Position Description

Senior Program Associate, HRSM REF
Work Location Washington, DC or Remote
Requisition Number 1210
# of Openings 1
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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 qualified Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM) team to support an anticipated five-year Asia Religious and Ethnic Freedom (Asia REF) award from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (50% time). The positions will also support the Freedom House Asia Division in implementation of new and ongoing programs (50% time.)

This is an outstanding opportunity for an early-career professional in international program management aiming to further develop skills by contributing to a leading democracy and human rights organization on an innovative new program. The Program Associate will work in collaboration with other members of the HRSM team and HRSM consortium members (ABA ROLI, Internews, Pact, and Search for Common Ground). This position will support the HRSM REF Senior Program Officer and HRSM Senior Program Manager and is an excellent next step for a professional eager to gain experience on complicated USAID-supported awards.  Half of the position’s time will be committed to supporting the implementation of programs by the Freedom House Asia division. This position is based in Washington, DC (temporarily remote due to COVID-19 restrictions) and reports to the HRSM Senior Program Manager.

The anticipated Asia REF award has been designed through co-creation with USAID and the HRSM consortium partners. By design, the Asia REF award will require a high degree of collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA). Freedom House seeks organized, detail-oriented candidates who have experience in tracking processes and providing support to dynamic teams under time-sensitive conditions. This is a non-exempt position.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Closely coordinate with HRSM consortium partners and the Freedom House Asia and Eurasia teams.
  • Monitor key developments in the Asia region regarding ethnic and religious freedom, including reforms, socio-economic and political changes, elections, status of relevant legislation, human rights situations, international engagement on human rights and democracy issues.
  • Support project development under the Asia REF award by HRSM partners. Track project development and state-of-play of multiple projects over the life of the Asia REF award.
  • Support the development and implementation of the overall multi-year strategy for the portfolio region in collaboration with the Senior Program Manager, HRSM MEL specialist, USAID, and consortium partners. 
  • Support the preparation of high-quality narrative quarterly, final, and ad-hoc project reports for USAID.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation process on the overall Asia REF award, ensuring 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.
  • Develop effective professional relationships with partners, local organizations, peer organizations and partners, and donors.
  • Possible travel to overseas locations to participate in, oversee, or evaluate project activities (COVID permitting).
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in international affairs, public management, political science, anthropology, religious studies, or a related field or equivalent experience.
  • At least two years full time work experience in an office environment
  • One to two years of experience working in the areas of human rights, religious freedom, and/or conflict resolution are strongly preferred; experience working with CSOs and human rights defenders based abroad a significant plus.
  • Experience managing grants, including USG funding, is preferred.
  • Experience managing budgets preferred.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Strong ability to independently plan, organize, prioritize work, and multitask to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work.
  • Ability to collaborate with others and successfully work as an effective team member.


Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to Freedom Houses mission.
  • Show good stewardship in use of Freedom House resources.
  • Willingness to reflect, learn and adapt.
  • Respond promptly to stakeholder needs, and solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality
  • Exhibit ethical and professional conduct at all times, consistently use good judgement and adhere to all policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate strong desire for excellence, and desire to inspire others to attain professional excellence.
  • Assess own strengths and weaknesses, pursue training and development opportunities, and strive to continuously build knowledge and skills.
  • 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.


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.

  • Freedom House provides a strong benefits package, including a 403(b) retirement account, commuter benefits, flexible hours, floating holidays, high employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision premiums, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and more.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience and will be no lower than $41,600/year
  • Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.
  • Staff are currently working remotely due to Covid-19, and Freedom House is continuing to evaluate when, and under what circumstances, staff will return to the office. This position will start remote and will require mandatory relocation to Washington DC once circumstances allow.
  • Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States.


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