Overview of AJWS
Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS advances the health and rights of women, girls and LGBT people; promotes recovery from conflict, disasters and oppression; and defends access to food, land and livelihoods. AJWS pursues lasting change by supporting grassroots and global human rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by mobilizing supporters in the U.S. to advocate for global justice. Working together, the AJWS community strives to build a more just and equitable world.
About the Department
AJWS’s international programs division works to build civil society in select countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia by supporting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) that are advancing human rights. AJWS partners with organizations that work on four critical issues:
- Civil and Political Rights: Promoting Recovery from Conflict and Oppression
- Natural Resource Rights: Defending the Right to Food, Water, Land and Livelihood
- Sexual Health and Rights: Advancing the Rights of Women, Girls and Sexual Minorities
- Disaster Response: Ensuring Locally Led Recoveries by Marginalized Communities
The Program Officer manages AJWS’ dynamic civil and political rights (CPR) grantmaking in Asia with a focus on Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Burma.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate dynamic civil and political grantmaking strategies in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Burma in collaboration with the Senior Director of Civil and Political Rights and Advocacy, staff and consultants;
- Advance AJWS’s grantmaking CPR program by identifying new grantees, developing proposals, supporting grantees with technical assistance and access to opportunities (including for advocacy at the regional and international level), responding to crises and emergencies and refining grantmaking strategies based on learning and evaluation;
- Identify and deepen relationships with collegial donors, civil society organizations, activists, policymakers and other allies;
- Directly manage AJWS country consultants in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Burma, and work closely with them to advance an in-country grants portfolio;
- Manage the CPR team grantmaking budget and operational plans in Asia;
- Identify emerging issues and trends in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Burma, as well as across the region, and utilize findings to shape funding priorities and develop grantmaking strategies and advocacy initiatives;
- Collaborate with grantmaking and advocacy colleagues to identify and analyze regional and global trends, refine grantmaking approaches, document lessons learned, and shape AJWS’s policies;
- Organize and conduct up to three visits to Asia per year for exploratory research, site visits, partner meetings, and monitoring and evaluation;
- Collaborate with the Advocacy team to ensure a close integration of the priorities of AJWS’s grantees with AJWS’s advocacy;
- Partner with Strategic Learning, Research and Evaluation Division to identify research projects that can document the learning emerging from AJWS’s grantmaking in order to inform the field;
- Partner with Development staff to manage donor relationships, write reports and fulfill other grant requirements.
- Increase AJWS’s visibility and profile by presenting AJWS’s work to donors, collegial organizations, networks and policymakers, and by working closely with AJWS’s Communications Department.
The ideal candidate will have a proven record as a strategic grant maker and/or advocate in the field of civil and political rights, with experience working in Asia, and in-depth knowledge of the legal, political, social and economic contexts in the region. Additional requirements include:
- BA/BS required; Master’s degree in relevant field (law, human rights, international development, conflict resolution) strongly preferred;
- At least five to seven years of working at a foundation, international development or human rights organization in the field of civil and political rights and some experience in Natural Resource Rights;
- Keen understanding of processes to build strategic partnerships between local activists and national as well as global activist networks;
- Experience with, and demonstrated commitment to social change, grassroots social justice and human rights movements;
- Working understanding of human rights norms and practices, global development theory and grassroots social movement building;
- Experience writing or reviewing grant proposals and developing a portfolio of grants to move forward a strategic vision; excellent analytical and writing skills
- Demonstrated staff and budget management skills
- Excellent public speaking and presentation skills with previous experience in donor relations preferred;
- Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English required;
- Enthusiastic about spending six to nine weeks per year traveling internationally, either with colleagues or independently;
- Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends;
- Highly organized team player, with the proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently, prioritize and complete multiple projects, meet deadlines and maintain consistent attention to detail; and
- Ability to work in and with diverse communities.
People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.
Authorization to work in the US is required.