Deputy Chief of Party

Work Location: Remote
Requisition Number: 1187
# of Openings: 1


Deputy Chief of Party, Southeast Asia


Position Title: Deputy Chief of Party, Southeast Asia

Reports to: Chief of Party

Department: International Programs Division, Asia Team                   

Location: Southeast Asia


Description: 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.


Position Summary

Freedom House’s Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will work closely with the Chief of Party (COP) to oversee a five-year program to support civil society organizations and networks to protect democratic space, human rights, and accountability in Southeast Asia. The DCOP will work closely with the COP and Freedom House’s Washington, DC-based Director of Asia Programs in overseeing the implementation of all programmatic activities, as well as ensuring the safety and security of field staff. The DCOP is responsible for leading the technical management of the program focusing on international human rights, support to at-risk human rights defenders, and documentation of human rights abuses.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Management:
  • Build and manage successful working relationships with consortium partners and local and international partners;
  • Lead and oversee all technical aspects of the program, including leading adaptive management given the evolving and nuanced political context;
  • Oversee financial management and program budget, ensuring cost-effectiveness in activities, timeliness of performance of all work performed under the program, and when necessary, coordination with D.C. office to ensure compliance with donor regulations and local law.
  • Program Design and Implementation:
  • Provide overall technical direction and oversight of programmatic activities to support human rights, democracy, and accountability;
  • Coordinate input from local partners to ensure feasibility of program strategy
  • Support the COP in the implementation of programmatic activities aimed at preventing violations of human rights, documenting human rights abuses, and empowering human rights defenders and civil society;
  • Monitor and evaluate processes, and write program reports on a quarterly and as-needed basis to ensure completion of program objectives;
  • Support the COP to ensure programmatic compliance with USG rules and regulations.
  • Other:
  • In the COP’s absence, assume responsibility for the daily operations of the office, which include but is not limited to: financial management, general office administration, public relations, safety and security, and staff management;
  • In collaboration with the COP, develop advocacy initiatives to support human rights in Southeast Asia;
  • Assist the COP with business development, which includes meeting with relevant stakeholders and 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 10 years of experience in international human rights;
  • At least three years of management experience;
  • Demonstrated expertise in human rights and civil society in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia;
  • Deep understanding of the sociopolitical context in Southeast Asia;
  • 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 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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