Freedom House is a non-partisan non-governmental organization that monitors, strengthens, and defends human rights and democracy worldwide through programs that support civic activists, research, and advocacy. Freedom House is anticipating our efforts in Asia will continue to build momentum and is seeking to add another program staff member to our team!
This is an opportunity for a rising professional in international program management to further develop their expertise in the Asia region. The Senior Program Associate/Program Officer will support the management of projects in the region and will work in collaboration with other members of the regional team, field offices, and research and advocacy staff. This position has a high degree of self-reliance and is an excellent next step for a confident professional able to put forward detail-oriented and quality support and make challenging decisions in evolving environments.
This position is contingent on anticipated funding and the position title is dependent on the candidate’s level of experience and skillsets. This position is based in Washington, DC, though it will be remote through at least fall 2022 due to COVID-19 related restrictions. The Senior Program Associate/Program Officer will report to the Director for Asia Programs.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as support and/or lead on the management and implementation of multiple projects within an assigned country/thematic portfolio.
- With minimum supervision, implement all aspects of assigned projects, including workplan development, budgeting, outreach to and coordination with partners, activity planning and execution, expense tracking, monitoring of performance indicators, development of program documents, and other program tasks.
- Closely coordinate with field staff and local partners to ensure timely and high-quality implementation of project activities.
- Support/lead the preparation of high-quality narrative quarterly, final, and ad-hoc project reports for donors.
- Track and analyze budgets for accuracy and draft spending projections and forecasts, propose corrective action when necessary.
- Support/lead monitoring and evaluation process, track and document outputs of all project activities and their impact to ensure that all grant objectives are met.
- 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.
- Monitor key developments in the portfolio region including reforms, socio-economic and political changes, elections, status of relevant legislation, human rights situation, international engagement on human rights and democracy issues.
- Represent Freedom House at meetings and events with donors, peer organizations, international partners, government officials, and other external stakeholders on the assigned portfolio.
- Contribute to the development of Freedom House’s program, research and advocacy strategies for the Asia region.
- Identify opportunities for new projects, conduct related research and partner outreach, and prepare project concepts.
- Support/lead the development of project proposals and ensure complete, accurate and timely submission.
- Travel to overseas locations to participate in or oversee project activities (less than 10% of time).
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, public management, political science or a related field; Master’s degree strongly preferred.
- Three to five years of directly related project management experience, preferably with a U.S. organization.
- At least two years of project management experience on projects with multiple implementing partners, contractual and subgranting mechanisms, and direct activity implementation.
- Ability to develop and justify multi-year budgets, perform financial analysis using spreadsheets, and utilize findings for effective budget management.
- Experience with project design and proposal development.
- Knowledge of USG funding and compliance regulations and mechanisms from design through close-out.
- Ability to balance strategic thinking with exceptional attention to minute yet critical details.
- An interest and/or experience working in the Asia region.
- Very strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms and up-to-date understanding of the current socio-political landscape and its implications on the prospects of democracy in the region.
- Ability to exercise critical judgment and poise in representing the organization at high-level meetings and in engagement with senior interlocutors from government, nonprofit and corporate institutions.
- Commitment to the greater goals of the team and ability to contribute constructively to joint tasks despite competing priorities.
- Experience managing projects from headquarters in coordination with field offices preferred.
- At least one year of experience in staff supervision preferred.