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, bolstering 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.
The global labor movement, led by women unionists and allied non-governmental organizations, recently achieved unprecedented success in their efforts to prevent and address gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace with the adoption of a landmark global convention by the International Labor Organization (ILO) to end violence and harassment in the world of work including gender-based violence and harassment (C190) in June 2019. The Solidarity Center has played a key role, as a part of the core group of organizations that led the multi-year campaign to end gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work, in ensuring that the experiences and voices of women workers, those most impacted by gender-based violence and harassment, drove the development of the convention including the definition of gender-based violence and harassment, the inclusion of all workers, regardless of contractual status, and the responsibilities of governments and employers to take a gender-sensitive, intersectional and structural approach to preventing and addressing these abuses in the workforce.
Summary of Position: With the ILO's adoption of C190, the Solidarity Center is seeking a Senior Gender Specialist to develop and execute its global campaign to achieve its ratification by as many countries as soon as possible to ensure effective implementation of this binding global treaty. The Senior Gender Specialist, under the supervision of the Co-Director of the Equality and Inclusion Department, will coordinate with SC staff and union partners around the globe supporting strategies to achieve ratification of C190 by governments including cross-movement building and sustainable coalition building among unions and allied community-based feminist, women’s rights and human rights organizations as a part of the campaign to ratify C190.
The Senior Gender Specialist must be capable, due to experience and expertise, to interact effectively with national, regional, and global union and workers’ rights leaders and their feminist non-governmental organizational allies to forge advocacy strategies and to advocate independently and persuasively to end gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work.
The Senior Gender Specialist is responsible for monitoring implementation of the global campaign to ratify C190 and reports to the Co-Director of the Equality and Inclusion Department on compliance with workplans that they develop. The Senior Gender Specialist monitors these workplans to advise on their meeting of budget targets as well as on programmatic results. They may from time-to-time be asked to develop and implement model or pilot projects, or to provide implementation assistance on a short-term basis. They must have working knowledge of and experience in US government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants. They must produce well-written, timely grant and program reports and evaluations.
The Senior Gender Specialist must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to ensure work is completed well and within program deadlines. They must have extensive knowledge of development work or human and worker rights advocacy in the developing world. They must be able to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and make substantive decisions that have major effects on costs and completion of projects. High-level legal writing skills are a must. The successful candidate must have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations, gender or feminist movements, or related fields. Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets is required. They must have the ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people. Ability to build coalitions with a wide varied of civil society organizations and government entities is required.
• At least 8 years of experience leading and implementing workers’ rights and/or union campaigns.
• At least 5 years of experience advocating for gender equality in the workplace including to end forms of gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace preferably with unions or other workers’ rights organizations.
• A demonstrated understanding of gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work including root causes, impacts, and effective interventions.
• Knowledge of C190 and R206, adopted by the ILO in June 2019.
• Extensive experience working with diverse labor partners and other social justice organizations coordinating labor, worker rights or other issue campaigns.
• Experience successfully planning and conducting meetings for a campaign.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and approaches for communicating and collaborating with staff, partners, donors and other stakeholders across regions and cultures.
• The ability to develop and conduct programs using popular education methodology.
Highly Desired Qualifications:
Fluency in a foreign language and a proven ability to function across cultures.
• Develop and execute the Solidarity Center’s global campaign to achieve ratification of C190.
• Coordinate with SC staff and union and workers’ rights partners around the globe supporting strategies to achieve ratification of C190 by governments including cross-movement building and sustainable coalition building among unions and allied community-based feminist, women’s rights and human rights organizations as a part of the campaign to ratify C190.
• Monitor implementation of the global campaign to ratify C190 and provide timely reports to the Co-Director of the EID.
• Forge advocacy strategies and advocate independently and persuasively in support of ratification of C190.
• Produce well-written, timely grant and program reports and evaluations for the C190 campaign.
• Conduct research in support of the C190 ratification campaign for use by Solidarity Center headquarters and field offices.
• Broaden the base of funding available for the C190 ratification campaign.
• Coordinate activities related to the C190 ratification campaign with the Center’s other program and functional offices including webinars, workshops, and coordination meetings.
• Travel as needed to conduct or coordinate program activities.
• Develop coalition-building contacts with U.S. labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the Washington area in support of the C190 ratification campaign.
• Provide guidance to field offices on policies and priorities regarding the C190 ratification campaign, and serve as a liaison between the Solidarity Center and AFL-CIO affiliates, GUFs, ITUC, its regional organizations and the ILO for the ratification campaign.
• Share information on the regarding the C190 campaign as requested by Washington-based U.S. government offices and Congress.
• Work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of the C190 ratification campaign.
• Monitor programs to meet budget targets.
As part of the Solidarity Center's collective bargaining unit, this position is generously compensated with an annual salary range of $91,228 to $111,884 (based on experience). A benefits package includes health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave.
The Solidarity Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. As an equal employment opportunity employer, the Solidarity Center 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.
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