Country Program Director, Albania

Europe and Central Asia · Tirana, Albania
Department Europe and Central Asia
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $103,669

This is an expatriate position. The start date will depend upon COVID19 developments and the feasibility of travel. Once relocation is permitted and confirmed to be safe, the Country Program Director will be deployed to the country of assignment.

Anticipated Start Date: August 30, 2021

Deadline to Apply: Until Filled

Location: Tirana/Remote



Solidarity Center seeks a Country Program Director (CPD) for Albania to be responsible for the effective start up and management of the Tirana field office and programs, and to represent the organization in country.  While the position is based in Tirana, the Country Program Director will design and implement field programs in Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia.  This individual must become thoroughly conversant with all aspects of regional program activities and current events relevant to the on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments in these three countries.  The Country Program Director must have sound judgment and a good political sense for decision-making, particularly at times when headquarters cannot be reached for consultation. 

Whoever holds this position will need a working knowledge of and experience in US Government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants. The CPD will be expected to seek funding for programs that address the needs of the partner trade unions, the AFL-CIO, and the US strategy for Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia. This will include developing and writing effective concept papers and funding proposals.  The CPD will monitor programs for progress toward anticipated results as well as compliance with budget targets.  This individual will keep headquarters informed of significant developments in Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia through periodic program reports and other correspondence.


The Country Program Director works closely with AFL-CIO affiliates, the ITUC and its regional organizations, and the international trade secretariats, within approved communications guidelines, to facilitate their participation in Solidarity Center programs.  This individual provides logistical support for visitors from the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUFs, donor agencies, and other organizations.  The role requires someone with the experience and presence to represent accurately and effectively in public fora and in private meetings with donors, partners, and other organizations, the policies and programs of the Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO.  This position includes extensive travel within the region (10-20% of workdays, health and safety conditions permitting) and fills in for other Country Program Directors on a temporary or indefinite basis as needed and when feasible.


The Country Program Director will manage operations in the Tirana field office and supervise locally hired staff.  This individual will ensure that field office operations conform to Albania’s labor code and other pertinent laws.


The Country Program Director is responsible for compliance with Solidarity Center policies and US regulations governing grants.  An important part of this role is the development and maintenance of positive relationships with funders and US Embassy personnel, keeping them informed about the Solidarity Center’s work in Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia.  The Country Program Director follows the evolution of country development strategies and ensures that USAID and the Embassy understand both the role of the labor movement in the relevant country's development, and the ways in which the Solidarity Center program contributes to and enhances their ability to accomplish their strategic objectives.                                


Basic Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of international relations and trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad. 
  • Understanding of international labor law questions.
  • Skills and knowledge of building new union organizations, including experience with trade union organizing.
  • Experience building broad coalitions.
  • Experience addressing occupational safety and health issues and the ability to provide expert advice to unions and government on standards and enforcement.
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people. 
  • Ability to work independently and without supervision.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and make substantive decisions that have major effects on costs and completion of projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields (or equivalent work experience) with ten years additional professional experience.
  • Strong communication and writing skills, including the ability to write effectively in English with minimal editing.
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets.


Fluency in the Albanian language is a plus.


Supervisor: Regional Program Director for Europe and Central Asia

Specific Duties:

  • Start up and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Tirana field office.
  • Recruit, select and supervise local-hire staff.
  • Ensure compliance of the Tirana office with Solidarity Center and AFL-CIO policies and procedures and applicable donor and federal government regulations.
  • Design, develop and implement programs in Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia which respond to the strategies, goals and objectives of the donors, the AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center partners in the field.
  • Initiate concept papers and program proposals and seek funding for same.
  • Prepare well-written reports.
  • Monitor program performance and results; discuss substantive changes with Program Officer/Regional Program Director.
  • Monitor program expenditures to meet budget targets.
  • Coordinate the participation of AFL-CIO affiliates in Solidarity Center programs.
  • Manage the logistics for field trips by Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, and affiliate personnel.
  • Develop solid relationships with US government personnel in country and ensure that they understand the role of labor in development and of Solidarity Center programs in the context of their country strategy.
  • Share information on country conditions and labor issues.
  • Assist with and support program evaluations or audits of field projects/offices.
  • Travel on a temporary basis to conduct and/or oversee program development and implementation in other countries in the region.
  • Develop coalition-building contacts with national and international labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the country or region.

This position is contingent upon approval of funding.


As a field-based assignment within the collective bargaining unit, this position includes compensation to expatriate hires for housing, relocation, home leave, and education for dependents, in addition to a generous annual salary and benefits package. Field assignments typically last from three to six years, with the option to transfer to another post at the end of the assignment.


About Us:


The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization. Its programs are based on the principle that, by exercising their right to freedom of association and forming trade unions and democratic worker rights organizations, working people can collectively improve their workplaces, call on governments to uphold laws and protect human rights, and be a force for democracy, social justice and inclusive economic development. Its programs in more than 60 countries focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, occupational safety and health, gender equality, migration and human trafficking and pro-legal strategies, bolstering workers in an increasingly informal economy. Founded in 1997 by the AFL-CIO to tackle the enormous challenges workers face in the global economy, the Solidarity Center works to promote democratic rights and respect for workers; raise public awareness about abuses of the world’s most vulnerable workers; and, above all, help the world’s workers secure a voice in their societies and the global economy.


The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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  • Location
    Tirana, Albania
  • Department
    Europe and Central Asia
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  • Minimum Experience
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