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About the Organization 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.

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POSITION TITLE: Project Director, The Responsible Recruitment Project

LOCATION: Malaysia

DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education

REPORTS TO: Unit Director or designee

Position Summary:

The Project Director will be responsible and accountable for implementing a high-quality project that demonstrates evidence-based results focused on improved understanding of the nature of forced labor and human trafficking in the recruitment of workers; improved company-led approaches to address forced labor and human trafficking in the recruitment process; improved compliance with recruitment policies and procedures by third-party recruiters; and increased action on promoting responsible recruitment policies and practices among private sector actors.

Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


The Project Director is responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of a high-quality project. 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, recruitment stakeholders, and all relevant actors in the palm oil industry; and oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to US Department of Labor.

Manage The Responsible Recruitment 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;

Hire and supervise local project staff; continuously build their capacity to meet project outcomes and annually evaluate their performance;

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 effectively build partnerships with civil society partners;

Facilitate productive engagements and results-based partnerships with corporate supply chain actors and all recruitment stakeholders in the palm oil industry;

Develop sustainable partnerships and relevant forms of technical support, capacity development and information to national and local government officials;

Represent the project and Winrock to donors, local and national government entities, the media, civil society partners, the business community; corporate partners and recruitment stakeholders

Other duties as assigned.


Successful candidates will have strong management and project administration skills as well as relevant experience implementing human trafficking and forced labor programs preferably in Southeast Asia. Specific experience and specialization in the areas of forced labor and human trafficking prevention; creating/maintaining partnerships with private sector companies in the palm oil industry; creating/maintaining partnerships with recruitment stakeholders; overseeing industry and labor standard compliance mechanisms; and productive partnerships with CSOs, national and local governments is strongly desired. Significant project management experience and leadership is highly desired.

Education: Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or Judicial/law degree reflecting expertise in areas relevant to this project such as labor law, public policy, sociology, project management. Master's degree would be a distinct asset, or a bachelor's plus five (5) years of additional development experience.

Technical Minimum of five (5) years' 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 Southeast Asia.

Proven experience in overseeing technical aspects and outcomes related to the reduction of forced labor and human trafficking in the recruitment of workers in the palm oil industry in Southeast Asia. Knowledge of international and industry standard labor practices and compliance systems in the palm oil industry; engagement of all relevant stakeholders in promoting responsible labor and management policies and practices toward reduction of forced labor and human trafficking in the palm oil industry.

Experience in the Southeast Asia region is required, and experience in Malaysia strongly preferred.

Management Experience:

Experience establishing and maintaining systems for project operations

Experience in a leadership role in implementing projects relevant to this solicitation

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

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


Ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including public, private, and civil society partners and effectively build partnerships among them

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 jointly accountable

Experience in policy and program advocacy and providing technical support to corporate organizations, recruitment stakeholders, civil society groups, national and local governments

Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization

Fluency in English is required

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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