Program Associate, Natural Resource Rights

New York, NY

Overview of AJWS

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS advances the health and rights of women, girls and LGBT people; promotes recovery from conflict, disasters and oppression; and defends access to food, land and livelihoods. AJWS pursues lasting change by supporting grassroots and global human rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by mobilizing supporters in the U.S. to advocate for global justice. Working together, the AJWS community strives to build a more just and equitable world.

About the Department

AJWS Programs Division’s grantmaking work builds civil society in select countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia by supporting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) that are advancing human rights. AJWS partners with organizations that work on four critical issues:

Sexual Health and Rights:
Advancing the Rights of Women, Girls and Sexual Minorities

AJWS works to increase access to services and end discrimination, violence and abuse of women, girls, LGBTI people and sex workers, so that they can access the full spectrum of opportunities in society and live in health, safety and dignity.

Civil and Political Rights:
Promoting Recovery from Conflict and Oppression

AJWS supports communities to speak out against injustice, demand accountability and create vibrant, democratic and peaceful societies that respect the rights of all citizens.

Natural Resource Rights:
Defending the Right to Food, Land and Livelihoods

AJWS supports organizations that advocate for the rights of rural, indigenous and poor communities who are displaced from their land or prevented from earning a living because of mining, dams and other development that threaten their way of life.

Disaster Response
AJWS supports communities affected by disasters through grants that support immediate relief and longer-term rehabilitation while simultaneously addressing the structural issues that perpetuate inequality. Examples of this type of grantmaking may include the distribution of food and medical supplies, psychosocial support, addressing the gender-based violence that becomes increasingly prevalent in the aftermath of a disaster, the reconstruction of earthquake resilient homes and the support of sustainable livelihood programs. As one of the only human rights organizations that responds to disasters, AJWS plays a unique and valuable role in the recovery and rebuilding process. We prioritize support to marginalized populations that are largely ignored by mainstream humanitarian responses.

Position Summary

The program associate provides programmatic and administrative support for AJWS’s grantmaking in Natural Resource Rights and Climate Justice globally. The program associate works with the director and program officers to collect and communicate key information about AJWS’s programs for internal and external use. The program associate also provides broader administrative and logistical support to the programs division, and works collaboratively with other departments to support AJWS’s advocacy, campaigns, communications and fundraising efforts.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain overall administrative flow of the NRR portfolio (e.g. meeting internal deadlines for grant proposals and reports), and carry out administrative tasks related to the natural resource rights grantmaking program;
  • Management of the department’s budget by tracking expenses, maintaining and/or creating budget tools, assisting director in budget oversight, including representing the issue area on all budget-related work with Finance and International Operations Departments;
  • Provide grants docket assistance, including aggregating and synthesizing data, updating grant-tracking charts, and assisting with grant write ups for AJWS’s Board of Trustees;
  • Support coordination and communication between NRR team based in New York and program staff and country consultants based in the region;
  • Collect and disseminate grantee information for learning and evaluation, communications, fundraising and networking with peer donors and other allies;
  • Collaborate with Program Officers and Strategic Learning, Research, and Evaluation staff to conduct research and data analysis to strengthen grantmaking and organizational learning;
  • Collaborate with NRR team members on development and articulation of country grantmaking strategies across the issue;
  • Draft, edit and review internal and external communications as needed;
  • Translation of AJWS and grantee documents, French/Spanish – English;
  • Collaborate with humanitarian response grantmaking task forces when needed;
  • Coordinate logistics related to key international events, retreats and advocacy spaces;
  • Networking and representing AJWS in donor and advocacy spaces; and
  • Participate in programmatic discussions and maintain a general knowledge of NRR work globally.


  • BA/BS required;
  • Two years’ programmatic work experience at a community-based organization, foundation, international development or human rights organization;
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and proofreading skills;
  • Organizational skills, the ability to multi-task and strong attention to detail;
  • Proficiency and comfort working with budgets and databases and with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel;
  • Fluency in reading, writing and speaking Spanish and/or French preferred;
  • Working understanding of human rights norms and practices, global development theory and grassroots social movement building;
  • Experience with, and commitment to, social justice and human rights movements;
  • Ability to work in and with diverse communities;
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally once per year;
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends;
  • Experience living and working abroad, preferred;
  • Highly organized, with the proven ability to work independently, prioritize and complete multiple projects, meet deadlines and maintain consistent attention to detail;
  • Flexible work style and interest in being a part of a dynamic and evolving organization;
  • Self-starter and independent thinker; and
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills.

Additional Considerations:
People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, click on the link to apply below. Applications submitted without a resume and personalized cover letter will not be considered.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with AJWS. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.