Solidarity Center

Solidarity Center

Senior Specialist for Organizing and Bargaining

Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
(This individual will need to travel extensively within the region based on the lifting of pandemic
restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions on the ground.)


Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Deadline for Application: Open until filled
Anticipated Start Date: February 2022

Solidarity Center seeks a seasoned trade unionist to support the critical Organizing and Bargaining (O&B) component of our work in Cambodia and manage relationships with the relevant stakeholders locally and internationally. This individual is responsible for coordinating O&B programs, including multinational campaigns, with partner-union activists, staff, and leadership in Cambodia and with the Country Program Director (CPD), the Asia department, and the Trade Union Strengthening (TUS) department. The Senior Specialist for Organizing and Bargaining is involved in developing and implementing programs, often in partnership with the AFL-CIO, U.S. unions, and the Global Union Federations (GUFs).

The successful candidate will be thoroughly conversant with all aspects of Organizing and Bargaining and must become familiar with regional program activities and events relevant to the political, economic, social, and trade union developments in Cambodia and the larger Southeast Asia region. The Senior Specialist for O&B must have sound judgment and political sense to facilitate decision-making, particularly when managing relationships with stakeholders. Working knowledge of and experience in US Government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants is also desirable.

The Senior Specialist for O&B monitors programs to measure and evaluate progress and ensure budgetary compliance. This individual also informs the CPD about significant Organizing and Bargaining developments in the country through meetings, reports and other communication as required.

The Senior Specialist for O&B coordinates this area of work with the CPD, U.S. unions, the ITUC and its regional organizations, and global union federations. This individual also works with field office staff to provide logistical support for relevant visitors from the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, U.S. unions, GUFs, the donor agency, and/or other organizations. This position includes representing the Solidarity Center and the AFL-CIO in public and private meetings with partners and other national and international organizations, including donors as required. This individual will need to travel extensively within the region (based on the lifting of pandemic restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions on the ground). The Senior Specialist for O&B may be reassigned to another country in the region as the need for this area of expertise shifts.

This position reports to the Regional Program Director for Asia, based in Washington, DC, who oversees work on local and national Organizing and Bargaining programs. The Director of Trade Union Strengthening, also based in Washington, is the supervisor for multiregional Organizing and Bargaining campaigns.

Basic Qualifications

  • Knowledge of organizing and bargaining as well as international relations and trade union, socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and abroad
  • Previous trade union experience, and/or experience in the Solidarity Center
  • Ability to work independently and with limited supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and make decisions that have major effects on costs and completion of projects
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or five years equivalent work experience
  • Good communications and writing skills
  • Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in a language of the region is a plus

Specific Duties

  • Maintain relationships with sector representatives.
  • Assess bargaining needs in the region.
  • Train local partners how to map out a sector in a region and analyze it so they learn how to do this by doing.
  • Serve as a hub for country-specific information on organizing and bargaining.
  • Serve as a resource on organizing and bargaining for CPD.
  • Build capacity to conduct organizing and bargaining activities.
  • Contact for organizing representatives who travel to the region.
  • Work with local partners to build coalitions.
  • Share best practices with counterparts in each region.
  • Work with partners to develop strategy.
  • Communicate with CPDs and copy them on correspondence related to their country.
  • Serve as a resource on organizing for other offices and internationally.
  • Train partner-union activists, staff and leadership in trade union research, comprehensive campaigning, collective bargaining, and other trade union technical areas;
  • Provide specified field programs with the technical assistance to develop and implement trade union strengthening programs;
  • In coordination with the Regional Program Director and CPD, develop in-country coalition-building contacts with local labor and nongovernmental organizations;
  • Assist headquarters with arranging in-country visits for U.S. trade union visitors in coordination with the Regional Program Director and Country Program Director;
  • Provide guidance on trade union strengthening activities/programs to field offices, partners, AFL-CIO, and US unions;
  • Facilitate partnerships between AFL-CIO and US unions with national trade union partners and/or relevant trade union organizations as related to organizing and bargaining.
  • Periodically report activities to the Regional Program Director for Asia and the Trade Union Strengthening Department Director
  • Manage program funds, maintain and submit expense records with appropriate documentation, monitor budgets, and undertake other financial responsibilities as required, and;
  • Ensure compliance with Solidarity Center and AFL-CIO policies and procedures, applicable donor and federal government regulations, and host-country law;
  • Contribute to the design and development of O&B programs that respond to the strategies, goals, and objectives of the donors, the AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center’s partners;
  • Prepare timely, well-written reports in accordance with the deadline schedule;
  • Monitor program performance and evaluate progress toward results; discuss substantive changes required with TUS Director and/or Program Officer/Regional Program Director;
  • Manage the logistics for organizing and bargaining field trips by Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO and US union personnel as requested;
  • Share information on country conditions and labor issues as appropriate;
  • Provide assistance and support for program evaluations or audits of field projects/offices;
  • Travel to conduct and/or oversee program development and implementation in other countries in the region;
  • In collaboration with the CPD, develop coalition-building contacts with national and international labor, and non-governmental organizations in the country or region;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $97,000 USD, plus allowances for housing, education, and annual home leave. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, a retirement plan and pension, life insurance, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave.

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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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