Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Summary of Position:
The Country Program Director is responsible for the effective management of Solidarity Center's field office in Sao Paulo and programs across the country, serving as the representative of the Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO in Brazil. This individual will need to be thoroughly conversant with all aspects of program activities and current events relevant to the on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments in Brazil. The Country Program Director must have sound judgment and a good political sense that facilitate decision-making. This individual must have a working knowledge of and experience in US Government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.
The Country Program Director will design and implement field programs in Brazil. This individual will draw on their experience to write concept papers and proposals and seek funding for programs that address the needs of the partner trade unions, the AFL-CIO, and the SC strategy for Brazil. This individual will monitor programs for progress toward expected programmatic results as well as compliance with budget targets and will keep headquarters informed of significant developments Brazil through periodic program reports and other forms of correspondence.
The Country Program Director works closely with AFL-CIO affiliates, the ITUC and its regional organizations, and the international trade secretariats, within approved communications guidelines, to facilitate their participation in Solidarity Center programs. The Country Program Director provides logistical support for visitors from the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUFs, the donor agency and/or other organizations. This individual must have the experience and presence necessary to represent accurately and effectively in public and in private meetings with donor organizations, partners, and other national and international organizations, the policies and programs of the Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO. This individual may be required to travel extensively within the region (once global conditions allow) and may need to fill in for other Country Program Directors on a temporary or indefinite basis.
The Country Program Director manages the operations of the field office and supervises the local-hire field staff. This individual ensures that the operations of the field office conform to the host country labor code and other pertinent laws.
The Country Program Director is responsible for compliance with Solidarity Center policies and US regulations governing grants. This individual is expected to develop and maintain positive relationships with the appropriate personnel at the USAID mission and the US Embassy and keep them informed about the Solidarity Center’s work in Brazil. The Country Program Director follows the evolution of country development strategies and ensures that USAID and the Embassy understand both the role of the labor movement in the development of Brazil, and the ways in which the Solidarity Center program contributes to and enhances their ability to accomplish their strategic objectives.