Project Director - Mexico

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 June 2019

Job Description

Position Summary:
PADF seeks a Mexico City, Mexico-based Project Director for the upcoming U.S. Department of Labor Equal Access to Quality Jobs for Women and Girls (EQUAL) Project. This 4-year program will work to reduce the child labor, forced labor, and other violations of labor rights for vulnerable women and girls within the agriculture sector in Mexico, focusing on the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca. The Project Director will lead a diverse team of technical specialists in providing durable solutions to the challenges facing women and girls in agriculture in Mexico. The Project Director will also be the public face of PADF, the operational affiliate of the Organization of American States and a leading provider of services and support to vulnerable populations in Mexico. Position is contingent on funding. Anticipated start date November 2019.


  • Coordinate program activities according to the approved work plan and in consultation with USDOL and key stakeholders;
  • Liaise with USDOL, ILO, private sector partner organizations, and national, state and local governments in Mexico to support Program activities as required;
  • Manage a team of technical experts, advisors, and local partners and staff;
  • Provide strategic guidance to the team for the completion of program activities focused on identified agriculture sector value chains;
  • Perform strategic, financial and operational planning, including work planning, forecasting, training initiatives, and ensuring project compliance with all contractual reporting and financial requirements of USDOL;
  • Ensure that benchmarks, performance goals and indicators are monitored and achieved;
  • Be responsible for submission of high-quality written reports in English and Spanish on program activities capturing impacts related to all activities;
  • Foster partnerships and alliances to leverage additional funds and support for program activities;
  • Other duties as required.


  • A Master’s degree in human rights, management, law, public policy, social sciences, economic development, international relations or related field;
  • Minimum of 5 years in similar positions of increasing responsibility in non-profit or international donor assistance organizations. Prior Chief of Party experience with USG-funded programs in Latin America, especially Mexico, strongly preferred;
  • Subject matter expertise in agriculture supply and value chains, gender mainstreaming, and/or women’s economic empowerment. Proven experience in labor-related issues.
  • Experience with planning and implementation of large DOL/ILAB, USAID or State Department and other international donor grants in high-profile programs demanding attention to operational details and relations between donor, host governments and local institutions strongly preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including demonstrated leadership and team-building experience; ability to communicate effectively with program/technical staff.
  • Superior diplomatic and relationship management skills;
  • Experience working with senior government officials in Latin America and building consensus among diverse actors.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, negotiate and coordinate with consortium partners, sub-contractors, and multi-disciplinary short term and long-term technical assistance teams under complex organizational arrangements;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish required.

About the Organization

Created in 1962 through a unique agreement between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the private sector, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an independent, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that creates public-private partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Having worked in every country in the region, PADF engages community-based groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public and private sector in the process of implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development. The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) empowers disadvantaged people and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress, strengthen their communities and civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises, thereby advancing the principles of the Organization of the American States (OAS).

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