The Country Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the country-level activities of the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce (CLEAR II) Child Labor Project (2014-2018). 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 intermediate objectives.
- Improvements in legislation addressing child labor issues, including by bringing local and national laws into compliance with international standards;
- Improvements in monitoring and enforcement of laws and policies related to the worst forms of child labor;
- Effective implementation of national plans of action on child labor, including its worst forms 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 Country Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of country-level activities. S/he will establish and maintain systems for national project operations; coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders (including ministries, high-level government officials, labor unions, private sector partners); and collaborate to improve government capacity. This may include, but is not limited to the following:
- Manage the child labor project components in Jamaica with responsibilities, including: (a) establishing and maintaining systems for project operation; (b) assisting in the development of the project's annual planning and timely, high quality implementation of activities and deliverables; (c) overseeing national-level monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables;
- Assist in the development of strategies for working with government entities, labor inspectorates, private sector companies, labor unions, and other civil society actors on policies aimed at reducing child labor;
- Organize, lead, and participate in collaborative initiatives with government officials to create and amend policies relating to child labor;
- Provide trainings relevant to government capacity building and child labor, as needed;
- Facilitate office selection and setup, including collection and analysis of quotes and processing and maintenance of purchase orders and contracts, collection of goods from vendors, etc.;
- Oversee and manager office supply stock and maintain office infrastructure;
- Maintain bank, cash, and checkbook records;
- Disburse funds to vendors and consultants in accordance with Winrock and donor regulations and Jamaican legal requirements;
- Adhere to Winrock and donor financial procedures and record-keeping policies;
- Maintain updated and accurate F&A and programmatic filing system;
- Submit timely and accurate program, financial, and procurement reports to the Project Director and HQ;
- Develop and maintain various stakeholder relationships to promote public-private partnership and engage in coalition building;
- Supervise local consultants assigned to the project;
- Host WI visiting staff and donor representatives on site visits as necessary;
- Other duties as assigned.
Successful candidates will have 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.
- Bachelor's degree required, in international development, management, social science, human rights, education, economic development, law, public policy or other related field of study;
- Certification, training, or experience in child protection, gender issues, labor migration, organizational development or policy analysis would be an asset.
- Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of demonstrated leadership experience, with at least 2 years working on child protection or related programs. Experience in government capacity building or community monitoring systems strongly preferred;
- Experience managing a national-level project;
- Leadership experience in the implementation of development projects, particularly related to child labor, capacity building, or policy mainstreaming;
- Experience with public-private partnership building, working with labor unions and civil society groups;
- Experience in strategic planning and implementation of strategic plans.
- Ability to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times;
- Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, and political context governing child labor issues and analysis in developing countries;
- Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict, and ethical management skills;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
- Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).
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