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International Program Associate, Global Trade Watch

Public Citizen seeks a Program Associate for our Global Trade Watch division. The international program associate assists the international campaigns director with Global Trade Watch’s international program work. Currently, this includes helping to coordinate several conferences, civil society and researcher outreach and research related to the current international investment agreement and investor privileges regime. It also includes work related to international components of campaigns focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and other Global Trade Watch fair trade campaigns. This is a grant funded position. The position is fully funded for 2013 and GTW intends to raise funds for the position to continue past 2013.  

The ideal candidate will have the following qualities, skills and background:

  • experience in a fast paced operation where creative strategies are an integral part of multi-faceted campaigns;
  • excellent skill in building and working within broad-based coalitions;
  • experience navigating cross-cultural and cross-sectoral dynamics, preferably in a global context;
  • experience in program or campaign planning from inception to execution;
  • keen eye to detail in writing and other communications;
  • an interest in trade and globalization issues specifically and/or public interest work generally.

About Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch:  

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent the public interest in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government; for social and economic justice in globalization and trade policies; for clean, safe and sustainable energy; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; for safe, effective and affordable medicines and health care and for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts. We have six divisions based in our Washington, D.C. offices and an office in Texas

The mission of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division is to ensure that in this era of globalization, a majority have the opportunity to enjoy America's promises: economic security, a clean environment, safe food, medicines and products, access to quality affordable services such as health care and the exercise of democratic decision-making about the matters that affect their lives.

Public Citizen started working on globalization and ‘trade’ issues in 1991 when we recognized that this was necessary simply to remain effective advocates for the public health, consumer safety, environmental and economic justice goals Public Citizen had promoted over decades. Motivating this strategic initiative was our realization that today’s international commercial agreements, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), were no longer mainly about trade per se. Rather, these far-reaching agreements were backdoor delivery mechanisms to implement an expansive, enforceable package of non-trade policies  - limits on financial regulation and food safety, new monopoly patent rights over medicines and seeds that limit access, new investor rights that promote job-offshoring and subject public interest policies to attack and more. This corporate-led version of globalization is designed to limit governments’ role in regulating the economy and to eliminate many of the public interest safeguards Public Citizen and like-minded organizations and activists had won over decades. And, it shifts decision-making on matters previously determined in national, state and local venues to international bodies where those affected by the decisions have no meaningful role.

Since its inception in 1995, GTW has been a leader in popularizing the globalization and trade debate by connecting these seemingly arcane policies to peoples’ everyday experiences – and helping people make a difference in the future of globalization by giving them the tools they need to educate their communities, hold Congress accountable for policy choices, and hit the streets to protest. GTW works with diverse national and international coalitions. For more information, please see our website: www.tradewatch.org

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Provide program support to the international campaigns director to advance our international campaign work, including convening and attending meetings, taking notes, staffing committee work, and handling logistical support, as assigned.

  2. Help to manage a number of research and outreach subcontracts with allied groups in various regions of the globe. 

  3. Assist in staffing a new coalition steering committee and organizing major international strategy sessions.

  4. Assist the international campaigns director to maintain and expand GTW’s extensive international relationships, including managing contact lists, scheduling and communicating with contacts, backing up and covering for the campaigns director as needed, and serving as point of contact for certain relationships when assigned.

  5. Post regular blogs on Eyes on Trade, as assigned, providing updates and occasional commentary related to our international campaigns work.

  6. Travel on behalf of GTW, providing back up support to the GTW director and international campaign’s director, or representing GTW solo when appropriate.  May include some public presentations and trainings.

  7. Take on research assignments, and assist with materials development, as needed.

  8. Develop and maintain a level of knowledge on the substantive issues underlying campaigns so as to be able to support the work and respond to information requests.

  9. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Education:  College degree preferred.

  2. Knowledge:  Familiarity with international civil society and target-country governments desirable. Knowledge of globalization and trade issues and concepts preferred.

  3. Work Experience:  International program and/or organizing experience a plus.

  4. Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; good motivational and interpersonal skills; well organized; good computer skills, including proficiency in Word, and with database programs. Fluency in English and Spanish a must. Other language skills desirable. 

  5. Capabilities: Ability to work well with a wide range of people, work well under pressure, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis.

  6. Conditions:  Travel required. Enthusiasm for the public interest. Interest in developing new skills.

Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer. Public Citizen employees are proud members of SEIU Local 500.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to bshuff@citizen.org. No phone calls

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