Senior Advisor, Leadership and Executive Development

World Vision, Europe, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th March, 2020

Job Description


  • The development of a cadre of strong global leaders has been identified as key strategic priority for World Vision in this season. To that end, this role will focus on preparing senior leaders and executives who are increasingly effective in understanding the global landscape, meeting current and future demands of a dynamic Partnership, modeling excellence in performance and behavior, and doing so while maintaining and advancing our Christian Identity and Witness in culturally sensitive and contextually appropriate ways in order to ensure the strategic mandate to build the organisation and its sustainability is met.
  • While serving as a role model for excellence in practice, this role focuses on achieving that goal through execution in the following key areas:
  • Sustain global leadership development
  • Develop leadership capacity of WV’s key senior leaders and executives
  • Advance WV as industry leader in Developing Leaders.


  • Sustain WV Leadership Development:
  • Serve as a role model in practice while focusing on design and delivery, of the following leadership development programmes:
  • Senior Leadership Development Programme (SLDP)

Executive Presentation Skills

  • ExecOnline
  • WV Leadership Academy
  • Leading in a Global Faith Context (Christian Leadership)
  • Ensures the work across this Leadership Development portfolio is coordinated and aligned with Capacity and Organisational Development initiatives, Integrated Talent Management, and advances the overall mission and values of the People and Culture team.

Develop Leadership Capability:

  • Manage WV Global Coaching and Mentoring Practice.
  • Coaching and mentoring of WV executives and leaders.
  • Partner with Director in design and delivery of future next generation WV Leadership Development solutions and programmes.
  • Manage the implementation of global leadership development infrastructure (policies, systems, tools/resources) to be leveraged across Partnership.
  • Advance WV as Industry Leader in Developing Executives/Leaders:
  • Develop strategic partnerships other faith-based NGOs, NGOs, corporations, academic institutions, and research bodies to develop executive talent solutions.
  • Provide consulting support to critical executives/client groups.
  • Provide thought partnership to Partnership on leadership/executive development issues.
  • Leverage External Networks for Leadership & Executive Development:
  • Keep abreast of industry trends, developments and best practice.
  • Using an ever-expanding network of relationships to enhance existing programmes, generate ideas and resources (e.g. pro bono), facilitate innovation and applied learning.
  • Bring appropriate external courses and resources to the organization.
  • Engagement with Universities and research bodies.
  • Mentoring program with external leaders from INGOs, governments, and corporates.


  • Accredited Degree in one or more of the following; Business Management, Education/Professional Education and Training; HR/Human Resource Development; Organizational Development.
  • Professional expertise backed up substantial experience in Leadership Development (Learning & Development) particularly in global programme design and delivery.
  • Demonstrated expertise in building and maintaining strong, productive and mutually beneficial professional networks.
  • Deep understanding of organizational infrastructure, leadership & executive development practice, challenges, trends and best practice within.
  • Strong instructional design, coaching, facilitation and training skills with evidence of effective application across international contexts and cultures.
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing and communication skills, especially with credibility at senior levels, and capacity to adapt effectively across.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, both oral and written, and ability to convey information effectively, write persuasively in a variety of styles for a variety of audiences, and communicate cross-culturally and within inter-faith settings.
  • Able to develop and maintain professional relationships (internally and externally) at high level.
  • Successfully held roles with design responsibility for Executive & Leadership Development.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience providing coaching and consulting to senior leaders, with significant experience in roles with a global remit.
  • Strong project & team management capabilities. Proven collaborator, coupled with experience in indirect leadership of teams and virtual teams to achieve strategic agenda.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and influence effectively across cultures and all levels of the organization.
  • Deep understanding and expertise in adult learning and development and organisational application of learning.
  • Strong understanding of organizational politics and the demonstrated ability to navigate successfully within the same.
  • Highly developed consultancy and influence skills.
  • Membership of appropriate professional organisation (HR, Org psych, Change, OD).
  • Accreditation in Adult Learning, Executive Coaching or similar.
  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English (additional languages desirable).


  • Humility to be led by others, strength and confidence to provide strong leadership when required; wisdom to recognise when each is needed and the ability to help others do the same.
  • Recognised expertise in adult learning theory and practice.
  • Proven track record of designing & delivering experiential learning solutions for a global audience.
  • Strong business acumen and negotiation skills.
  • Consulting skills, client relationship skills, customer service orientation and ministry mindset.
  • Clear and positive Christian faith commitment and capacity to provide leadership and guidance in this area, and to ensure WV’s Christian Identity is woven into the work delivered.
  • Willingness, capability and flexibility to travel internationally to address key client needs.
  • Other operating languages will be a bonus e.g. French or Spanish.


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