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Solidarity Center


Africa – Washington, District of Columbia
Department Africa
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization. Its programs are based on the principle that, by exercising their right to freedom of association and forming trade unions and democratic worker rights organizations, working people can collectively improve their workplaces, call on governments to uphold laws and protect human rights, and be a force for democracy, social justice and inclusive economic development. Its programs in more than 60 countries focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, occupational safety and health, gender equality, migration and human trafficking and pro-legal strategies, as well as bolster workers in an increasingly informal economy. Founded in 1997 by the AFL-CIO to tackle the enormous challenges workers face in the global economy, the Solidarity Center works to promote democratic rights and respect for workers; raise public awareness about abuses of the world’s most vulnerable workers; and, above all, help the world’s workers secure a voice in their societies and the global economy.

Please note the following requirements and or desirable qualifications:

  • Experience in handling multiple administrative tasks with attention to detail
  • Ability to work within a team framework and handle tight deadlines and multi-departmental coordination
  • Excellent research skills and development of reports and briefing materials
  • Strong computer skills
  • 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

Summary of Position: At the direction of the Regional Program Director and based on the needs of the Solidarity Center, the Administrative Assistant assists the Regional Program Director and Program Officers in a variety of administrative and clerical functions. Must be able to handle multiple tasks with attention to detail. Prepares and exchanges information with other sections of the organization, as required.

Basic Qualifications: The Administrative Assistant must have basic knowledge of international relations issues. Previous trade union experience and/or work with nongovernmental organizations is helpful but not a prerequisite. Good communications and writing skills are a must. Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets is required. The Administrative 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. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus and may be required for some Administrative Assistant positions.

Supervisor:  Regional Program Director for the Africa Department

Specific Duties:

  • Maintain office calendar and travel and leave schedules
  • Manage logistics for meetings and conferences and visits from the field; prepare materials and set up conference rooms
  • Update databases maintained by the office/department
  • Perform basic research including searching the internet and locating resource materials, prepare briefing documents
  • Proofread/edit proposals, reports, letters and other correspondence
  • Make travel arrangements for office/department staff, consultants and visitors
  • Prepare check requests, wire transfer requests and travel expense reports
  • Coordinate activities with, and assist as required, the Solidarity Center’s other offices/departments
  • Assist in preparation of budgets
  • Perform clerical and administrative tasks such as note taking, transcription, translation, finalization and production of documents, filing, faxing, drafting routine documents and telephone work
  • Perform other related tasks as directed by the Regional Program Director

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.

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