Solidarity Center seeks an experienced trade unionist with international experience and strong management skills to serve as Country Program Director (CPD) in its new field office in Nepal. This position requires direct experience in organizing, collective bargaining, negotiating, and/or other aspect of union building, coupled with a strong interest in the political, economic, social, and trade union developments in Nepal and/or South Asia. The CPD must have sound judgment and political sense that facilitate decision-making, particularly when headquarters cannot be reached for consultation. This individual also must be conversant in the principles of grant management, including budgeting and reporting. The CPD has full management responsibility for the field office and country staff, including finance, HR, security, and general operations.
The CPD is the key driver in designing and implementating programs in Nepal that address the needs of our partner trade unions and the AFL-CIO. Seeking funds for programs in country is a critical component of this position, which includes writing and editing concept papers and proposals. This individual is respnsible for monitoring program progress and budgetary compliance. The CPD tracks significant developments in the country and reports back to headquarters through meetings, reports and other communication. The Country Program Director represents Solidarity Center outside the organization.
The CPD works with AFL-CIO affiliates, the ITUC and its regional organizations, and global union federations, to facilitate their participation in Solidarity Center programs. This individual may be required to travel extensively within the region (pending the lifting of travel restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions on the ground) and may fill in for other CPDs on a temporary basis as needed.
The CPD is responsible for compliance with Solidarity Center policies, US regulations governing grants, and host-country law. The CPD develops and maintains relationships with personnel at the USAID mission and US Embassy and oversees reporting requirements regarding Solidarity Center work. The CPD educates and informs USAID and the Embassy of organized labor’s role in the development process and how Solidarity Center programs contribute to their strategic objectives.