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Program Officer II – Asia

Washington, DC


The Solidarity Center, founded in 1997 by the AFL-CIO to tackle the enormous challenges workers face in the global economy, now works with union and community group partners in more than 60 countries through a network of 26 field offices. This not-for-profit organization offers education, training, research, legal support, and organizing assistance to help build strong and effective trade unions and other workers’ organizations and more just and equitable societies. Its programs 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 Center seeks a program officer II, to assist the Asia department to advance the Center’s mission in the region. The program officer reports directly to the Center’s director for Asia. The Washington, D.C. based Center has a staff of 225 and an annual budget of $30 million. The position is based in Washington, DC and requires travel overseas.

Summary of Position: The Program Officer II is responsible for day-to-day contact with and support to field offices and programs. 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. S/he is the main contact between the Washington office and the field.

The Program Officer II writes persuasive proposals, describes complex activities and develops budgets for those activities. S/he participates in the development and implementation of education, training and other programs. S/he has the writing skills necessary to produce well-written program reports and evaluations. S/he monitors programs to meet budget targets and programmatic results. S/he prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with other sections of the Center, as required.

The Program Officer II assists and advises the Regional Program Director or Senior Program Officer on details of programs in assigned country(ies) of responsibility. S/he works closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in the development and implementation of Solidarity Center programs, at the request of the Regional Program Director and within approved communications guidelines. At the direction of the Regional Programs Director and based on the needs of the Center, the Program Officer II may be assigned to any program office on a temporary basis. S/he assists with and, when necessary, provides 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. S/he represents the Center at various meetings and conferences and coordinates with Washington-based NGOs, and U.S. government agencies. S/he travels to the region; and is able, on a temporary basis, to fill in for field representatives.

Basic Qualifications: A Program Officer II must have broad 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. 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 seven years equivalent work experience. Good communications and writing skills are a must. Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets is required. The Program Officer II must have the ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people. Persons considered for this position must agree to serve abroad in both temporary and long-term positions, based on the needs of the Center. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus and may be a requirement for some Program Officer positions.

Supervisor: Regional Program Director for Asia

Personal Qualities:
The successful candidate will bring a strong social justice orientation and a passion for worker rights. He or she will have good judgment in U.S. and international political environments and the confidence, tenacity, energy, patience, and drive to work with others in this multilayered international organization to advance the cause of workers around the world.

The duration of this position, as with all positions at the Solidarity Center, is contingent upon continued grant funding.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

The Solidarity Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Only finalist applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Closing date of application: When filled.

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