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Project Director - Country Level Engagement & Assistance to Reduce Child Labor II  

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POSITION TITLE: Project Director, Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce (CLEAR II) Child Labor II Project

LOCATION: Arlington, VA

UNIT: Civic Engagement and Social Equity

REPORTS TO: Director, Civic Engagement and Social Equity Unit


CLEAR II is a global program funded by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) and aims to increase the capacity of host governments to reduce child labor through the following four intermediate objectives.

  1. Improvements in legislation addressing child labor issues, including by bringing local and national laws into compliance with international standards;

  2. Improvements in monitoring and enforcement of laws and policies related to the worst forms of child labor

  3. Effective implementation of national plans of action on child labor, including its worst forms

  4. Enhanced implementation of national and local policies and programs aimed at a reduction and prevention of the worst forms of child labor and improvements in polices and social programs to increase access to basic education, vocational training, social protection services, employment creation and poverty reduction initiatives for populations particularly vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor.


The Project Director is responsible for overall leadership, project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of the CLEAR II project in collaboration with a small US-based team and a network of country coordinators and consultants in the project's six active countries (Belize, Burkina Faso, Jamaica, Liberia, Nepal, Panama). In addition to country-level activities, CLEAR II aims to elevate learning and disseminate best practices on relevant topics and efforts to end child labor. This position will establish and maintain systems for project operations; ensure that all cooperative agreement requirements and deadlines are met and targets are achieved; coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders (including government entities, sub-grantees and/or subcontractors); lead collaborative initiatives with relevant government ministries and officials; and oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to USDOL.


Project and Cooperative Agreement Management

  • Manage the project in multiple countries, maintaining clearly defined scopes of work and delegation of responsibilities among the various team members.

  • Establish and maintain systems and effective practices for scaled-up project operations.

  • Develop and oversee the project's annual planning and ensure timely, high quality implementation of activities and deliverables

  • Oversee and support monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables.

  • Oversee the project budget, monitor spending, and ensure that all activities are reflected in annual budget allocations, in compliance with Winrock policy, and donor guidelines.

  • With support from field and home office staff, prepare and submit timely and accurate program, financial, and procurement reports to donor and Winrock.

  • Maintain close communication with the donor, reporting regularly for formal review sessions and providing ongoing, informal updates of program progress, and serve as the point of contact with the USDOL CLEAR II Grant Officer Representative (GOR).

  • Hire and supervise local country coordinators and evaluate their performance.

Technical Leadership and Capacity Building

  • Provide technical and strategic leadership to achieve buy-in to develop stakeholders' (including host country government agency officials) capacity to address child labor at a national and local levels.

  • Provide technical assistance and follow-up coaching and support design of capacity-building training materials and workshops for high-level policy makers.

  • Provide leadership, technical assistance, support, and oversight to partner NGOs.

  • Organize, lead, and participate in collaborative initiatives with government officials to create and amend policies relating to child labor.

  • Represent the project and Winrock to donors, local and national government entities, the media, local NGOs, and local business communities.

  • Work with Winrock management and other colleagues to leverage and align CLEAR II work with other efforts to maximize impact.

Coalition Building and Experience Sharing

  • Forge and maintain relationships with in-country project stakeholders in coordination with local country coordinators and consultants.

  • Develop strategies for relationship-building and cooperation with government entities, private sector companies, labor unions, and other civil society actors on policies aimed at reducing child labor.

  • Promote communication, experience sharing, and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned across country teams and with other relevant actors/programs.

  • Lead and implement strategy for online global experience-sharing.

  • With support from CLEAR II team, oversee the development and dissemination of best practices, including among a pro-bono International Advisory Council of child labor experts.

  • Develop and maintain various stakeholder relationships to promote public-private partnership and engage in coalition building.

  • Other duties as assigned


Strong management skills as well as relevant experience implementing programs to combat child labor and increase government capacity. Specific experience and specialization in at least two of the following is required: child labor, safe work for youth, legal reform and policy advocacy, child protection and referral mechanisms, public education/awareness (including work with the media), government capacity building, and/or monitoring & evaluation of child labor programs. Significant project management experience and leadership is highly desired.

Education: Bachelor's level degree required, in international development, management, social science, human rights, education, economic development, law, public policy, or other related field of study. Master's degree strongly preferred.

Certification, training, or experience in child protection, gender issues, labor migration, organizational development, or policy analysis would be an asset.

Technical Applicants must have a minimum of 7 years of demonstrated leadership experience working on child protection programs. Experience in government capacity building strongly preferred.

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.

  • At least 7 years of experience managing or supporting donor-funded programs (preferably US Government) valued at $5 million or more.

  • Financial management, budget design, and budget management experience.

  • Demonstrated success in motivating and supervising diverse teams of employees.

  • Results-driven professional with proven understanding of program design, monitoring and evaluation

  • Experience in strategic planning and workplan development and implementation of strategic plans.

  • 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.


  • Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, and political context governing child labor issues and analysis in developing countries.

  • Experience with public-private partnership building, working with labor unions and civil society groups.

  • Leadership experience in the implementation of development projects, particularly related to child labor, capacity building, or policy mainstreaming.

  • Fluent English language skills required. Working knowledge of Spanish, French, or Nepali is an asset.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated ability to foster team dynamic across global teams.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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