World Vision NGO VisionFund International Regional Training Manager Jobs in Kenya

World Vision NGO VisionFund International Regional Training Manager Jobs in Kenya

Preferred location: Nairobi, Kenya. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate within Africa where WVI/VF is registered to operate.

Purpose of Position:

As part of its new strategy, Building Futures Together, VisionFund seeks to deliver holistic, integrated services for increased scale of impact.

Additionally, VisionFund’s re-commitment to its values and culture has identified a need to have a common understanding about how our corporate identity is manifested to clients through our MFI staff members’ values, behaviours and communications.

This is an exciting new role in VisionFund’s Africa region that will create a regional strategy for learning and development, based on robust training needs analysis in the Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and contextualizing the global L&D standards of VisionFund for the region.

This role will manage all aspects of Technical Capacity Building in our MFIs in Africa in order to drive the behaviours and practices that will help the MFIs to achieve their double bottom line of social impact and financial sustainability.

Key Responsibilities:

Leadership and Reporting of the Learning & Development (L&D) Function in the Region:

  • Creates a strategy for learning and development for the region and proactively plans L&D for the region.
  • From the MFI leaders, gets approval and secures budget as needed for L&D activities.
  • Embeds a learning culture in the regional team and the MFIs.
  • Is a voice of influence on L&D within the microfinance industry in the region.
  • Ensures training needs assessments occur on regular basis in order to make adequate MFI and Regional Training Plans.
  • Develops a Template for Yearly Training Plan and Budget for MFIs and assists MFIs in the preparation of their Yearly Training Plan and Budget.
  • Influences the content of plan and budget.
  • Proactively develops reports and other monitoring tools for tracking execution against plan, and measuring effectiveness of MFIs training activities.
  • Makes Monthly Reports on performance of the Training function to the Regional Team and to the Global L&D Team.
  • Creates a set of common internal and external trainings to be delivered to all MFIs in order to minimize training cost.
  • Conducts follow-up studies of all completed training to evaluate results and practise continuous improvement.
  • Assesses & validates learning interventions offered by external consultants / in-house staff in MFIs to ensure that the most effective methods of learning are used, bearing in mind VFI’s learning philosophy of 70:20:10 (70% learning
    through doing, 20% coaching & monitoring, 10% classroom/conference training).
  • Reports proactively on the effectiveness of L&D interventions and adjusts the strategy based on the realities on the ground and changes in the external environment and overall organizational strategy.
  • Ensures that MFIs do annual training needs analysis and have Learning & Development plans for all staff.
  • Supports MFIs in determining learning priorities, roll-out plans, setting program deadlines, and ROI analytics.
  • Leads best practice sharing across the region to create a learning organization culture in the region.
  • Models best practices in learning and development activities.
  • Evaluates the MFI training needs assessments and plans, ensures they are in line with the needs of the MFI for the year, and recommends to the MFI
    leaders and regional leaders how the training will be delivered (in house, external, capacity building, secondment, etc).
  • Maintains updated curriculum and training records.
  • Liaises with MFI leadership teams to coordinate training events and supports financial objectives by recommending training budget items.
  • Identifies important gap areas in the MFIs and as needed designs/rolls out and provides ToT on these areas, then ensures proper roll out to the branches before handing it to operations and compliance department (for example, in the areas of rotation, bonus systems, creation of a debt collection unit, etc).


  • Uses accepted education principles, keeps up to date with L&D innovations, trends and technology and implements new L&D methods and techniques as appropriate.
  • Provides matrix management, coaching, mentoring and spiritual nurture to the training managers in MFIs, encouraging their development and providing performance feedback.
  • Represents the WV Partnership with technical donors.
  • Represents the WV Partnership with the microfinance industry in the region.
  • Carries out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Minimum education of a Bachelor’s degree and proven ability to think strategically, plan proactively, manage multiple simultaneous projects and evaluate results.
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and experience of applying them.
  • Advanced facilitation skills to foster employee engagement in learning events.
  • In depth knowledge of microfinance industry best practice and performance drivers gained through formal study and work experience in microfinance.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including a track record of influencing, negotiating, developing people and inspiring people.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a Christ-centered life, passion for VisionFund’s mission and vision and ability to apply the Core Values.
  • Intercultural sensitivity, interdenominational sensitivity and ability to apply Biblical principles to learning and development interventions.
  • Demonstrated skill and understanding in cross cultural communications and demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and creating an inclusive environment.
  • Clear thinking and compelling communication, with ability to influence regional leaders and MFI leaders to take appropriate action to meet the learning needs.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Problem solving ability and tenacity in the face of setbacks.
  • Self motivated and able to work in a virtual team.

    Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
  • Proficiency in eLearning design software, particularly Articulate Storyline, is desirable.
  • Previous experience in financial services technical operations training in an African context.
  • Experience working and communicating at a distance in a multinational environment.
  • Work Environment/Travel:
  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 50% of the time, mainly within the Africa region with some travel outside the region occasionally as needed.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 19th April 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; World Vision NGO VisionFund International Regional Training Manager Jobs in Kenya

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