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Solidarity Center

Field Program Specialist – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Africa – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Department Africa
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Experienced

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.

Founded in 1997, the Solidarity Center works with unions, worker associations and community groups to provide a wide range of education, training, research, legal support and other resources to help build strong and effective trade unions and more just and equitable societies. 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. Solidarity Center programs support and contribute to the global movement for labor rights.

The Solidarity Center seeks a field program specialist to lead the work of advancing the organization's mission in Ethiopia. The field program specialist reports directly to the Solidarity Center’s Regional Program Director for Africa and works in close partnership with the U.S. labor movement, global union federations and Ethiopian unions and worker organizations. The Washington, D.C.,-based Solidarity Center has a staff of 225 and an annual budget of more than $30 million. The position requires residency in Addis Ababa and frequent travel within the region. 

 Specific Requirements:

  • Organizing and bargaining experience

  • Demonstrated experience with USAID reporting and program implementation

  • Detail-oriented, able to ensure that programs are completed on time and on budget, and able to work independently

  • Demonstrated commitment to worker rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment

  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously

  • Excellent communications and writing skills in English

  • A sense of humor and an ability to work within a team and with a wide variety of people

The following experience is highly desirable:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management concepts and processes 

Personal Qualities:

The successful candidate will bring a sense of passion about the region and its politics, a strong social justice orientation, and a clear understanding of gender equity as a critical component of 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. 

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 opportunity employer. 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.

Only finalist applicants will be contacted for an interview. 

Closing date of application:   When filled.



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