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Program Officer - Africa

Freedom House | Washington DC 20036 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/20/2012

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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 Officer will provide technical and administrative support for programs supporting governance and human rights initiatives in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. She/he will assist with strategic design, program design, oversight of program activities, grant making, backstopping field offices, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, outreach, and administration. This position is based in Washington DC and reports to the Director for Africa programs.Funding for this program runs through 12 months, and employment thereafter is contingent upon future funding.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, or related field; Master’s degree preferred
Minimum 4 – 6 years of experience in providing technical assistance to democracy and human rights programs, particularly support to governance and youth leadership programs
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
Knowledge of international donor funding sources, specifically EU and USAID, and program management
Strong ability to prepare reports, proposals, grants, press releases, and budgets as necessary
Proven ability to write daily correspondence, complete required forms and maintain complete and accurate documentation
Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multi task to meet tight deadlines
Strong ability to apply interpersonal skills, and successfully work in a multicultural environment
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to meet all goals and deadlines
Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
Experience working and/or living in Sub-Saharan Africa, or extensive travel within the region strongly preferred

Some Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute to the development of program strategy and assist with the implementation of overall strategy and vision for country projects
Assist with all programmatic aspects including work plan development, identifying consultants and sub-grantees, organizing trainings and other activities, and monitoring and evaluation
Ensure the timely completion of required reports and compliance with all provisions of relevant agreements and grants
Attend regular staff meetings and backstopping teleconferences with DC office, and provide input on areas needed
Assist with seeking and identifying opportunities for new program initiatives and funding sources
Prepare responses to requests from donors, governmental organizations, the media, and the public regarding program information
Support Freedom House’s ongoing advocacy of democratic governance and human rights issues through occasional contribution to Freedom House publications, articles, and other releases
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 2012-121 PO 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 Other
Function Advocacy /Lobbying

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Contact Name Shannon East
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