Project Director, Project to Reduce Child Labor in Agriculture, Oaxaca Mexico

The Project Director will be responsible for leading implementation of a high-quality, results-oriented program to reduce the incidence of child labor in targeted migrant communities, protect labor rights and increase access to education, training and social protection programs in agricultural settings in Mexico. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
The Project Director is responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, implementation, and meeting compliance requirements of the project. S/he will establish and maintain systems for project operations; ensure that all cooperative agreement deadlines are met and targets are achieved; coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders (including government and private industry stakeholders, subgrantees and/or subcontractors); lead collaborative initiatives with private companies; and oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).
  • Manage project implementation with responsibilities to include: (a) developing and overseeing the project’s annual planning and timely, high-quality implementation of activities and deliverables; (b) overseeing monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables;
  • Oversee project budget and ensure that all financial activity is carried out in accordance with annual budget allocations, Winrock policy, and donor guidelines;
  • With support from field and home office staff, prepare and submit timely and accurate project, financial, and procurement reports to donor and Winrock;
  • Maintain close communication with donor, reporting regularly for formal review sessions and providing ongoing, informal updates of project progress;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and oversight to local partner NGOs;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and information to national and local government officials;
  • Develop relationships with private companies in order to establish public-private partnerships to increase public awareness of child labor, and improve education and social programs for agricultural migrant workers and families;
  • Develop strategies for working with private companies, ag worker labor unions and other civil society actors, as appropriate on policies aimed at reducing child labor on company-owned or operated property, as well as supply chains;
  • Hire and supervise local project staff, provide supportive supervision, and provide routine performance appraisal;
  • Represent the project and Winrock to donors, local and national government entities, the media, local NGOs, and the local business community;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Applicants must have a minimum of five years of experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of cooperative agreement and/or contract requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports), preferably in Mexico. Ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including public, private, and civil society partners (including trade unions) and effectively build partnerships between them. Experience in a leadership role in implementing projects relevant to child labor, child protection, labor rights, education, or livelihoods programs in agricultural settings.
Fluency in English and Spanish.
Experience implementing relevant programs or projects with migrant communities in Mexico or Central America.
Master’s level degree preferred in international development, management, social science, human rights, education, economic development, law, public policy, or other related field of study. Bachelor’s degree required.
Certification, training, or experience in child labor, child protection, gender issues, labor migration, organizational development, or policy advocacy would be an asset.
Specific experience and specialization in at least two or more of the following is desired: child labor, education quality/access, safe work for youth, job skills and entrepreneurship training, labor rights and policy advocacy, community mobilization, child protection referral mechanisms, public education/awareness (including work with the media), public-private partnerships, and/or monitoring & evaluation (of relevant programs).
Management Experience:
  • Experience managing to the highest ethical standards international projects.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in the management of complex, multi-activity programming, on time, and on budget.
  • Experience implementing, managing or supporting donor-funded programs (preferably US Government) valued at $5 million or more.
  • Financial management, budgeting, and budget management experience.
  • Demonstrated success in motivating and supervising diverse teams of employees.
  • Experience in strategic or project planning and implementation of multi-year plans.
  • Experience designing and implementing or overseeing monitoring & evaluation systems.
  • Experience building public-private partnerships, working with migrant workers’ groups, government and producers, specifically in the agricultural sector
  • 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.
  • Experience working with local and international private firms to address child labor in supply chains.
Skills/ Knowledge:
  • Fluent Spanish and English language skills required.
  • Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, and political context governing child labor issues and analysis in developing countries.
  • Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict, and team-building skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).