Program Associate Democracy and Human Rights

Job Type

Full Time Contract



Application Deadline:



District of Columbia
United States


The Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation based in Washington, DC is seeking a Democracy and Human Rights Program Associate. The Program Associate will report to the Director of Democracy and Media Programs and the Director of Women’s Rights and Empowerment.


Organizational Background:


The Wallace Global Fund is guided by the vision of the late Henry A. Wallace, former Secretary of Agriculture and Vice President under Franklin D. Roosevelt. Henry Wallace was keenly interested in scientific innovation as a force to enhance human wellbeing and had an abiding faith in the individual’s spirit and capacity to bring about sound and just social change. The Fund was established by his son Robert B. Wallace in 1995, and grew out of the Wallace Genetic Foundation, founded in 1965 by Henry Wallace.


The mission of the Wallace Global Fund (WGF) is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. WGF supports initiatives related to environmental system collapse, climate justice and rights, corporate abuses and the concentration of corporate power, women’s rights and empowerment, civic liberties and engagement, and independent media. 


The Fund has also been a global leader in the field of mission-related investing, supporting integration between program priorities and social impact investment strategies. It has also supported the work of the movement calling for divestment from fossil fuels and investment in climate solutions.


More information about WGF is available at




The Fund seeks a Program Associate to support the foundation’s activities in the areas of democracy, media, and women’s rights and empowerment.


Primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to WGF senior staff/consultants; assisting in development and implementation of communications strategies and tools for the foundation; conducting issue and field research; and providing ongoing support to grant-making, issue-tracking, and funder education and convening activities. 


Due to the Fund’s various program activities in Africa, the Program Associate will also play a role in monitoring trends and supporting grant making and impact investing priorities in the regions of interest.


Specific tasks will likely include:


  • Assist in the development of grants dockets and reports that support the Fund’s work in democracy, media, and women’s rights and empowerment;
  • Assist in the development and/or implementation of evaluation activities for the Foundation’s program activities, individual grants, or clusters of grants;
  • Monitoring political, social, and economic trends related to program areas and in geographic areas of priority;
  • Prepare materials such as memoranda and reports for the Fund’s Board and senior staff;
  • Serve as liaison to communications team, helping to build communications strategy and developing content for diverse WGF communications vehicles;
  • Support senior staff/consultants in convening, meeting planning, and other support for grantee initiatives;
  • Participate in and support cross-program planning teams;
  • Support staff/consultants in connecting program priorities to investment opportunities;
  • Represent the Fund at external meetings of funders and other stakeholders.



  • Bachelor’s degree, experience working in a relevant field or non-profit preferred;
  • Experience working on issues of human rights and democracy building, academic or applied knowledge of African politics and rights issues preferred; international experience a plus;
  • Outstanding English language writing ability;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Team player and capable of working in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities;
  • Highly organized, with the proven ability to work independently, meet deadlines and maintain consistent attention to detail;
  • Ability to source, analyze, synthesize, and effectively present information and data;
  • Established commitment to social justice advocacy.

This is a full time position, with an initial two-year contract. 


Compensation is consistent with the level of the position and experience of the candidate. Excellent benefits. Please review details regarding the Fund’s work at

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Deadline is May 4th, 2018. Please send cover letter and resume to, subject line ‘Program Associate Search.’ Finalists will be asked to provide references and writing samples.