Country Program Director for Southeast Europe

Europe and Central Asia · Belgrade, Serbia
Department Europe and Central Asia
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $105,742

Deployment of expatriates to Serbia 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: November 1, 2021

Deadline to Apply: Until Filled

Location: Belgrade/Remote


Solidarity Center seeks a trade unionist with experience working on campaigns and on organized efforts to defend and promote trade union rights legislation to serve as its Country Program Director (CPD) for Southeast Europe. This individual must be able to demonstrate knowledge of worker rights issues and the development of trade unions in the Balkan region.

The Country Program Director manages the Belgrade field office and designs and implements worker rights programs in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Hercegovina. This individual represents Solidarity Center and keeps headquarters informed of significant developments in the assigned countries through periodic program reports and regular communication.  This individual must be conversant in current political, economic, social and trade union developments across the region.  The Country Program Director must have sound judgment and a good political sense that facilitate decision-making, particularly for times when headquarters cannot be reached. Proficiency in one of the languages of the region is preferred.


The Country Program Director works closely with AFL-CIO affiliates, the ITUC and its regional organizations, and the international trade secretariats to facilitate their participation in Solidarity Center programs.  The CPD also provides logistical support for visitors from the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUFs, the donor agency and/or other organizations.  This individual must have the experience and presence to represent the policies and programs of the Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO in public and private meetings with donors, partners, and other organizations. As pandemic restrictions are lifted, this position will include travel (around 25-50% of the time) to implement programs in the three assigned countries.


Fundraising for programs is a significant component of this position, so the Country Program Director must be able to write persuasive concept papers and proposals. This individual is expected to develop and maintain positive relationships with the appropriate personnel at the USAID missions and the US Embassies and keep them informed about Solidarity Center’s work in the assigned countries.  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 development of the country, and the ways in which the Solidarity Center program contributes to and enhances their ability to accomplish their strategic objectives.

This individual must have experience in managing grants in order to monitor programs for progress toward expected programmatic results as well as compliance with budget targets 

and funding agency requirements. For this reason, a working knowledge of US Government funding regulations and procedures is important and highly desirable.     


The Country Program Director manages the operations of the assigned field offices and supervises the country staff.  This individual ensures that the operations of the field office conform to the host country labor code and other pertinent laws. The CPD also is responsible for compliance with Solidarity Center policies.


  • Extensive knowledge of international relations and trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad
  • Knowledge of worker rights issues and the development of trade unions in the Balkan region
  • Experience with trade unions, specifically working on union campaigns and organized efforts to defend and promote trade union rights legislation
  • Experience with US Government regulations and procedures related to grant management
  • 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 and/or ten years equivalent work experience
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people
  • Fluency or proficiency in Serbian, Montenegrin, and/or Bosnian languages is preferred

Supervisor: Regional Program Director, Europe and Central Asia

Specific Duties


  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the field office;
  • Recruit, select and supervise local hire staff;
  • Ensure compliance of the office with Solidarity Center and AFL-CIO policies and procedures and applicable donor and federal government regulations;
  • Design, develop and implement country or regional programs, which respond to the strategies, goals and objectives of the donor organizations, the AFL-CIO and the Solidarity Center’s partners in the field;
  • Initiate concept papers and program proposals and seek funding for same;
  • Prepare timely, well-written reports in accordance with the deadline schedule;
  • Monitor program performance and results; discuss substantive changes required with Program Officer/Regional Program Director;
  • Monitor program expenditures to meet budget targets;
  • Work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in Solidarity Center programs;
  • Manage the logistics for field trips by Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO and affiliate personnel;
  • Develop 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; 
  • Provide assistance and support for program evaluations or audits of field projects/offices;
  • Travel on a TDY 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.

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.

Hiring for this position is contingent upon donor approval of the candidate.

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.

For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.

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  • Location
    Belgrade, Serbia
  • Department
    Europe and Central Asia
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation