Project Director

Malaysia
Apply by 5 August 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 July 2018

Job Description

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Project Director, The Responsible Recruitment Project

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for the position of Project Director for an anticipated US Department of Labor-funded Responsible Recruitment Project in Malaysia. The project-level objective is to reduce forced labor and human trafficking in the recruitment of workers in the palm oil industry.

In support of this objective, the project will focus on achieving four outcomes: improved understanding of the nature of forced labor and human trafficking in the recruitment of workers; improved company-led approaches to address forced labor and human trafficking in the recruitment process; improved compliance with recruitment policies and procedures by third-party recruiters; and increased action on promoting responsible recruitment policies and practices among private sector actors.

The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.

GENERAL:

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

SALARY:

The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATIONS:

Applicants should go to https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=2053496 and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Malaysia Responsible Recruitment Project Director by July 13, 2018. Qualified Malaysian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.

EEOE/AA.

Position Description

POSITION TITLE: Project Director, The Responsible Recruitment Project

LOCATION: Malaysia

DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education

REPORTS TO: Unit Director or designee

Position Summary:

The Project Director will be responsible and accountable for implementing a high-quality project that demonstrates evidence-based results focused on improved understanding of the nature of forced labor and human trafficking in the recruitment of workers; improved company-led approaches to address forced labor and human trafficking in the recruitment process; improved compliance with recruitment policies and procedures by third-party recruiters; and increased action on promoting responsible recruitment policies and practices among private sector actors.

Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Project Director is responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of a high-quality project. S/he will establish and maintain systems for project operations; ensure that all agreement deadlines are met and targets are achieved; coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders (including government and private industry stakeholders, subgrantees and/or subcontractors); lead collaborative initiatives with private companies, recruitment stakeholders, and all relevant actors in the palm oil industry; and oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to US Department of Labor.

  • Manage The Responsible Recruitment Project which includes developing and overseeing annual planning; timely, high quality implementation of activities; and monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables;
  • Oversee project budget and ensure that all financial activity is carried out in accordance with annual budget allocations, Winrock policy, and donor guidelines;
  • Hire and supervise local project staff; continuously build their capacity to meet project outcomes and annually evaluate their performance;
  • With support from field and home office staff, prepare and submit timely and accurate activity, financial, and procurement reports to US Department of Labor and Winrock;
  • Maintain close communication with US Department of Labor, reporting regularly for formal review sessions and providing ongoing, informal updates of program progress;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and effectively build partnerships with civil society partners;
  • Facilitate productive engagements and results-based partnerships with corporate supply chain actors and all recruitment stakeholders in the palm oil industry;
  • Develop sustainable partnerships and relevant forms of technical support, capacity development and information to national and local government officials;
  • Represent the project and Winrock to donors, local and national government entities, the media, civil society partners, the business community; corporate partners and recruitment stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Successful candidates will have strong management and project administration skills as well as relevant experience implementing human trafficking and forced labor programs preferably in Southeast Asia. Specific experience and specialization in the areas of forced labor and human trafficking prevention; creating/maintaining partnerships with private sector companies in the palm oil industry; creating/maintaining partnerships with recruitment stakeholders; overseeing industry and labor standard compliance mechanisms; and productive partnerships with CSOs, national and local governments is strongly desired. Significant project management experience and leadership is highly desired.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or Judicial/law degree reflecting expertise in areas relevant to this project such as labor law, public policy, sociology, project management. Master’s degree would be a distinct asset, or a bachelor’s plus five (5) years of additional development experience.

Technical Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of cooperative agreement and/or contract requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports), preferably in Southeast Asia.

Proven experience in overseeing technical aspects and outcomes related to the reduction of forced labor and human trafficking in the recruitment of workers in the palm oil industry in Southeast Asia. Knowledge of international and industry standard labor practices and compliance systems in the palm oil industry; engagement of all relevant stakeholders in promoting responsible labor and management policies and practices toward reduction of forced labor and human trafficking in the palm oil industry.

Experience in the Southeast Asia region is required, and experience in Malaysia strongly preferred.

Management Experience:

  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems for project operations
  • Experience in a leadership role in implementing projects relevant to this solicitation
  • 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 planning and implementation of strategic plans
  • Experience designing and implementing or overseeing monitoring and evaluation systems

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including public, private, and civil society partners and effectively build partnerships among them
  • Proven success in facilitating meetings among a wide range of stakeholders, with the significant ability to align numerous sets of interests, identify common goals, develop agreed-upon next steps and deliverables, define and identify roles and responsibilities, and hold stakeholders jointly accountable
  • Experience in policy and program advocacy and providing technical support to corporate organizations, recruitment stakeholders, civil society groups, national and local governments
  • Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft)

About the Organization

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

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