Job Opening Description

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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.


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.


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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