Program Officer, Latin America

Guatemala (GT)
Jun 06, 2019
Jul 06, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

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.  For more information, please visit

 About this opportunity

The Fund is seeking a highly qualified applicant for the position of Program Officer for Latin America.  Within the region, this position currently is responsible for grant making programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. In these four countries, the Fund’s program includes support to grantees working to advance the rule of law and justice, challenge gender-based violence, and defend the land and resource rights of indigenous and rural communities. The position reports to the Director of Regional Programs and will work as an integrated part of the full Program team. It is anticipated that the Program Officer, once onboard, will hire a team of 1-2 full time staff, based in the region, to complete the Latin America team.  Preference will be given to candidates who are based in the region.

 Key Responsibilities:

Manage grant making and technical assistance programs in Latin America

• Keep abreast of human rights issues, trends and activities in the region; attend meetings and conferences, read current literature, and maintain contact with leaders in the field

• Develop appropriate grant making, technical assistance, and capacity building strategies and priorities in assigned countries

• Identify new grantee organizations through networking activities and open Requests for Proposals (RFPs); conduct appropriate due diligence to evaluate potential grantees

• Undertake all aspects of the grant making cycle including: proposal review, grant recommendations, docket preparation, indicator review, progress evaluation

• Hire, oversee, and manage other members of the Latin America team, as relevant, including through identifying team needs, leading hiring processes, day-to-day management of team, and providing guidance on priorities and activities of team members on a continuing basis

• Maintain contact and develop high quality working relationships with all current grantees and make regular site visits

• Facilitate technical assistance to grantees on strategic planning, human rights skills, fundraising, and partnering with other NGOs and Fund grantees, according to grantee needs

• Evaluate requests and make recommendations for discretionary / emergency support in the assigned countries

• Develop and implement appropriate and effective evaluation tools

• Participate in annual program planning and evaluation

• Partner with grants management staff to ensure smooth and efficient organizational workflow of administrative logistics

• Coordinate special initiatives or projects as assigned


Docket Preparation

• Recommend allocations for each assigned country's grants docket and present recommendations of grantee organizations to the Director of Regional Programs and the Vice President for Programs

• Prepare summaries of each grantee's work

• Develop an annual program strategy memo that analyzes the context of the work in each country and lays out grant making, technical assistance, capacity building, and thought leadership strategies to have the most impact

• Create annual grant making and travel budgets with initial decisions about grant allocations and program costs for internal approval

• Track Latin America budget outlays and program costs on an ongoing basis to align with forecasted projections and donor requirements

• Jointly with grantees, develop indicators to track progress of each grantee organization


 Donor Relations and Communications

• Partner with development staff to steward existing and prospective donors to the Latin America program, ensuring good communication flow about programmatic work for use in fundraising activities

• Edit written reports and provide regular reporting updates to donors

• Partner with development staff on donor tours, grantee visits to the US and UK, and other efforts

• Liaise with existing donors to the Latin America program providing reporting updates and occasional in-person visits to keep donors abreast of the issues and challenges

• Assist in conception of and writing for the Fund’s public communications pieces related to Latin America or assigned thematic initiatives


Building a Network of Collaborative Partnerships

• Maintain contact and collaborate with other organizations – funders and funder networks, regional organizations, INGOs, etc. – working in the region

• Develop partnerships, share ideas, and create opportunities to leverage other funding with grant- making organizations working in the region or on similar issues


Other Contributions

• Over time, develop expertise in, and take on leadership for, one or more thematic areas of the Fund’s grant making

• Participate in bi-weekly program team and all-staff meetings, one in-person annual full staff retreats, and one in-person annual program staff retreat

• Work closely with the Fund’s thematic program officers who manage the Fund’s various thematic areas involving Latin America grantees


Minimum Requirements:

• 7+ years of experience working in the human rights arena; field experience and/or advocacy experience in the region highly desired

• Demonstrated commitment to human rights and to building a vibrant and powerful grassroots human rights movement

• 3+ years of grant-making or fundraising experience strongly preferred

• Knowledge of international and grassroots human rights NGOs and international organizations

• Experience living, working, or traveling extensively in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and/or Mexico

• Effective communication and writing skills

• Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and oral

•Must be willing and able to travel from four to seven times per year, including to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, often for stretches of seven to ten days or longer

• Must be willing and able to travel to the US at least twice a year

Preferred Qualifications

• Self-driven initiative to contribute to any and all efforts underway to strengthen the Fund and the Latin America program

• Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible independently or in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people

• Proven track record of excellent relationship development and management, both in-person and remotely

• Strong critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify emerging human rights trends and analyze issues from multiple perspectives 

• Organized and able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously while producing excellent quality work

• High level of comfort traveling independently in countries with less developed infrastructure require

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 or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law.

 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Earliest anticipated start date is A