Director, Counter Trafficking and Safe Migration (USAID Experience Needed)

Winrock International
  • Location
    Arlington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 02

Position description

Winrock International (Winrock) is a non-profit organization that works around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Winrock strengthens the capacity of women, children, youth, civil society organizations, and businesses to actively participate in sustainable development and to positively impact society.

PLEASE NOTE: This role requires a minimum of 10 years of experience in program management and business development particularly for USAID and other donor-funded projects supporting international development projects.

Counter Trafficking and Safe Migration Unit 

Winrock’s Counter Trafficking and Safe Migration unit features a dynamic and growing portfolio of programs focused on countering trafficking in persons (CTIP), safe migration, gender-based violence, labor rights, and sustainable supply chains. The portfolio’s current value is $90 million with projects operating in ten countries including a regional program in Central Asia and the USAID Asia CTIP Leader with Associates Award.


Position Purpose: This full-time Counter Trafficking and Safe Migration Director position will lead Winrock’s overall technical, financial, and operational performance of projects in the portfolio.


Position Overview: In collaboration with the Senior Director of HREE, the Chiefs of Party, and the home office backstopping and technical team, the Director will set the strategic vision for Winrock’s Counter Trafficking and Safe Migration strategy, system(s) and tools. The Director will also be responsible for the successful positioning of the portfolio for continued growth among a wide range of funders. In collaboration with the Program Delivery team, the Director will be responsible for the successful implementation of TIP projects inclusive of impact reporting. Initial primary focus will be technical knowledge based on evidence generated by Winrock’s interventions through its Global Programs but also across Winrock’s body of work.


Position is Remote within the US. Working hours must be Eastern Time Zone and travel for events to DC are expected. Preference will be given to candidates in the Washington DC area. 



  • Based on the priority needs and industry standards, further develop and/or deepen Winrock’s Counter Trafficking in Persons and Safe Migration strategy in a participatory fashion.
  • Determine the most optimal business development opportunities for the Counter Trafficking in Persons and Safe Migration portfolio in consultation with business development team, unit senior staff and other key staff.
  • Focus on aggressive growth (10-25%+) of the overall Counter Trafficking in Persons and Safe Migration portfolio
  • Lead and ensure compliant, effective, timely, and financially-responsible implementation of projects in the Counter Trafficking and Safe Migration portfolio by providing consistent direction and advisory support to home office backstopping and technical staff.
  • Promote technical best practices that can inform future program design, internal learning, and external promotion.
  • Work with appropriate technical experts in Winrock to ensure that M&E, GESI, and DEI are integrated within the CTIP unit’s programs; supporting the organization’s efforts towards GESI and DEIA transformative outcomes.
  • Provide thought leadership efforts in Counter Trafficking in Persons and Safe Migration inside and outside of the organization.
  • Promote the culture of continuous knowledge sharing, collaboration, learning, and evidence-based decision making for effective, smart proposal design and project implementation.
  • Build and maintain relationships with current donors and partners in the portfolio through quarterly calls and establish contact with prospective donors to promote the Human Trafficking and Safe Migration portfolio.
  • Represent Winrock at external events, nationally and internationally, and position Winrock for expanded work in human trafficking and safe migration and new technical adjacencies
  • Establish and maintain relationships with CTIP stakeholders and position Winrock as a thought leader among the U.S.-based and international CTIP community.
  • Supervise home office-based project staff and provide them with needed support to ensure their continued professional development. Focused professional development efforts will include growth in technical experience, project management skills-building, business development skills, and healthy habits.
  • Any other task assigned by the supervisor. The responsibilities of this role are subject to modifications as required by the needs of the organization.



Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required. Master’s Degree in international development, education, or relevant field preferred. Certification in Project Management a plus.


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in program management and business development required.
  • USAID or other donor-funded projects supporting international development projects experience required. 
  • At least 5 of those years of experience spent in successfully managing a home office based backstopping and technical team. 
  • 2 years of successfully managing field-based projects preferred.
  • Proven track record of successfully leading program design and implementation.
  • Proven technical experience designing, managing and implementing programs in the scope of Human Rights, Empowerment and Education with a heavy preference on experience in counter trafficking in persons, safe migration, and addressing gender-based violence. 


Technical Competencies:  Knowledge of counter trafficking and safe migration sector preferred, experience managing international development projects, excellent mentoring skills, experience with program design and implementation and business development.

Communication Skills: Excellent writing, verbal, intercultural, and interpersonal communication skills.

Language: Fluent in English, fluency in other language is a plus.

Required Travel: Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

Position-Specific Skills: 

  • Demonstrated skills - empathy, conflict management, influence and self-awareness to thrive in a matrix operating environment
  • Organizational development and change management skills required
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to work independently


Physical Demands:

  • Position requires flexibility in work hours due to late nights or early morning meetings calls with projects in different time zones.
  • Typical office environment with continual sitting or standing required.

As a condition of employment at Winrock, all US-based Winrock staff, regardless of location must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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