Field Program Specialist
most likely based in San Salvador, El Salvador
Job Title: Field Program Specialist
Summary of Position: The Field Program Specialist is responsible for day-to-day support and counsel to Country Program Director on programmatic issues. S/he is thoroughly 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. In the absence of the Country Program Director s/he is the main contact between the field office and Washington headquarters. S/he has working knowledge of and experience in USG regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.
The Field Program Specialist writes persuasive proposals, describes complex activities and develops budgets for those activities. S/he participates in the development and implementation of trade union development programs. S/he produces well-written program reports and evaluations. S/he monitors programs to meet budget targets and programmatic results. In the absence of the Country Program Director, s/he prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with the corresponding regional office, as required. S/he provides advice and guidance to the Country Program Director for 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 office and programs. S/he draws on his/her experience to initiate program proposals.
The Field Program Specialist assists and advises the Country Program Director on details of programs in assigned country(ies) of responsibility. In coordination with the Country Program Director, s/he works closely with affiliates in the region to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of Solidarity Center programs, within approved communications guidelines. S/he assists with and, when necessary, provides logistical support for international visitors and participants in country-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, Global Union Federations (GUFs) and/or other related organizations. S/he represents the Center at various meetings and conferences. S/he has the experience and presence necessary to represent accurately and effectively in public fora and in private meetings with donor organizations, partner organizations, and national and international public and private organizations, the policies and programs of the Center. S/he is able to fill in for Country Program Director on a temporary or indefinite basis.
Full Job Description
Basic Qualifications: A Field Program Specialist must have the ability to work independently and without supervision and must have extensive knowledge of international relations and local trade union and socio-economic and political developments. Previous trade union experience, and/or experience in the Center as a Program Officer is required. S/he must be able to work independently and complete assignments with limited supervision. S/he must be capable of managing multiple assignments simultaneously. S/he must have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or ten years equivalent work experience. Good communications and writing skills in English and local language are a must. Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets is required. S/he must have the ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people. Persons considered for this position must agree to accept in-country temporary or indefinite assignments as Country Program Director, based on the needs of the Center. Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish languages is required.
Supervisor: Country Program Director or Regional Program Director in the absence of CPD
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