Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center

Field Program Specialist

Based in Khartoum, Sudan
(Due to the pandemic, deployment to Sudan will be contingent upon the lifting of travel restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions on the ground. Until that time, all work will be done remotely from your home country.)


Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2021
Deadline to Apply: Until Filled
Location: Khartoum/Remote

Solidarity Center is seeking a dynamic organizer and self starter to fill a new role as Field Program Specialist (FPS) in Sudan, providing direct support to the Sudanese labor movement.This individual must become thoroughly conversant in all of Solidarity Center's program activities in the region and with on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments in Sudan. In the absence of a Country Program Director, the FPS is the main contact between the field office and Washington headquarters.This person must have working knowledge of and experience in US Government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.

The Field Program Specialist participates in the design and implementation of trade union development programs, which includes writing concept papers and proposals and developing budgets. The FPS monitors programs to meet budget targets and programmatic results, and must produce well-written program reports and evaluations. In the absence of a Country Program Director, the FPS prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with the corresponding regional office, as required. This person provides advice and guidance on the development and implementation of programs and the effective management of the field office and its programs.

The Field Program Specialist works closely with affiliates in the region to coordinate their participation in Solidarity Center programs. The FPS 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 other related organizations. The FPS represents Solidarity Center at various meetings and conferences with donors, partners, and other national and international public and private organizations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or ten years equivalent work experience
  • Extensive knowledge of international relations and local trade union and socio-economic and political developments
  • Experience organizing workers
  • Ability to develop and manage partnerships, build in-country coalitions, and facilitate connections between labor unions and civil society organizations (CSOs)
  • Ability to work independently and without supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people
  • Good communication and writing skills in English and Arabic
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets

Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic are required.

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.

Supervisor:  Regional Program Director (in the absence of a Country Program Director).

Specific Duties

  • Provide support for the Sudanese labor movement to establish a strong, active, grassroots membership base;
  • Support partners' campaigns to advocate for legislative reform and to find ways to influence the transition process, based on workers' identified priorities;
  • Provide Washington office with programmatic financial and administrative information and reports;
  • Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
  • Conduct issue research for use by headquarters and other field offices;
  • Assist Washington office to arrange in-country study tours for U.S. visitors, and set-up meetings with local trade unions, government and non-government organizations involved in efforts to promote labor rights standards and democracy;
  • Coordinate activities with other Solidarity Center program departments as required;
  • Develop in-country coalition-building contacts with local and U.S. labor, government, and non-governmental organizations in the region; Assist and advise Country Program Director on program development and proposal writing;
  • In the absence of the Country Program Director, develop and implement regional and sub-regional programs and programs in countries;
  • Keep up to date via Washington headquarters on USAID, NED, and U.S. government rules and regulations that affect program management;
  • Recommend outside program consultants and other technical staff in accordance with field office needs;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of field projects and recruiting evaluators;
  • Support field trips by Solidarity Center personnel;
  • In the absence of the Country Program Director, share information on country conditions and labor issues as requested by Washington;
  • Monitor programs to meet budget targets;
  • Represent the Solidarity Center as directed;
  • Furnish financial and administrative information as required by Washington headquarters;
  • Initiate concept papers and program proposals and seek funding for same; and
  • In the absence of a Country Program Director and under the direction of the Regional Program Director, oversees the entire operation of the field office.

The duration of this position, while contingent upon continued grant funding, is anticipated to last from three to six years, with the option to transfer to another post at the end of the assignment.

As part of the collective bargaining unit, this position is generously compensated with an annual gross salary starting at around $77,000 which may be subject to U.S. foreign earned income tax exclusion for U.S. citizens (please consult a tax professional to verify). A robust benefits package includes excellent health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. In addition, as an expatriate position, the Country Program Director is entitled to housing, relocation expenses, annual home leave, and an education allowance for dependents.

For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.


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.

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