PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The position of Project Director will be expected to lead and provide strategic leadership to the anticipated Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL, or the Department), cooperative agreement that will fund technical assistance project in Colombia to strengthen the capacity of governments to address child labor and/or forced labor, and violations of acceptable conditions of work. Project outcomes include: (1) improved enforcement of the legal framework and/or policies pertaining to child labor and/or forced labor, and violations of acceptable conditions of work; (2) improved assistance services for victims of child labor and/or forced labor; and (3) strengthened partnerships to accelerate progress in addressing child labor and/or forced labor, and violations of acceptable conditions of work.
Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.
Research new funding opportunities and develop and write funding proposals, if second phase of the grant or cost extension is planned.
Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas, Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects, Lead grant staff and short-term consultants.
Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.
Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and SO staff.
Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.
Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.
Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact.
Participate and conduct on-going lessons learned with key staff and partners/sub-grantees.
Participate, lead NGO – donor forum to represent WV, the project, and seek cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities.
Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.
Provide spiritual leadership to the grants team. Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.
Serve as primary liaison to USDOL, local and national governmental authorities, local NGOs, community organizations, Facilitate learning of best practices on program’s technical areas.and other donor organizations.
Provide vision and strategic technical leadership for the project.
Close cooperation with NO GAM lead for implementation of the GAM objectives as well as close collaboration within the NO GAM Unit on donor positioning, lessons learned, grant health and quality improvements.
Establish clear and frequent communication regarding program progress and oversight management with the donor.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Minimum of five (5) years professional experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of cooperative agreement and/or contract requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving outcomes, establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to donor agencies).
Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations.
Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a leadership role for a project addressing capacity building.
Demonstrated experience working on issues of child labor, forced labor, and/or acceptable conditions of work.
Demonstrates ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders,and engages in coalition building and public-private partnership promotion.
Fluency in English and Spanish is required.
Strong presentation and report writing skills in English and Spanish is required.
Applicants for the cooperative agreement for Columbia: Minimum of two years of experience living and/or working in the Latin American Region.
A Master's degree in related field or equivalent qualifications in grant management and a technical field in developing countries.
Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams.
Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably DOLand/or other funding agencies.
Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of the country and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities in (country of the grant).
Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries.
Familiarity with DOL programs, their history and their development; mastery of donor regulations governing such programs.
Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.
Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.
Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.
Experience of leading large and diverse teams.
Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.
Experience as a CoP/PD or senior expert advisor required.
Experience managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.
Professional licenses, as required in the field and by the donor.
Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.