy, while keeping adequate efficiency ratio to be competitive in the humanitarian industry.
- In dialogue with Global Centre (GC) and Region provide support / leadership for development and execution of shared support services in specific areas of ministry and functions, based out of the country and serving the entire partnership or region.
Increase and Diversify Funding Portfolio:
- Build and maintain sustainability through diversified revenue growth in alignment with agreed targets across the program, both in Mali and Mauritania.
- Provide leadership for Development of strategy for grants acquisition and management performance within NO, ensure that grants are strategically aligned to NO priorities and consider the competitive landscape.
- Ensure the office in Mali meets all the necessary conditions to make the transition from advisory council to advisory board in a near future.
Achieve Operational and Stewardship Excellence:
- 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 Regional and WV global strategic priorities.
- Ensure organizational sustainability by ongoing predictive success planning (funding, Ministry, organizational development, leadership pipeline).
- Ensure that key Ministry and support functions are strategically aligned and appropriately included in the NO strategy.
- Ensure effective stewardship and accountability of WV resources, finances and people, consistent with performance standards established by the NO Board of Directors.
- Promote and model high level of transparency, integrity and zero tolerance to fraud.
- Have overall responsibility for assessment of risks and the development of risk management planning to mitigate risks to NO operations, staff, assets and programmes.
- Ensure organizational compliance to the "country" Government standards and laws for WV operations in the country.
Recruit, Motivate, Equip, Lead and Retain Capable Staff:
- 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.
- Demonstrate Christ-centered servant leadership amongst WV staff and diverse partners.
- Demonstrate strong conviction and ability to work in ecumenical and inter-faith contexts.
- Inspire staff to support Christian identity, commitments and witness (including incarnational living).
- Build and promote culture that is sustainable for growth and high performance.
- Build sustainability through the growth and development of NO people and leadership capability.
- Lead in a way that facilitates a high performance culture, open trustworthy relationships and integrity; promotes a culture of learning and development, employee engagement, servant leadership and good stewardship of human capital in the office.
- Build organizational culture, which leverages respect, value and promotes gender, age and ethnic diversity;
- Contribute to the global pool of workforce of WV Partnership by sourcing, recruiting or building committed, competent talents from within the Mali-MRT Program.
- Provide level of organizational leadership that we enable a good transition into and implementation of the new management structure for Mali-Mauritania.
Twin Citizenship and Partnering – External and Partnership:
- Act as a Twin Citizen ensuring that National Office participates in global processes and decisions and allocates resources and talent where most needed, Partnership wide.
- Contribute to the Partnership, understand its systems and priorities, act as a global leader and a Twin Citizen.
- 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.
- Build proactive external relationship with local government leaders, donors, church leaders, private corporations for the following purposes:
- Social entrepreneurship.
- Advocacy agenda - promote policy change for improved child well-being.
- Donor relations for acquisition of resources and policy influence.
- Enable and support programs in the country by government agencies at all levels.
- Media relations; Ensure that WV and Child Well-Being agenda are promoted appropriately.
- Represent /the office/ engage and build strategic alliances with the Government of /the country/, board, major donor agencies, WV Partnership, non-governmental agencies, churches and media.
- Strategically position WV as a credible and trustworthy national and global partner.
Ensure the office mate all the necessary conditions to make the transition from advisory council to advisory board in years to come.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Master’s degree in development studies, management or social sciences or equivalent with 10 years’ experience in country level program management.
- At least 5 years’ experience overseeing a large Government grant, its acquisition and donor engagement.
- Experience in one of major Ministries (Relief, Development, Advocacy), close familiarity with other two.
- Knowledge of LEAP cycle and Transformational Development Indicators is preferred.
- Experience in fund raising in general and generating local revenue in particular, Advocacy and public relations and leading or working with advisory boards.
- Track records of strong people management (leadership) skills.
- Ability to manage a remote team.
- Ability to present persuasively to Board, Senior Management Team, staff, donors, NGO’s, government officials, community leaders and other stakeholders.
- Demonstrating experience of living and working in fragile context (economic, social, weather, security, etc.
- Experience with Humanitarian industry and World vision will be preferred.
- Experience in combining slow and fast onset programs. Ability to juggle emergency response with long-term transformational development.
- Work experience in the Sahel in West Africa is a must.
- Understanding of the socio-cultural religious context is a must as well as hostile environment security awareness.
- French language is a must.
- Arabic would be a plus.
- Effective in written and verbal communication in English and French.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
- 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.
- The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 15% of the time.
- Office based however some level of travel is expected within the Mali-MRT Program and to other places. Some travel may be in remote location with minimal facilities.