Project Manager – Delta 8.7

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    Organisational Unit: UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)

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    Delta 8.7 Project & Knowledge Platform on Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, Forced Labour and Child Labour

    With Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, 193 countries pledged their commitment to take effective measures to eradicate modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour by 2030, and child labour by 2025. UNU is currently developing a global, online knowledge platform — (to go live in September) — that will help policy actors understand and use evidence to adopt policy responses that will contribute to achieving Target 8.7. The knowledge platform brings together the most useful data, evidence, research, and news; analyses cutting-edge data; and helps people understand that data so it can be translated it into effective policy. To contribute to the success of the knowledge platform, the UNU-CPR team is building strong partnerships with mass media (including online and print news and social media), government, researchers, civil society, the private sector, and more.

    Delta 8.7 Project Manager

    This role leads the implementation of Delta 8.7 – the Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform. Delta 8.7 aims to accelerate the generation, exchange, and uptake of scientific evidence and knowledge to inform effective measures to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking, and child labour. The platform is currently in a beta testing phase; an alpha version of the site will be launched together with the ILO at the UN General Assembly in September 2018.

    Working under the supervision of the management of the UNU Centre for Policy Research, the Project Manager will oversee an established team of around 6 people that have built this platform over the last year, lead engagement with project donors and the 35-person strong project Reference Group, and drive fund-raising for the continuation of the project beyond April 2019.

    The Project Manager’s responsibilities include:

    • working with the project team and stakeholders, including the Reference Group, to set and execute the strategic direction for Delta 8.7, including through the development of a donor-approved Sustainability Plan
    • management and quality control on a high-visibility website providing policymakers access to cutting-edge thinking on :what works” to end modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced and child labour
    • managing the relationship with the external web development team that services the platform
    • management of a team of 5 dedicated data science, research, editorial, and communications professionals, and implementation of already established data and research, communications, editorial, and survivor input policies
    • managing all aspects of project administration (HR, contracting, procurement)
    • budget management and reporting, including quarterly donor reporting
    • fund-raising for the continuation of Delta 8.7 beyond April 2019
    • strategic representation of Delta 8.7 around the world and in the media


    Required qualification include:

    • 7 years or more relevant professional experience, of which at least 3 or more years’ experience managing a collaborative publication platform, collaborative research project, development research or similar enterprise in the research and knowledge sector
    • experience managing government-grant funded projects is a plus
    • demonstrated commitment to issues relating to modern slavery, decent work, sustainable development, or related fields
    • a track record of successful fund-raising and grant-writing
    • outstanding people management skills, with at least 3 years’ experience managing small teams
    • first-rate oral communication and public speaking skills
    • a master’s-level degree, or higher, in a field relevant to the project’s work (e.g., economics, political science, international relations, business administration, history, sociology, law, communications)
    • first-rate English-language drafting skills; fluency in French and/or Spanish is a plus


    Remuneration will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

    Starting date

    September/October 2018


    This position is for 6 months, and expected to be renewed for a multiyear contract subject to satisfactory performance and availability of project funding.

    The successful candidate will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. Applications from suitably qualified woman candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.


    Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to and must include the following:

    • a cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11); please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
    • an updated curriculum vitae
    • full contact information of three (3) referees (e-mail, phone number and relationship)
    • an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2018/UNU/CPR/PSA/59)
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