Position Description

Program Officer - Eurasia
Work Location Flexible
Requisition Number 1231
# of Openings 1
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Freedom House’s Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) provides rapid response funding and other support to human rights defenders (HRDs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are under threat or attack because of their work to promote and protect human rights.


The EAP Regional Specialist Program Officer will support the work of Freedom House EAP by providing emergency assistance to at-risk human rights defenders (HRDs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Eurasia through the maintenance of regional networks, robust vetting of cases, strategic outreach, and overall support for programmatic needs for the broader emergency assistance program.


This position is temporary maternity leave cover until April 2022, with a possible extension.




  • Oversee day-to-day management of emergency cases in order to provide small grants to at-risk HRDs and CSOs including the tracking of region-specific emergency assistance requests, case vetting, and coordination of grant dispersal and financial reconciliation
  • Build and maintain a robust network of trusted and verified international and local partners in order to monitor key regional developments regarding human rights violations, receive quality cases, and proactively respond to the needs of frontline activists
  • Conduct periodic assessments of the political situation, the operational space for civil society and human rights defenders and religious communities, and provide verbal and/or written reports to the Director or program leads on significant developments
  • Proactively take leadership on emerging crises in their region of concern, with support from colleagues on EAP regional and program teams; ensure that program leads, and the Director are aware of the response and can engage where it is relevant to program teams
  • Professionally manage extensive correspondence with potential and actual program beneficiaries, references, trusted partners, and other related contacts using digitally secure means of communication when relevant
  • Provide backup for other regional specialists, as needed
  • Meet overall program metrics for effective and rapid provision of emergency assistance; regularly perform self-assessments to strengthen effective emergency response
  • Carry out weekly, monthly and quarterly program reporting on a regional level, providing thoughtful and thorough input into weekly, monthly, quarterly, and closeout reports required by donors
  • Provide reporting on a country or regional level when requested by donors, FH executives, EAP director, Fund managers, or other colleagues, as necessary
  • Identify opportunities and produce ideas for implementation of EAP sub-grants, and support fund staff in providing advice for project design and budget
  • As relevant and as requested, occasionally contribute to FH publications and write website content, press releases, briefings, policy papers, etc.



  • Bachelor's degree in international relations, journalism, international development, public policy analysis, anthropology or sociology, or a related field
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in civil society, human rights, and government engagement programs; previous human rights grant-making experience is preferred
  • Must read, write and speak English and Russian. 
  • Strong knowledge of human rights issues and civil society organizations in assigned region; existing networks with civil society organizations in relevant countries is preferred
  • Ability to assess and address the security issues of threatened civil society actors; familiarity with digital security issues and tools (a plus)
  • Ability to travel to the designated region and to the US
  • Mastery of MS Office, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; knowledge of grants management databases preferred.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and meet all goals and deadlines
  • Strong ability to 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 work flexible hours and be available on weekends as needed



  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task, and meet challenging deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, inter-cultural, and teamwork skills.
  • Exhibit excellent phone etiquette, pleasant demeanor, high work standards, adherence to procedures, and responsibility for assigned tasks
  • Ability to use good judgment and respond promptly and professionally to colleagues, stakeholders, donors, and partners
  • Exhibit high work standards, adherence to procedures, and responsibility for assigned tasks
  • Demonstrate a strong desire for excellence, and desire to inspire others to attain professional excellence
  • Assess own strengths and weaknesses; pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills
  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House and show good stewardship of Freedom House resources
  • Work as an effective team member, successfully balance individual and team responsibilities
  • Comply with all FH and EAP policies and procedures



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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