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Freedom of Association Specialist

Job Description

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Freedom of Association Specialist will have overall responsibility fordeveloping a leadership role and providing a technical advice and guidance in the design and implementation of activities related to freedom of association and the establishment of mediation and advocacy mechanisms.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Facilitate dialogue with the unions of workers, government officials and private sector leaders to strengthen mediation and conciliation tables that allow settlements on labor issues.

  • Provide technical advice and guidance in the design and implementation of activities related to freedom of association and collective bargaining environments in a variety of contexts, including identification of rights violations and the establishment of mediation and advocacy mechanisms.

  • Provide training, management and technical support to field staff in relation to freedom of association, research, identification and use of all available tools to help ensure compliance with the rights of freedom of association and the right to organize and bargain collectively.

  • Coordinate closely with the M&E Specialist and local staff to ensure the record of high quality data in topics related to freedom of association and labor rights.

  • Continuously inform the development of activities to the project directors and provide technical expertise in program design, collaborative activities and reporting.

  • Develop strong organizational and associative relations with local and national government authorities and decentralized government technical departments.

  • Apply tools related to freedom of association and the right to organize and bargain collectively with emphasis in the dismissal of the founding members of a union and the union leadership, employer interference in union activities, anti-union discrimination, and the use of existing collective agreements and temporary contracts that undermine the rights of workers.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in a position of technical leadership in Honduras related to labor law, freedom of association and / or unions.

  • Expert in Honduran labor laws related to freedom of association, organization and collective bargaining, union impunity, collective contracts, collective pacts, labor disputes.

  • Knowledge and experience in conducting labor inspections (not indispensable) and filing appropriate notices regarding possible violations of the rights of workers

  • Expert in the application of the rules on the issue of penalties for violation of trade union impunity and the governments protection including the right of reinstatement and the tools available for the Secretary of Labor (includes articles 469, 516, 625 of the Labor Code)

  • Knowledge of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act that empowers specific entities to establish centers of conciliation and arbitration, in accordance with legal requirements.

  • Experience in the development, implementation and monitoring of arbitration and settlement of disputes in labor issues.

  • Experience with private sector and the government to develop and implement mechanisms for protection of workers on freedom of association, organization and collective bargaining rights.

  • Experience coordinating with Asociación Hondureña de Maquiladores and Central de Trabajadores de Honduras

  • Knowledge of children rights.

  • Knowledge of USDOL previous programs and assistance program requirements.

  • Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish.