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Nepal Director

Free the Slaves
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Last Date: December 20, 2010

Job Title: Nepal Director

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

Founded in 2000, Free the Slaves (FTS) is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, dedicated to ending modern slavery and human trafficking worldwide. FTS’ approach to eradicating slavery is rooted in a strong belief in the power of grassroots social change. We build partnerships with organizations to strengthen local capacity to eradicate slavery and trafficking, and this informs our national and international policy advocacy. We provide intensive support as organizations test and scale up community-based anti-slavery strategies. Currently, FTS collaborates with local organizations in Ghana, Uganda, Congo, Haiti, Brazil, India and Nepal.

Reporting to: Partnerships Director, Washington DC, and guided and supported by FTS South Asia Director, based in Delhi

Overall roles: The Nepal Director represents FTS in Nepal and is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring its anti-slavery programs in Nepal.

The person helps partners develop and strengthen their strategies; improve their program implementation, coordinate with other agencies and build coalitions; and undertake policy advocacy. The person is responsible for enhancing relationships with government and non-government agencies that are working against trafficking and slavery. The person assists partners to report the outcomes and learning from the country program, sharing them within the FTS team and beyond.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide assistance and training for NGOs and for survivor groups on strategic approaches to human trafficking and slavery issues

Help partners improve their organizational strengths and their capacity to address slavery.

Help them to continue prioritizing the insights and leadership of trafficking survivors and affected families.

Develop partners’ skills in identifying the root causes of different forms of trafficking and slavery and develop local solutions.

Develop partners capacity to plan, and assist them to develop their annual plans.

2. Assist NGOs in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, budgets and reporting

Make regular field visits to partners’ program sites (currently four partners and a network in four districts) and closely observe the activities.

Conduct physical checks of books of accounts, bills and vouchers of partners.

Enhance partners’ capacity in participatory monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

Provide feedback on reports and documents provided by partners.

Assist partners to conduct local trainings and workshops.

Provide advice on accessing expertise on livelihoods, legal services, counseling, transitional shelter, medical care, education and vocational training. Help link partners with a full range of other stakeholders to prevent duplication and bring added resources to their efforts.

3. Support partners’ work on advocacy, and directly perform advocacy roles

Work together with media, networks, private sector organizations, Nepali government and other relevant agencies to advocate for improvement of policies and frameworks, implementation of existing policies, ratification of international tools and against human trafficking and slavery together with partners in Nepal.

Help partner NGOs and networks to build bridges and common agendas for change.

Enhance advocacy capacity of FTS partners and facilitate collaboration between FTS partners on policy advocacy.

Provide information to FTS policy staff in Washington DC regarding the status of government and NGO actions against slavery and trafficking in Nepal.

4. Perform management roles

Participate in meetings, workshops and training organized by FTS.

Organize logistics for FTS visitors, donors and individuals as requested by FTS.

Ensure the implementation of program plan and budget by partners as agreed with FTS.

Ensure implementation of FTS policies e.g., child projection policies and others.

Job Requirements

A. Minimum Education Attainment: Postgraduate degree in relevant discipline e.g. International Development, Conflict Resolution, Community Work/Social work (or breadth of learning experiences to effectively substitute)

B. Minimum Professional Experience:

Minimum 5 years’ experience in the field of development with a minimum of two years of work with grassroots, community-based organizations, while based in a Global South country, including guiding their development and funding.

Experience in creating and implementing evaluation and monitoring processes that are appropriate to grassroots organizations focused on anti-poverty and human rights objectives.

Experience and demonstrated success in running training events, focused on knowledge and skills acquisition.

Experience in collaborative advocacy processes, in relation to achieving government accountability and legislative/policy improvements.

C. Personal commitment and abilities:

Passion for ending modern slavery.

Determination to sustain positive, respectful and dynamic relationships with partners, alongside expectations of mutual accountability.

Ability to develop and manage budgets and understand income and expenditure reports.

Strong attention to financial details.

Enthusiasm for traveling within Nepal up to 40% of the time.

Innovative spirit and willingness to use creative thinking to help shape a small but growing organization

Ability to work as the sole representative of FTS living within Nepal, and mainly without administrative support.

Commitment to remain in the position for at least 2 years.

Enthusiasm to perform the position duties and responsibilities.

D. Knowledge base:

Knowledge of how issues of slavery and human trafficking relate to other development, poverty and human rights issues.

Knowledge of the role of micro-enterprises, community organization, awareness raising, legal rights awareness, and collective advocacy in changing community power dynamics are all advantageous.

Knowledge of Nepal’s laws and governmental system, as well as the international framework for human rights.

Knowledge of Microsoft Word as well as Excel spreadsheets (for financial reporting and budgeting).

Clear written and spoken English.

Nepali at native-tongue competence.

Basic Hindi is an advantage.

Applicants must have a current legal right to work in Nepal. Free the Slaves is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity.

The Nepal Director will be paid by Free the Slaves on a consultancy basis with salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Candidates should email a brief cover letter, resume/CV and a list of three references (with name, affiliation and contact information) to  with “Nepal Director search” in the subject line. In your cover letter please briefly outline how your skills and experience meet the requirements as described above, and include the salary required. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 5pm, Monday December 20th, 2010

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