Country Manager, India - Independent Contractor


Job Title:       Country Manager, India - Independent Contractor

About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold public-private partnership that seeks to catalyze and coordinate a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery. Our mission is to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.  

GFEMS will make grants across sectors and geographies with a focus on three core funding themes: rule of law, business engagement, and sustaining freedom.  The Fund’s strategy also includes the development of public-private investments across key industries and innovative approaches to evaluating what works in reducing the prevalence of modern slavery. We invite you to read more about the fund’s strategy and early investment priorities at

Scope of Work and Responsibilities

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery seeks a Country Manager for its India portfolio. The four key areas of work for the Country Manager, including approximate percentage breakdown in level of effort  are detailed below.

Monitoring and supporting the implementation of existing programs (30%)

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

  • Providing strategic and operational support as needed to grantees

  • 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 project implementing organizations’ request for information and guidance from GFEMS

Engaging with stakeholders and contributing to the design of the strategy and investment pipeline for India (30%)

  • 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

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

  • Formulating strategic ideas and innovative solutions to reduce forced labour across sectors in India

Exploring the value of setting up an India-based GFEMS presence and managing government / external relations to position GFEMS for success (20%)

  • Exploring potential options and pros/cons for the creation of a GFEMS’ office in India, based on GFEMS’ strategy for India.

  • As directed by supervisors, represent GFEMS in India as the main point of contact for external stakeholders, especially the Government and ensuring that GFEMS is positioned for success in India

Providing support across South Asia as needed (20%)

  • While the core responsibilities of the India Country Manager will be related to India, there will also be a need to support GFEMS’s outreach and strategy in South Asia, including Bangladesh.

 This role will be structured as an independent contractor for a 2-year period, with an expected level of effort not to exceed 40 hours / week. The Country Manager will be expected to be able to communicate with GFEMS headquarters in the Washington, DC area periodically, including during business hours on the DC timezone. This Country Manager will have a dual reporting line to the Director of Grant Programs and the Regional Director, Asia.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of (1) value for money, including cost assessment; (2) the degree to which their proposal demonstrates the following education-level, skills, and capabilities; and (3) availability. 

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree from accredited university (advanced degree preferred)

  • Fluency in Hindi and in English, in verbal and written communications

  • 8-10 years professional work experience in the social sector. The following experience is considered a plus:

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

    • Work experience in the construction sector would constitute a strong advantage; experience in the apparel/textile industry would also be appreciated

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

    • Work experience in monitoring and evaluation

  • A demonstrable strong network of relevant funders, non-profits and service providers relevant to GFEMS’ work / across GFEMS’ existing portfolio

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

  • Expertise in setting strategy and pipeline development for investments / grants

  • Strong organization and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work under political and time pressure and meet deadlines

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive applications

  • Eligibility to live and work as an independent contractor in India


Interested individuals should submit a proposal for service to using “Country Manager - India” as the subject line, by the deadline noted in the section below.

Proposals must include:

  • A memo outlining the applicant’s:

    • Interest in working with GFEMS

    • Understanding of the anti-slavery landscape in India

    • Match with the required skillset

    • Proposed hourly rate for services, including a break-out of estimated regular expenses

    • Available start-date

  • Current resume

  • List of 2+ relevant references that can speak to the consultant’s skill in conducting similar projects

Please submit your proposal as a single PDF titled with your name and Country Manager - India in the format “[firstname lastname Country Manager - India].


  • Deadline for proposal: December 13, 2018 (11pm IST)

  • GFEMS review and screening of top applicant: December 20, 2018

  • Final selection and contracting: January 4, 2019

  • Contract start date: ASAP in January 2019

Important Notice: This RFP is not an offer. This RFP is an invitation for the submission of a proposal for the provision of the deliverables described in this RFP.

Sara Beatty