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Senior Specialist, Cambodia

TUS – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Department TUS
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Experienced

 Solidarity Center

Senior Specialist for Organizing
Trade Union Strengthening Department

This position is based in Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

The Solidarity Center is looking for a Senior Specialist for Organizing to help build union organizing, collective bargaining strategies and learning programs for union partners in Cambodia, with additional assignments throughout the region. Extensive experience as an organizing director or lead organizer for a labor union is required. Additional experience in union management and internal organizing is highly desirable. The position requires regular travel throughout Cambodia and the region, and strong writing and analytic skills.

The Solidarity Center 
The Solidarity Center is committed to empowering women and men around the world to attain safe and dignified livelihoods, exercise their fundamental labor rights and have a voice in shaping work conditions and public policies that impact their lives. The Solidarity Center believes workers accomplish this by organizing and joining unions through which they negotiate collective improvements as well as build and balance power at the workplace and within the global economy.

Allied with the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center’s professional staff of over 230 people work in more than 60 countries with 400-plus labor unions and allied organizations. The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization supporting workers—in garment factories, hotels, home service, seafood processing, mining, agriculture, informal marketplaces, manufacturing, the public sector and beyond—as they exercise their rights, including organizing for safer work sites, demanding living wages, improving laws (and the enforcement of existing laws) that protect working people, and fighting exploitation and abuse.

Summary of Position
The Senior Specialist for Organizing is a senior-level position with responsibility for union building. S/he will develop, implement and monitor organizing campaigns for multiple unions and staff teams. The Senior Specialist for Organizing will help build the capacity of Solidarity Center partner unions to create winning organizing campaigns, both internal and external, and support union bargaining teams in developing collective bargaining strategies.

To be successful, the Senior Specialist for Organizing must provide advice, guidance, training and mentoring to Solidarity Center union partners at the national and local levels. S/he prepares and exchanges information, and coordinates activities with various Solidarity Center departments, the AFL-CIO and other allied worker rights organizations. S/he produces well-written program reports and evaluations, and monitors programs to meet budget targets and programmatic results. 

Personal Qualities
The successful candidate will bring a sound union organizing background with at least 7-10 years of experience. Candidates should have a strong commitment to the Solidarity Center's mission and a passion for worker rights. S/he will have demonstrated good judgment in U.S. and international political environments and have the confidence, tenacity, energy, patience and drive to work with others in a multilayered international organization advancing the cause of workers around the world.

Basic Qualifications: The Senior Specialist for Organizing must have the ability to work independently and manage multiple assignments simultaneously. S/he must have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or 10 years of equivalent work experience. Good communications and writing skills are a must. Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets is required. S/he must have the ability to work and interact easily with a diverse group of people. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.

Supervisor: Director, Trade Union Strengthening Department

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

If interested, complete the application and upload cover letter and résumé.

Only finalist applicants will be contacted for an interview.


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. 

Closing date of application:   When filled.

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