Chief Risk Officer

Organization: World Vision
Closing date: 22 Jun 2021

VisionFund International (VFI) is financial empowerment from World Vision, a Christian humanitarian, development and advocacy organization devoted to improving the lives of children, families and their communities around the world. Working together as part of World Vision – VisionFund enables impoverished households to increase their incomes and then impact communities to increase economic activity, access clean water, education and healthcare, benefit from improvements to nutrition, and provide the foundations for local economies to flourish.

For over 17 years, VisionFund has been committed to brighter futures for children where they can experience the love of Christ, building lives free of need and full of promise.

Through our work, every 60 seconds a family receives the tools to overcome poverty.

Here’s where you come in:

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI/VF is registered to operate.

As the Chief Risk Officer (CRO), you will be responsible for global enterprise risk management, which includes oversight and leadership of all risks and compliance to policies across the VisionFund network of 28 microfinance institutions (MFIs). You will oversee, among other things, roles accountable for Corporate Governance, Credit Risk Policy, Information Security and Physical Security. To manage this, you will set global risk strategy and oversee, manage and align the risk management frameworks, policies, tools and practices globally.

As the CRO, you must also drive a culture in which Risk and Compliance have sufficient voice and are embedded in all key decision-making processes. The Risk function is a strategic function that steers business direction and strategy, and ensures the long-term resilience of VisionFund. The Compliance function is also vital for operations in the MFI network. You will manage a team and attend on the VFI Board committees.

Requirements include:

  • Professionally Qualified Accountant and/or other relevant qualifications such as masters or MBA.
  • Minimum 15 + years' experience in banking or financial institutions, specifically with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in risk management and compliance at a senior management level.
  • 5+ years’ experience in a Credit policy / underwriting / Credit operations / MIS function.
  • Broad risk management knowledge including fraud and operational risk management and the ability to lead risk governance and control through recognized frameworks.
  • Experience of operating at senior management and board level.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement risk strategy in a multinational organisation.
  • English fluency.
  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 30% of the time.

How to apply:

Is this the job for you?

Find the full responsibilities and requirements for this position online and apply by the closing date 22 JUNE 2021. Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

VisionFund 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.

For more information on World Vision International and VisionFund International, please visit our website:

Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.

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