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Solidarity Center

Program Assistant

Middle East and North Africa – Washington, District of Columbia
Department Middle East and North Africa
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

The Solidarity Center

The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job and greater equity at work and in their community. Allied with the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center assists workers across the globe as, together, they fight discrimination, exploitation and the systems that entrench poverty—to achieve shared prosperity in the global economy.

The Center seeks a Program Assistant to assist the Middle East and North Africa department to advance the Center’s mission in the region.  The program assistant position focuses on providing support to the department's program staff including financial management of program budgets.  This position is non-exempt.  The Washington, D.C. based Center has a staff of 225 and an annual budget of $35 million. The position is based in Washington, DC. 

Personal Qualities:

The successful candidate will bring a strong social justice orientation and a passion for worker rights.  He or she will have good judgment in U.S. and international political environments and the confidence, tenacity, energy, patience, and drive to work with others in this multilayered international organization to advance the cause of workers around the world. 

Summary of Position: This is an entry level program position for an individual aspiring to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a Program Officer and Country Program Director.  The Program Assistant must stay informed about current events relevant to the on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments in his/her region.  At the direction of the Regional Program Director and based on the needs of the Center, the Program Assistant may be assigned to any program office on a temporary basis.  Under the guidance of the Regional Program Director s/he drafts proposals and reports.  S/he is able to handle multiple tasks related to program development and implementation with attention to detail.  Some program-related overseas travel may be required.   The Program Assistant prepares and exchanges information with other sections of the Center, as required.  S/he may be asked to attend meetings or conferences for the Center.

Basic Qualifications: A Program Assistant must have basic knowledge of international relations issues.  Previous trade union experience is highly desirable.  Good communications and writing skills are a must.  Basic computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets is required.   A Program Assistant must have the ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people. A degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or a minimum of three years pertinent work experience is required.  Excellent verbal communication and writing skills in English and Arabic languages is required.  French is a plus.

Supervisor:  Regional Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa

Specific Duties:

  • Conduct issue research for use by Center headquarters and field offices;
  • Draft, edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
  • Assist field offices to arrange study tours in the U.S. from the regions;
  • Respond to field office requests for information and resource materials;
  • Coordinate activities with the Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • Assist, as required, the Center’s other regional and functional offices;
  • Relate to outside organizations;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Good sense of humor is a plus.

Additional skills highly preferred:

  • Familiarity with electronic research packages such as Lexis-Nexis and PIERS;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Strong computer skills;
  • Experience working in community advocacy or trade union organizing;
  • Experience in providing support to program staff with financial management of program budgets:  includes experience in tracking financial reports, review of receipts, and assisting with projecting spending;
  • Experience with donor organizations and their overall requirements, including reprogramming grants and budgets and reclassifying expenditures as necessary;
  • Experience with preparation of wire transfer requests, tracking and troubleshooting, if needed, and,
  • Experience developing training materials.

The duration of this position as with all positions at the Solidarity Center is contingent upon continued grant funding.

The Solidarity Center is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on 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. 

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