Organisation: Childfund International

Position: Project Director, US Policy on Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children

Location: Washington D.C. Office, USA

Salary: USD 120,000, with benefits


Closing date: 11/12/2022 (day/month/year)

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Project Director, US Policy on Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children

Childfund International


Worldwide, 570 million children live in extreme poverty, vulnerable to many factors that threaten their well-being. Children need protection, support, and care at each stage of childhood to stay safe, healthy, learning and on track to achieve their potential. ChildFund works with local partner organizations, governments, corporations, and individuals to help create the safe environments children need to thrive.

Job description

Purpose of the role

ChildFund Internationalhas launched an ambitious 2030 strategy, Growing Connections (see 2021 Annual Report), to reach ~100M children and family members annually to help children grow up healthy, educated, skilled, and safe. Our organization has been at the forefront of advocating to end online sexual exploitation and abuse of children (OSEAC) around the globe.

The Project Director, US Policy on Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children, will be responsible for implementing ChildFund’s three-year (October 2022 – October 2025) advocacy grant, Joint Community Action on US Policy on Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children (OSEAC). Over the grant period, the Project Director will be expected to manage the implementation of grant activities, track budget allocations, oversee consultants and interns and draft and submit any required reports.  Grant activities will include, but are not limited to, leading ChildFund’s engagement with the Ending OSEAC Coalition, supporting the non-profit community’s coordination on OSEAC-related advocacy efforts, advancing the coalition’s legislative goals through engagement of congressional offices, and conducting other activities, as needed, to achieve advocacy results.  The Project Director will report to the Vice President of External Affairs and work with the External Engagement team to achieve objectives.

The Project Director must also remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills which will enable you to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding policy and procedures, and conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Primary responsibilities

Lead Ending Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children (OSEAC) Coalition:

  • Lead and develop overarching advocacy strategy focused on the U.S. administration and Congress with the Ending OSEAC Coalition.
  • Convene coalition meetings.
  • Support member engagement and relationship-building.
  • Lead the development of materials related to the Ending OSEAC Coalition (e.g., provide content, revisions for policy briefs, collateral for donor/potential donors; draft/edit press releases; social media posts).
  • Lead cross-sharing between the Ending OSEAC Coalition and other child protection and child online safety-focused coalitions.

Lead Government Advocacy Strategy Development and Execution:

  • Lead US appropriations advocacy for OSEAC-related accounts.
  • Lead execution of OSEAC-related US government events (e.g., Hill briefings).
  • Incorporate the perspectives of youth advocates, survivors, and global stakeholders into the Coalition’s advocacy efforts.


  • Develop a fundraising plan with targets, cultivation, and outreach to new donors to ensure the work is supported beyond their primary donor partner.
  • As lead technical staff, support other business units to advance thought leadership, visibility and fundraising objectives for the organization.

Visibility Execution and Support

  • Cultivate relationships with US Government officials, global stakeholders and leading global and national coalitions, networks, and alliances.
  • Cultivate new partnerships with entities that advance the Ending OSEAC Coalition’s mission and grow its impact.
  • Support ChildFund’s global programmatic and technical approach to end OSEAC.

Grant Management

  • Develop and update annual workplans, including deadlines for key moments.
  • Be responsible for grant budget, including tracking grant expenditure, submitting invoices, etc.
  • Oversee consultants and interns, including developing terms of reference/job descriptions, leading recruitment, submitting required paperwork, etc.
  • Coordinate with relevant internal and external stakeholders to monitor progress and update workplans as necessary.

Candidate requirements

  • At least 10 years of experience in international development, advocacy, and related positions, with experience on child protection issues.
  • At least 3 years of experience contributing to advocacy or programmatic efforts related to OSEAC, child trafficking, gender-based violence or similar issues.
  • Executive presence.
  • Outstanding coalition, partnership, and relationship-building skills, especially with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent conflict resolution experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of advocacy theories of change, advocacy strategy development and experience executing advocacy trainings.
  • Experience and knowledge of issues and actors in Washington DC and/or the global space surrounding ending violence against children, gender and child rights.
  • Knowledge in building compelling online and offline advocacy actions to engage constituents and build issue awareness.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including experience tailoring messaging for advocacy audiences and social media (demonstrated ability to write blogs, policy briefs, advocacy agendas, etc.).
  • Proactive work style, detail oriented and ability to multi-task.  Self-starter and team player required.
  • Demonstrated experience in building or executing a citizen engagement advocacy agenda desired.
  • Fluency in English and excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficiency in French, Portuguese or Spanish preferred.


Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Public Affairs or related field required; post graduate degree preferred.

ChildFund International is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children.

Please note that all interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

How to apply

Please send a letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the post with your CV/resume (no photos) in strict confidence by email only to: Isabel Leal,

Please ensure that they are sent as PDF documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV.”

Please do include a written sample in English (e.g., published article, feature, or link to publication with your name as author) along with your CV and cover letter.

Please put “ChildFund – Project Director” in the email subject line. Also please let us know where you saw the post advertised.

The deadline for application is Sunday, 11th December 2022

Daryl Upsall International actively promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion. In recruiting candidates, we seek candidates with the proven skills required, irrespective of race, gender, religion or belief, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Contact person: Isabel Leal

Response email: Click here to email the recruiter


Preferred method of response: Email

Closing date: 2022-12-11

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