Project Director, Jamaica

  • Posted on 6 August 2019

Job Description

Position Summary:

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 will be a technical leader with demonstrated experience in Protection or Prevention of child trafficking. The Project Director is 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. 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.

Management Experience:

  • 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).

About the Organization

Winrock is a recognized leader in international development with a focus on social and environmental issues. As a mission driven field-based organization, we believe that sustainable development is inclusive and that complex challenges require integrated solutions. We pride ourselves as a quality-driven organization with the desire for a continuous improvement in program results and processes and for a culture of accountability.

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