JOB POST: Disability Rights Fund Seeks Program Officer

Posted on 12 March 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , |

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

  • Design a grants proposal process that is accessible to people with disabilities
  • Serve as liaison to grantees and prospective grantees
  • Working closely with the Tides Foundation, create a structure for grants administration and management (e.g., grant award and declination letters, disbursements, report tracking, grant files)
  • Together with the Director, evaluate all grant proposals, conduct financial and critical analysis of applicant organizations
  • Prepare concise written analyses of grant proposals and funding recommendations for Steering Committee comprised of field advisors and donors
  • Arrange and conduct site visits and meetings with grantees
  • Provide organizational effectiveness assistance to grantees or recommend helpful resources as appropriate
  • Evaluate and monitor the impact of grants; review and analyze grantee reports
  • Develop professional relationships within the field of disability rights to inform the grantmaking of the Fund; keep abreast of trends within the field of disability rights
  • Collaborate with Director, Global Advisory Panel and Steering Committee to develop and refine grantmaking strategies
  • Assist Director with the day-to-day operations of the Fund as needed
  • 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
      Compensation

    $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
    dsamarasan@disabilityrightsfund.org (please no phone calls)
    Fax: (215) 261-4593

    Deadline: Applications must be received by April 15, 2008.



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