Job Announcement: Program Manager



International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Location: Washington, D.C.
Start date: January 1, 2022

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) is a human rights organization created in 2014 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 human rights race and combat discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our work largely focuses on 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. We work with our partners to combat racial discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) through a holistic multi-faceted approach. 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 crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures Mandates, and the Universal Periodic Review. Race and Equality works extensively in the UN system.

Job Description: Working in close partnership with our partners, the Executive Director, and the Director of Programs, the Latin America Country Program Manager will oversee the successful implementation of programming in the country to which she/he/they is assigned. This includes aiding in the coordination of the overall strategy for the country, ensuring the timely completion of deliverables in existing projects, and identifying new areas for growth. The Program Manager will be responsible for the development and periodic updating of a strategic plan for the country, taking into account the current country context and Race and Equality’s priority areas of work. These include, but are not limited to: racial and SOGI discrimination; restrictions on civic space and the exercise of related rights; enjoyment of ESCR, especially for historically marginalized groups; and the intersectionality of rights. The Program Manager will also help to design and implement programs to build the capacity of human rights activists in Latin America working in very difficult political environments. In coordination with the Country Team and the Legal Team, she/he/they will organize human rights trainings; facilitate international and domestic advocacy and strategic litigation; conduct research on current trends on human rights violations in the region; and prepare and review written reports of program impact and successes, including administrative and logistical aspects. Finally, the Program Manager will also be tasked d planning of new activities for the country to which she/he/they is assigned.



    • Advanced university degree
    • 5 to 7 years of experience working in human rights or related field in Latin America
    • Mature political judgment and knowledge of Latin American political and legal traditions
    • Significant program/grant management experience
    • Knowledge/experience on ethnic and racial discrimination and LGBTI issues in the region
    • Demonstrated capacity to understand and work on sexuality and gender-related issues
    • Work experience in capacity building and community mobilization
    • Fluency in English and Spanish
    • Excellent oral/written communication skills with an emphasis on advocacy in English and Spanish
    • Knowledge/experience in the Inter-American and UN Systems
    • Strategic litigation experience at the national or regional level
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Ability to travel internationally
    • Advanced computer skills in MS Office Suite
    • U.S. work authorization


    • Specialized study of human rights and law
    • Experience with closed/undemocratic societies
    • Knowledge of Portuguese and/or French

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

Apply:  No calls please.  Send immediately cover letter, resume and writing samples in English and Spanish 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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