Project Coordinator, Mexico (Contract)

Position: Project Coordinator, Mexico (Contract)

Salary: Commensurate with experience  

FLSA Status: Fulltime, Exempt

Term:  March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2019 with possibility of extension

Reports to: Global Hotlines Program Director

Location: Mexico City, Mexico (telework or shared space)

Other: Please submit a cover letter that includes salary history and any compensation requirements


The Global Program at Polaris works with partners in Mexico to strengthen a North American safety net to effectively identify and serve survivors of forced labor and sex trafficking through a partnership with a Mexico National Human Trafficking Hotline. The team also strives to expand broad stakeholder engagement and political will to raise the profile of human trafficking, particularly the underreported area of forced labor. The Global Program collaborates closely with other teams at Polaris focused on addressing the sex trafficking of women and girls from Latin America to the US and on data collection, sharing and analysis to advance understanding of human trafficking in the region.

Polaris’ Washington-DC based team has built relationships with relevant stakeholders in Mexico and seeks to expand these to advance the vision of eliminating human trafficking across North America. To this end, we are seeking a full-time contractor to represent Polaris in Mexico and play a leading role in country program management and partnership building.

The successful candidate must excel in a fast-paced and evolving environment that values innovation, efficiency, collaboration, and service, and is committed to achieving exceptional results.  S/he will be an independent worker who is adept at building relationships and executing on projects.




Program Management

  • Manage the development and implementation of medium and long-term strategies for Polaris engagement in Mexico;

  • Manage deliverables and tracking outcomes for grant-funded work in Mexico and contribute to donor reports;

  • Serve as the main point of contact with Polaris’ primary partner in the region, Consejo Ciudadano de Seguridad Pública del Distrito Federal (CC), conduct regular meetings with CC staff, provide support as needed and track progress on grant-funded activities;

  • Provide support to consultants engaged for specific scopes of work;

  • Deliver regular updates and reports as required to Polaris staff on trends and developments affecting the human trafficking field in Mexico and implications for ongoing work;

  • Contribute to advancing a productive dialogue on sex trafficking and forced labor in Mexico and identifying points of common interest with initiatives that focus on related issues; and

  • Cultivate relationships with potential future sources of funding.


Partnership Building

  • Identify appropriate partners and collaborators for Polaris’ goals in Mexico and engage in ongoing discussions to nurture and cultivate these relationships;

  • Convene meetings as required with a variety of stakeholders including government and civil society representing a cross-section of rights issues relevant to sex trafficking and forced labor and maintain active relationships;

  • Represent Polaris at conferences, roundtables and other dialogues relevant to the work; and

  • Navigate differences in approach and perspectives in the human trafficking field with a high degree of diplomacy and tact.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum seven years of relevant professional experience, ideally with a working knowledge of labor issues in Mexico;

  • Strong program and/or project management skills;

  • Capacity to communicate fluently with different counterparts (civil society, government authorities, local communities, project staff) to build support and networks;

  • Demonstrated analytical skills in order to identify systemic issues and derive viable, sustainable solutions;

  • Good knowledge of organizations and actors relevant to advancing work on human trafficking in Mexico and experience with the context beyond Mexico City;

  • Communicates verbally and in writing clearly, succinctly and convincingly; listens and communicates effectively to engage others;

  • Excellent judgment and a deep commitment to our mission of combating human trafficking and modern slavery;

  • Ability to represent Polaris as a trusted and reliable partner;

  • Native or bilingual proficiency in Spanish; full professional proficiency in English; and

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 20% of time.


Preferred Requirements

  • Citizen and/or resident of Mexico; and

  • Established contacts and relationships in Mexico.



  • Survivors of human trafficking encouraged to apply;

  • Subject to a criminal background check;

  • Subject to a probationary term contingent on training performance; and

  • Request for three professional and/or personal references.


Values Statement

The work of Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs that provide a common starting point for all of our activities. At Polaris, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about combating all forms of human trafficking and who will strive to embody and model these values within the Polaris community and in the anti-trafficking field. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with these values and our mission statement before submitting your application. You can find a full description of our values here.