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Offer: Call for Applications: Sr. Program Officer, Research and Publications / Advocacy and Alliance Building Programs


Sr. Program Officer
Research & Publications / Advocacy & Alliance Building Programs

The Organization
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) is an international human rights foundation dedicated to the support of women activists and human rights defenders working in conflict or crisis situations. UAF is an Activist Fund guided by feminist principles that advocates for women’s equality, not only as a matter of human rights, but also as a fundamental pre-requisite for social justice, global security and just peace. Through our programs of Research & Publications (RP), Advocacy & Alliance Building (AAB), and Rapid Response Grantmaking (RRG) we support and advocate for women’s efforts to promote and protect the rights, interests and integrated security of women and girls. Based in Boulder, Colorado USA, we work in partnership with independent Sister Funds, Urgent Action Fund - Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya and Fondo Acción Urgente – América Latina, located in Bogotá, Colombia. UAF is an active member of international women’s and human rights networks and alliances that support the strengthening of women’s activism across the globe.

Urgent Action Fund offers a dynamic and fast-paced environment that encourages professional growth and leadership. We are governed by an international Board of Directors that provides feminist political insights and analyses of women’s human rights, peace and justice movements worldwide.

The Position
The RP/AAB position requires a commitment of three quarters to full-time employment from potential candidates. This is a team-member position situated within a collective decision-making model of the RP/AAB Team. S/he works equally with other team members in the coordination and management of the programs to fulfill the responsibilities listed below. The RP/AAB team works with the RP/AAB committee, the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, consultants and colleagues from international organizations, and reports to the Executive Director.

Primary responsibilities include:
Program Development, Coordination and Evaluation:
• Provide collaborative leadership for a RP/AAB team to define and meet program goals, reflecting the organizational strategic plan, the overall mission and goals of UAF, and grounded in the realities of women human rights activists in all their diversity;
• Provide a framework that incorporates a creative and innovative feminist political vision for the ongoing development of program initiatives;
• Conceptualize, implement and manage future RP/AAB research initiatives including effective program delivery for UAF publications;
• Build relationships with organizations engaged in feminist analysis and in producing models of program monitoring and evaluation systems for implementation at UAF;
• Oversee and implement program-related local and international meetings and workshops
• Manage the program budgets, in collaboration with Development and Finance staff to ensure coordination of fiscal reporting and fundraising efforts;
• Recruit and supervise contractors to support program activities.

Communication and Representation:
• Represent UAF at international and domestic meetings/workshops, at public speaking events and/or in mass media;
• Coordinate the production, translation and distribution of all publications;
• Coordinate the logistics for all related program activities, including meeting/workshop arrangements;
• Prepare program reports for funders, management, and others as needed;
• Undertake all program activities including administrative tasks.

Team Leadership:
• Work in collaboration with other UAF staff on joint projects and/or serve on cross-team committees as needed;
• Foster effective team-work;
• Strengthen alliances with UAF sister funds and other colleague organizations;
• Recruit and support other members of the RP/AAB Team including interns and volunteers;
• Represent the RP/AAB Team at UAF Board meetings as necessary
• Contribute to the overall health and growth of the organization.

Required Qualifications
• A critical understanding and deep commitment to feminism and women’s issues and proven experience working on social justice and human rights issues facing women in all their diversity;
• A strong network of contacts within the social justice movements and experience in building strategic alliances;
• Minimum of five years’ experience with program development, management, and assessment using theory and practices of inclusion;
• Excellent writing skills;
• Analytical, conceptual and research skills, and proven experience using a variety of research methods;
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field, or equivalent work experience;
• International professional experience and/or professional experience working with/among diverse communities;
• Excellent computer skills, preferably in a Mac environment, and advanced knowledge of Word and Excel;
• English language proficiency required; additional language skills preferred.
• Must be able to work in the U.S.: position is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Core Competencies
• Respect and appreciation for diverse communities, and ability to work with and among multiple constituencies;
• Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail, while keeping sight of program goals, is a must;
• Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, prioritize tasks and manage multiple deadlines;
• Proven ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a collaborative environment;
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and public speaking skills;
• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and ability to synthesize data and information in writing;
• Resourcefulness and the ability to solve problems creatively and critically;
• Willingness to assume a range of unanticipated tasks and work flexible hours, including some weekends;

$45,000 - $60,000 (based on full-time employment) depending on experience, plus a generous benefits package including medical and dental coverage.

Start Date
The projected start date for this position will be March 1, 2011.

Application Process
Applications and all supporting documents must be received by January 20, 2011. Please submit the full application to the Urgent Action Fund office by email (see below). You will receive an automatic response acknowledging the receipt of your application, however we will only personally contact candidates we are interested in inviting for an interview.

Application Format
Each application package should include the following:
• Cover letter
• One or two writing samples (maximum 1,000 words) on themes related to UAF’s work
• Resume, including references with contact information

Complete applications with supporting documents should be sent to us via email:

Include “RPAAB Sr. Program Officer” in subject line.

Please no follow-up phone calls or faxes.

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. No relocation costs will be covered for this position. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.


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