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Project Officer, Kédougou, Senegal – African Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery (APRIES) – Senegal

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Project Officer, Kedougou, Senegal – African Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery (APRIES) at the Center for Research and Awareness on Human Trafficking (CenHTRO)

Job Summary and General Objectives

This position, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking, will serve as an additional in-country liaison for a human trafficking project in Kédougou, Senegal, until 30 June 2024. The position reports to the CenHTRO/ APRIES Deputy Director based at the University of Georgia. The overall objective of the CenHTRO/APRIES project is to measurably reduce the incidence of trafficking in selected hotspots. To do this, we: 1) establish baseline estimates of human trafficking in selected hotspots; 2) contracting with community organizations to administer anti-trafficking programs; and 3) monitoring and evaluating these programs.

The Project Officer will support the Senegal National Coordinator to monitor and report on the progress of sub-recipient projects in Senegal; communicate with CenHTRO/APRIES stakeholders in Senegal, including representatives of NGOs, universities and government; co-organize CenHTRO/APRIES activities in Kédougou; co-plan CenHTRO/APRIES trips in the country; and provide relevant information to the APRIES team on local news, developments and stakeholders. This is a full-time position not eligible for benefits. This is a contract position and the Project Officer must have their own office space, equipment and transportation to perform their essential duties.

The deputy director of CenHTRO will carry out performance evaluations for this position on an annual basis.

Start date of the proposed position

August or September 2022

Specific objectives and tasks

1. Monitor sub-recipient projects

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with sub-recipient organizations responsible for implementing counter-trafficking programs in Kédougou.
  • Demonstrate thorough and in-depth knowledge of the project objectives, activities and expected results of APRIES and sub-recipients.
  • Monitor sub-recipient progress towards project results, including adherence to schedule.
  • Support and monitor project reports in a timely manner.
  • Conduct regular field visits to project sites to conduct informal observations and evaluations of project activities.
  • Support and monitor sub-recipient communication and collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Identify activities that are out of sync with best practices or compliance under the terms and conditions of the subaward.
  • Identify current and potential project risks and consider how best to address them in collaboration with implementing partners and the CenHTRO/APRIES team.
  • Submit monthly written reports on the progress of the project to the CenHTRO/APRIES (Senegal) Program Manager at the University of Georgia.
  • Participate in regular Zoom calls (at least once a week) with the Senegal Project team at the University of Georgia.
  • Report to the Deputy Director of CenHTRO/APRIES at the University of Georgia any adverse observations from CenHTRO/APRIES implementing partners, as required.

2. Communicate with APRIES stakeholders

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with CenHTRO/APRIES stakeholders in Kédougou, including community, academic, NGO and government stakeholders.
  • Keep stakeholders informed of developments of the CenHTRO/APRIES project in Kédougou, including research and implementation.
  • Convey relevant information from Kédougou stakeholder meetings regularly and in a timely manner to the CenHTRO/APRIES team.

3. Monitor the local context

  • Monitor local political developments that may impact the ability of implementing partners to carry out their work and are related to human trafficking.
  • Follow local news related or adjacent to human trafficking, such as policy changes, other government actions, legal outcomes and enforcement actions.
  • Monitor local developments in the human trafficking landscape.
  • Report relevant local updates as described above to the APRIES project team on a weekly basis.

Minimum qualifications

Master’s degree, 3 to 5 years of experience in project management with international NGOs, exceptional written and oral communication skills, and at least 5 years of living and working in Senegal. Fluency in written and spoken English and French.

Preferred qualifications

5-7 years of experience managing sub-recipient projects in international aid contexts. Extensive experience (more than 10 years) of living and working in Senegal. Experience in the fight against human trafficking or the fight against child labor, an added advantage.

Knowledge, skills, abilities and/or skills

Ability to communicate diplomatically, clearly and effectively in all cultural contexts.

Ability to build relationships with a wide variety of individuals and groups, including community, NGO, academic and government stakeholders.

In-depth thematic knowledge of human trafficking or demonstrated ability to learn quickly.

Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.

Exceptional organizational skills and high level of initiative.

Ability to work independently and with multiple partners and stakeholders.

Ability to work in a team with all project partners and staff.

Ability to plan and implement required project responsibilities.

Experience monitoring progress to ensure project needs and deadlines are met.

How to register

To apply, please send a CV/curriculum vitae, a letter outlining the applicant’s relevant skills and experience, and contact details for three references to: Ms. Nnenne Onyioha-Clayton, Senegal Program Manager, at [email protected] .

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until August 1, 2022.