Project Director and Head of Secretariat - Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) Project

The UNU Centre for Policy Research is looking for a visionary and dynamic project director to oversee the project’s next phase of growth.

Over the next three years (2021-2023), the FAST Project Director will work closely with the FAST Steering Group and UNU-CPR’s Executive Director to design and implement a program of work that aligns with donor expectations and ambitions. The Project Director will have significant autonomy in shaping the project team, as well as the scope of collaborations to meet the overarching project objective: mobilizing the financial sector to reduce the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Implement, scale, and evolve the FAST program of work, building on existing grant commitments with key donors, ensuring future growth aligns with the UNU-CPR strategic priorities.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and support the FAST project team, including managers responsible for project workstreams relating to investment, banking, government and multilateral institutions, and vulnerable populations research.
  • Serve as the FAST spokesperson at local and international events/meetings to broaden knowledge of the initiative and its impact as well as related issues.
  • Engage with current donors and cultivate new donors to secure complementary project funding and ensure full project delivery.
  • Broaden the initiatives institutional partnerships, regions of work, and ensure the overall growth of beneficiary groups.
  • Initiate and participate in meetings and conferences that support FAST outreach, coalition-building and the dissemination of findings, including an annual implementation review conference.
  • Develop and deliver authoritative evidenced-based policy reports, recommendations, editorials, and other publications that advance FAST objectives.
  • Lead policy uptake within the UN system.
  • Innovate partnership design and modalities for project delivery.
  • Convene and support the FAST Steering Group as required.
  • Commission, curate and provide quality control on external communications content.
  • Commission annual evaluations of the work program, and be responsible for budget oversight and donor reporting.


  • Advanced university degree in a relevant field, including but not limited to, business administration, finance, political science, international relations, human rights and public policy.
  • Minimum of 10 years (15 preferable) of relevant work experience, including at least five years of relevant senior leadership experience.
  • Demonstratable experience leading large multi-partner projects/initiatives/campaigns.
  • Expert knowledge of issues in the areas of sustainable finance, business and human rights, modern slavery, human trafficking, child labor and forced labor.
  • Past experience working in or collaborating with networks in the field of finance.
  • Evidence of grant management and fundraising experience.
  • Superior analytical and conceptual thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage teams, as well as a commitment to diversity in the workplace.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and problem-solving skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender parity.
  • Superior English-language oral and written communication skills; knowledge of another official UN language(s) is desirable.
  • Familiarity with statistics, data analysis and research methodologies is advantageous.

About this Opportunity

New York, NY
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