Program Officer - Africa

Africa · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Africa
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Experienced

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.

Summary of Position: The Program Officer (Grade I) will be responsible for day-to-day contact with and support to field offices and programs in Africa.  This individual must be conversant with all aspects of regional program activities and current events relevant to the on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments in the region.  This individual will serve as the main contact between the Washington office and the field.

The Program Officer will need to write persuasive proposals, describe complex activities and develop budgets for those activities.  This individual will participate in the development and implementation of education, training and other programs. The Program Officer must have the writing skills to produce program reports and evaluations. This individual will also track program budgets and activities. The Program Officer will prepare and exchange information and coordinate activities with other sections of the Solidarity Center, as required.

The Program Officer will assist the Regional Program Director or the Senior Program Officer on details of programs in assigned country(ies) of responsibility.  At the direction of the Regional Program Director and based on the needs of the Solidarity Center, the Program Officer may be assigned to any program office on a temporary basis.  This individual will assist with and, when necessary, provide logistical support for international visitors and participants in Washington-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUFs and/or other related organizations.  This individual will attend meetings and conferences at the request of the Regional Program Director or Senior Program Officer.  The Program Officer may need to travel to the region and provide temporary back-up support for field representatives.

Basic Qualifications: The successful candidate will have some knowledge of international relations including trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad.  Previous trade union experience is highly desirable.  This individual must be able to work independently and complete assignments with limited supervision, managing multiple assignments simultaneously.  This individual must have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or a related field and/or five years of related work experience.  Good communications and writing skills are a must.  Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets is required.  The successful candidate will be able to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people.  Persons considered for this position must agree to serve in a field position abroad, on a temporary basis, as needed.  Fluency in a relevant foreign language is a plus.

Supervisor:    Regional Program Director 

Specific Duties:

  •  Provide field offices with programmatic financial and administrative support;
  • Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
  •  Conduct issue research;
  • Assist field offices to arrange study tours in the U.S. for visitors from the region, and conduct meetings with a wide variety of visitors from the region involved to promote labor rights and standards and democracy;
  • Coordinate activities with other program and functional offices and assist them as needed;
  • Develop coalition-building contacts with U.S. labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the Washington area;
  • Provide guidance to field offices on AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center policies and priorities;
  • Assist field offices in program planning;
  • Develop and implement regional and sub-regional programs and programs in countries without a resident field representative;
  • Provide field offices with information on USAID, NED, and U.S. government rules and regulations that affect program management;
  • Recruit outside program consultants and other technical staff in accordance with field needs;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of field projects and recruiting evaluators;
  • Support field trips to the region by Solidarity Center personnel;
  • Share information on country conditions and labor issues as requested by Washington-based U.S. government offices and Congress; and
  • Travel on a TDY basis to conduct and/or oversee program development and/or implementation in countries without a Center field office.

 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.

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