Field Program Specialist, Uzbekistan

Europe and Central Asia · Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Department Europe and Central Asia
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation 82,994

This position is considered key personnel and therefore is contingent upon funding and donor approval

Location: Tashkent

Deadline to Apply: October 7, 2022


Solidarity Center seeks a Field Program Specialist (FPS) in Uzbekistan for day-to-day support and counsel to the Country Program Director on programmatic issues related to the implementation of a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funded project to improve labor conditions in the cotton sector in Uzbekistan.  The Field Program Specialist will serve as the designated Program Director for this project and assist on other work related to Uzbekistan as required.  The position is dependent on the successful award of funding for this project. 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 the region.  The FPS will be a main point of contact between Tashkent, the Solidarity Center field office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Washington headquarters. This person must have working knowledge of and experience in USG regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.


The FPS will produce program reports and evaluations, which will require some knowledge of US Government funding regulations and procedures. This person will monitor the project to meet budget targets and programmatic results.  This person will provide  advice and guidance to the Country Program Director for the development and implementation of programs, the drafting and submission of concept papers and project proposals to donor organizations, and the effective management of field office and programs. 


The FPS will assist and advise the Country Program Director on details of programs in Uzbekistan. In coordination with the Country Program Director, this individual will work closely with stakeholders in the region to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of Solidarity Center programs.  The FPS will assist with and, when necessary, provide logistical support for international visitors and participants in country-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, Global Union Federations (GUFs) and other related organizations. The FPS will represent Solidarity Center at various meetings and conferences. This individual must have the experience and presence to represent Solidarity Center effectively in public and private meetings with donors, partners, and national and international organizations. 



  • Fluency in the following language(s): English, Russian (Preferred: Uzbek)
  • Bachelor’s or higher, or 5 years relevant experience
  • Extensive knowledge of international relations, international labor standards, supply chain oversight and improvement mechanisms, and/or socio-economic and political developments
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of cooperative agreement and/or contract requirements
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations
  • Experience with designing and implementing results-based monitoring systems for projects focused on capacity building
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people  
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets
  • Good communications and writing skills in English and the local language

Additional Preferences

  • Labor/sustainable supply chain management experience
  • Experience in Central Asia
  • Previous trade union experience and/or experience in international labor affairs

    Supervisor: Regional Program Director, in close coordination with the Country Program Director

    Specific Duties

    • Provide Washington office with programmatic financial and administrative information and reports;
    • Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
    • Conduct issue research for use by headquarters and other field offices;
    • Assist Washington office to arrange in-country study tours for U.S. visitors, and set-up meetings with local trade unions, government and non-government organizations involved in efforts to promote labor rights standards and democracy;
    • Coordinate activities with other Solidarity Center program departments;
    • Develop in-country coalition-building contacts with local and U.S. labor, government, and non-governmental organizations in the region; 
    • Assist and advise Country Program Director on program development and proposal writing;
    • In the absence of the Country Program Director, develop and implement regional and sub-regional programs and programs in countries;
    • Keep up to date via Washington headquarters on USAID, NED, and U.S. government rules and regulations that affect program management;
    • Recommend outside program consultants and other technical staff in accordance with field office needs;
    • Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of field projects and recruit evaluators;
    • Support field trips by Solidarity Center personnel;
    • In the absence of the Country Program Director, share information on country conditions and labor issues as requested by Washington;
    • Monitor programs to meet budget targets;
    • Represent the Solidarity Center as directed;
    • Furnish financial and administrative information as required by Washington headquarters; and
    • At the direction of the Country Program Director, initiate concept papers and program proposals and seek funding for same.

    In the absence of the Country Program Director, the Field Program Specialist, under the direction of the Regional Program Director, oversees the entire operation of the office, and performs additional duties as required.

    As part of the collective bargaining unit, this position is generously compensated with an annual salary starting at around $83,000 which may be subject to U.S. foreign earned income tax exclusion for American citizens (please consult a tax professional to verify). A robust benefits package includes excellent health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. In addition, as an expatriate position, the Senior Specialist is entitled to housing, relocation expenses, annual home leave, and an education allowance for dependents. Field assignments typically last from three to six years, with the option to transfer to another post at the end of the assignment.

    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. Job seekers who require a reasonable accommodation to apply should contact us at:

    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.

    For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Solidarity Center works in partnership with the AFL-CIO on recruiting and filling positions. For that reason, our policy is to notify the AFL-CIO prior to interviewing any of its current employees.

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    • Location
      Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    • Department
      Europe and Central Asia
    • Employment Type
    • Minimum Experience
    • Compensation