The Project Director will be responsible for implementing a high-quality, results-oriented project to strengthen government and civil society efforts to prevent child trafficking, increase the number of trafficking victims identified, and provide comprehensive, trauma-informed care to child who have been trafficked.
The Project Director is technical leader with demonstrated experience in Protection or Prevention of child trafficking responsible for overall project management, administration, and implementation of a high-quality government-focused capacity development project. S/he will maintain systems for project operations; ensure that all agreement deadlines are met and targets are achieved; and coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders. This includes government ministries, departments, agencies (MDAs), subgrantees and/or subcontractors, short-term technical support providers, and local training/academic institutions. S/he will lead collaborative initiatives to ensure all approaches are sustainable and evidence-based.
This role is based in Kingston, Jamaica and does not include expat benefits or allowances.
Essential responsibilities include:
- Manage the Jamaica – U.S. CPC Project and represent the project and Winrock to external stakeholders such as donors, local and national government entities, media, NGOs, and the local business community;
- Work collaboratively with MDAs (such as NATFATIP, CPFSA, VSD, MLSS, SDC, JCF/CTOC, and others)and civil society to improve coordination among child protection advocates and service providers;
- Support MDAs to review protocols and streamline child trafficking response and referrals to services, establishing minimum standards of care and a national referral mechanism for child trafficking;
- Provide/oversee specialized training of government officials and civil society representatives on identification and trauma-informed comprehensive care for child trafficking with the goal of increasing the number of child trafficking victims identified and improving the quality of care received;
- Work with relevant MDAs to identify capacity gaps in child trafficking response, develop capacity development milestones, and provide technical assistance to implement capacity development plans;
- Provide technical support to NATFATIP and its member entities to seek adequate resources and personnel to fully implement the National Plan of Action for Combatting Trafficking-in-Persons (2018-2021);
- Work with partner organization to implement prevention activities and trainings for MDAs and NGO stakeholders at the parish-level;
- Support ONRTIP, NATFATIP and CPFSA to collect comprehensive data on child trafficking cases, provision of protective services, and prevention efforts at the parish-level;
- With support from field and home office staff, prepare and submit high-quality, timely and accurate programmatic, financial, and other reports/deliverables to U.S. Department of State and Winrock;
- Lead timely, high-quality implementation of project activities that are demand-driven and align with the objectives of the Jamaica-U.S. Child Protection Compact Partnership and project documents;
- Oversee monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and recommend areas for course correction, if needed;
- Provide continuous technical assistance, support, and information to national and local government officials, partner NGOs, international and domestic consultants, and project staff;
- Oversee management of project budget and ensure that all financial activity is carried out in accordance with annual budget allocations, Winrock policy, and donor guidelines;
- Maintain close communication with Winrock home office and U.S. Department of State and provide ongoing, informal updates of project progress;
- Supervise local project staff and annually evaluate their performance;
- Other duties as assigned.
Successful candidates will have strong management skills as well as salient experience implementing child rights programming, child/human trafficking protection/prevention, or government/civil society capacity building projects in the Caribbean region. Specific experience and specialization in at least one of the following is required: child sex and labor trafficking prevention, government and/or civil society capacity building, survivor-driven service delivery and protection referral mechanisms, and/or monitoring & evaluation of child trafficking programs. Significant U.S. Government (USG) project management experience and leadership is highly desired.
Education: Master’s level degree required in education, international development, leadership, political science, public policy/administration, or a relevant social science discipline.
Technical: Applicants must have a minimum of 8 years’ experience working on international child protection or similar development cooperation programs, at least five years in human (or child) trafficking programs involving sex trafficking or labor trafficking, including a minimum of 4 years’ of demonstrated managerial and/or team leadership experience.
Experience in the Caribbean region is desired, preferably in Jamaica.
- Experience managing international projects to the highest ethical standards.
- Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in the management of complex, multi-activity programming, on time and on budget.
- Financial management, budget design, and budget management experience.
- Demonstrated success in motivating and supervising diverse teams of employees.
- Experience in strategic and project planning and implementation of operational plans.
- Experience designing and implementing or overseeing monitoring and evaluation systems.
- Good track record working with and/or partnering with a variety of individuals and organizations, including senior US and host country government officials, international agencies, private sector companies, and donor organizations.
- Strong technical background in human trafficking or child protection essential, ideally in international or regional projects funded by the USG;
- Technical specialization in at least one of the following: PROTECTION (child protection, trauma-informed care, counseling, case management, social work, referral systems) or PREVENTION (targeted prevention for at-risk or vulnerable populations; strategic behavior change programming, data use for program improvement)
- Knowledge and understanding of social, economic, political, and cultural context governing anti-trafficking and child trafficking/child protection issues in developing countries;
- Experience/familiarity working with the Government of Jamaica or Caribbean region desirable; experience working with government at the national and sub-national levels essential, including catalyzing partnership with civil society organizations;
- Knowledge of USG regulations, policies, and procedures strongly desired;
- Strong, detail-oriented financial and operational management skills,
- Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict, and ethical management skills.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).