Full-time Program Assistant

International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Location: Washington, D.C. (Hybrid)

Start date: ASAP

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2015 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Race and Equality has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy methodology at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level.  Hence our program includes building the capacity of our partners for advocating for the full incorporation of discrimination issues at the Organization of American States (OAS) and litigation within the Inter-American Human Rights System, in coordination with domestic litigation, policy advocacy and community mobilization. Using the Universal System is also crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies, such as the UN CERD and CEDAW Committees. Race and Equality works extensively in the UN system.

Job Description:  Working in close partnership with our partners, Program Officers and the Executive Director in Washington, D.C., this position provides administrative and programmatic support for the organization. In addition to typing, filing and scheduling, performs duties such as financial record keeping, coordination of meetings and conferences, obtaining supplies, coordinating direct mailings, and working on special projects. Also, answers correspondence and assembles highly confidential and sensitive information. Deals with a diverse group of important external callers and visitors. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload.

Essential Functions

  • Conducting short-term research assignments on a variety of themes; working independently and within a team on special nonrecurring and ongoing projects;
  • Drafting and editing in Spanish and English a range of correspondence and other documents;
  • Monitoring news and political events in the countries in which Race and Equality works;
  • Attending meetings, events, and conferences related to the work of Race and Equality;
  • Researching on funding opportunities according to Race and Equality’s project areas;
  • Providing logistical and administrative support to field offices and regional staff;
  • Organizing and managing domestic and international travel logistics, meetings, events, and conference calls for Race and Equality staff and partner organizations;
  • General programmatic support, including other duties related to research, writing, and direct advocacy, depending on program needs and candidate abilities

Qualifications: University degree. 1 to 3 years of experience working in human rights or related field in Latin America; mature political judgment and knowledge of Latin American current events and political situation; knowledge of or experience on ethnic and racial discrimination and LGBTI issues in Latin America desirable; knowledge of or experience working on issues related to closed societies desirable; ability to work under pressure; excellent attention to detail; ability to administer programs; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and experience in internet research; fluency in Spanish and English essential, knowledge of Portuguese and French helpful. Excellent oral/written communication skills in English and Spanish are required. Permission to work in the United States required.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and scale in non-governmental organizations in Washington, DC.

Apply:  No calls please.  Send immediately cover letter, resume, writing samples in English and Spanish, and three references with contact information by email to jobs@oldrace.wp.

Afro-descendants, women and LGBTI persons are encouraged to apply.

Race and Equality is an equal opportunity employer.

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