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Current Opportunities:


Deputy Director of Programs


The Fund is creating a new position for an experienced manager to work with the Vice President/Director of Programs to direct the organization’s grant-making and capacity-building program and to supervise a team of seven program officers based in six countries.  As the Fund enters a period of aggressive growth, we expect to make additional program hires over the next two years.


The Deputy Director of Programs will be based in Washington, DC.



Supervise program staff

  • Provide ongoing daily supervision to approximately half of the Fund’s seven program officers
  • Edit materials, including grant recommendations, written by the program officers
  • Assist program staff in identifying and achieving professional development goals
  • Orient new program staff members to their day-to-day tasks and the philosophy, approach, and policies surrounding the Fund’s grant-making activities
  • Conduct annual performance reviews


Facilitate learning and collaboration among program staff

  • Lead bi-weekly meetings of the full program team
  • Oversee two of the Fund’s thematic initiatives and facilitate coordination among program staff on those issues
  • Design and facilitate an annual program staff retreat


Conduct program evaluation and planning

  • Take the lead on monitoring and evaluation by developing systems and tools to measure and document the impact of the Fund’s grant-making and capacity-building programs
  • Liaise with development staff to ensure program evaluation is also used to demonstrate impact to the Fund’s donors
  • Help set priorities and direction for the grant-making program by staying apprised of trends in human rights and identifying new countries, regions, thematic initiatives, and/or strategic partnerships that will help the Fund achieve its mission


Represent the Fund with colleague organizations, grantees, donors, and prospective funders

  • Participate in colleague networks and affinity groups
  • Speak on behalf of the Fund at meetings, conferences, and other venues
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of donor relationships


    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 federal and state law.



    • BA required and 7-10+ years experience in international grant-making and/or human rights advocacy
    • Experience working with frontline human rights and social justice activists and an understanding of the context in which they work
    • Experience in managing and supervising staff
    • Excellent writing and editing skills
    • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
    • Fluency in one or more of the following languages highly desirable: Spanish, French, Arabic, Burmese, Thai
    • Authorization to work in the U.S.


    How to Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to: Please mention “Deputy Director of Programs” in the subject line.


    No phone calls please.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  No applications will be accepted after August 31, 2014.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Generous benefits package.  Target start date is early Fall 2014.


    Grants Administrator / Executive Assistant


    The Grants Administration team is the backbone of support for getting money to front-line activist organizations, managing all administrative aspects of awarded grants and incoming grant proposals.  The Fund seeks a staff member to work in a team with an existing grants administrator and play an additional key role of providing administrative support to the President and CEO.  The winning candidate will have the opportunity to work directly with grantee organizations and liaise with many Fund stakeholders including staff, board members, and donors.


    Essential Duties of the Position:


    Grants Administration (approximately 70%)

    • Act as the point of contact for applicants and grant recipients
    • Maintain hard copies of documents for grantee files
    • Manage the incoming proposal process, evaluate eligibility of prospective grantees and distribute materials to program officers for review
    • Correspond in French and English with grantees in the assigned regions (likely North Africa, West Africa, and the African Great Lakes)
    • Track reports, proposals and other grantee requirements
    • Draft grant award letters
    • Input data and ensure accuracy in the Fund’s grantee database (GIFTS Alta)
    • Work closely with Fund program officers to prepare and assemble docket materials twice a year for board review prior to meetings
    • Provide program assistance and research support to Fund program officers as needed
    • Continually evaluate and develop grants administration systems and procedures to improve efficiency and accuracy
    • Disburse funds to grantees and work with operations staff to track wired money


    Executive Support (approximately 30%)

    • Provide administrative support to the President and including schedule management and organizational assistance
    • Draft correspondence for President as needed
    • Support President in coordinating with members of the Board of Directors
    • Coordinate and facilitate President’s activities in collaboration with the communications, fundraising, operations, and program teams
    • Participate in development team meetings in order to triage and support President’s fundraising responsibilities
    • Provide logistical planning for board meetings, conference calls and events
    • Prepare minutes for board meetings

    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 or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.



    • Bachelor’s degree
    • One to three years of executive assistant and/or grants administrative experience
    • Passion for human rights and social justice
    • Excellent writing, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work in a small, fast-paced organization that requires flexibility and a hands-on style liaising with a large number of staff members on a regular basis
    • Fluency in English and strong proficiency in French required
    • Must have legal ability to work in US without sponsorship or assistance from the Fund


    Additional Qualifications:

    • Experience with database systems highly preferred; knowledge of GIFTS database a plus
    • Experience working in a non-profit environment and interacting with board members preferred
    • Sense of initiative and humor
    • Strong code of ethics and trustworthiness; ability to function at the highest degree of discretion
    • Sensitive to multi-cultural issues
    • Additional proficiency in one or more of the following languages a strong plus:  Arabic, Spanish, Thai, Russian


    How to Apply:

    Please send a resume and a thoughtful cover letter to:  No phone calls please.


    No applications will be accepted after Tuesday August 5, 2014.


    The Fund will conduct rolling interviews until the position is filled.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  Salary is commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.


    Fall Undergraduate Internship

    The Fund for Global Human Rights seeks to strengthen human rights movements globally through grant-making to local, national, and regional human rights organizations across the globe. Over the past decade, efforts to promote human rights have proliferated around the world, with activists often working under adverse and even dangerous conditions. Despite this critical work by local human rights activists and increasing attention to human rights issues, many organizations on the front lines of the human rights struggle have little or no access to the financial resources they need to expand the scope and impact of their work. The Fund is devoted to meeting the needs of these organizations by facilitating support for them where the need is great and the resources are limited.


    The Fund currently makes grants in the following countries: Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, and the Philippines.



    The Fund for Global Human Rights is seeking an undergraduate intern for the fal lof 2014 (with an expected start date in late August-early September). The intern and his or her supervisors 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 will have the opportunity to observe and work in all departments and gain an understanding of how a non-profit foundation operates. The intern's supervisors will also encourage him or her to search out and attend pertinent events in the area as part of the internship to complement their experience in the office.


    The desirable candidate will be able to work between fifteen and twenty hours per week. Work schedules can be flexible with school commitments. While this is an unpaid internship, we can work with students to gain academic credit for their internship experience.


    The intern's responsibilities may include the following:

    • Research projects on programmatic topics
    • Coordinating international events and programming
    • Writing projects with the development and communications teams
    • Preparation for board meetings
    • Organizing files and updating grantee records
    • 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. In general, the internship program is not open to graduate students or students who have already graduated as they are generally looking for something more substantive in nature.



    Candidates should have a strong interest in human rights and/or international affairs, and should also be interested in learning about non-profit operations, communications, and fundraising. We are looking for someone who can readily handle multiple responsibilities, take the initiative, and take ownership of his or her work. Desirable candidates will be able to display independence, maturity, and an understanding of strict confidentiality. We also value individuals with a strong attention to detail and the ability to follow through on projects. Experience working in a Microsoft Windows environment and language proficiency in Spanish, French, Thai, and/or Arabic is highly desirable.



    To be considered for an internship, please forward the following materials by August 1, 2014:

    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

    2. A resume

    3. The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references

    4. A short writing sample (no more than three pages) on a topic of your choice; a paper from an academic course is acceptable.


    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit all application materials via email



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