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Project Director (Labor Rights – Automotive Manufacturing Sector)
Title:Project Director (Labor Rights – Automotive Manufacturing Sector)
Location:Mexico City, Mexico

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), public and private sector 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).

Job Summary:
PADF seeks a Mexico City- based Project Director for a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Project. This 4-year project will improve working conditions in the Mexican automotive supply chain, with a focus on small and medium size manufacturers while seeking employer compliance with new labor requirements. The Project Director will ideally have a background in labor rights, human rights, business, or law, and will lead a diverse team of technical specialists in providing durable solutions encouraging and assisting private sector manufacturers to improve their compliance with Government of Mexico labor reforms promulgated in 2017 and 2019. The Project Director will be the public face of PADF, the operational affiliate of the Organization of American States and a leading provider of services and support to vulnerable populations in Mexico. Position is contingent on funding. Fluency in English and Spanish required.


  • Coordinate project activities according to the approved work plan and in consultation with USDOL and key stakeholders.
  • Liaise with USDOL; private sector partner organizations; automotive sector business chambers and associations; national, state, and local governments in Mexico; and other stakeholders to support project activities as required.
  • Manage a team of technical experts, advisors, local partners, and staff.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the team for the completion of project activities in identified sectoral and geographic areas.
  • Perform strategic, financial, and operational planning, including work planning, forecasting, training, and ensuring project compliance with all contractual reporting and financial requirements of USDOL.
  • Ensure that benchmarks, performance goals and indicators are monitored and achieved.
  • Lead high-quality report preparation in English and Spanish, capturing project activities, impacts related to all activities, and ensuring timely submission.
  • Foster partnerships and alliances to leverage additional funds and support for project activities.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of grant, cooperative agreement, or contract requirements, including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to the project donor.
  • Professional experience with the USDOL is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in labor rights; experience in automotive/auto parts manufacturing a plus
  • Experience in a leadership role in implementing projects to build the capacity of government institutions and/or in corporate social compliance/social responsibility programs, in the area of labor rights.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems for project operations.
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans.
  • Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
  • Experience building and maintaining working relations with stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (written and spoken). Must be able to produce high-quality reports in proficient English in a timely fashion.
  • Relevant university degree in areas such as business, engineering or law.
  • Excellent organizational skills with a willingness to assume responsibilities and take initiative; ability to be a team player

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 on the basis of 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.

When applying for this position, please include a cover letter and compensation requirements.

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