Position Description

16m of the 25m victims of forced labor globally are estimated to be in private sector supply chains. Highest prevalence sectors include construction, domestic work, manufacturing, agriculture and hospitality. Business leadership and proactive business engagement is needed to generate market-based solutions to end modern slavery.

In close collaboration with the CEO, the Director of Business Engagement will be responsible for identifying, developing and executing win-win public private partnerships which create measurable value for government and the private sector, while simultaneously achieving a significant measurable reduction in the prevalence of slavery in a specific industry. This requires an extremely versatile, proactive, creative and results-oriented leader that can operate across multiple industries and between strategy and execution. Preference given to someone with international experience and expertise operating in wide variety of countries and cultures. Additional preference given to someone with experience in SE Asia. The Director will be a highly effective team leader, able to manage a remote team of investment associates and partners.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Aligned with GFEMS’ global coherent strategy and priority geographic and industry arcs, identify potential opportunities for transformative public-private partnerships to sustainably reduce prevalence at scale.
  • Lead outreach with the business community and private sector and collaborate with government and civil society.
  • Lead the business engagement team toward the development of quantifiable investment and business cases that will form the basis for project finance / PPP deal development. This will involve building valuations from a variety of public and private sector perspectives.
  • Lead the operationalization of promising PPPs in target countries. This may involve managing and overseeing consultants and partners to develop investment vehicles for public and private investment and incubating the operational team on the ground.
  • In collaboration with the CEO, raise additional funding and capital for the most promising investment opportunities.
  • Coordinate efforts with CEO to secure private sector commitments to specific actions and investment opportunities.
  • Ensure that public-private partnership development is fully integrated with GFEMS’ grant-making and prevalence measurement verticals.
  • As directed by the CEO, provide ad hoc support for private sector outreach and engagement.

Candidate Qualifications

  • At least 10 years of experience in senior operational leadership roles in the private sector including experience in operational functions such as global supply chain operations and strategy development. Preference given to candidates with international experience, especially in SE Asia.
  • Proven cross-cultural leader with deep international experience and networks in Asia.
  • Entrepreneurial leadership with a track record of developing and executing transformative strategies that achieve measurable value.
  • Proven ability to cultivate and secure partnerships at senior levels of the private sector and to collaborate with government and civil society.
  • Excellent analytical skills (financial, planning, operational) and communication skills (written and presentation).
  • Natural relationship-builder and highly collaborative - able to work with multiple, wide ranging personalities and cultures.
  • Strong team leader and able to train and grow the potential of others.