Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center

Field Program Specialist, Migration
Middle East and North Africa

Based in Rabat, Morocco
(Due to the pandemic, deployment to Morocco will be contingent upon the lifting of travel restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions on the ground. Until that time, all work will be done remotely from the your home country.)


Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2021
Deadline to Apply: Until Filled
Location: Morocco/Remote

(This position is currently based in Morocco but could be performed from other countries in the region.)

Solidarity Center is seeking an organizer/advocate and expert in migrant and worker rights, with sound judgement and keen political sensitivities, to serve as a Field Program Specialist (FPS) for Migration, based in Morocco (or elsewhere in the region). This is a regional position that requires constant coordination with other field offices and Washington headquarters on
programs and partner relations in the area of migration and worker rights. This individual provides the Country Program Directors (CPDs) with advice and guidance on the development and implementation of migration initiatives. In the absence of the CPD in Morocco, the FPS serves as the main contact between the field office and Washington headquarters, preparing and exchanging information and coordinating activities.

The Field Program Specialist participates in program design and implementation, which includes writing concept papers and proposals and developing budgets. The FPS monitors assigned programs to meet anticipated results and budget targets, and writes program reports and evaluations. This individual must become thoroughly conversant in all of Solidarity Center's program activities in the region and with on-going political, economic, social and trade union developments in Morocco, particularly as related to migration and worker rights. This person must have working knowledge of and experience in US Government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.

The Field Program Specialist works closely with partners and affiliates in the region to coordinate their participation in Solidarity Center programs. The FPS assists with and, when necessary, provides logistical support for international visitors and participants in country-based programs conducted by the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, Global Union Federations (GUFs), and other related organizations. The FPS represents Solidarity Center at various meetings and conferences with donors, partners, and other national and international public and private organizations.


  • Experience engaging workers on migrant rights and related labor issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or ten years equivalent work experience
  • Extensive knowledge of international relations and local trade union and socio-economic and political developments
  • Ability to work independently and without supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people
  • Good judgement in managing partner relations and political sensitivities in country
  • Good communication and writing skills in English and Arabic
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets

Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic are required. Fluency in French is desirable, as well.

Persons considered for this position must agree to accept in-country temporary or indefinite assignments as Country Program Director, based on the needs of the Center.

Supervisor: Country Program Director (or Regional Program Director, in the absence of a Country Program Director).

Specific Duties

  • Coordinate inter-regional migration work in Africa, Asia, and MENA;
  • Coordinate work with Washington office and with CPDs in the region who can help navigate political partner sensitivities and provide input into program design and strategy;
  • Keep the organization abreast of global trends in labor migration and mobility, including ethical recruitment, labor migration facilitation schemes, and migration policies and programs that are responsive to labor markets;
  • Manage relationships with partners, other Solidarity Center field offices, and appropriate stakeholders, such as the International Labour Organization and International Trade Union Confederation;
  • Serve as a resource person for CPDs and Regional Program Directors, building and expanding on coalitions with local organizations and focusing on grassroots internationalism and alliance building to advance migrant rights;
  • Provide Washington office with programmatic financial and administrative information and reports;
  • Write/edit proposals, reports, letters, and other correspondence;
  • Conduct issue research for use by headquarters and other field offices;
  • Assist Washington office to arrange in-country study tours for U.S. visitors, and set-up meetings with local trade unions, government and non-government organizations involved in efforts to promote labor rights standards and democracy;
  • Coordinate activities with other Solidarity Center program departments as required;
  • Develop in-country coalition-building contacts with local and U.S. labor, government, and non-governmental organizations in the region;
  • Assist and advise Country Program Director on program development and proposal writing;
  • In the absence of the Country Program Director, develop and implement regional and sub-regional programs and programs in countries;
  • Keep up to date via Washington headquarters on USAID, NED, and U.S. government rules and regulations that affect program management;
  • Recommend outside program consultants and other technical staff in accordance with field office needs;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to conduct program evaluations of field projects and recruiting evaluators;
  • Support field trips by Solidarity Center personnel;
  • In the absence of the Country Program Director, share information on country conditions and labor issues as requested by Washington;
  • Monitor programs to meet budget targets;
  • Represent the Solidarity Center as directed;
  • Furnish financial and administrative information as required by Washington headquarters;
  • Initiate concept papers and program proposals and seek funding for same; and
  • In the absence of the Country Program Director and under the direction of the Regional Program Director, oversee field office operations.

The duration of this position, while contingent upon continued grant funding, is anticipated to last from three to six years, with the option to transfer to another post at the end of the assignment.

As part of the collective bargaining unit, this position is generously compensated with an annual gross salary starting at around $77,000 which may be subject to U.S. foreign earned income tax exclusion for U.S. citizens (please consult a tax professional to verify). A robust benefits package includes excellent health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. In addition, as an expatriate position, the Country Program Director is entitled to housing, relocation expenses, annual home leave, and an education allowance for dependents.

For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.


The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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