Project Director, South America

Americas · Sao Paulo, Brazil
Department Americas
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

This position is considered key personnel and therefore is contingent upon funding and donor approval


Solidarity Center seeks a Project Director for South America to implement a US Department of Labor (DOL) funded initiative to help workers realize and exercise their rights. This position is responsible for strategic planning, program coordination, reporting, and executing partnership agreements and subgrants related to this project. 

The Project Director will collaborate with stakeholders in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Washington to keep them updated on Solidarity Center’s efforts related to this initiative. This individual will work with the project’s M&E Officer to track progress so as to ensure that Solidarity Center meets anticipated goals while ensuring compliance with budget targets, U.S. Department of Labor grant regulations, Solidarity Center policies, and pertinent host country laws.

Extensive travel within South America (specifically Brazil, Colombia, and Peru) is required. This position will report to the Country Program Director and will supervise a project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officer as well as a Communications Specialist and three Worker Organizing Specialists. 


General Qualifications:


This position requires strong project management skills and the ability to monitor budgets and outcomes and write results-oriented reports. Knowledge of and/or experience engaging with worker rights issues in supply chains is required, including worker rights violations particular to women, such as Gender Based Violence (GBV). This position demands sound judgment, a head for analysis, and a keen political sense. Experience with worker organizing and/or worker issue advocacy in South America is highly desirable. 


Specific Requirements:

  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in project management and managing operational and administrative duties for US  Government (USG) funded projects or other donor-funded projects with similar complexity.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems for project operations, including overseeing the preparation and submission of project deliverables, stakeholder and risk management processes, cost and schedule controls, and sustainability planning and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing implementation of M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
  • Proven success in leading project teams that are responsible for achieving project objectives relevant to the project being funded under this cooperative agreement.  
  • Proven understanding and demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance and policy advice at a senior level on industrial relations, freedom of association, collective bargaining, and/or acceptable conditions of work is preferred.
  • Proven success in building and maintaining working relationships with all project stakeholders; engaging in coalition building; and empowering stakeholders to take ownership of key project outcomes for post-project sustainability of progress.
  • Strong facilitation, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.
  • Experience working in or supporting projects implemented in South America.
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (written and spoken) required and additional proficiency in Portuguese is preferred.

      High priority will be given to citizens or permanent residents of Peru. The Solidarity Center offers competitive salaries based on experience and generous benefits but will not provide housing, a relocation allowance, or support for a candidate to obtain a work permit for this job. 



      The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for this position, please contact us at

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