Country Program Director

Solidarity Center, São Paolo or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd July, 2020

Job Description

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.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently;
  • Extensive knowledge of international relations and trade union and socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad;
  • Previous trade union experience, and/or experience in the Center as a Program Officer III or Senior Program Officer;
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and make substantive decisions that have major effects on costs and completion of projects;
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or ten years equivalent work experience;
  • Good communications and writing skills;
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets;
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people;
  • Fluency in Portuguese;
  • Supervisor: Regional Program Director.

Specific Duties:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the field office;
  • Recruit, select and supervise local hire staff;
  • Ensure compliance of the office with Solidarity Center and AFL-CIO policies and procedures and applicable donor and federal government regulations;
  • Design, develop and implement country or regional programs, which respond to the strategies, goals and objectives of the donor organizations, the AFL-CIO and the Solidarity Center’s partners in the field;
  • Initiate concept papers and program proposals and seek funding for same;
  • Prepare timely, well-written reports in accordance with the deadline schedule;
  • Monitor program performance and results; discuss substantive changes required with Program Officer/Regional Program Director;
  • Monitor program expenditures to meet budget targets;
  • Work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in Solidarity Center programs, within approved communications guidelines;
  • Manage the logistics for field trips by Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO and affiliate personnel;
  • Develop solid relationships with US government personnel in country, and ensure they understand the role of labor in development and of Solidarity Center programs in the context of their country strategy;
  • Share information on country conditions and labor issues as appropriate;
  • Provide assistance and support for program evaluations or audits of field projects/offices;
  • Travel on a TDY basis to conduct and/or oversee program development and implementation in other countries in the region;
  • Develop coalition-building contacts with national and international labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the country or region.


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