Solidarity Center seeks a highly organized and committed labor activist with multi-cultural experience to serve as Deputy Country Program Director (Deputy or DCPD) in Bangladesh. This individual must be conversant in the political, economic, social, and trade union developments in the country. The Deputy must have sound judgment and political sense that facilitate decision-making, particularly when the Country Program Director and headquarters cannot be reached for consultation. This position requires a working knowledge of and experience in US Government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.
The Deputy helps design and implement field programs that address the needs of our partner trade unions and the AFL-CIO. This includes writing and editing concept papers and proposals and seeking funding for programs. This individual helps to monitor programs for progress and budgetary compliance. This individual may be assigned primary responsibility for implementing and monitoring specific programs within the country portfolio. The Deputy liaises with the CPD on significant developments in the country through meetings, reports and other communication. In the absence of the Country Program Director (CPD), the Deputy represents Solidarity Center and assumes management responsibility for the office and country staff.
The Deputy supports the CPD's work with AFL-CIO affiliates, the ICFTU and its regional organizations, and global union federations, to facilitate their participation in Solidarity Center programs. The Deputy provides logistical support for visitors from the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUFs, donor agencies, and/or other organizations. This individual may be required to travel extensively within the region and can fill in for CPDs on a temporary basis.
The Deputy assists the CPD to ensure compliance with Solidarity Center policies, US regulations governing grants, and host-country law. At the direction of the CPD, the Deputy develops and maintains relationships with personnel at the USAID mission and US Embassy, including completing requisite reporting requirements regarding Solidarity Center work. With the CPD, the Deputy works to ensure that USAID and the Embassy understand organized labor’s role in the development process and how Solidarity Center programs contribute to their strategic objectives.
Fluency in the Bengali language is a plus but is not required.
Supervisor: Regional Program Director