Project Director

Winrock International, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th September, 2017

Job Description

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting local applicants for the position of Project Director for the upcoming program to Build the Capacity of Civil Society to Combat Child Labor and Forced Labor and Improve Working Conditions. The proposed objective is to improve the capacity of civil society to better understand and address child labor and forced labor and promote acceptable conditions of work in the Bangladesh fisheries industry.

The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. The position is based in Khulna, Bangladesh and is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


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.

Position Summary:

The Project Director will be responsible for implementing and managing a high-quality, results-oriented program to improve the capacity of civil society to better understand and address child labor and forced labor and promote acceptable conditions within the fisheries industry in Bangladesh. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


The Project Director is responsible for overall program management, supervision, administration, and implementation of a high-quality program. S/he will establish and maintain systems for program operations; ensure that all program deadlines are met and targets are achieved; coordinate and maintain working relationships with program stakeholders; lead collaborative initiatives with civil society groups; and oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to USDOL. Specific duties include:

  • Coordinate the program’s annual planning process and ensure timely, high quality implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities and deliverables;
  • Oversee program budget development 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 program, financial, and management reports to Winrock’s home office and to the donor;
  • Maintain communication with stakeholders, reporting regularly through formal review sessions and informal updates of program progress;
  • Provide technical input, support, and oversight of capacity development with civil society groups;
  • Provide technical support and information to national and sub-national government officials;
  • Hire, supervise and provide capacity development opportunities to local program staff and annually evaluate their performance;
  • Represent the program and Winrock to donors, local and sub-national government agencies, the media, and local civil society groups;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Successful candidates will have strong management skills, as well as relevant experience implementing programs to reduce child labor or forced labor and to strengthen civil society, preferably in Bangladesh. Specific experience and specialization in at least two or more of the following areas is required: child labor or forced labor reduction, capacity building, public education/awareness, the Bangladesh fisheries industry, advocacy, monitoring & evaluation. Significant program management experience and leadership is highly desired.
  • Education: Bachelor’s level degree in international development, management, social science, human rights, economic development, labor law, public policy, or other related field of study required. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Certification, training, or experience in child labor reduction, labor migration, organizational development, or policy advocacy would be an asset.
  • Technical Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of demonstrated leadership experience working as a program director, program manager, program coordinator, or head of an NGO. Experience should include: overseeing design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions; supervision of staff; and accountability for financial and administrative operations of donor-funded activities. Applicant must demonstrate past experience managing programs to meet donor requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, establishing and maintaining systems for managing program operations, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports), preferably in Bangladesh.
  • Experience in, and knowledge of, child labor, forced labor, fisheries, and Bangladeshi laws and international conventions governing child protection is strongly desired.

Management Experience:

  • Experience establishing and maintaining program and financial managements systems with an INGO or NGO strongly preferred
  • Experience in leadership role in implementing programs addressing issues of child labor, forced labor or other labor issues relevant to this program.
  • Experience or basic knowledge of Bangladesh’s fisheries sector, including the dried fish and shrimp industries and supply chain issues is a distinct asset.
  • Experience managing international programs to the highest ethical standards.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in the management of complex, multi-activity programs, on time and on budget.
  • Financial management, budget design, and budget management experience.
  • Demonstrated success in motivating, supervising and providing capacity development opportunities to diverse teams of employees.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation.
  • Experience designing and implementing or overseeing monitoring & evaluation systems.


  • Ability to maintain working relationships with all program stakeholders, including government, civil society, and private sector partners, and effectively building partnerships among them.
  • Proven success in facilitating meetings among a wide range of stakeholders, with the significant ability to align interests, identify common goals, develop agreed-upon next steps and deliverables, define and identify roles and responsibilities, and hold stakeholders accountable.
  • Experience providing support to 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.
  • Fluency in English and Bangla required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).


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