Project Director

Pact , Madagascar
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Job Summary

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Project Overview

Pact is recruiting a Project Director for an upcoming 4.5 year, USDOL-funded children labor reduction project in Madagascar –Reducing Child Labor in Mica-Producing Communities in Madagascar. Project outcomes include: (1) increased resiliency1 of members of vulnerable households2 in mica-producing communities, (2) increased capacity of government officials to address child labor in the mica supply chain; and (3) increased engagement3 of non-governmental stakeholders4 to address child labor in the mica supply chain.

Position Purpose

The Project Director will provide overall technical expertise, operational, and financial leadership and oversight for the project and will serve as the primary liaison with USDOL, the Government of Madagascar (GoM), Pact headquarters in DC (HQ), and relevant project stakeholders. The Project Director is responsible for achieving the project’s goals, objectives, and strategy, directing the entire project team, and managing the critical relationship with local and international partners and other key stakeholders in coordination with partners, USDOL and HQ. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide overall management, strategic direction, and leadership to the project to achieve expected project goals and results within budget and timeframe.
  • Provide technical leadership to project staff and partners throughout the implementation of project strategies to ensure effective integration of project’s objectives among partner organizations.
  • Lead the technical design and create a realistic and donor-responsive timeline and continuously evaluate project progress towards achieving program’s strategic goals.
  • Maintain a strong and extensive network with key partners and stakeholders and serve as the project’s primary liaison.
  • Provide oversight for the project’s financial management and procurement systems and ensure that they are in line with Pact policies and procedures and USG/USDOL rules and regulations.
  • Utilize an inclusive, participatory approach while developing and updating the project strategic plan, ensuring programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with the Ministries and community objectives.
  • Serve as the principal liaison with USDOL, responsible for reporting program results to USDOL and cultivating and maintaining a positive relationship with USDOL staff.
  • Hire, supervise, and mentor project staff.
  • Manage project budget to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of donor and Pact resources.
  • Ensure that provision of high-quality technical assistance to local implementing partners; conduct regular monitoring and mentoring visits to local partners.
  • Ensure that all project reporting requirements are met to the highest standards.
  • Oversee project staff in helping partners establish reporting and tracking systems to provide key information in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Provide regular written/oral program progress updates as requested.
  • Other tasks as required to achieve the Program Objectives and Expected Results.

Basic Requirements

  • 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 Madagascar and/or Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Demonstrated experience working on poverty, capacity building, sustainability, and other issues associated with the technical aspects of the applicant’s proposed strategy is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in, and knowledge of, child rights and child labor issues is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in building partnerships and coalitions of diverse project stakeholders, including public, private, and civil society actors, is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating, facilitating, and public speaking, with the significant ability to explain complex issues to diverse stakeholders, build will, identify common goals, develop agreed-upon next steps and deliverables, define and identify roles and responsibilities, and hold stakeholders accountable, is required.
  • Significant interpersonal skill, including listening; showing understanding, courtesy, and concern; developing and maintaining effective relationships with project staff and stakeholders; and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity, gender, age, and disabilities, and other individual differences is highly recommended.
  • Experience building the capacity of a project team, coaching, and mentoring is highly recommended.
  • Experience in, and knowledge of, mining issues is recommended.
  • Fluency in English and French is required. Fluency in Malagasy is highly recommended.
  • Professional experience in sub-Saharan Africa is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Madagascar work experience preferred. Malagasy National preferred.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and communicate a shared vision to diverse partners and foster collaboration across a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish professional relationships and to work collaboratively with host government agencies, donors, civil society, and CBOs.
  • Prior experience managing a USDOL and or USG funded cooperative agreement or contract

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.