JOB POST: Disability Rights Fund Seeks Program Officer
Disability Rights Fund seeks Program Officer
About the position
The Program Officer position offers a unique opportunity to join a groundbreaking grantmaking initiative supporting the rights of persons with disabilities. As a member of a small team, the Program Officer will help shape the Fund as it matures and incorporates the best strategies in funding disability rights in the Global South and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union. The main objective of the position is to create and manage a grants process for the Fund which takes into account particular regional and/or thematic strategies. In addition, the Program Officer will build field contacts and partnerships and work on evaluation. Other program and administrative responsibilities related to both grantmaking and the general operations of the Fund are also foreseen. The Fund is looking for a candidate who is able to work in a fast-paced environment, is flexible, takes initiative, and is independent, but team-oriented.
About the Disability Rights Fund
Launched in January of 2008 as a project of the Tides Center, the Disability Rights Fund is a grantmaking collaborative aimed at building community capacity to achieve the rights of all persons with disabilities. The Fund will make modest grants (USD $5000-50,000) to Disabled Persons’ Organizations in the Global South and in Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union for advancing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country-level.
Program Officer Responsibilities
Skills and qualifications
The ideal candidate should demonstrate:
- Passion and commitment to advancing the human rights of people with disabilities
- Familiarity with the community of DPOs and the CRPD
- Grantmaking or grantseeking experience (or relevant nonprofit experience)
- Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse populations from around the world
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Other language proficiencies a plus
- Strong administrative and organizational skills; the ability to manage time efficiently
- Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint); willingness to learn additional applications (and accessible technology) as necessary
- Bachelors degree, or equivalent with minimum 5 years of relevant experience; advanced degree desired
- Ability to travel independently in developing countries
- Ability to combine the roles of objective evaluator and sympathetic observer
$45,000 to $70,000 depending on experience. Generous benefits.
How to apply
People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please email or mail a cover letter, resume, three references (with contact information and relationship), writing sample (five page maximum) to:
Disability Rights Fund
Diana Samarasan, Director
Third Sector New England’s NonProfit Center
89 South Street, Suite 203
Boston, MA 02111-2670
email@example.com (please no phone calls)
Fax: (215) 261-4593
Deadline: Applications must be received by April 15, 2008.
Thank you to Diana Samarasan for submitting this job announcement to We Can Do.
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