Program Coordinator

Columbia University
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 06

Position description

Reporting to the Director of the Program on Peace-building and Human Rights, the Program Coordinator contributes to the development and management of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights' (ISHR) peace-building initiatives to foster dialogue between parties to resolve conflict to achieve sustainable peace. 

The Program Coordinator is responsible for grants management, which includes accounting and assisting with the preparation of accounts for internal audit and working with the ISHR auditor to prepare for external audits complying with grant-makers requirements. Audits must comply with standard accounting practices. Grant-makers include US government agencies and foreign governments, such as the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The incumbent will interact with donors who provide gifts or make grants to ISHR.  

International travel may be required up to 4 times a year to conduct conflict assessments, do strategic planning, and coordinate program activities. Such travel may include extensive interaction with senior US Government officials, foreign government officials and other stakeholders to the conflict, including persons who are effected by ethnic or religious violence or who have been victims of sexual violence. The Program Coordinator will plan and execute all international visits and programs related to the peace-building initiatives and ISHR's overall mission. 

In conjunction with senior ISHR staff, the incumbent is expected to help create and sustain outreach, documentation, research and other programs; contribute to ISHR information and communication systems and the documentation necessary for the sustainability of the organization; contribute to the design and implementation of research activities; and follow developments in the human rights field. 

The incumbent works directly with the Program Director and ISHR staff to establish and maintain collaborative exchanges with organizations and universities concerned with human rights, peace building advocacy, training and capacity building. Interaction is also required with US Government officials, officials from foreign governments, and representatives of multilateral organizations such as the United Nations, and regional organizations such as the European Union. 

Duties include organizing trainings, meetings, workshops and events in New York, elsewhere in the United States, and internationally; development of program reports to document the progress of initiatives, including critical analysis of activities and their impact; managing the Institute's internal and external communications for various stakeholders - including government officials and various local and international media outlets; ensure the functioning and development of the Institute and its programs; develop, organize and fund-raise for research activities; develop new initiatives; and, event planning and other outreach activities.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Master's degree preferred. A minimum of 0-2 years of related experience required, preferably in international affairs/relations, human rights.  

The Program Coordinator should have experience conducting conflict analysis and working on complex international projects. Foreign language skills, such as Arabic, are preferred. A proven capacity for multicultural interaction skills is required. 

Knowledge of political and security developments; Excellent research, editing, and writing skills are required. 

Experience working with a human rights organization is required. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and inter-cultural skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent organizational and administrative skills with attention to detail. Computer and internet literacy.  

Advanced degree in international affairs or related field strongly preferred. Substantive knowledge of human rights and peace building. Knowledge of international and grassroots human rights NGOs and international organizations strongly preferred. 

Fundraising experience strongly preferred. Particular expertise in training and/or capacity building preferred. 

A publication history is preferred. Excellent writing and communications skills strongly preferred.  

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