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Program Manager - Africa

Freedom House | Washington DC 20036 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/18/2012

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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.

Position Summary
The Program Manager will develop and manage all program aspects for the Sub-Saharan Africa regional portfolio to include strategic design, program design, oversight of program activities, backstopping field offices, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, outreach, staff supervision, and administration. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Director for Africa programs.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in political science, international relations, or related field
Minimum 8 -10 years of directly related experience with 2 years of field experience in Africa strongly preferred
Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
Ability to communicate effectively in French preferred
Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of democracy promotion, with proven expertise in one or more specific thematic or regional areas
Proven ability to write effective proposals, reports, procedures, complete required forms, and maintain complete and accurate documentation
Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations, and familiarity with US Congressional processes
Strong program management skills from design through implementation, evaluation, and close-out
Strong knowledge of financial management, and grants-related compliance requirements
Excellent judgment in problem solving and decision-making on a consistent basis
Strong ability to initiate, foster, interact, and maintain relationships with contacts and stakeholders in a diverse and multicultural environment, with sensitivity and a high degree of courtesy, discretion, tact, and professionalism
Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
Ability to successfully recruit, develop, supervise and motivate staff, and provide effective leadership

Some Duties and Responsibilities

Develop program strategy, and assist with managing overall strategy and regional, or thematic programs
Design, manage, and supervise all programmatic aspects of multiple grants including work plan development, identifying consultants and sub-grantees, organizing trainings and other activities, monitoring and evaluation, budget management, reporting, and backstopping field offices
Collaborate with country representatives (where applicable), and manage all activities to ensure that programmatic objectives are met, and are in compliance with both FH and funder requirements
Monitor key developments in assigned region and/or thematic portfolio including elections, status of relevant legislation, and human rights abuses, report and present findings
Manage program finances including analysis, budget monitoring and projections in full compliance with FH and funder requirements
Negotiate and write contracts, MOUs, letters of agreement, and other contractual documents for partners and vendors, and manage to ensure that the objectives and terms of agreements are met
Manage proposal submission process and ensure complete, accurate, and timely proposal submission
Contribute to and participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, donors or relevant audiences as authorized
Develop effective professional relationships with partner organizations, and assist them in increasing their capacity to meet objectives, and more effectively implement their own programs as assigned
Develop and maintain relationships with the donor and diplomatic community, congressional staff, partners and grantees, policy community, and other NGOs and think tanks
Other related duties as assigned.

We offer great benefits including:

100% employer-paid dental insurance
100% employer-paid health insurance; or generously subsidized depending on plan and coverage
100% employer paid life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment
100% employer paid short-term disability and long-term disability insurance
403(b) Retirement Plan with generous matching funds with 2 year 100% vesting schedule
Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care reimbursable expenses
Transportation pre-tax payroll deduction for metro, and garage parking in DC
Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, and holidays
Tuition Reimbursement for graduate studies
And much more……
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: or fax at (202) 822-3893, Attention: HR Dept., referencing 2012-124 PM Africa. 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.


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Location Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Categories Civil Rights/Social Action Advocacy
Function Accounting/Finance

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Contact Name Shannon East
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