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Project Director (Combating Child Sexual Exploitation)
Title:Project Director (Combating Child Sexual Exploitation)
Location:Costa Rica

About PADF:

Created in 1962 through a unique agreement between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the private sector, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an independent, non-profit organization that creates public-private partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Having worked in every country in the region, PADF engages community-based groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the public and private sectors in the process of implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development. The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) empowers disadvantaged people and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress, strengthen their communities and civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises, thereby advancing the principles of the Organization of the American States (OAS).

Position Summary:

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks a Project Director for a forthcoming USG-funded project focused on the sexual exploitation of children and child sex tourism in Costa Rica. This multi-year, multi-faceted project will work closely with local partners to implement prosecution, protection, and prevention activities to combat the sexual exploitation of children and child sex tourism, along with significant research on the topic. The Project Director will provide technical leadership and oversight of the project, including activities to measure the prevalence of sexual exploitation of children, to prevent sexual exploitation of children and child sex tourism in Costa Rica, to train and strengthen police, prosecutors, judges, and other justice-sector officials, and to provide attention and care to victims of child sexual exploitation. He/she will ensure timely implementation of activities in compliance with US Government regulations, oversee the work of multiple sub-awardees, and manage and supervise the local project team.

Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall strategic and technical direction for the project and activities according to the approved work plan;
  • Ensure high-quality outputs and outcomes and the achievement of key indicators and objectives;
  • Supervise project team, providing mentoring and guidance as necessary;
  • Coordinate with PADF headquarters and relevant departments;
  • Establish collaborative relationships with local experts and partner organizations;
  • Facilitate technical assistance to local, state, and, non-state organizations;
  • Build and maintain relationships with service providers, partner organizations, and Costa Rican government officials/agencies;
  • Lead preparation of high-quality report/analyses/technical documents related to project implementation in English and Spanish;
  • Ensure that project results and impact are monitored and captured in high-quality reports;
  • Coordinate training activities, high-level meetings with local and international partners, and other relevant implementation activities as needed;
  • Travel to areas of intervention within Costa Rica and to PADF headquarters in Washington as needed;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education, Experience and Other Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in international development, social work, law, political science, social science, public administration, or a related technical field required;
  • Minimum 10-15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in relevant functional areas including trafficking in persons, human rights, rights of minorities and vulnerable populations, civil society strengthening, or similar field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trafficking in persons, child sexual exploitation, or/ child sex tourism required.
  • Experience managing anti-trafficking programs or related programming preferred;
  • Experience working in Latin America required; experience working in Costa Rica strongly preferred;
  • Existing contacts and relationships with key state and NGO actors working in trafficking in persons and/or child sexual exploitation in Costa Rica strongly preferred.
  • Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages, as well as oversight of subawards preferred;
  • Knowledge of U.S. government or other international donor-funded projects strongly preferred;
  • Experience building and maintaining working relations with stakeholders required;
  • Proven success in managing technical and operational teams;
  • Fluency in Spanish and professional English (written and spoken) competency is required.

More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values: “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.


PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate based on ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world. PADF is an equal opportunity employer.

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