Position Description

Program Associate, Emergency Assistance Program (EAP)
Work Location Washington, DC or Remote
Requisition Number 1215
# of Openings 1
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Freedom House’s Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) seeks a Program Association (PA) to support a new two-year initiative entitled Safeguarding Afghan Democratic Actors (SADA). SADA will provide short- and medium-term support to a broader range of Afghan civil society members at imminent risk, including human rights defenders (HRDs), civil society organizations (CSOs), women leaders, ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTI+ individuals, democracy champions, and other supporters of democratic norms. SADA will work with partner networks and organizations at the national, regional, and international levels to provide relevant, flexible, effective, and tailored support to Afghan HRDs, CSOs, and marginalized populations in their specific, dynamic contexts. The goal of SADA is to protect civic actors and marginalized and/or at-risk populations so that they can continue to work towards a democratic and resilient Afghanistan.

Utilizing EAP’s existing infrastructure for the provision of emergency assistance grants, SADA will deploy three types of short and medium-term assistance to HRDs, CSOs, and marginalized populations at risk to safeguard their ability to continue participating in society: 1) provide timely emergency assistance to HRDs, CSO, and individuals at risk to address needs for security, medical costs, legal representation, prison visits, trial monitoring, temporary relocation, equipment replacement, safe houses, and other urgent expenses; 2) protect and incubate scholars, artists, activists, and journalists to preserve freedom of expression and the free sharing of ideas, with a particular focus on women and marginalized groups; and 3) enable Afghan CSOs – particularly those run by and that serve women and marginalized communities – to re-orient themselves to their new context, continue their work, and raise their voices.

Freedom House’s approach to achieving these objectives will center on coalition and alliance building, a robust learning agenda, a holistic approach to protection, and an intersectional lens. SADA will directly benefit from the vast networks and strategic alliances of EAP. EAP has years of experience working with Afghan HRDs, CSOs, and the international networks of support that are active in the country.



  • Support SADA program officer and program manager in vetting, reviewing, and processing grant applications and requests for financial support. 
  • Provide backup support for team members, including with data entry for emergency grants in specialized and secure database system.
  • Help prepare grant agreements and ensure timely approval is obtained for contracts, LOAs, MOUs, work plan documents, etc., track their duration and notify supervisor of imminent expiration
  • Represent team in meetings and backstopping calls as requested by supervisor, take notes and provide written feedback to team, and provide backstopping support as required
  • Create, maintain, update and analyze team databases for contacts, vendors and others as assigned
  • Track and update program expenditures and maintain budget tracking, as requested
  • Prepare expense reports and payment requests for program expenditure in compliance with FH and donor requirements
  • Schedule and arrange meetings and events, and liaise with internal and external contacts appropriately
  • Maintain program files and folders for easy access and retrieval 
  • Provide general office support and a variety of related tasks to other work teams as directed
  • Conduct desk research for assessments, proposals, budget narratives, news updates, etc
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, proposals, grants, press releases, and budgets as required 




  • Bachelors’ degree in Political Science, Social Sciences, International Relations or related field



  • Two years of professional work experience, preferably related to civil society or human rights.


Skills and Competencies :

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a second relevant language, Dari or Pashto preferred
  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms
  • Ability to apply accurate and strong database and records management skills
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite,  and ability to accurately type minimum 40 words per minute
  • Ability to coordinate travel logistics, meetings, and use of conference facilities, if needed.
  • Ability to conduct research using varied sources and present findings verbally and in writing
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment in problem solving and decision making
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
  • Strong ability to apply interpersonal skills and work in a diverse and multicultural environment
  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work
  • Ability to work flexible schedule and pre-approved overtime as needed
  • Ability to adhere to and work within strict guidelines, policies, and procedures


Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House
  • Show good stewardship in the use of Freedom House resources
  • Respond promptly to stakeholder needs, and solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality
  • Consistently use good judgment when dealing with all contacts and constituents
  • Exhibit high work standards, adherence to procedures, and responsibility for assigned tasks
  • Assess own strengths and weaknesses; pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills
  • Work as an effective team member, successfully balance individual and team responsibilities

Disclaimer : This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks    and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.

Qualified and Interested Applicants:

We invite qualified candidates  to complete  an online application and submit a resume and cover letter .

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions  need  apply.




Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. 

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