Project Director - Anticipated Project for Strengthening Decent Work in the Fishing Sector in South America

Partners of the Americas (POA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Project Director for a potential project financed by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) that aims to improve working conditions in the fishing sector in South America. The project aims to strengthen decent work in the fishing sector in South America by supporting actions to strengthen mechanisms to address labor violations associated with illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; increasing agency taken by workers and civil society to address labor violations in the fishing sector in South America; and increasing capacity of worker organizations, local ports authorities, and private sector to address labor violations in the fishing sector.

The Project Director will be responsible for achieving the project’s goals, setting the technical direction for the program, and managing relationships with government institutions and other stakeholders. The Project Director will also be responsible for the financial management and sustainability of the project, and for the promotion of the vision and strategy of development of the entire project, the delivery of all reports on time, preventing and solving challenges to achieve the successful development of the proposed activities and the achievement of the desired objectives and results. The position will be based in Quito, Ecuador.

Professional Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years of experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of grant or contract requirements, including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to the project funder.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fishing operations and supply chains required.
  • Proven successful experience overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to donor agencies), preferably in South America.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems for project operations.
  • Experience building and maintaining working relations with stakeholders.
  • Experience working with vulnerable communities.
  • Ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including public, private, and civil society partners.
  • Outstanding communication skills with oral and written fluency in English and Spanish, required.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree preferred reflecting expertise in areas relevant to this project, such as labor law, public policy, sociology, and project management.

POA offers a stimulating work environment, with competitive professional remuneration.

Interested professionals, please send your resume to with "Project Director – Strengthening Decent Work in the Fishing Sector in South America" as your subject line. Partners of the Americas is an equal opportunity employer.