Migration Director

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Organization: American Friends Service Committee
Closing date: 30 Sep 2022

Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Location: Open (Cambodia, Guatemala, Jordan, Kenya, Philadelphia or remote with frequent travel considered)

Application Deadline: September 30th, 2022

For consideration, please visit our Job Center at http://www.afsc.org/job-center to submit your Cover Letter and Resume to the online application in addition to answering the Application Questions.

Position summary

The Migration Director will promote the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC’s) migration work around the world. AFSC has a 10-year strategic plan with three key program themes (Just Peace, Just Migration and Just Economies). Approximately 30-40% of the current international programs have migration as a primary focus. This is a new position. It is a critical role to help build connections within international programs and across the US and Global Cohesion Division.

Based on Quaker values, the Migration Director will lead the development of strategic objectives for the migration for International Programs. They will advise and mentor program staff on best practices in the field, develop and manage migration strategic objectives and budgets, develop and support organizational monitoring, evaluation and learning plans, and represent AFSC in global conversations around migration.

The Migration Director will report to the Associate General Secretary for International Programs and will be part of the IP management team which includes the Operations Director, the Peacebuilding Director, and the Regional Directors. The Director can be remote or based in any of the four international regional offices or in the central office in Philadelphia.

Summary of Principal Responsibilities

This is a new position critical to implementing AFSC’s 10-year strategic plan. The Director is responsible to develop a cohesive migration strategy across our 17 country programs. The director will advise and mentor program staff on systems change in the field, supporting country and program teams to develop and implement planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (PMEL) plans, build networking, represent AFSC in global conversations around migration. In coordination with the Regional Directors in International Programs, they will develop and oversee the migration strategy and budget. They will advise on best practice working closely with program teams, leading global DEPs (Dialogue and Exchange Program) on thematic areas in collaboration with relevant country teams, supporting and monitoring strategic objective setting with PMEL teams. They will add IP capacity in global spaces around migration and its intersection with climate justice and organizational commitments.

The Migration Director will promote the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC’s) migration work around the world with regional, country and program directors. They will build networks that benefit programs and identify opportunities for leads and program staff to bring the AFSC narrative to external audiences.

They will support Regional Directors and Country Representatives on programmatic, communication, resource development matters related to the global work advising teams to develop and implement proposals and plans that are strategic and effective. They will work with program staff and development teams to develop proposals, reports, research, and communication materials. They will dedicate 20% of their time to the Global Cohesion Division, working with teams including Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team (PMEL) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team including thinking through how identity, privilege equity and access come into play in migration.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of this position include the following:

Thought Leadership:

  1. Creation and curation of field-wide best practices on migration including the development of research, guidelines, innovative practices to help increase program effectiveness.
  2. Develop and track strategic objectives and theories of change and action that align to the migration program portfolio across international programs and in collaboration with the US and Global Cohesion Divisions.
  3. Advising and coordinating the program staff with the regional directors to offer technical assistance, identify resources for thematic areas, and identify opportunities for engagement.
  4. With regional and country teams, supporting the development of research and writing (policy briefs, case studies, white papers) and editing.

Socio-political Analysis and Facilitation of Dialogue:

  1. Maintain up-to-date analysis of trends across our country and regional offices, particularly related to migration and mobility, to be shared with colleagues throughout the organization and with relevant program supporters.
  2. Support teams to update their contextual and systems analysis based on latest research.
  3. Develop contacts, become familiar with institutions and organizations, and maintain appropriate partnerships that are strategic in efforts to promote just migration and influence the types of change and practice identified in the contextual analysis in coordination with IP leadership, policy, and regional staff;
  4. Open and sustain dialogue among groups and institutions relevant to program focal issues (these could include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), research organizations, community leaders, networks, scholars, journalists, diplomats, and government officials).
  5. Organize forums or events to promote dialogue on specific topics of concern. This can be done through national, regional, inter-regional, and international gatherings and meetings, or by following quieter approaches – off the record dialogues, study visits and exchanges.
  6. Build, participate, and represent AFSC in networks that impact migration.
  7. Produce a periodic update on issues relating to the Just Migration thematic work and provide periodic reports and short articles on trends, issues, and developments for internal use and/or for publication. Participate in speaking tours and informational exchanges globally as needed.

Capacity Building and Support:

  1. Facilitate research projects. Exchange information and share analysis, as appropriate, with community, academic, and religious leaders, government officials and journalists.
  2. Support relevant capacity-building efforts, through exposure visits or arrangement of training opportunities and provide models of structural change on migration issues identified in the contextual analysis.
  3. Maintain periodic contact with Quaker groups, to keep them abreast of AFSC’s work and approach to migration work.

Program Management, Reporting, Fund Development:

  1. Conduct regular contextual analysis for the AGS and Executive Committee. Create and track strategic direction papers, annual work plans, budgets, and semi-annual narrative reports.
  2. Prepare program-related proposals to donors.
  3. Create and monitor program planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning plan at the global thematic level in consultant with the PMEL team.
  4. Advise and program staff to support international strategic objectives in coordination with PMEL at a country and program level.


  1. Collegial relationships and regular communication with AFSC Regional Directors, Country Representatives, Program Directors, and Policy staff.
  2. Develop and maintain relationships with key global partners, Quaker, and migration organizations.
  3. Develop and maintain relationships with US thematic staff and other key programmatic staff including PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) staff and office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  4. Co-lead with US counterpart the Migration Hub and plan and participate in thematic gatherings and learnings across the organization as part of the new emphasis on Global Cohesion.

Minimum Qualifications


  1. Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
  2. Minimum of 10 years’ experience working on migration trends, policies, approaches.
  3. Demonstrated deep knowledge of monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Knowledgeable about two region’s political and socio-economic history. Understanding of the push factors for migration.
  4. Prior living and working experience living outside of the United States, ideally in a county where AFSC conducts international program work.
  5. Required fluency in written and spoken English and another language (for example: French, Spanish, Arabic).
  6. Facility for public speaking, organizing events, and in producing materials for publication for diverse audiences in the regions, North America, and Europe.
  7. Experience in informal/quiet diplomacy, conflict analysis, conflict resolution and transformation, mediation, and multi-party dialogue.
  8. Experience developing proposals and engaging with donors.
  9. Experience in strategic thinking, program planning and implementation. Ability to work independently in an unstructured setting yet within a framework of careful communication, consultation, and decision-making.
  10. Strong writing skill.

Other Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to listen creatively and to communicate effectively with people of diverse perspectives. Demonstrated ability to build trust across lines of conflict and in exchanges with high-level leadership and community-based groups and individuals.
  2. Facility in organizing formal conferences and seminars is required.
  3. Prior experience with an international organization working in more than one region.
  4. Experience applying anti-oppression and feminist principles to work.
  5. Respect for, and sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, and religious diversity, and familiarity with non-violent approaches to problem solving.
  6. Demonstrated understanding and experience of sound financial record-keeping/accounting and financial program reporting.
  7. Ability to travel frequently (COVID dependent), to cope in situations of high risk and to comply with security measures and policies.
  8. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC regarding issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities.

Compensation: Salary Range Families Management – Regional Director – Exempt ($95,000 – $120,000) – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, national origin, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

AFSC maintains a deep commitment to a mandate of care for our staff and communities and thus requires vaccination for Covid-19, as well as adherence to social distancing, masking, and office occupancy protocols.

AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is not represented.

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.

How to apply

For consideration, please visit our Job Center at http://www.afsc.org/job-center to submit your Cover Letter and Resume to the online application in addition to answering the Application Questions.



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