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Program Officer for the African Great Lakes

About the Fund

The Fund for Global Human Rights is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world.  Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in regions from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia, the Fund for Global Human Rights offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of frontline groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources.

As an employer, we are deeply committed to the overall well-being of our staff.  We offer 100% employer paid health benefits, generous paid leave, and flexible working options designed to meet the diverse needs of our globally based team members.

About this opportunity

The Fund is seeking a highly qualified applicant for the position of Program Officer for the African Great Lakes.  Within the region, this position currently is responsible for grant making programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. In these two countries, the Fund currently supports grantees working to advance the rule of law and justice, women’s rights, children’s rights, environmental justice, and the rights of sexual and other minorities. The position reports to the Director of Regional programs and will work as an integrated part of the full Program team.  Preference will be given to candidates who are based in the region, London, or the Washington, DC area

Key Responsibilities:

Manage grant making and technical assistance programs in the African Great Lakes

  •  Keep abreast of human rights issues, trends and activities in the region; attend meetings and conferences, read current literature, and maintain contact with leaders in the field
  • Develop appropriate grant making, technical assistance, and capacity building strategies and priorities in assigned countries
  • Identify new grantee organizations through networking activities and open RFPs; conduct appropriate due diligence to evaluate potential grantees
  • Undertake all aspects of the grant making cycle including: proposal review, grant recommendations, docket preparation, indicator review, progress evaluation
  • Oversee and manage the Fund’s full-time consultant living and working in the region
  • Approve the consultants work plans, monthly reports and invoicing, and provide guidance on priorities and activities of the consultant on a continuing basis
  • Maintain contact and develop high quality working relationships with all current grantees and make regular site visits
  • Facilitate technical assistance to grantees on strategic planning, human rights skills, fundraising, and partnering with other NGOs and Fund grantees
  • Evaluate requests and make recommendations for discretionary / emergency support in each assigned country
  • Develop and implement appropriate and effective evaluation tools
  • Participate in annual program planning and evaluation
  • Partner with grants management staff to ensure smooth and efficient organizational workflow of administrative logistics
  • Coordinate special initiatives or projects as assigned

Docket Preparation

  •  Recommend allocations for each assigned country’s grant docket and present recommendations of grantee organizations to the Director of Regional Programs and the Vice President for Programs
  • Prepare summaries of each grantee’s work
  • Develop an annual program strategy memo that analyzes the context of the work in each country and lays out grant making, technical assistance, capacity building, and thought leadership strategies to have the most impact
  • Create annual grant making and travel budgets with initial decisions about grant allocations and program costs for internal approval
  • Track Great Lakes budget outlays and program costs on an ongoing basis to align with forecasted projections and donor requirements
  • Jointly with grantees, develop indicators to track progress of each grantee organization

Donor Relations and Communications

  • Partner with development staff to steward existing and prospective donors to the Great Lakes program, ensuring good communication flow about programmatic work for use in fundraising activities
  • Edit written reports and provide regular reporting updates to donors
  • Partner with development staff on donor tours, grantee visits to the US and UK, and other efforts
  • Liaise with existing donors to the Great Lakes program providing reporting updates and occasional in-person visits to keep donors abreast of the issues and challenges
  • Assist in conception of and writing for the Fund’s public communications pieces related to the African Great Lakes or assigned thematic initiatives

Building a Network of Collaborative Partnerships

  • Maintain contact and collaborate with other organizations – funders and funder networks, regional organizations, INGOs, etc. – working in the region
  • Develop partnerships, share ideas, and create opportunities to leverage other funding with grant- making organizations working in the region or on similar issueS

Other Contributions:

  • Over time, develop expertise in, and take on leadership for, one or more thematic areas of the Fund’s grant making
  • Participate in bi-weekly program team and all-staff meetings, and in-person biannual full staff retreats
  • Work closely with the Fund’s thematic program officers who manage the children and armed conflict, corporate accountability, and enabling environment programs when these thematic areas involve Great Lakes grantees and program

Qualifications:

Candidates should demonstrate the following range of skills, experience, and qualities:

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience working in the human rights arena; field experience and/or advocacy experience in the region highly desired
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and to building a vibrant and powerful grassroots human rights movement
  • 3+ years of grant-making or fundraising experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of international and grassroots human rights NGOs and international organizations
  • Experience living, working, or traveling extensively in the DRC and Burundi
  • Effective communication and writing skills required

Desired Qualities:

  • Self-driven initiative to contribute to any and all efforts underway to strengthen the Fund and the African Great Lakes program
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible independently or in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people
  • Proven track record of excellent relationship development and management, both in-person and remotely
  • Strong critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify emerging human rights trends and analyze issues from multiple perspectives
  • Organized and able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously while producing excellent quality work
  • High level of comfort traveling independently in developing countries required

Travel:

  • Must be willing and able to travel from four to seven times per year, including to Burundi and the DRC, often for stretches of seven to ten days or longer
  • Must be willing and able to travel to the US at least twice a year
  • Fluency in English and French required

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law.

How to Apply:  Visit https://globalhumanrights.bamboohr.com/jobs  to upload resume or CV and cover note.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Earliest anticipated start date is May 2018.

Director of Institutional Relations

About the Fund

The Fund for Global Human Rights is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world.  Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in regions from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia, the Fund for Global Human Rights offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of frontline groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources.

As an employer, we are deeply committed to the overall well-being of our staff.  We offer 100% employer paid health benefits, generous paid leave, and flexible working options designed to meet the diverse needs of our globally based team members.

The Position

The Fund seeks a full-time staff member with a talent and passion for writing and donor strategy, strong leadership and management experience, and a commitment to human rights to play a critical role in a fast-paced fundraising department.

The successful candidate will join the organization in an exciting and demanding period of growth and change. In the last two years, the Fund’s staff has grown by 85%, including six new positions in its Development and Communications department. Institutional funding represents the majority of the Fund’s $15 million annual budget, and the Director of Institutional Relations will lead a talented five-person team to meet revenue goals from foundation, government, and corporate donors across the US and Europe. The ideal candidate will be happy participating in both strategic, big-picture conversations, as well as delving into the details to help the team take on a new prospect or implement a new system. This person will play a critical role in the organization’s ongoing efforts to diversify its funding streams, particularly with corporate and bilateral donors, and optimize new opportunities for programmatic growth in line with the Fund’s mission. Finally, the successful candidate will be instrumental in driving new cross-departmental workflows and cultivating shared leadership across the Fund.

This position will be based in either New York or Washington, D.C., but works closely with colleagues based in DC, London, and globally.

Reports to: VP for Development and Communications

Supervises: 2 Managers of Institutional Relations based in the U.S., and 2 Managers of Institutional Relations based in Europe (based on current staffing structure and reporting lines, subject to change)

Primary Responsibilities:

Fundraising and Development

  • Lead five-person team based in the U.S. and Europe responsible for raising more than 80% of the organization’s $15 million budget
  • Grow a portfolio of foundation, government, and corporate donors to meet ambitious organizational revenue diversification goals
  • Act as the key organizational contact with high-level institutional funders, developing appropriate stewardship plans and drafting nuanced, tailored materials to further those partnerships
  • Serve as lead editor for all institutional grant proposals, reports, donor correspondence, and other outreach materials
  • Work in close partnership with VP for Programs and Director of Regional Programs to evaluate and strategize around new institutional funding opportunities to ensure alignment with the Fund’s mission
  • Develop and maintain good communication flow between program and IR staff to maximize programmatic growth opportunities and ensure accurate and up-to-date information for fundraising materials and reports
  • Support the Fund’s leadership, program staff, and grantees in cultivating and stewarding donor relationships
  • Liaise with finance/operations team to develop new systems and ensure clear budgets and financial reporting for complex project support grants
  • Set annual IR department goals, forecast and track revenue, monitor deadline and stewardship calendar, and develop and track team budget

Leadership & Management

  • Work with VP for Development and Communications and Director of European Office to lead and support the Institutional Relations team, as well as the larger Development and Communications team, through a period of growth and transition; serve as an advocate for the IR team with the Fund’s leadership
  • Direct and supervise the work of the IR team to develop funding proposals, track and report on grant deliverables, engage program and finance staff, and drive prospect cultivation
  • Provide coaching and leadership development opportunities to ensure team members continue to grow and help drive the organization’s innovation and effectiveness
  • Cultivate a spirit of collaboration, creative thinking, and a commitment to excellence
  • Participate actively in a cross-departmental management team charged with driving new workflows and operationalizing an organizational commitment to shared leadership and innovation

External Outreach

  • Represent the Fund in external outreach and networking spaces with the goal of building the Fund’s network of prospects
  • Collaborate with Communications colleagues to develop materials and contribute to efforts to elevate the Fund’s public profile

Qualifications:

  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice
  • 8-10+ years of development and fundraising experience; proven success in securing new corporate and/or bilateral funding strongly preferred
  • Established excellence in writing, presentation, and communication skills; ability to translate the Fund’s mission and programs for a variety of audiences
  • Knowledge of the human rights ecosystem, including major funders and peer organizations, preferred
  • 3+ years management experience; demonstrated experience building, managing, and motivating high-performing teams, especially in periods of organizational growth and transition
  • Equal comfort with and willingness to take on high-level conceptual work and to engage at a granular level to help the team innovate systems and workflows to effectively manage new funding relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across departments
  • Strong ability to manage time effectively in order to meet multiple competing deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; Salesforce experience preferred
  • Fluency in English required; proficiency in another language a plus
  • BA required, Master’s or other graduate degree preferred
  • Sense of initiative and humor, flexibility, and a hands-on approach

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law.

How to Apply:  Visit https://globalhumanrights.bamboohr.com/jobs  to upload resume or CV and cover note.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Earliest anticipated start date is May 2018.

Temporary Grants Writer/Manager of Institutional Relations (Parental Leave Cover)

About the Fund

The Fund for Global Human Rights is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world.  Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in regions from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia, the Fund for Global Human Rights offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of frontline groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources.

About this opportunity

The Fund for Global Human Rights seeks an experienced institutional fundraiser to join its Development Team from June 1 to September 30 to cover the maternity leave of our Manager of Institutional Relations and help maintain and grow the Fund’s donor base. The Fund’s Development team is based in Washington DC, London, New York, and Seattle and works closely with program colleagues based globally. The position requires a candidate who is passionate about and has a deep understanding of human rights and social justice, who enjoys building and nurturing relationships, and has the analytical and writing skills to prepare a wide range of donor materials, from detailed and complex government proposals, to concise, inspiring donor reports.

Candidates can be based in London, or the Washington, DC area, or work remotely from their location. This position offers the option of a part-time work schedule.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and draft compelling grant proposals and reports for institutional funders and prospects, persuasively communicating the Fund’s mission and programs
  • Maintain relationships with a select set of donors and prospects to keep them informed about programmatic developments and elicit support for the Fund’s programmatic growth
  • Research foundation and individual donor prospects and help devise, track and manage solicitation plans
  • Track communications related to current, pending, and prospective grants in Salesforce database; ensure that all deadlines are met

Qualifications

Candidates should demonstrate the following range of skills, experience, and qualities

Minimum Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and familiarity with international human rights issues
  • Familiarity with grant writing and development processes
  • Experience preparing government proposals
  • Established excellence in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Project management skills
  • A “can-do” attitude and ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; comfort with Salesforce highly desired
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in Spanish a plus
  • BA required
  • Sense of initiative and humor
  • Sensitive to multi-cultural issues

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law.

How to Apply:  Visit https://globalhumanrights.bamboohr.com/jobs to upload resume or CV and cover note.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Earliest anticipated start date is June 2018.

Development and Communications Intern

The Position
The Fund for Global Human Rights seeks a development and communications intern. The internship will provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students to gain experience in fundraising and nonprofit communications. Our internship offers a hands-on experience to students committed to a fundraising, communications, or marketing career, particularly in an international nonprofit setting.

The intern will spend most of his/her time assisting the development team in its efforts to raise this year’s budget. In addition, the intern will support the programmatic team one day of the week with research, administrative tasks, and miscellaneous projects.

General Responsibilities:

 The development and communications intern will work with the Fund’s development team to plan and implement strategies that will help us increase our visibility, branding, and funding. Responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting regular, extensive foundation and individual donor research using development search engines and databases;
  • Maintaining and updating donor records in the organization’s Salesforce database;
  • Crafting and editing content for online and offline audiences in the form of blog posts, social media posts, solicitation letters, LOIs, brochures, cards, and additional marketing materials as needed;
  • Assisting the development team in culling stories, photographs, and video content of grantees for public use;
  • Supporting the team with projects surrounding events and board meetings, such as developing invitations, guest lists, etc.;
  • Attend events related to human rights, fundraising, and communications in the DC metro area;
  • Supporting the programs team with a variety of program-specific projects such as assisting with the Monthly Program Update, updating the Award and Fellowship Database, conducting research to support programmatic initiatives, and other tasks as needed.

Qualifications:

Candidates should have a strong interest in fundraising and communications, especially in relation to a human rights and/or international organization. Additional qualifications include:

  • Coursework in communications, marketing or nonprofit administration
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized
  • Fluency in Microsoft office suite
  • Experience working in a database, preferably Salesforce
  • Experience in a CMS, or in coding HTML or CSS preferred, but not required
  • A self-starter able to multi-task and manage competing priorities
  • Language proficiency in Spanish, French, Thai and/or Arabic is desired, but not required

The Fund’s internship is part-time, with exact hours to be discussed when an offer is extended. Expect to spend 16-20 hours on development and communications projects each week, and 8-10 hours on programmatic projects each week. The internship is unpaid, but we do offer a modest travel stipend.

Application Process:

To be considered for an internship, please submit the following materials:

  1. A cover letter and resume outlining your interest and experience
  2. Contact information for 3 references
  3. A short writing sample (no more than three pages) on a topic of your choice; a paper from an academic course is acceptable.

The deadline for applications is rolling. Please submit all application materials via email to jobs@globalhumanrights.org

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply.  Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, in accordance with federal and state law.

No phone calls please.

 

Program Intern

FGHR Program Internship

The Fund for Global Human Rights is seeking a Program Intern for fall 2018. The internship will provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students to gain experience in the field of human rights. The intern will spend the majority of her/his time assisting the Fund’s program team and will have the opportunity to learn more about regional human rights work supported by the organization.

The intern and her/his supervisor will work together to design a work plan that complements the Fund’s needs and the intern’s interests, abilities, and desired career path. Since we are a relatively small organization, the intern may also have the opportunity to observe and work in other departments depending on the Fund’s needs and the intern’s interests, and abilities.

The intern’s supervisor will also encourage her/him to search out and attend pertinent events in the area as part of the internship to complement their experience in the office. Desirable candidates will be able to work 15 – 25 hours per week. Work schedules can be flexible with school and other commitments. While this is an unpaid internship, a modest travel stipend is provided.

Primary Responsibilities

The intern’s responsibilities may include the following:

  • Assist with compiling and editing a monthly email report regarding the work of Fund grantees and relevant news updates.
  • Assist with updating and sharing information on award, fellowship and training opportunities that may be of interest to Fund grantees.
  • Assist, on an as needed basis, with research, media monitoring, and editing projects.
  • Attend events related to relevant human rights topics in the DC metro area.
  • Craft blog posts related to the human rights work of Fund grantees.
  • Interns may also be asked to assist with logistical tasks related to Fund events and travel
  • Translating materials (depending on skill level)

We consider this to be a hands-on, active learning internship. As such, the intern’s work will be approximately 40 percent administrative. The Fund encourages international and minority students to apply.

Qualifications

  • A passion for and eagerness to learn more about the human rights field
  • Coursework in human rights, international relations, or social justice fields
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized
  • Fluency in Microsoft office suite
  • A self-starter able to multi-task and manage competing priorities
  • Language proficiency in Spanish, French, Thai and/or Arabic is desired, but not required

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but candidates are encouraged to submit applications by July 1; start dates are flexible as needed. To be considered for an internship, please submit the following materials:

  1. A cover letter in which you state:
  • that you understand the internship is unpaid
  • where you found the internship posting
  • your specific dates of availability
  • the number of hours you will be able to work each week
  • why you would like to intern at the Fund, your specific interests related to human rights work, and your language abilities
  1. A resume
  2. The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references
  3. A short writing sample (no more than three pages) on a topic of your choice; a paper from an academic course is acceptable.

Please submit all application materials via email to internships@globalhumanrights.org.

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds to apply. Candidates are selected on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in accordance with federal and state law.