Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center

Program Officer III

Based in Washington, DC
(currently REMOTE)


All work for this position will be done remotely for the duration of the global health crisis. We anticipate a return to our office this September, once government restrictions are lifted and conditions are confirmed to be safe. At that point, the Program Officer III for Africa will be expected to work on site at our Washington, DC headquarters.

Solidarity Center seeks a French-speaking Program Officer III to help our Africa team in developing, managing, and implementing new programs for advancing workers rights in the Sahel region. This individual will serve as the main contact between headquarters and the field, including in countries where Solidarity Center does not yet have a presence on the ground and will need to expand relationships with local partners. The Program Officer III must be thoroughly conversant with current events relevant to the on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments across Africa. The successful candidate also must have working knowledge of and experience in U.S. Government (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. The Program Officer III monitors 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 region on program development and implementation, the drafting and submission of concept papers and project proposals, 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 will assist and advise the Africa Regional Program Director and Senior Program Officer(s) on the details of programs in the Sahel region. This individual will work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates on their participation in Solidarity Center programs. The Program Officer III will assist with and provide logistical support for international visitors and participants in Washington-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, Global Union Federations (GUFs) and other organizations. This individual will represent Solidarity Center at meetings and conferences in the U.S. and abroad and will coordinate with Washington-based NGOs and 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

  • Graduate degree in one of the following disciplines: African studies, African History, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Sociology, International Development, International Relations, Labor Relations, and/or ten years equivalent work experience
  • Fluency in French
  • Extensive knowledge of international relations
  • Extensive knowledge of trade union, socio-economic, and political developments in the U.S. and abroad
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently, without supervision
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets
  • Previous trade union experience, and/or experience in Solidarity Center as a Program Officer II
  • Experience with US government grant management is highly desired
  • Expertise in West Africa and the Sahel is ideal

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 for Africa

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 Solidarity Center headquarters and field officers;
  • Coordinate activities with Solidarity Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • Assist, as required, in the work of Solidarity Center’s other program and functional offices;
  • Develop coalition-building contacts with 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 Solidarity 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 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 by Solidarity Center personnel;
  • Share information on country conditions and labor issues as requested by Washington-based U.S. government offices and Congress;
  • Travel on a TDY basis to conduct and/or oversee program development and/or implementation in countries without a Solidarity 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.

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.

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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