Latin America Race and Ethnicity Program Officer

International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 18

Position description

*Applications currently accepted on a rolling basis.

The  International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2014 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Race and Equality has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote human rights and combat discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our work largely focuses on the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities.  Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy methodology at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. We work with our partners to combat racial discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) through a holistic multi-faceted approach. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level.  Hence our program includes building the capacity of our partners for advocating for the full incorporation of discrimination issues at the Organization of American States (OAS) and litigation within the Inter-American Human Rights System, in coordination with domestic litigation, policy advocacy and community mobilization. Using the Universal System is crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures Mandates, and the Universal Periodic Review. Race and Equality works extensively in the UN system.

Job Description:  Working in close partnership with our partners and the Executive Director, the Race and Ethnicity Program Officer will design and implement innovative programs to build the capacity of human rights activists in Latin America working in very difficult political environments. Duties include organizing/conducting human rights trainings; facilitating international and domestic advocacy; research on current trends on racially-motivated human rights violations in the region; preparing written reports of program impact and successes, including administrative and logistical aspects; and report writing to donors and keeping our website updated with information.  The Program Officer will also work in designing programs and planning activities.


Qualifications: Advanced university degree in Law, Political Science, or related field. Specialized study of human rights and racial justice preferred; 3 to 5 years of experience working in human rights or related field in Latin America; mature political judgment and knowledge of Latin American political and legal traditions; extensive knowledge/experience on ethnic and racial discrimination and LGBTI issues in the region; demonstrated capacity to understand and work on sexuality and gender-related issues; work experience in capacity building, community mobilization, coalition building and advocacy; strong writing and advocacy skills; knowledge/experience in the Inter-American and UN Systems required; ability to work under pressure; ability to travel internationally; ability to administer programs; experience on use of social media; fluency in Spanish and English essential, knowledge of Portuguese and French helpful. Excellent oral/written communication skills in English and Spanish are required. US work authorization required.

Application instructions

Salary: Commensurate with experience and scale in non-governmental organizations.

Apply:  No calls please.  Send immediately cover letter, resume, and writing samples in English and Spanish by email to [email protected].

Afro-descendants, women and LGBTI persons are encouraged to apply.

Race and Equality is an equal opportunity employer.