Program Associate, Africa
The Program Associate provides support for various aspects of implementation of the Africa portfolio, including research, reporting, new project development and logistical, administrative, and financial matters. The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to a mid-level manager for the relevant team.
This is a nonexempt position. The position holder must obtain written authorization from his/her supervisor before working in excess of 40 hours in a work-week.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:
Project implementation support – Provide programmatic, logistical, financial, and administrative support for current projects. This includes but is not limited to t racking and updating budget monitors; monitoring sub-grantee spending and providing accurate updates to supervisor; tracking and documenting program activities and impact to ensure all project objectives are met; assisting with identifying consultants and vendors, organizing meetings and events, drafting program reports, and maintaining communication with partners and other external actors as requested.
Project and proposal development support – Monitor developments in relevant region particularly events pertaining to human rights, democracy, and fundamental freedoms. Provide research assistance and analysis related to political and social developments in assigned countries/thematic portfolio. Work with supervisor to develop and pursue new opportunities by identifying potential partners and funding sources. Assist in editing/drafting proposals, including budgets and monitoring and evaluation and data collection tools.
External relations – Develop effective professional relationships with grantees, other local organizations, peer organizations and partners, and donors. Attend outside meetings and events as requested, and prepare notes for team. Assist in editing/drafting press releases, articles, and briefing books. Organize events and meetings in DC and abroad related to Freedom House programs. Other related duties as assigned.
Perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by their supervisor.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, regional/area studies, or other social science or related field
Knowledge of international human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of international democracy promotion, with a focus on Africa
1-3 years of relevant professional experience; some field experience is preferred
Experience managing grants, including USG funding, is preferred
Experience managing budgets preferred
Skills and Competencies:
Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Demonstrated experience managing and creating budgets in Excel
Knowledge of basic accounting principles and USG grant-related compliance requirements
Ability to apply accurate and strong database and records management skills
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
Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
Attributes and Characteristics:
Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to Freedom House’s mission
Show good stewardship in use of Freedom House resources
Respond promptly to stakeholder needs, and solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality
Exhibit professional conduct at all times, with a pleasant demeanor, good humor, positive attitude, adaptability to change, and ethical conduct
Consistently use good judgment in all circumstances
Comply with all applicable 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
Internal: Employees at Freedom House in the U.S. and abroad
External: Partners, grantees, donors, consultants, other implementing organizations, human rights and civil society organizations, and vendors, both in the U.S. and abroad
General working office environment
Some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events
Travel within Washington, D.C.; occasional travel outside of the U.S. may be required (less than 20% of time)
Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel
Sedentary, regularly required to sit for extended periods of time; constantly talk, hear and understand speech at normal levels using a telephone. Occasionally required to stand, walk, and bend over, reach overhead, use hands, wrists and fingers, to grasp, push, pull, move, handle, feel, and type. Constantly required to use close vision and distance vision for regular computer work. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. to waist height.
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