Jobs at WOLA 3/28/03

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The Washington Office on Latin America is hiring for two position, Senior Associate for the Andes and Program Assistant.

The Senior Associate for the Andes will to develop, coordinate and implement program work on US policy toward the Andean region of South America (including Venezuela), monitoring developments in US foreign policy toward the region, with a strong emphasis on US international drug control policy, and will provide leadership to the WOLA staff team working on drug policy and related issues. Activities will include engaging the US policymaking community, providing timely written analyses, developing media and public outreach strategies, and working in collaboration with counterpart organizations in the US, Europe and Latin America. S/he will have significant institutional and oversight responsibilities.

Responsibilities will include monitoring and producing analysis of US policy towards the Andean region and US international drug policy by maintaining contact with US and Andean policymakers, as well as US-based and local counterparts; developing and implementing advocacy and public education strategies, and playing a leadership role on Andean issues within the US-based NGO and human rights communities; preparing briefs, memos and articles for WOLA publications, and other written materials as appropriate; designing and coordinating WOLA's press work on the Andean region, including writing and production of press materials, editorial mailings and interviews with media outlets; representing WOLA in public forums and organizing conferences, seminars and other meetings as appropriate; participating actively in and providing leadership to the staff team working on WOLA's Drugs, Democracy and Human Rights Project; supervising interns, team assistant and other staff; coordinating visits of in-country colleagues to Washington, and developing and carrying out joint advocacy campaigns with WOLA's regional counterparts, including Peru's Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos; preparing planning documents and participating in WOLA's planning process; and carrying out other institutional responsibilities as determined by the executive director; and participating in fundraising efforts as determined by the executive director.

Strong analytical and writing skills are required. A demonstrated commitment to human rights work is required. Experience in political advocacy and US policy processes is strongly desired. Knowledge of Andean social and political reality and experience working or living in an Andean country is strongly desired. Knowledge of international drug policy is preferred. The candidate must be fluent in English and Spanish, and should have a master's degree and relevant work experience.

Salary is negotiable based on experience and qualifications, and includes excellent benefits. To apply, send a letter of application, résumé, names of three references with daytime telephone numbers, a brief writing sample, and indication of salary requirements to: Washington Office on Latin America, Attn: Senior Associate Search, 1630 Connecticut Ave, NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20009, fax to (202) 797-2172. No phone or e-mail inquiries, application deadline ASAP, start date May/June 2003.

WOLA is also seeking an administrative staff person to work with program staff covering the Andean region, Mexico, and US international drug control policy. S/he will coordinate the work of a four-person team in this fast-paced human rights organization working in Washington and Latin America. The position is for two years, subject to an evaluation at the end of the first three months, and will bring a committed individual into contact with the human rights, religious and foreign policy communities in Washington and Latin America. WOLA's Washington office has a paid staff of 16 plus six interns.

Responsibilities will include organizing, coordinating and staffing informal lunch talks, seminars, workshops, delegations and conferences; coordinating publication and distribution of reports, memos, press work and other materials; drafting correspondence; editing, proofreading and formatting documents; responding to information requests; transcribing seminar proceedings; maintaining contact with US-based and Latin American NGOs; monitoring congressional hearings and legislation; supervising interns who provide general office support, together with the Office Manager and other administrative staff; maintaining mailing lists and updating the web site; assisting associates with program work including congressional and press advocacy; and other duties depending on the Team needs and the Assistant's abilities.

Qualifications include a demonstrated commitment to human rights, democracy and social justice in Latin America. Human rights, political advocacy and/or Capitol Hill experience is preferred. Word processing and some office experience required. Knowledge of Word is preferred. Knowledge of desktop publishing and database management is helpful. Good initiative, with ability to accept supervision, delegate tasks to interns and learn office and organizational procedures is needed. Flexibility and the ability to work in a fast-paced office environment with a changing agenda, heavy influx of phone calls and international visitors is needed. Excellent organizational and administrative skills, follow-through and attention to detail are needed. Spanish is required; strong written and oral communication skills are required; BA and knowledge of Latin America is required.

Salary is $27,000 plus full health and dental insurance, with three weeks annual vacation. Time commitment is two years, subject to a favorable evaluation after the first three months. Extension is possible by mutual agreement. To apply , send a letter of application, a list of three references and a brief writing sample to: Program Assistant Search, WOLA, 1630 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009, fax to (202) 797-2172. No telephone inquiries. Applications must arrive by Friday, April 18. Preferred starting date July 1, 2003 (flexible).

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