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Project Director, Pakistan

Islamabad (Pakistan)

World Learning, a global non-profit organization, is recruiting for a Project Director for a USAID-funded Assistance Agreement for activities related to youth workforce development in KP and FATA.


The Project Director will reside in Pakistan and will be responsible for overall project management, including providing technical support and facilitating partnerships with stakeholders. Essential duties and responsibilities include:

· Provide overall strategic, technical, and programmatic leadership for program and through direct implementation of technical assistance, provision of strategic guidance and supervision of senior project staff

· Provide technical guidance on the array of activities in youth workforce development, including: soft and hard skills training and certification, on the job internship/apprenticeship opportunities, entrepreneurship development, access to capital and market data, scholarships, and local capacity development

· Serve as chief liaison with USAID, ensuring regular and effective communication with donor representatives

· Actively participate in donor coordination meetings

· Liaise with and build strong partnerships with multinational, national, and local private sector stakeholders in Pakistan, including partnerships for internship/apprenticeship opportunities for trained youth

· Ensure accurate, timely, high quality program reporting and deliverables to donors and head office

· Oversee the management and mentoring of project staff ensuring the highest level of performance and results for the program

· Ensure regular communication with World Learning’s home office

· Oversee the project budget and all project financial resources, work closely with finance department and program officers to plan monthly projections, monitor burn rates, and supervise other budgetary matters

· Regular national travel to program sites in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


· Advanced degree (Masters level or higher) in public policy, economics, education, social sciences, administration, or international relations or other relevant field

· Prior USAID project management and leadership experience in a higher education and/or workforce development project

· Minimum ten years of related management and leadership experience of donor funded projects

· Minimum five years of experience working with the private sector, universities, and/or vocational centers to develop shared responses to improve the number of quality of skilled workers in areas critical for education and economic growth

· Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with Pakistani post-secondary education systems and private sector

· Demonstrated track record in developing strong relationships with the private sector, industry associations, universities, and higher education government counterparts

· Substantial experience in leveraging ICT to improve access to training and education services

· Proven experience in facilitating public-private partnerships in a development context

· Ability to manage dynamic teams and programming

· Excellent verbal and written communication in English and Urdu


· Experience implementing projects of similar scale and scope in Pakistan

· Proficiency in Pashto

To apply: Please visit our and click on the employment tab to submit your application. If you do not see the job you are interested in, please “search all.” Please note, a resume and cover letter (with 3 professional references) are required when applying to this position. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and qualified applicants must apply as early as possible. Pakistani nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

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  • Organization: World Learning
  • Location: Islamabad (Pakistan)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-21

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