Program Officer, International Human Rights Program

Wellspring Advisors


  • Location: New York
  • Contract Type: Full-time
  • Closing Date: 31/03/2017

Wellspring Advisors, a private philanthropic consulting firm, seeks a Program Officer responsible for the strategy and implementation of an initiative focused on advancing human rights in the global economy as part of its International Human Rights program.

Economic globalization poses opportunities and challenges to human rights. There are significant gaps in the existing human rights mechanisms to ensure that dominant economic actors, particularly corporations and development finance institutions, are not held accountable for human rights abuses that directly or indirectly result from their activities. It is also imperative that States raise and allocate public resources necessary to promote and sustain socio-economic rights including through taxation, the prevention of illicit financial flows and corruption, and effective use of budgets and economic policies. To advance accountability for economic actors, the program focuses on strengthening norms and access to remedy for two main advocacy targets: corporations and development finance institutions. In addition, the program invests in emerging efforts to advance fiscal governance and human rights. #

Under the direction of the Program Director, the Program Officer will participate in developing grantmaking priorities and manage the grantmaking program designed to address the issues posed by economic globalization. The work of the Program Officer will consist of staying abreast of relevant issues, trends, and policy developments, building and maintaining close relationships with grantee organizations, soliciting and reviewing proposals, recommending and evaluating grants, and participating in funder collaboratives. Additional responsibilitiesinclude development and implementation of funding strategies and grantmaking best practices, among other activities.