Program Officer – Trainer

 Position Summary

Hardwired is accepting applications for a program officer – trainer based in our Richmond, VA office. 

As a program officer, you will serve as a trainer for Hardwired’s legal, educational and civil society programs and support daily operations of all international and domestic programs. You will assist program directors with ongoing communication, logistics, planning, facilitation, follow-up with participants, and reporting on programs. In order to support field operations for international programs, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, the position will require international travel to countries in which we have programs.

Primary Background Required: primary or secondary education degree, classroom teaching experience, curriculum development, cultural awareness

Secondary Background Required: experience with program management, writing and reporting, managing budgets, international travel, and on-line learning management systems

*Applicants must be legal residents of the United States, have a valid passport, and be able to fulfill all entry and exit requirements for international travel.

Organization Profile

Conflict never begins with things we agree on. That’s why Hardwired exists.

Because everyone deserves the universal human right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief – it’s how we’re hardwired. Hardwired was founded in 2013 to advance legal and social protections for people in countries where this freedom is most at risk.

Hardwired Global is a non-profit organization with Special Consultative Status at the United Nations that provides education and training in human rights — specifically the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief — for leaders worldwide. Hardwired defends the human rights of every person regardless of their religion, belief, or other status.

Hardwired is not a religious or political organization and does not discriminate on any basis.

All candidates must be willing to support Hardwired’s mission of advancing the human right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief in Article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all people.

Job Responsibilities

Administrative and Logistical Support:

  • Assist Program Directors with ongoing planning and implementation of programs in diverse cultural contexts; collect and maintain data and information submitted by local partners and networks; coordinate training schedules and associated logistics with local partners; maintain network database; assist with relevant monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements for programs.


  • Prepare and disseminate various communications and correspondence to local partners, program participants, and networks; prepare program updates for Hardwired staff to share with donors, supporters, and in external communications; maintain communications database for program partners’ and networks’ members; prepare and disseminate communications and correspondence to government officials, civil society, and academic leadership relating to current and prospective programs.

Training & Program Facilitation:

  • Assist with the implementation of legal, civil society and education trainings in various countries; international and domestic travel to current and prospective program locations to conduct site visits, evaluation meetings, and administrative planning sessions with local partners, community leaders, and training networks.
  • Staff must demonstrate mastery of the training program, which includes a pedagogical teaching approach based in conceptual change theory, understanding of international human rights and freedom of religion, and general knowledge of foreign affairs and legal and educational issues.

Monitoring & Evaluation:

Work closely with program directors and local partners to collect data and regular progress reports on program progress; coordinate communication with network members to track and report on implementation of program activities and evaluation of program impact; assist with reporting on programs.

Experience & Education

Hardwired is looking for candidates with demonstrated experience and interest in education, international affairs and/or cross-cultural engagement, human rights and/or conflict resolution, and program management.  Understanding of diverse religious groups and cultures is also highly valuable.

A significant component of the position will involve support for our curricula and training program with teachers in the Middle East and Africa. As such, we are looking for candidates with 3-5 years of formal or informal teaching experience who can quickly learn how to utilize Hardwired’s pedagogical approach and easily adapt to different learners and contexts. 

Candidates must be able to travel to programs in diverse countries, including but not limited to: Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, South Sudan, Nigeria. Flexibility of time for travel is a must. Amount of travel required for program management is highly variable and based on the number of active programs we have in a given year. International and domestic travel could range from 10 days to 40 days a year.

The position requires excellent attention to detail as well as a strong ability to maintain clear communication across languages, time zones and cultures. Candidates will be able to work independently and exhibit an ability to problem solve and navigate diverse cultural contexts.

Salary is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of $50-65K with benefits.

Application Submission

Please provide a resume and cover letter, or submit any questions, to Cecilia Blankenship at by January 31, 2022.

In your cover letter, please explain your interest in the area of human rights and education, any experience that makes you well-suited to the position, and how this position would build upon past and future career objectives you have.

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P.O. Box 14743
Richmond VA 23221 USA

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