Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, effective advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, Nations in Transit, and Countries at the Crossroads. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.
The temporary Program Officer will support ongoing activities and projects of the Lifeline: Embattled Civil Society Organizations Assistance Fund (ECAF), working to provide civil society organizations with small grants for medical, legal, humanitarian and other emergencies. She/he will provide programmatic support including finance, logistical, administrative, research, writing and data analysis assistance. This temporary position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Director for the Lifeline Fund.
Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, human rights, law, or related field; Master’s degree preferred
Minimum 4 – 6 years of experience in program management including reporting ability and knowledge of funder account requirements
Strong ability to communicate effectively in English and Persian, both verbally and in writing
Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of democracy promotion
Strong appreciation of and demonstrated experience in human rights defense work
Demonstrated experience with managing and creating budgets
Experience living, working, or traveling extensively in Iran preferred
Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multi-task to meet tight deadlines
Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work
Ability to learn database and other software, e.g. Martus, and observe security procedures
Ability to coordinate travel logistics, meetings, and events
Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
Some Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to the preparation of reports, proposals, grants, press releases, and budgets as required
Liaise with State/DRL on vetting of cases and respond to queries from DRL
Under the supervision of the Director, review and develop applications to the Fund including evaluating applications, working with referring organizations or individuals, finding sources of information on the case and country involved, entering cases into the database, providing translation if necessary, and maintaining information on cases, with a focus on those from Iran
Monitor impact of grants and maintain database for his/her own cases and others as assigned
Assist with developing and maintaining in-country and regional networks of human rights defenders, civil society organizations, experts, and regional partners
Organize and facilitate meetings with relevant Freedom House regional team
Arrange team meetings and travel, prepare weekly reports, map updates and staff briefing summaries
Other related duties as assigned.
Qualified and Interested applicants
We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter with salary history and desired salary (only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position) to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at (202) 822-3893, Attention: HR Dept., referencing 2012-133 Temp. PO Lifeline. 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.