Project Director

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 June 2019

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

The Project Director will provide technical leadership, strategic planning and operational oversight for overall implementation of the project and will serve as the primary liaison with USDOL-ILAB, project partners and relevant project stakeholders. The Project Director will have primary responsibility for achieving and executing the project’s vision and strategy, manage critical relationships and engage in coalition building and public-private partnership promotion. S/He will ensure that all contractual requirements are met on time and within budget. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

The Project Director’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the overall technical direction of the project and management of project activities, providing leadership to the project team to ensure high quality programming to achieve project results.
  • Serve as Pact’s liaison to USDOL-ILAB, partners, local governments, and other key stakeholders; engage in coalition building and public-private partnership promotion
  • Oversee project planning (i.e., development of work plans and operating budget) and reporting (i.e., review and approve periodic budgets and reports).
  • Ensure that Pact provides high-quality technical assistance to local partners; conduct regular monitoring and mentoring visits to local partners; ensure cost-effective use of resources.
  • Ensure compliance with HQ and donor requirements, policies, and regulations
  • Represent Pact at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support Pact’s thought leadership.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements

  • A minimum of an advanced degree (Medical, Masters, or PhD) in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of twelve years of experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of cooperative agreement and/or contract requirements; preferably in Colombia.
  • Demonstrated ability establishing and maintain systems for managing project operations, meeting deadlines, and achieving targets.
  • Working with multiple subgrantee(s) and/or contractor(s), and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to donor agencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with working with the USG; familiar with national and international labor laws and standards.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required.
  • Applicant must be national/local - must devote a minimum of 90 percent of time to project activities to achieve expected outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiar with international agreements such as the Free Trade Agreements (FTA), UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining working relationships with project stakeholders and engaging in coalition building and public-private partnership promotion.
  • Proven experience in a leadership role for a project addressing labor-related issues, including child labor, forced labor, or workplace exploitation.
  • Understanding of agricultural supply chains, gender mainstreaming, and/or women’s economic empowerment.
  • Proficiency with public speaking is preferred.

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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