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Solidarity Center

Country Program Director - Abuja, Nigeria

Africa – Abuja, Nigeria
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 Country Program Director to lead the work of advancing the organization's mission in Nigeria. The Country Program Director 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 Nigerian 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 Abuja and frequent travel within the region.  


• Self-aware leader with demonstrated ability to manage relationships and build partnerships in complex cultural environments 

• Excellent writing and communications skills in English

• Demonstrated knowledge of project management and ability to monitor progress and budgets, program outputs and outcomes, and write results-oriented reports

• Knowledge of international relations and trade union developments in the United States and abroad

• Proficiency in the French language and

• Trade union experience

Highly Desirable: Experience in addressing gender issues in the world of work and integrating gender equality and women's empowerment into the overall strategic goal of supporting worker rights in the sub-region of assignment.  


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. He or she will demonstrate good judgment in U.S. and international political environments, and have 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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