Project Director, Zambia Economic & Social Empowerment


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Project Director, Zambia Economic & Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls & Vulnerable Women Project
Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting local Zambian applicants for the position of Project Director for an anticipated US Department of Labor-funded child labor and girls’ and women’s empowerment project in Zambia. The proposed objective of the project is to withdraw and prevent adolescent girls from child labor, increase girls’ access to acceptable work, increase livelihood opportunities for vulnerable women, and raise public awareness on child labor and gender equality.
The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
GENERAL:
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
SALARY:
The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.
APPLICATIONS:
Applicants should go to the ‘Jobs’ link at www.winrock.org and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Zambia Girls’ Empowerment Project Director by June 20, 2016. Qualified Zambian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.
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Position Description
POSITION TITLE: Project Director, Zambia Economic & Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls & Vulnerable Women Project
LOCATION: Zambia
DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education
REPORTS TO: Unit Director or designee
Position Summary:
The Project Director will be responsible for implementing a high-quality, results-oriented program focused on withdrawing and preventing adolescent girls’ from child labor, increasing girls’ access to acceptable work, increasing livelihoods opportunities for vulnerable women, raising awareness on child labor and gender equality, and collaborating with government and private sector actors to promote acceptable work for girls and women in Zambia. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Project Director is responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of a high-quality program. S/he will establish and maintain systems for project operations; ensure that all 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 US Department of Labor.
  • Manage the Zambia Economic & Social Empowerment project which includes developing and overseeing annual planning; timely, high quality implementation of activities; and 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 activity, financial, and procurement reports to US Department of Labor and Winrock;
  • Maintain close communication with US Department of Labor, reporting regularly for formal review sessions and providing ongoing, informal updates of program progress;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and oversight to local partner NGOs and CSOs;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and oversight to private sector partners;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and information to national and local government officials;
  • Develop strategies for working with local government, private sector partners, trainers, and youth;
  • Hire and supervise local project staff and annually evaluate their performance;
  • 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.
    QUALIFICATIONS:
    Successful candidates will have strong management skills as well as relevant experience implementing child labor prevention and empowerment programs, preferably in East Africa. Specific experience and specialization in the areas of child labor; vocational training; creating/maintaining partnerships with private sector companies, CSOs, youth-oriented organizations; experience in curriculum development and training of trainers; and knowledge regarding gender disparities and girls’ and women’s empowerment is strongly desired. Significant project management experience and leadership is highly desired.
    Education: Master’s level degree required in international development, leadership, political science, education, or a relevant social science discipline.
    Technical Applicants must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience working on youth and/ or gender-based empowerment programs, including a minimum of 4 years’ of demonstrated managerial and/or team leadership experience.
    Experience in the East Africa region is required, and Zambia strongly preferred.
    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.
  • Financial management, budget design, and budget management experience.
  • Demonstrated success in motivating and supervising diverse teams of employees.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation of strategic 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.
Skills/
Knowledge:
  • Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, and political context governing youth, education, and workforce readiness policy issues in developing countries.
  • Experience providing support to formal and informal education programs, leadership trainings, and local organization capacity building.
  • 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 ethical management skills.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).

HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants should go to the ‘Jobs’ link at www.winrock.org and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Zambia Girls’ Empowerment Project Director by June 20, 2016. Qualified Zambian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
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