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
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.
Supervisor: Regional Program Director, Europe and Central Asia
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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