Project Director, EMPOWER, Zambia

Save the Children is currently recruiting a Project Director for the Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women (EMPOWER) program that will reduce child labor in targeted rural areas in Zambia. The Project Director will ensure that the program objectives are met. She/he will oversee all activities addressing adolescent girls at high risk of entering child labor and vulnerable women in households with children at risk. The Program Director will be the public face of the project, representing the project and Save the Children among the government and stakeholders.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact
The Project Director will liaise closely with The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), the Government of Zambia representatives, Save the Children’s headquarters and country office, and partner organizations. The Project Director will be the principal representative of the project and will ensure adherence to overall technical and programmatic quality in implementation, compliance with USAID rules and regulations, and the timely submission of all deliverables to ILAB. Including annual work plans, performance monitoring plans, semi-annual reports and annual reports. The Project Director will be responsible for overall direction and coordination of the activities of any sub-recipient partners under this grant.
**Zambian nationals are highly encouraged to apply.
Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in management or a related field plus five years of experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of a cooperative agreement and/or contract preferably in Zambia.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems for project operations.
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including public, private, and civil society partners.
  • Experience in a leadership role implementing projects related to child labor or economic enhancement among vulnerable youth and women.
  • Proven success in facilitating meetings among a wide range of stakeholders, with the significant ability to align numerous sets of interests, identify common goals, develop agreed-upon next steps and deliverables, define and identify roles and responsibilities, and hold stakeholders accountable.
  • Knowledge of child rights, child labor issues, Zambian laws and international children’s issues is highly desired.
  • Experience in business development, policy development and/or skills training is preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge in one or more of Zambia’s major languages (Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga) is recommended
Employee Type
Full-Time Regular
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.
Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment

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