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Director of Regional Programs

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 dynamic leadership for our regional grant-making and programmatic work. We’re in search of a proven manager and facilitative leader who is deeply invested in the global human rights movement and takes pride and satisfaction in creating a work environment where each member of their team can achieve their own goals. The ideal candidate for this position will be a mid-career professional who has remote management experience and practical familiarity with the challenges facing frontline grassroots human rights organizations around the world.

The primary function of this position is to manage and support the program officers who lead the Fund’s five regional grant-making programs (South Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, North Africa, and the Great Lakes of Africa), all of whom work remotely, many from the region where their program is focused. The Director of Regional Programs will serve as deputy to the Vice President for Programs, providing backstopping support and thought partnership. This position will liaise frequently with our development, operations, communications, and grants management teams and play a critical role in facilitating cross-departmental relationships and communications. Occasionally this person will also represent the Fund to funder and field audiences publicly.

The Director of Regional Programs will serve on the Fund’s management team and will report to the Vice President for Programs. This position is based in Washington, DC.

Primary Responsibilities:

Where you’ll make the most impact

  • Provide meaningful leadership and coaching to five regional program officers who lead grant-making strategies organized by geography in: South Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, North Africa, and the Great Lakes of Africa. In total these programs operate currently in thirteen countries and last year made grants of over $5 million.
  • Support program officers in developing and evolving grant-making strategy and capacity-building interventions. The Director of Regional Programs will support program officers in developing capacity-building and technical assistance interventions regularly.
  • Play an active role in providing coaching, guidance, and editing as program officers prepare annual grants dockets for approval by senior staff.
  • Act as the program team’s principal team builder; plan team time during bi-annual staff retreats, devise means for remote team building throughout the year, and jointly with the Vice President for Programs explore the possibility of launching an annual team retreat in the field.
  • Facilitate a culture of learning across the team and throughout the organization around our regional grant-making strategies and tactics, impact of our grant-making, the context in each region, and the work of our grantees
  • Support development staff in their work with program officers to fundraise for regional grant-making programs
  • Keep a keen and consistent eye to all grant-making processes and work with our grants management team to consider possible improvements that make the Fund more flexible, nimble, and responsive to the field
  • Travel up to 25 percent time both to the field and in the US and Europe for meetings and conferences
  • Occasionally represent the Fund at meetings and conferences
  • Act as the primary staff liaison for the program committee of the Board of Directors

Qualifications:

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

  • A deep commitment to global human rights issues, and to a stronger, more effective human rights movement.
  • An experienced manager who loves the day-to-day work of making teams hum. Bonus points for anyone who has managed a remote team, far-flung across the globe.
  • A globalist, who sees the world as interconnected and can track meta-trends of global developments. Or, why do China, Russia, and Brazil matter to our work even though we don’t work in those countries specifically? Someone who will generate internal discussion and debate about world affairs because it makes us smarter and sharper in our work.
  • Someone who has deep competency in working across and between many cultures.
  • A grant-maker with enough experience to tell a story about how their work made a difference, and three major challenges their grantees faced that they helped them creatively overcome.
  • An organizational development thinker who can see down the road and around the bend to what isn’t in place yet, and isn’t afraid to suggest a road map to get us there.
  • Ten years’ relevant experience in philanthropy, human rights, or human rights/social justice philanthropy, especially if any of that experience is at an intermediary. A relevant training and education could substitute for some experience.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and to help others do so better all the time.
  • Experience editing professional-style writing in standard American English (even better if the candidate has a history of editing for non-native English speakers).
  • Effective communicator with internal and external audiences
  • Fluency in English, professional proficiency in one or more of the following languages preferred: Hindi, Arabic, Thai, Burmese, Tagalog, Spanish, or French.

Desired Qualities:

  • Successful experience fundraising from institutional or individual donors
  • Poised and professional, with a great sense of humor
  • A team builder in the truest sense
  • The ability to predict and prepare a team for needed next steps to achieve long range goals
  • Deep understanding of human rights norms and practices, and extensive experience with grassroots organizations
  • A grasp of the universe of human rights funders, and relationships to bring to bear in this role

How to Apply: 

Please send (1) cover note including salary expectations and (2) resume to: jobs@globalhumanrights.org.  Mention “Director of Regional Programs” in the subject line.

No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as interviews will be considered on a rolling basis.

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.

Grants Manager (Washington, DC or London)

THE ORGANIZATION

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.

Since 2002, the Fund has awarded nearly $80 million to more than 600 human rights organizations across the globe. Grantees work on a wide range of issues from indigenous land rights in Guatemala, to women’s rights in Morocco, to accountability for war crimes in West Africa, to discrimination against HIV positive people in India. The Fund currently maintains grants programs for rights groups based in twenty countries around the world.

THE POSITION

The Grants Management team—currently two Grants Managers and one Manager of Grantmaking Operations based in Washington, DC—is the backbone of support for getting resources to frontline activist organizations, managing all administrative aspects of incoming grant proposals and outgoing grant awards, and providing critical support to their assigned programs. The Fund seeks to add a staff member based in either Washington, DC or London who will report to the Manager of Grantmaking Operations to support the Fund’s India portfolio and thematic initiatives (Children in Armed Conflict, Corporate Accountability, Migrant’s Rights, and Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work directly with a high-performing and enthusiastic grants management team as well as grantee organizations and Fund program officers.

Essential Duties of the Position:

Grants Management

  • Manage grants supporting the Fund’s thematic initiatives and India programs
    • Manage incoming grant proposals and evaluate eligibility of prospective grantees
    • Draft grant award letters
    • Disburse funds to grantees, track disbursements, and troubleshoot disbursements when issues arise
    • Track grant reporting deadlines and ensure that they are met
  • Work collaboratively with development staff to administer donor-advised grants
  • Work collaboratively with program staff to ensure grants are managed appropriately

Database and Systems Management

  • Serve as an internal expert on the Fund’s grants management database (GIFTS Online), which includes:
    • Ensuring that all grant and grantee information is entered consistently and accurately
    • Generating reports and dashboards for the program and development teams
    • Acting as a point person with GIFTS Online support staff when we encounter glitches
    • Proposing systems for how to more accurately track grants and manage the database
    • Training new staff how to use the database
  • Collaboratively evaluate, develop, and implement grants management systems and procedures to improve efficiency and accuracy as needed
  • Work with program officers and operations staff to ensure that budget trackers are accurate and regularly updated
  • Maintain accurate digital grantee files

Docket Preparation

  • Manage the docket preparation calendar and workflow
  • Work closely with program officers to prepare and assemble docket materials—including grant lists and grantee bios—for board review leading up to April and October board meetings

Communication

  • Provide timely and professional customer service in response to inquiries regarding grant opportunities and eligibility in the Fund’s info account
  • Translate documents and materials as needed
  • Correspond with grantees in English, French, and Spanish

Program Administration

  • Provide logistical support to grantees attending the Fund’s convenings and donor-organized conferences
  • Collect grantmaking data and programmatic updates for the monthly program newsletter

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.

Qualifications:

  • One to three years of relevant work experience; grants management experience at private or public foundation preferred
  • Strong interest in human rights and social justice issues
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Fluency in English and strong working proficiency in French (written and verbal), preference given to candidates who demonstrate additional proficiency in Spanish
  • Track record of strong and consistent attention to detail while managing a large portfolio in a fast-paced, complex environment
  • Strong code of ethics and trustworthiness; ability to function at the highest degree of discretion
  • Sensitive to multi-cultural issues and strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management and problem-solving skills
  • Customer-service orientation
  • Action-oriented and takes initiative
  • Authorized to work in the US or UK without sponsorship

Additional Qualifications:

  • Additional language proficiencies, especially in Arabic, Thai, or Burmese a plus
  • Strong proofreading skills in American English
  • Experience using a grants management database; strong preference for knowledge of GIFTS Online or other Microedge products, Fluxx, or Foundation Connect
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment
  • Willingness to contribute to a positive, respectful, inclusive (and fun!) work environment
  • A great sense of humor

How to Apply: Please send an e-mail to jobs@globalhumanrights.org with “Grants Manager” in the subject line, including (1) a resume and (2) a thoughtful cover note outlining your salary expectations, job related qualifications, and language skills.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. Anticipated start date is December 2017 – January 2018. Salary commensurate with experience.

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 summer 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 before March 15; 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.