Project Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 February 2021

Job Description

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive. We work with vulnerable people across the hemisphere to tackle some of our region’s greatest development challenges. We partner with, empower, and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Join us!

Project Director position summary

The Pan American Development Foundation is recruiting a Project Director for an anticipated Department of State-funded project focused on assisting Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Aruba and Curaçao. The Project Director will be based in one of these two locations, but PADF expects candidate to provide oversight to both islands. The Project Director will provide overall leadership and technical direction for the project and will oversee any PADF staff hired for the project. This position will have a one-year duration with possible extension and will report directly to the Regional Director.


  • Lead implementation of an anticipated one- to two-year project to assist Venezuelan refugees and migrants.
  • Manage a small team of staff, possibly remotely in other locations of Aruba and Curaçao.
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance for the completion of program activities.
  • Coordinate closely with international organizations and government agencies of Aruba and Curaçao.
  • Oversee possible subawards to local organizations.
  • Conduct periodic field visits to various key territories.
  • Ensure that benchmarks, performance goals, and indicators are monitored and achieved.
  • Be responsible for the submission of high-quality written reports on program activities capturing impacts related to all activities.
  • Perform strategic, financial, and operational planning, including work planning, forecasting, and ensuring project compliance with all contractual reporting and financial requirements of the Department of State.
  • Foster partnerships and alliances to leverage additional funds and support for program activities.
  • Facilitate clear communication channels within the team and maintain communication with PADF regional offices or Washington, DC, headquarters as required.


  • Team building and Team Leadership – The Project Director must have the ability to gain the trust of others and consistently act with integrity is a critical success factor.
  • Results Orientation – For our rapidly evolving environment, a focus on results is non-negotiable.
  • Independence and proactiveness – The Project Director must have the ability to lead the office, the staff and the program successfully, identifying and preventing possible obstacles and devising solutions to ensure the continuity of the operation.

Personal Characteristics

  • Interpersonal and diplomatic skills – To be an effective leader, the Project Director will need to role model emotional intelligence through their own capacity to be aware of, control, and express their emotions.
  • Tech savvy – The Project Director must credibly demonstrate their understanding technology, processes, departments, and functions that drive growth and impact in international development.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity – Non-profits in the Americas will continue to face a high level of economic, social, and political volatility. As a result, the Project Director will need to help lead the organization through instability, possessing a comfort with ambiguity, and the ability to make rational decisions during unpredictable times.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in international affairs/development, law, human rights, migration, refugee laws, public administration, or similar.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in refugees/migrants, human rights, immigration, humanitarian assistance, or similar field. Previous work with UNHCR, Department of State or similar international agencies and organizations preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in program and team management. Excellent interpersonal skills, including demonstrated leadership and team building with staff and partners at all levels.
  • Previous experience working or coordinating with government agencies preferred.
  • Full professional fluency in English and Dutch is required. Fluency in Spanish and/or Papiamento is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Understanding of the current political and social contexts in Aruba,Curaçao, and Venezuela.
  • Ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • High level of maturity, good judgement, flexibility, and integrity of character.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.

More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values. “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.

Diversity. PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world.

When applying for this position, please include a cover letter and compensation requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled

About the Organization

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) believes in creating a hemisphere of opportunity, for all. We work across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger—more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. For nearly 60 years, we have served the most vulnerable communities, investing resources throughout the hemisphere. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

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