Senior Program Officer, Eurasia

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1160
# of Openings: 1


Position Title: Senior Program Officer, Eurasia

Location: Washington, DC


Position Summary

Freedom House monitors, strengthens, and defends democracy worldwide through programs that support frontline activists, research, and advocacy. We are leaders in identifying threats to civil liberties and political rights. Freedom House is seeking to add a new member to our diverse and multicultural Europe and Eurasia team. 

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced professional in international program management aiming to further develop their expertise in the Eurasia region by contributing to a leading democracy and human rights organization. The Senior Program Officer will work in collaboration with other members of the regional team, field staff, and research and advocacy staff to ensure achievement of project objectives in a broad programmatic portfolio. This position has a high degree of self-reliance, while solidly engaged in the regional team, and is an excellent next step for a confident professional able to make difficult decisions in an ambiguous, constantly changing environment. This position is based in Washington, DC (temprarily remote due to COVID-19 restrictions) and reports to the Senior Program Manager for Europe and Eurasia.

Note: Freedom House may choose to make a hire at the Program Officer level if the outstanding candidate does not possess the minimum qualifications required for the Senior Program Officer level.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the headquarters point of contact on the implementation of multiple projects within the Eurasia region.

  • Closely coordinate with DC and field staff, consultants, and local partners to ensure timely implementation of project activities at the highest level of quality. Backstop assigned field offices.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lead the development and implementation of the overall multi-year strategy for the portfolio region in collaboration with program, research, advocacy, and development staff. 

  • Represent Freedom House at appropriate events and with donors, peer organizations, international partners, government officials, and other external stakeholders on the assigned portfolio. Prepare and lead briefings on programmatic, strategy and political updates; present the analysis to the relevant stakeholders with a high degree of professionalism and in-depth knowledge of details.

  • Lead the preparation of high-quality narrative quarterly, final, and ad-hoc project reports for donors.
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation process, ensure timely documentation of all project activities and their impact.

  • Track and analyze budgets for accuracy and draft spending projections and forecasts, propose corrective action when necessary. 

  • 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.

  • 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, oversee, or evaluate project activities (less than 10% of time).

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in international affairs, public management, political science or a related field or equivalent experience.

  • Six to eight years of directly related project management experience, preferably with a U.S. civil society organization; direct activity implementation experience strongly preferred.

  • At least one year of professional field experience in the Eurasia region within the last five years.

  • Experience working on civil society, independent media, human rights, and the rule of law programs strongly valued.

  • Deep understanding of USG funding processes and compliance regulations from project design to closeout; at least four years of expereince working on USG-funded projects including proven ability to create and manage multi-year budgets, conduct procurement and subgranting, and manage multiple partners.

  • At least three years of progressive experience in project design and proposal development for initiatives of varying complexity using the Logical Framework Approach, including performance monitoring and evaluation plans, for USG funders. Experience managing the entire proposal development process with multiple team members and potential partners strongly valued.

  • Professional fluency in Russian and English, both verbal and in writing; fluency in other languages of the Eurasia region strongly valued.

  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms; up-to-date understanding of the current socio-political landscape and its implications on the prospects of democracy in the region.

  • Strong understanding of history and culture of Eurasian countries and their interdependencies.

  • Confidence in using project management information software (Planner, Asana, Trello or the like) strongly valued.


Attributes and Characteristics

  • Ability to exercise critical judgment and poise in leading the assigned projects and representing the team within the organization, as well as Freedom House at high-level meetings and in engagement with senior interlocutors from government, nonprofit and corporate institutions.

  • Eagerness to think creatively about complex challenges, identify problems and propose solutions, both in program management and strategy development.

  • Proven ability to maintain composure, project confidence, make informed decisions, and lead junior staff in ambiguous situations.

  • Strong analytical skills and proven ability to conduct research and write well-argued analytical pieces.

  • Ability to balance strategic thinking with exceptional attention to a myriad of minute yet critical details.

  • Commitment to the greater goals of the team and ability to contribute constructively to joint tasks despite competing priorities.

  • Ability to effectively work remotely and productively with minimal oversight.


Additional Information

Applicants are required to complete our online application form and to submit a resume, a cover letter that outlines interests and qualifications for this position, and a writing sample on a relevant topic (no more than 2 pages).

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. Occasionally 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.

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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