Program Assistant, Human Rights, LAC

Vital Voices Human Rights

18 Jun 2019

Vital Voices

Human Rights


Organizational Description:

Vital Voices Global Partnership (, a leading international non-governmental organization committed to advancing women's leadership in the areas of economic empowerment, human rights, and political participation, seeks a talented professional with strong attention to detail for the position of Program Assistant, Human Rights.


The Program Assistant for Human Rights will support the Human Rights team and provide administrative assistance for all of its programming, but will primarily focus on supporting the Voices Against Violence Initiative: The GBV Global Initiative (VAV), particularly the Honduras Program. The Program Assistant will provide regional and linguistic expertise on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and if possible, the Northern Triangle. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Senior Program Manager, Human Rights.


  • Provide logistical, administrative and programmatic support for human rights initiatives, programs, advocacy initiatives, and events internationally and domestically
  • Linguistic and Regional Expertise: Provide Spanish language expertise and regional knowledge of Latin America & the Caribbean for the Voices Against Violence program. This includes direct outreach to local partners, support with case management, and other related activities.
  • Provide administrative support and assistance with vetting processes for the VAV Urgent Assistance Program
  • Monitor relevant subject matter in target countries and regional discussions to inform program strategy and development
  • Help facilitate administrative and financial processes related to sub-contractors and sub-grantees
  • Assist with the preparation of grant proposals, including conducting funder research
  • Assist with the creation and management of organizational tools, systems and processes for the human rights team
  • Maintain the database of human rights participants, experts, partners, and vendors
  • Assemble communications materials for website and printed documents
  • Work with the Vital Voices Finance and Administration team to prepare and process invoices, credit card reconciliations, and expense reports
  • Support monitoring and evaluation processes for the VAV Initiative
  • Provide support to local partners by monitoring opportunities for engagement, and liaising with other Vital Voices staff to ensure collaboration
  • Proofread, edit, and format program materials and donor reports, including ensuring materials are user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing  
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations or a related field required
  • 1 – 2 years of work or internship experience, especially international or non-profit work
  • Advanced proficiency language skills in Spanish (including written and oral) required; Portuguese a plus
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, swiftly shift priorities, and work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines, sometimes in difficult conditions
  • Strong organizational skills, and an exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office applications, social networking tools, and database software (i.e. PowerPoint, Salesforce, SurveyGizmo, etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong demonstrated interest in global women’s issues and human rights, particularly gender-based violence
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with program participants
  • Strong research and analytical skills, with an emphasis on keen editing skills
  • Sound judgement, resourcefulness, and create problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity required
  • Experience living, studying and/or working abroad, the Northern Triangle, preferred