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Senior Program Officer, MENA

MENA – Washington, District of Columbia
Department MENA
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Experienced

The following position is available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Department: Program Officer III or IV

 Grade Level: Professional III or IV (depending on experience and qualifications)

About 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. Its programs are based on the fundamental principle that working people can, by exercising their right to freedom of association and forming trade unions and democratic worker rights organizations, collectively improve their jobs and workplaces, call on their governments to uphold laws and protect human rights, and be a force for democracy, social justice and inclusive economic development. Founded in 1997 and allied with the U.S. labor movement, its programs in more than 60 countries focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, occupational safety and health, economic literacy, human trafficking, women’s empowerment and bolstering workers in an increasingly informal economy.

Personal Qualities

The successful candidate will bring a strong social justice orientation and a passion for worker rights.  S/he 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 advancing the cause of workers around the world. 

 

Basic Qualifications, PO-4: A Senior Program Officer must have the ability to work independently and without supervision, and must have extensive knowledge of international relations, trade unions and socioeconomic and political developments in the United States and abroad. Previous trade union experience highly desirable. In addition, s/he must have:

  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and of make substantive decisions that have major effects on costs and completion of projects
  • 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
  • Experience managing development assistance programs
  • Good communications and writing skills in English
  • Arabic fluency, both spoken and written 
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets
  • The ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people

    Persons considered for this position must agree to accept temporary or indefinite assignments as a field representative, based on the needs of the Solidarity Center. 

Summary of Position: This is the most senior bargaining unit program position.  The Senior Program Officer is responsible for day-to-day support and counsel to field offices and programs. S/he is thoroughly conversant with all aspects of regional program activities and current events relevant to ongoing political, economic, social, worker rights and trade union developments in the region. S/he is the main contact between the Washington office and the field. S/he has working knowledge of and experience with U.S. government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.

The Senior Program Officer writes persuasive proposals, describes complex activities and develops budgets for those activities. S/he participates in the development and implementation of trade union development programs. S/he produces well-written program reports and evaluations. S/he monitors programs to meet budget targets and programmatic results. S/he prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with other sections of the Solidarity Center, as required. S/he provides advice and guidance to Field Representatives 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 offices and programs. S/he draws on his/her experience to initiate program proposals and seek funding.

 

Basic Qualifications PO-3: A Program Officer III must have the ability to work independently and without supervision and must have extensive knowledge of international relations, and trade union, socioeconomic and political developments in the United States and abroad. Previous trade union experience highly desirable. In addition, s/he must have:

  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and of make substantive decisions that have major effects on costs and completion of projects
  • Experience managing development assistance programs
  • 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 in English
  • Arabic fluency, both spoken and written 
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets
  • The ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people

Persons considered for this position must agree to accept temporary or indefinite assignments as a field representative, based on the needs of the Center. 

Summary of Position: This is a senior-level position. The Program Officer III is responsible for day-to-day support and counsel to field offices and programs. S/he is thoroughly conversant with all aspects of regional program activities and current events relevant to ongoing political, economic, social, worker rights and trade union developments in the region. S/he is the main contact between the Washington office and the field. S/he has working knowledge of an experience in U.S. government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.

The Program Officer III writes persuasive proposals, describes complex activities and develops budgets for those activities. S/he participates in the development and implementation of trade union development programs. S/he produces well-written program reports and evaluations. S/he monitors programs to meet budget targets and programmatic results. S/he prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with other sections of the Solidarity Center, as required. S/he provides advice and guidance to Country Program Directors 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 offices and programs. S/he draws on his/her experience to initiate program proposals and seek funding.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Proficiency in French
  • Previous trade union experience
  • Knowledge of labor, economics, trade, privatization, equality & inclusion, and migrant worker issues
  • Knowledge of international worker rights instruments and global labor organizations
  • Knowledge of democracy and governance funding sources in the DC area and in the USA
  • Experience working in a team environment at an NGO with headquarters and field offices
  • Experience working with organizations in the MENA region
  • Experience living in the MENA region
  • Experience developing and facilitating training programs
  • Strong program development, financial management, and evaluation skills

 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. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    MENA
  • Employment Type
    Full-time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
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