Project Director, Colombia

Colombia
Apply by 1 September 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 18 July 2018

Job Description

Pact Overview

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.

Department Overview

Pact seeks a Project Director, based in Colombia, for the U.S. DOL-funded project: Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor in Palm Oil Supply Chains. The purpose of this project is to strengthen the capacity of private sector partners in the Colombian and Ecuadorian palm oil sectors to implement a robust social compliance system and to increase understanding, at regional (especially Peru and Brazil) and global levels, of promising practices in social compliance systems in palm oil supply chains.

Position Purpose

The Project Director will be responsible for the overall management and operations of the project. She/he will supervise project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements. The Project Director will take a leadership role in coordination and relationship-building among U.S. DOL and key stakeholders and other implementing partners (as applicable). This position is contingent upon award of funds.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure high-quality technical programming and operations for the successful implementation of the program grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements, by providing effective oversight to program and financial planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Ensure Pact’s and all project partners’ (as applicable) compliance with all relevant donor rules and regulations.
  • Participate in the technical and programmatic design of award, including providing guidance on U.S. DOL’s, and Government of Colombia (GOC) and Government of Ecuador (GOE), and other relevant stakeholders’ recommended methodologies and standards.
  • Oversee annual work plan development.
  • Manage budget and financial planning processes to ensure completion of the program on time and on scope.
  • Oversee the development and successful implementation of the Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (CMEP).
  • Develop and implement systematized technical assistance, monitoring processes, and tools for project staff and sub-grantees (as applicable).
  • Ensure the submission of timely progress and financial reports to U.S. DOL and Pact headquarters.
  • Represent the project when negotiating with donors and any implementing partners (as applicable), as well as relevant stakeholders.
  • Recruit, supervise, and provide guidance and support to program management and administrative staff.
  • Oversee any/all sub-grantees to ensure effective technical and operational performance, including conducting monitoring visits.
  • Ensure the project’s strong cooperation and collaboration with other USG partners, GOC, GOE, civil society and private sector stakeholders.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or Judicial Degree reflecting expertise in areas relevant to this project, such as labor law, public policy, sociology, project management.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of cooperative agreement and/or contract requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving outcomes, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports), preferably in the country of implementation.
  • Ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including public, private, and civil society partners, and to effectively build partnerships between them.
  • Experience working on issues related to acceptable conditions of work, child labor, and/or forced labor in agriculture.
  • Experience in implementing projects on corporate supply chains social compliance programs.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations and a strong understanding of monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Project management experience with a U.S. DOL-funded project.
  • Strong management and communication skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the project description.
  • Relevant experience in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and/or Peru.
  • Local candidates highly encouraged to apply.

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.


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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