VisionFund International Regional Training Manager

at World Vision
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted March 13, 2019
Category Social Services & Nonprofit
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day
Street Address Nairobi Branch


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.

This role will design and execute learning and development interventions (usually training) on technical topics in alignment with VisionFund International’s standardized training programmes, materials, and methodology.

This role will provide training and will work on developing capacity of; a) Front Line staff, including LOs and other branch staff, b) Middle Management including Branch Managers and Regional Managers, c) Other head office staff in MFI, d) Training Managers/Officers in MFIs. This role will have matrix management responsibility of Training Managers in the MFIs and will require a strategic thinker and skilled influencer who can ‘sell’ the value of investing in training.

The ideal candidate will be a proactive self-starter who brings knowledge and experience of both the microfinance industry and training. The impact of this role will be seen in behavioural change and skills development among MFI staff, positively impacting the double bottom line of VisionFund’s MFIs in Africa.


Experience Requirements

Previous experience of at least 5 years in a Training role.

Microfinance experience of at least 5 years.

Experience in monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of L&D activities, with ability to proactively propose adjustments/new solutions
Demonstrated proactivity and technical ability in identifying learning needs.

Demonstrated ability to teach and train in both formal and informal processes.

Demonstrated excellent analytical skills and facilitation skills.

Self-motivated and proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Experience organising business events, trainings, conferences, celebrations and similar.

Demonstrated ability to successfully mentor and coach staff for performance improvement (ideally including people management experience).

Fluency in written and spoken English and French, including for training facilitation and negotiatio

Job Responsibilities

Plans, organizes and facilitates employee development projects (usually training) in alignment with VisionFund’s standardized training programmes, materials and methodology including new curricula and refresher trainings.

Proactively develops customized training curricula for training needs that are identified in Africa MFIs and collaborates with MFI and regional staff and subject matter experts to ensure MFI staff develop the required technical skills to ensure effective microfinance programmes.

Identifies the most effective mix of internal and external trainings for MFIs, always practising wise stewardship.

Champions the appropriate use of technology for L&D and is subject matter expert on L&D for the region.

Maintains updated curriculum and training records.

Education Requirements

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.
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