Program Assistant – Human Rights

Position Title:                    Program Assistant, Human Rights

Reports to:                         Director of Programs, Human Rights

Organization:                    Vital Voices Global Partnership

Position Location:            Washington, DC


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. 


Position description:

The Program Assistant for Human Rights will support the Human Rights team and provide administrative assistance in all of its programming, but will primarily focus on supporting the Voices Against Violence Initiative. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Director of Programs, Human Rights.



  • Providing logistical, administrative and programmatic support for human rights initiatives, programs, advocacy initiatives, and events internationally and domestically;
  • Providing vetting and administrative support for urgent assistance cases;
  • Monitoring subject matter and regional discussions to inform program strategy and development;
  • Assisting with the facilitation of services for sub-contractors and sub-grantees;
  • Assisting the VV HR team on grant proposals, funder research, and budgeting;
  • Assisting with the creation and management of organizational tools, systems and processes for the team;
  • Maintaining database of human rights participants, experts, partners, and vendors;
  • Providing communications materials for website and printed documents;
  • Working with the Vital Voices Finance team to prepare and process invoices, expense reports, and track budgets;
  • Assisting with the facilitation of the HR team’s monitoring and evaluation procedures;
  • Providing support to local partners through monitoring opportunities for engagement, and liaising with other Vital Voices staff to ensure collaboration;
  • 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;
  • Strong demonstrated interest in global women’s issues and human rights, particularly violence against women;
  • Advanced proficiency language skills, French and/or Spanish is strongly preferred;
  • Experience living, studying and/or working abroad preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Grant writing experience and ability to effectively coordinate with program donors;
  • Strong research and analytical skills, with an emphasis on keen editing skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team is key;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, swiftly shift priorities, and work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines, sometimes in difficult conditions, is necessary;
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity required;
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office applications, social networking tools, and database software (i.e. Salesforce);
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet challenging deadlines;
  • Strong organizational skills.


The Program Assistant position is a full-time, non-exempt position based in Washington, DC. Domestic and international travel up to 15% may be required for the position. Vital Voices does not provide work visa sponsorship or relocation assistance for this position.


To apply: Please e-mail a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three references with complete contact information to [email protected].


Use "Program Assistant, Human Rights – (Full Name)" as the subject of your e-mail.


Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed.


NO CALLS PLEASE. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.