Program Officer III for Asia

Asia · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Asia
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $82,969

Please Note: All work for this position will be done remotely for the duration of the global health crisis. Once government restrictions are lifted and office conditions are confirmed to be safe, the Program Officer III for Asia will work at Solidarity Center's Washington, DC headquarters. 


Solidarity Center seeks a senior-level individual to fill its Program Officer III role in Asia, serving as the main contact between headquarters and the field on assigned programs. Responsible for day-to-day support and counsel to field offices and programs in the organization's largest region, this individual must become thoroughly conversant with activities and current events relevant to the on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments across Asia. The successful candidate must have working knowledge of and experience in USG regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.

A critical component of the job includes writing persuasive proposals, describing complex activities, and developing budgets for those activities. This individual takes part in both the design and implemention of trade union development programs. The Program Officer III monitors these programs to meet budget targets and programmatic results and must produce well-written program reports and evaluations.  The position also serves as a point of contact, coordinator, and information hub on program activities with other departments within Solidarity Center. This individual provides advice and guidance to Country Program Directors in the development and implementation of programs, the drafting and submission of concept papers and project proposals to donor organizations, and the effective management of field offices and programs. The Program Officer III is expected to initiate program proposals and seek funding.

The Program Officer III assists and advises the Asia Regional Program Director, Deputy Regional Program Director, and Senior Program Officer(s) on details of programs in the assigned country(ies) of responsibility. This individual works closely with AFL-CIO affiliates on their participation in Solidarity Center programs. The Program Officer III assists with and provides logistical support for international visitors and participants in Washington-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUF’s and/or other related organizations. This individual represents Solidarity Center at meetings and conferences in the U.S. and abroad and coordinates with Washington-based NGO and U.S. Government agencies. The successful candidate must have the experience and presence to represent effectively the policies and programs of Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO in public fora and private meetings with donors, partners, and national and international public and private organizations.  Pending health and safety conditions, travel to the region is part of this position, including filling in for Country Program Directors on a temporary or indefinite basis as needed.    

Basic Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and without supervision
  • Extensive knowledge of international relations and trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad
  • Previous trade union experience, and/or experience in Solidarity Center as a Program Officer II
  • Ability to managie multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or ten years equivalent work experience
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people
  • Experience with US government grant management is highly desired
  • Proficiency in one of the languages spoken in the region is a plus

Persons considered for this position must agree to accept temporary or indefinite assignments as a field representative (following the lifting of travel restrictions and confirmation that conditions on the ground are safe). 

Supervisor:  Regional Program Director

Specific Duties:

  • Provide specified field officer with programmatic financial and administrative support;
  • Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
  • Conduct issue research for use by Center headquarters and field officers;
  • Coordinate activities with the Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • Assist, as required, in the work of the Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • Develop coalition-building contacts with S. labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the Washington area;
  • Provide guidance to field offices on AFL-CIO and Center policies and priorities and serve as a liaison between the Center and AFL-CIO affiliates, GUF’s, ICFTU, its regional organizations and the ILO;
  • Assist and advise field offices in program development and proposal writing:
  • 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 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 by Center personnel;
  • Share information on country conditions and labor issues as requested by Washington-based S. government offices and Congress;
  • Travel on a TDY basis to conduct and/or oversee program development and/or implementation in countries without a Center field office;
  • Work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of Solidarity Center programs, within approved communications guidelines;
  • Monitor programs to meet budget targets;
  • Represent the Solidarity Center as directed;
  • Furnish financial and administrative support services to field offices, and provide advice and guidance to field offices on grants management and funding procedures;
  • Initiate concept papers and program proposals and seeks funding for same.

The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of 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. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $83,000 USD. A robust benefits package includes excellent health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave.  

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