Program Associate, Sexual Health & 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.

Position Summary

The program associate provides programmatic and administrative support for AJWS’s grantmaking in Sexual Health & Rights 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.


  • Maintain overall administrative flow of the SHR portfolio and carry out administrative tasks related to the sexual health and rights grantmaking program;
  • Management and stewardship of the department’s budget by tracking expenses, maintaining and/or creating budget tools, tracking restricted funds budget and spending, and assisting director in budget oversight.
  • Provide grants docket assistance, updating grant-tracking charts, and assisting with grant write ups for AJWS’s Board of Trustees;
  • Organizing Advisory Committee meetings for an East Africa Human Rights Fund, and ensuring that information related to the Fund is shared across responsible AJWS staff and Advisory Committee members.
  • Coordinating the Sex Worker Donor Collaborative by providing administrative support to its members to develop and implement its workplan.
  • Collect and disseminate grantee information for learning and evaluation, communications, fundraising and networking with peer donors and other allies;
  • Collaborate with the Institutional Giving team on restricted funds requirements, timelines, and budget monitoring;
  • Conduct research and data analysis to strengthen grantmaking and organizational learning;
  • Collaborate with SHR team members on development and articulation of country grantmaking strategies across the issue;
  • Collaborate with Program Associates from other departments to create and implement processes to support grants management and budget stewardship.


  • BA/BS required;
  • Two years’ programmatic work experience at a community-based organization, foundation, international development or human rights organization;
  • Organizational skills, the ability to multi-task and strong attention to detail;
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and proofreading skills;
  • Proficiency and comfort working with budgets and databases and with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel;
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French, preferred;
  • Working understanding of sexual health and rights; human rights norms and practices;
  • Experience with, and commitment to, social justice and human rights movements;
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally once per year;
  • Experience living and working abroad, preferred;

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.