The Country Coordinator will be responsible for planning and implementing the country-level activities of the Regional Safe Migration in Central Asia (SMICA) activity.
This five-year USAID-funded program is implemented in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, with the Country Coordinator leading the interventions in Kazakhstan.
The overarching goal of the program is to strengthen the ability of Central Asia to promote safe migration and reduce trafficking in persons.
The program will build on efforts and current activities on safe migration and counter-trafficking by all stakeholders in the Central Asian region, including governments, NGOs, and the private sector, and will work to achieve the following objectives :
Strengthened bilateral and multilateral country strategies and actions to promote rights-based migration and counter-trafficking in persons efforts,
Vulnerability of at-risk populations to all forms of trafficking in persons reduced, and
Identification and assistance to trafficked persons expanded and improved.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES :
The Country Coordinator is responsible for the conceptualization and implementation of the country-level activities and working collaboratively with the regional office, implementing partners and grantees to achieve project objectives in the country.
S / he will maintain systems for national project operations; establish and manage working relationships with project stakeholders (including high-level government officials, international, and national NGOs, private sector partners);
carry out distinct activities, maintain robust monitoring and evaluation processes, and oversee relevant grantees and consultants.
This may include, but is not limited to the following :
Manage the SMICA project in Kazakhstan with responsibilities, including : (a) establishing and maintaining systems for project operation;
b) leading project’s annual planning, activities and deliverables; (c) brokering strategic partnerships to achieve maximum project impact;
d) overseeing national-level monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables; (d) provide timely reporting on country-level activities.
Implement results-driven activities related to policy, prevention, and protection at the country-level.
Develop and implement strategies for working with government entities, civil society, private sector companies, and other actors to reduce vulnerability to all forms of human trafficking.
Organize, lead, and participate in collaborative initiatives with government officials to create, amend, and enforce policies relating to counter-trafficking.
Seek new partnerships with organizations combatting human trafficking and / or promoting safe migration regionally or locally.
Engage with local migrant networks and diaspora groups to improve support for members.
Oversee staff, consultants and partners.
Contribute to research as needed.
Provide regular and timely communications on project progress and successes, as well as on policy and regulatory developments that may affect project implementation in Kazakhstan
Mainstream gender equality and social inclusion recommendations during project planning, implementation and monitoring.
Coordinate national-level efforts with the Chief of Party to enhance regional cooperation on counter-trafficking and safe migration measures.
Host WI visiting staff and donor representatives on site visits as necessary.
Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND :
Successful candidates will have strong technical leadership and management skills, as well as relevant experience implementing programs in the areas of human rights, migration, combating trafficking in persons.
At minimum a Bachelor’s degree is required, in international development, management, social science, human rights, education, economic development, law, public policy or other related.
Certification, training, or experience in safe migration, gender issues, organizational development, or policy analysis would be an asset.
Work Experience :
Minimum five years of relevant professional experience in a management position, preferably related to human rights programming
Demonstrated success in designing, managing, and implementing technical assistance projects, preferably USAID projects
Good understanding of issues related to human trafficking in Kazakhstan
Experience managing projects targeting vulnerable populations, such as migrant workers, and providing direct assistance to trafficked persons is highly preferred
Demonstrated knowledge of social inclusion and gender issues, and experience managing programs that mainstream gender
Experience in developing partnerships with the private sector in the context of international development is preferred
Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Russian
Proven project management and partner oversight experience
Experience in research and strong analytical and writing skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Creative problem solving
Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft Office).