June 1, 2021

Country Director, Brazil

  • Deadline: 01/07/2021
  • Location: TBD
  • Organization: Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
Full Time

Job Title: Country Director, Brazil

Reports to: Director of Grant Programs

Location: TBD

Position type: Independent Contractor

At this time, GFEMS is not sponsoring applicants for work visas and is only able to consider candidates with existing work authorization in Brazil.

About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold international fund forging public-private partnerships and catalyzing a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery. Our mission is to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.


The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is an international nonprofit fund catalyzing a coherent global strategy to end human trafficking. With leadership from government and the private sector around the world, the Fund is mobilizing resources, designing public-private partnerships, funding new tools and methods for sustainable solutions, and assessing impact to better equip our partners to scale and replicate solutions. We invite you to read more about the Fund’s strategy and early investment priorities at www.gfems.org.


Contractor Position Summary

The Fund seeks qualified applicants to provide services to GFEMS in the capacity of Country Director in Brazil. The Country Director will lead implementation of GFEMS-funded projects in Brazil, ensuring subrecipients adhere to the expectations and obligations of their agreements. This may require capacity-building and/or technical support at times.


The ideal contractor will be a proactive and inclusive problem-solver who identifies and mitigates challenges early on. The Country Director will also monitor relevant local anti-trafficking events, trends, and political dynamics, and support local stakeholder engagement. Finally, the Country Director will professionally represent GFEMS to program partners, program participants, and government and private sector stakeholders.


Please Note: This opportunity is contingent upon project award and funding.


Responsibilities may include:

Leading the start-up and implementation of programs

Monitoring project implementing organizations’ coordination with key stakeholders, and supporting this coordination and communication as appropriate;

Providing strategic and operational support as needed to subgrantees;

Conducting regular informal spot checks on project activities and adherence to safeguarding best practices to identify any potential fraud, waste, or abuse of project-funding;

Identifying upcoming project risks, events or deadlines for decision/action or other emerging problems requiring GFEMS’ visibility and attention, and providing succinct, action-oriented recommendations to GFEMS on how best to address;

Responding to subgrantees’ request for information and guidance from GFEMS – and referring questions and issues to appropriate GFEMS staff;

In coordination with the Fund, facilitate subrecipient training on matters related to Subaward terms and conditions;

Supporting visits to Brazil of GFEMS staff and donor representatives by arranging meetings, translating documents, and interpreting during meetings with subgrantees, government officials, and other stakeholders.


Engaging with stakeholders and contributing to the design of the strategy and investment pipeline for Brazil;

Liaising with relevant corporations and other private sector actors, non-governmental and civil society organizations, and government and multilateral (UN) agencies at meetings or conferences;

Alerting GFEMS about political events or other developments in the country and providing rapid read-outs on government pronouncements, policies, legal decisions, law enforcement actions in the human trafficking realm;

Providing rapid read-outs on government pronouncements, policies, legal decisions, law enforcement actions in the human trafficking realm;

Monitoring private sector activities that relate to human trafficking and identifying opportunities for new or enhanced GFEMS engagement of private sector entities in Brazil;

Formulating strategic ideas and innovative solutions to reduce forced labour across sectors in Brazil.


Providing support across Latin America as needed

While the core responsibilities of the Brazil Country Director will be related to Brazil, there will also be a need to support GFEMS’s outreach, stakeholder engagement, and strategy in other countries in Latin America.


This is a two (2) year contract opportunity. The Country Director will be expected to be able to communicate with GFEMS headquarters in the Washington, DC area periodically, including during eastern standard time (EST) business hours.


Required Experience/Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (advanced degree preferred)

Fluency in Portuguese and in English, in verbal and written communications

10+ years professional work experience in the social sector. The following experience is considered a plus:

Work or lived experience in modern slavery or a related field (e.g., trafficking, migration, labor, victim welfare) or in a related humanitarian or international development assistance field

Work experience in the agriculture sector would constitute a strong advantage;

Work experience as a funder / working in a foundation in grant management in Brazil is highly preferred (particularly management of foreign government funds)

Work experience in monitoring and evaluation

A demonstrable strong network of relevant funders, nonprofits and service providers within Brazil that are relevant to the Fund’s work

Entrepreneurial mindset and project management skills; able to work independently and effectively

Expertise in setting strategy and executing activities in accordance with predetermined goals, objectives, and logframe indicators

Demonstrated experience evaluating, identifying, and resolving problems related to program implementation

Experience implementing large grants with government donor funding

Familiarity with safeguarding and protection policies for vulnerable groups; practice adopting and integrating trauma-informed approaches highly desired

Strong organization and interpersonal skills

Ability to work under political and time pressure to meet deadlines

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive applications; familiarity with Slack desired

Eligibility to live and work as an independent contractor in Brazil


To Apply

Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] – Country Director, Brazil and use the subject line Country Director, Brazil. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP. Please include compensation expectations and soonest available start date in your application submission.



GFEMS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


GFEMS is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We take all possible measures to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.


How to apply:

Eunice Laryea - eunice.laryea@gfems.org