Chief of Party

Work Location: Remote
Requisition Number: 1186
# of Openings: 1


Chief of Party, Southeast Asia


Position Title: Chief of Party, Southeast Asia

Reports to: Director for Asia Programs

Department: International Programs Division, Asia Team                   

Location: Southeast Asia



Freedom House promotes freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. We are inviting applications for a Chief of Party for a human rights program based in Southeast Asia.


Position Summary

Freedom House’s Chief of Party (COP) will oversee and ensure the impactful implementation of a five-year program to support civil society organizations and networks to protect democratic space, human rights, and accountability in Southeast Asia. The COP will work closely with the DCOP and Freedom House’s Washington, DC-based Director of Asia Programs in overseeing the implementation of all programmatic activities. The COP is responsible for leading project management, design, and implementation of USAID priorities, and ensuring services are aligned and delivered according to USAID guidelines. The COP will also be responsible for financial management, staff supervision, office management, communications, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. The COP will work closely with Freedom House’s Security Manager and Director of Asia Programs to ensure the safety and security of field staff. Furthermore, the COP will be responsible for donor relations, advocacy, and fundraising. The COP will liaise with the USAID Mission/offices and local and international partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Management:
  • Responsible for the quality, cost, and timeliness of performance and reporting of all work under the program;
  • Lead and oversee all operational and security aspects of the program, guiding strategic direction to make the program adaptive and impactful given the evolving political context;
  • Lead quality oversight of financial management and all offices within the portfolio, conducting periodic reviews of expenditures for accuracy and reasonableness, ensuring cost-effectiveness in activities, timeliness of performance of all work performed under the program, and compliance with donor regulations and local law.
  • Assume responsibility for the daily operations of the office, including staff management, public relations, and general administration;
  • Keep USAID and partners informed of any shifts in the operational, political, and legal environment that may impact operations;
  • Liaise with the USAID Mission and local and international partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements.
  • Program Design and Implementation:
  • Monitor and evaluate processes, and write program reports on a quarterly and as-needed basis to ensure completion of program objectives;
  • Support and provide direction for the DCOP to ensure programmatic compliance with USAID rules and regulations; emphasizing co-creation.
  • Other:
  • Develop advocacy initiatives to support human rights in Southeast Asia;
  • Support business development, through developing concept notes, proposals, budgets, etc.;
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications

  • Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, law, public policy, political science, public administration, human rights, or other relevant field or its equivalent in additional experience. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Experience:
  • At least 12 years of experience in international development and/or international human rights;
  • At least three years of experience as a Chief of Party, Country Director, or equivalent position;
  • Demonstrated expertise in programming in support of human rights and civil society in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia;
  • Experience in program management tackling complex problems, mitigating risks, and adapting to challenging and evolving contexts;
  • Experience working for offshore/ in-country operations;
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skill;
  • A nuanced understanding of security issues and the development of and adherence to security best practices and policies.

Skills :

  • Fluency in English, both oral and written. Fluency in ASEAN languages a plus.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in building and maintaining productive working relationships with a wide network of institutional partners and stakeholders, including civil society partners, the media, program partners, and donors;
  • Experience in challenging environments and flexibility to apply lessons learned from other contexts;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and specifically the co-creation process, strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated financial management experience including preparing and managing budgets, contracts, and negotiations, and subgrant management;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a diverse team of employees;
  • Ability to use productivity software such as MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Microsoft Excel.

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