Save the Children Zambia
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Project Director, DOS/ Zambia Bilateral Anti-Trafficking Program

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This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Senior Management Team, Zambia

LOCATION: Lusaka, with regular travel to field sites



Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


Save the Children is currently recruiting for an upcoming U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) opportunity focused on advancing and strengthening efforts of the Government of Zambia and civil society organizations to combat human trafficking in a victim-centered, coordinated, sustainable, and multi-sectoral approach to support an effective system of justice, prevention, and protection. The purpose of this program is to strengthen the efforts of Zambia’s government and civil society organizations to prevent human trafficking; proactively identify, protect, and provide comprehensive, trauma-informed care for victims of trafficking; effectively investigate, prosecute, and convict perpetrators of human trafficking; and create an enabling environment to promote effective collaboration and partnerships to address human trafficking. This partnership will encompass all forms of human trafficking and will target both adult and child victims. This program will be modelled after the successful Child Protection Compact (CPC) partnerships and expanded to comprehensively address trafficking of adults. This multi-year partnership will implement a victim-cantered prevention strategy that addresses targeted risk factors, promotes high-quality comprehensive victim protection, and investigates, prosecutes, and convicts perpetrators of human trafficking. The goal of this Partnership and program is to support the Government of Zambia in combatting forced human trafficking in a coordinated and proactive manner following the broad objectives of: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership.


Reports to: TBA

Role Dimensions: The Project Director will primarily be responsible for the oversight and overall delivery of a high-quality project focused on addressing human trafficking in Zambia. The Project Director will work in close collaboration with the Country Director, and a team of Save the Children staff, Zambia. The Project Director will also lead project staff, consortium partners, and work closely with the Zambia government’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security; Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, ; Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Home Affairs, National Prosecution Authority, National Committee on Human Trafficking, Child Labor Observation and Monitoring System of Zambia, The National Monitoring Committee for Actions to Combat Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labor (CNS), Anti-Trafficking actors, the civil society, and other relevant ministries and inter-ministerial committees to oversee the activities delivered under this project.

Staff directly reporting to this post: Deputy Project Director (Operations) and Deputy Project Director (Technical)


Strategic Project Management (30%)

  • Overall technical and administrative leadership of the project to ensure the quality of project interventions.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships between consortium partners, wider civil society, the international community, and government agencies and networks working on child protection, general protection and TIP Office in close collaboration with the Zambia project team.
  • Work closely with the Zambia government to ensure strong integrated program design and programing that support broader anti-trafficking strategies and mitigate duplicative efforts.
  • Establish and implement an effective governance structure for the project that ensures government leadership, buy-in, harmonization, and sustainability.
  • Contribute to the development, review, and revision of the project strategy.
  • Engage closely with other Child Protection and general protection programs to ensure cohesion and integration to facilitate close and complementary and coordinated working relationships.

Donor Compliance and Operations (25%)

  • Serve as the project’s primary point of contact with the U.S. Department of State regarding overall project implementation and management matters related to the grant/cooperative agreement.
  • Oversee and ensure the submission of high-quality narrative and financial reports, annual plans, and other donor reporting requirements.
  • Monitor programmatic, financial, and administrative performance of the project, supervising and ensuring that standard project administrative and financial procedures are followed.
  • Work with the project leadership team to ensure that consortium partners are provided with adequate support and that project plans are achieved.
  • Ensure compliance to U.S. Federal Awardee controls and Department of State rules and regulations.
  • Ensure that all project activities are aligned and implemented according to Save the Children guidelines.

Staff Leadership and Management (20%)

  • Manage and supervise the work of project staff, long-term staff, short-term staff, consortium partners, and/or sub-partners, as proposed.
  • Work with the HR Department to ensure appropriate staffing for the project by planning and implementing strategies to recruit, manage, and motivate staff.
  • Ensure appropriate gender and ethnic diversity within the project team.
  • Ensure compliance with staff development strategies and support Performance Management systems and evaluations.
  • Establish and maintain a culture of teamwork, participation, and accountability for Save the Children project excellence.
  • Put in place appropriate management systems, including regular team and individual meetings, mechanisms for cross department coordination and collaboration, and norms and practices that are result driven.

Communications (5%)

  • Ensure smooth and effective internal and external communications and coordination of project activities.
  • Fully inform Save the Children’s home and field office on all matters relating to the project and maintain appropriate links with partner organizations.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the project’s communication and knowledge sharing strategy.
  • Ensure strong and consistent internal communication with partners that meets their needs for policies, compliance, knowledge, and information sharing.
  • Ensure the production of high- quality communication materials including websites, bulletins, social media, fact sheets, and brochures including photos and videos.
  • Work closely with the communications contact in the country office.

As a member of the SMT (10%), contribute to:

Leadership of the Zambia Country Office.

  • Support the development of an organizational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity, and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for adults and children.
  • Help establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with host government authorities, donors, and partner agencies including major institutional donors and local and international NGOs.
  • Engage in the country strategy, program strategy, and operational strategies.
  • Support SMT in implementing country priorities.
  • Ensure the implementation of learning activities across the project to embed a ‘culture of learning’ including the establishment of a Knowledge Sharing Group, learning events, and sharing data across the movement.
  • Contribute to the larger Protection learning agenda/strategy for the protection sector in Zambia.
  • Contribute to strengthening and implementing a strong safeguarding system (child safeguarding, beneficiaries safeguarding, staff safeguarding) – including prevention, awareness raising, reporting, case management, etc.

Representation (10%)

  • Represent Save the Children in protection committees, anti-trafficking working groups, and other relevant national networks.
  • Establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships to represent the principles and work of Save the Children to representatives of other organizations (UN System, NGOs, INGOs, counterparts, donors, and government authorities).
  • Engage closely with external actors within the region and in the country office.


  • Master’s Degree in international development, public policy, social work/sciences, or related field.
  • Minimum of eight years of relevant experience in a senior management position (Team Leader, Program Director, Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party) on a project/s of similar complexity and size.
  • Experience managing relevant U.S. Government-funded projects and activities (USAID, Department of State, DOL).
  • Past technical experience in any of the following areas: counter trafficking in persons, labor rights, private sector partnerships, rule of law, advocacy, and/or capacity strengthening of government ministries working on human trafficking.
  • Excellent management, communication, and negotiation skills, demonstrating the ability to lead and build consensus, cooperation, and coalitions among individuals, civil society groups, private sector, and government officials.
  • Proven experience developing effective working relationships with government ministries, international organizations, donors, academics, and community based and grass roots organizations.
  • Sound fiscal management experience, including budgeting and reporting.
  • Experience working in Zambia, or the Southern Africa region is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with gender equality and/or social inclusion is preferred.
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding, other global policies, and to Save the Children values.
  • Strong understanding of the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and commitment to family-based care.
  • Practical knowledge of current thematic issues and debates regarding child protection in developing countries and of the major institutional donors.
  • Exceptional understanding of rights based/child rights programming and/or trafficking systems.
  • Fluency in English is required.

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