Program Officer, Asia Programs

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1113
# of Openings: 1


Freedom House is a non-partisan non-governmental organization that monitors, strengthens, and defends human rights and democracy worldwide through programs that support civic activists, research, and advocacy. Freedom House is seeking to add a new member to our Asia Programs team.

This is an opportunity for a rising professional in international program management to further develop their expertise in the Asia region. The Program Officer will serve as the lead on multiple projects in the region and will work in collaboration with other members of the regional team, field offices, and research and advocacy staff. This position has a high degree of self-reliance and is an excellent next step for a confident professional able to make difficult decisions in a constantly changing environment.

This position is based in Washington, DC, though it will be remote through at least spring 2021 due to COVID-19 related restrictions. The Program Officer reports to the Director for Asia Programs. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a lead on the implementation of multiple projects within an assigned country/thematic portfolio.
  • With minimum supervision, implement all aspects of assigned projects, including workplan development, budgeting, outreach to and coordination with partners, activity planning and execution, expense tracking, monitoring of performance indicators, development of program documents, and other program tasks.
  • Closely coordinate with field staff and local partners to ensure timely and high-quality implementation of project activities.
  • Lead the preparation of high-quality narrative quarterly, final, and ad-hoc project reports for donors.
  • Track and analyze budgets for accuracy and draft spending projections and forecasts, propose corrective action when necessary.
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation process, track and document outputs of all project activities and their impact to ensure that all grant objectives are met.
  • Liaise with other Freedom House teams (Emergency Assistance Programs, Communications and Advocacy, Research, Finance, etc.) to collaborate on program implementation or to resolve administrative issues.
  • Monitor key developments in the portfolio region including reforms, socio-economic and political changes, elections, status of relevant legislation, human rights situation, international engagement on human rights and democracy issues.
  • Represent Freedom House at meetings and events with donors, peer organizations, international partners, government officials, and other external stakeholders on the assigned portfolio.
  • Contribute to the development of Freedom House’s program, research and advocacy strategies for the Asia region.
  • Identify opportunities for new projects, conduct related research and partner outreach, and prepare project concepts.
  • Lead the development of project proposals and ensure complete, accurate and timely submission.
  • Supervise assigned junior DC-based project staff, with the priority on their professional development, and coordinate the allocation of staff resources with other supervisors.
  • Travel to overseas locations to participate in or oversee project activities (less than 10% of time).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, public management, political science or a related field; Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Four to six years of directly related project management experience, preferably with a U.S. organization.
  • At least two years of project management experience on projects with multiple implementing partners, contractual and subgranting mechanisms, and direct activity implementation.
  • Ability to develop and justify multi-year budgets, perform financial analysis using spreadsheets, and utilize findings for effective budget management.
  • Experience with project design and proposal development.
  • Knowledge of USG funding and compliance regulations and mechanisms from design through close-out.
  • Ability to balance strategic thinking with exceptional attention to a myriad of minute yet critical details.
  • Experience working in and/or on South or Southeast Asia.
  • Very strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms and up-to-date understanding of the current socio-political landscape and its implications on the prospects of democracy in the region.
  • Ability to exercise critical judgment and poise in representing the organization at high-level meetings and in engagement with senior interlocutors from government, nonprofit and corporate institutions.
  • Commitment to the greater goals of the team and ability to contribute constructively to joint tasks despite competing priorities.
  • Experience managing projects from the headquarters in coordination with field offices preferred.
  • At least one year of experience in staff supervision preferred.

Additional Information

Applicants are required to complete our online application form and to submit a resume and cover letter that outlines interests and qualifications for this position.

Physical Requirements : Sedentary, regularly required to sit for extended periods of time. Constantly talk, hear, and understand speech at normal levels using a telephone. Occasionally required to stand, walk, and bend over; reach overhead; use hands, wrists, and fingers to grasp, push, pull, move, handle, feel, and type. Constantly required to use close vision and distance vision for regular computer work. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. to waist height.

General Working Conditions : General working office environment. Some long hours, including evenings and/or weekends as reasonable, to complete essential tasks or attend important events and to be responsive in a timely manner to emergency assistance requests. Travel to event and meeting sites. Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel. Please note that, due to COVID-19 related restrictions, this will be a remote position through at least spring 2021.

Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. Read more about the application process and search answers to common questions here. Freedom House offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and professional development.

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