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Program Director - Empower Yemen

Position summary

This is a unique opportunity to help build a groundbreaking new program from the ground up, and gain hands-on experience in all aspects of nonprofit administration and leadership. The Program Director (PD) is responsible for implementing and managing all aspects of the Empower Yemen program, working closely with the Executive Director (ED) and in consultation with the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee, the ED, and the PD determine the mandate of the program and develop a semi-annual memorandum of objectives and priorities every 6 months to guide the work of the program. The PD will begin on February 1, working 20 hours per week in February-July, and increasing to 40 hours per week beginning in August. The annual starting salary is $48,000 per year, prorated to $32,000 for February-December 2019.

About the Yemen Peace Project

The Yemen Peace Project is the first and only national advocacy organization in the US dedicated entirely to Yemeni and Yemeni-American affairs. Founded in 2010, our mission is to support Yemenis creating positive change, advance peaceful and just US policies toward Yemen and Yemeni Americans, and increase understanding of Yemen in the wider world. Over the last nine years, we have worked tirelessly to transform US foreign policy, amplify the efforts of Yemeni civil society actors, and create a global platform for Yemeni activists, journalists, and artists. Today, we carry out our crucial mission through our Washington-based advocacy program and our micro-grantmaking program, the Yemeni Empowerment Fund.

About the Empower Yemen program

The Yemen Peace Project has been a key part of the burgeoning Yemen advocacy field in Washington in recent years. Having helped to build a stable and robust coalition of US advocacy organizations working to end the war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, we now plan to connect that coalition to a network of ground-level activists and civil society figures inside Yemen. The objective is bring a broad spectrum of Yemeni voices into US policy discussions in an ongoing fashion. This program responds to three priorities identified by Yemeni civil society organizations and their international allies during a recent series of strategy workshops, in which participants discussed ways to improve global advocacy around issues affecting Yemenis: 1) to provide a sustained international platform for Yemeni civil society, 2) to connect Yemeni activists and experts to policymakers in the US, and 3) to create a structure to generate expert content for use in US and international advocacy campaigns.

Using our existing networks and relationships, the YPP will assemble a network of ground-level experts from across Yemeni society, with a particular focus on holding space for women, youth, LGBTQIA+ Yemenis, members of ethnic and religious minorities, and other constituencies that have historically been marginalized and silenced. Through regular workshops, publications, and private briefings, the PD and program staff will bring the expertise of our Yemeni network into the halls of Congress and the heart of the nongovernmental sector.


This is a completely new program, so the PD will be involved in program design and development as well as implementation. The PD’s duties will include:

  • Meeting with partner organizations and program donors;

  • Writing fundraising appeals and grant applications;

  • Recruiting network organizers and members;

  • Maintaining accounting records and disbursing funds;

  • Developing program strategies and objectives;

  • Communicating with network organizers and members;

  • Maintaining public records of recruitment methods and criteria;

  • Supervising program staff, including student interns;

  • Translating policy questions and relevant materials from English to Arabic;

  • Translating network member input from Arabic to English;

  • Producing reports and advocacy materials based on member input;

  • Conducting research on US policy and Yemeni affairs.


The PD must have experience in project management, and must be adept at working with minimal supervision. Previous organizational leadership experience may be an advantage, but we will consider candidates at all career levels. We are looking for candidates who can think on their feet and develop novel solutions to challenges as they arise. Candidates must be highly proficient in both Arabic and English, as the PD will work directly with network members and partners in Yemen. Experience in foreign policy and advocacy is desirable. We will consider applicants from any location, and previous remote-work experience is a plus.