Position: Project Director, Counter-Trafficking in the Lake Chad Basin
Supervisor: Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director
Position type: Full-time, salaried, with benefits annually. Applicants should include salary expectations in cover letter.
Location: Abuja, Nigeria.
Background: Heartland Alliance International’s Training and Technical Assistance to Ensure Comprehensive Services for Victims of Trafficking in the Lake Chad Basin project will improve victim identification and comprehensive shelter-based services for victims of trafficking in the Lake Chad Basin Region. It will improve the capacity of governments, civil society, and communities to protect and provide comprehensive services for survivors of trafficking in Nigeria and Cameroon, particularly former child soldiers and women and girls trafficked by combatants for forced labor and/or sexual exploitation. The project will expand the impact of HAI’s research and pilot programming developed through the J/TIP-funded Protect, Shelter & Heal project, which developed replicable program models in Nigeria and Swaziland. The project builds the capacity of existing local partner institutions providing services to survivors of trafficking, including, but not limited to the Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Federal and Borno State Ministries of Women’s Affairs and Social Development (MWASD), and other community and grassroots organizations and leaders. Capacity will be built using a community-based, survivor-centered approach to trauma-informed mental health, yielding lasting improvements in the well-being of heavily traumatized survivors of trafficking. Additional information on Heartland Alliance International can be found at: http://www.heartlandalliance.org/international/.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Project Director will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of victim-centered technical assistance to governments and civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Project Director will ensure that all program activities are implemented in line with the project’s work plan and in accordance with HAI and donor requirements. The Project Director will be responsible for technical oversight of all components of the project and for quarterly reporting. The Project Director will also provide broader technical assistance to HAI across its diverse technical and geographic portfolios, strengthening the organization’s counter-trafficking programming, and promote HAI’s service and advocacy models.
- Reports to the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director
- Supervises Program Coordinator and Program Assistant and collaborates with Technical Advisors based in the U.S. and Africa
- Communicates with HAI Headquarters leadership and support staff
- Collaborates with country governments, donors, and civil society
- Leads the implementation of the project
- Develops and monitors assessments, work plans, budgets, and progress reports as required by HAI, donors and partners
- Monitors project goals and partner/consultant activities to ensure project success
- Ensures monitoring and evaluation activities and reporting meet HAI’s standards, and are completed on schedule
- Organizes relevant trainings, roundtables, events, and other activities to achieve project objectives
- Manages the partner and collaborator relationships
External communication and program development
- Represents HAI before NGO partners, government officials, funding sources, other partners, beneficiaries, and at conferences, meetings, and other outreach opportunities
- Leads HAI’s representation among humanitarian coordination bodies in Abuja, Maiduguri, and regionally
- Develops, reviews, and finalizes program monthly, quarterly, and annual project reports
- Develops policy briefs, program summaries, monographs, and other documents related to HAI’s anti-trafficking work, to summarize and highlight HAI’s unique program approach for external donors and other stakeholders
- Identifies new anti-trafficking funding opportunities and cultivates relationships with relevant actors to expand and enhance HAI’s anti-trafficking program portfolio
Financial management and grant oversight
- Responsible for implementing activities in accordance with project or activity budgets
- Consults with project coordinator and director of finance and administration regarding best practices for financial administration of project work
- Monitors grant agreements and sub-agreements for project partners
- Works with Project Officer and Director of Finance and Administration to monitor budget and revise budgets, as needed
- Other duties, as assigned
- Master’s degree, plus a minimum of 5-7 years in an international NGO setting, or similar combination of experience and education
- 5+ years of experience managing international development and civil society projects
- Previous experience or understanding of the human trafficking environment in Sub-Saharan Africa, with at least 2 years working in the field(s) of anti-trafficking, refugee response, forced migration, and/or legal services
- Previous experience in working on programs that have a mental health and psychosocial support element. Degree in this field is a plus.
- Knowledge and prior experience with humanitarian coordination, including clusters systems and relevant humanitarian working groups and sub-working groups
- Strong knowledge of international human rights legislation bodies engaged in anti-trafficking victim protection
- Proven project management skills with experience managing multiple projects and/or working for an international organization in Sub-Saharan Africa region
- Strong interpersonal and mentoring skills to work effectively with partners, government officials, local NGOs, media, and staff
- Demonstrated success in project planning, financial management, program monitoring, report writing, and identifying and procuring technical assistance
- Previous experience planning and delivering training activities to diverse audiences
- A track record that demonstrates energy and creativity, and the ability to successfully prioritize and manage competing priorities
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills
- Essential – Proficient in English and French (read, write, and speak)
- Preferred – Proficient in Hausa, Kanuri, or other local languages
Computer Skills: Ability to effectively work using Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), and other software applicable to the area of work.
Resilience: This project is responding to a devastating human rights crisis and will address sensitive issues. Interested applicants should have a strong commitment to addressing the rights of victims of trafficking (VoT) with cultural sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality. Candidates should be flexible, patient, positive, and able to work effectively independently and as a member of a team.