Program Officer 1 – Asia Department : District of Columbia

Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center

Program Officer 1
Asia Department

Based in Washington, DC

The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization. Its programs are based on the principle that, by exercising their right to freedom of association and forming trade unions and democratic worker rights organizations, working people can collectively improve their workplaces, call on governments to uphold laws and protect human rights, and be a force for democracy, social justice and inclusive economic development. Its programs in more than 60 countries focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, occupational safety and health, gender equality, migration and human trafficking and pro-legal strategies, as well as bolster workers in an increasingly informal economy. Founded in 1997 by the AFL-CIO to tackle the enormous challenges workers face in the global economy, the Solidarity Center works to 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 Solidarity Center seeks a Program Officer I for its Asia department. The program officer reports to the Solidarity Center’ Asia Regional Program Director. The Washington, D.C.,-based Center has a staff of 225 and an annual budget of $30 million.

This position is exempt and is based in Washington, DC.

Basic Qualifications: A Program Officer I must have some knowledge of international relations including trade union, socioeconomic and political developments in the United States and abroad. Previous 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 a related field and/or five years of related work experience. Good communications and writing skills are a must. Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets is required. A Program Officer I must have the ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people. Persons considered for this position must agree to serve in a field position abroad, on a temporary basis, based on the needs of the Solidarity Center. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus and may be a requirement for some program officer positions.

Supervisor: Asia Regional Program Director

Personal Qualities:
The successful candidate will bring a strong social justice orientation and a passion for worker rights. S/he will exercise good judgment in U.S. and international political environments and have 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.

See job description below:


Summary of Position: The Program Officer I is responsible for day-to-day contact with and support to field offices and programs. S/he is conversant with all aspects of regional program activities and current events relevant to the ongoing political, economic, social and union developments in the region. S/he is the main contact between the Washington office and the field.

The Program Officer I 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 program reports and evaluations. S/he tracks program budgets and activities. S/he prepares and exchanges information and coordinates activities with other sections of the Solidarity Center, as required.

The Program Officer I assists the Regional Program Director or the Senior Program Officer on details of programs in assigned country or countries of responsibility. At the direction of the Regional Program Director and based on the needs of the Solidarity Center, the Program Officer 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, global union federations and/or other related organizations. S/he attends meetings and conferences at the request of the Regional Program Director or Senior Program Officer. S/he travels to the region when necessary, and, is able, on a temporary basis, to provide back-up support for field representatives.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide specified field offices with programmatic financial and administrative support
  • Write/edit proposals, reports, letters and other correspondence
  • Conduct issue research for use at headquarters and in field offices
  • Assist field offices to arrange study tours in the U.S. for visitors from the region, and conduct meetings with a wide variety of visitors from the region involved in efforts to promote labor rights and standards, and democracy
  • Coordinate activities with the Solidarity Center’s other program and functional offices
  • Assist, as required, the Solidarity Center’s other program and functional offices
  • Develop coalition-building contacts with U.S. labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the Washington area
  • Provide guidance to field offices on AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center policies and priorities
  • Assist field offices in program planning
  • 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 temporary basis to conduct and/or oversee program development and/or implementation in countries without a Solidarity Center field office
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

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