Senior Program Manager Dignity for All

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1008
# of Openings: 1


Senior Program Manager, Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program 

Location: Washington, DC 

Freedom House  promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, 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, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we  support the right of every individual to be free .


The Dignity for All Senior Program Manager (SPM) works within the Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) Freedom House (FH).  EAP consists of four separate funds that provide support to human rights defenders and civil society organizations.  The SPM for the Dignity for All position is responsible for managing and implementing the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program so as to achieve defined results, with support from subordinate and in many cases shared EAP staff. Additionally, the position is responsible for strategic planning, program design, program management and oversight, budget management and forecasting, sustaining donor funding to support the program, representing the program to external audiences and stakeholders, and actively collaborating with other units within EAP and with other units of FH, particularly with regional team leads within the International Programs Division.  This program reports to the Director of the Emergency Assistance Program.


  • Strategic leadership and management.  Lead implementation of the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program so as to achieve defined program results. This includes defining and carrying out a vision and strategy for the program based upon strong relationships with LGBTI and human rights civil society organizations in all regions of the world, knowledge of needs for rapid response emergency financial assistance to human rights defenders and civil society organizations, budgetary oversight for the program and the consortium partners, managing staff that support the program, designing innovative and secure approaches to challenges, and effectively managing relationships with donors. It also includes close and ongoing collaboration with staff in EAP implementing other, separately funded, emergency assistance programs, so as to ensure that the multiple programs are implemented in a coordinated manner and that staff shared across the programs are effectively managed. 
  • Consortium Leadership:  Lead a consortia that includes leading international and regional LGBTI organizations, including acting as the prime donor and re-granting to respected and high-capacity partner organizations and ensuring a shared, collaborative, and strategic vision for the program.  Oversee the provision of small urgent rapid response subgrants including, if necessary, supporting small grant partners to increase their capacity to effectively carry out programs and provide required financial reporting. Ensure that processes and workflow achieve programmatic results consistent with overall theory of change and M&E plan for the consortium and overall grant.
  • Staff leadership and management.  Select, lead, manage, and mentor staff responsible for program implementation, including regional specialists and case processors, in a manner that fosters professional development, teamwork, trust, and collaboration. Work with peer SPMs to ensure that shared staff are effectively managed.   
  • Financial management.  Proactively manage the assigned program’s finances, including spending analysis and forecasting, to ensure effective, timely program implementation in full compliance with donor rules/regulations; ensure adequate staffing levels; and ensure adequate support for consortium partners budgets and partner awareness of and compliance with USG and FH rules and regulations.
  • Donor relations and fundraising.  Maintain effective relationships with current donors, including the State Department DRL and donors to the Global Equality Fund to ensure ongoing support for program funding.  Develop productive, collaborative relationships with current donors, conceptualize and author winning funding applications, and contribute to and participate in negotiations with donors. As relevant, identify additional potential funding sources and design and implement fundraising strategies so as to ensure a consistent stream of donor funding for the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program.
  • External relations and advocacy.  Effectively and professionally represent FH and its emergency assistance programs publicly in domestic and international venues. Build strong external alliances and networks and collaborative approaches with donors and the diplomatic community, congressional staff, partners and grantees, policy community, peer NGOs, and think tanks.
  • Collaboration.  Participate in FH activities geared toward organizational success and strength, including cross-team collaboration activities. Maintain an effective and collaborative working relationship with all other FH units, in particular with regional program team leads, and share and exchange information about the assigned program’s activities, approaches, and strategies.
  • Travel.  Travel within U.S. and abroad as required.



  • Bachelors’ degree in political science, international relations, anthropology or related field
  • Master’s degree in political science, international relations, anthropology or related field strongly preferred

Training or Certification:

  • MS Office Suite, specifically Excel and Word
  • Budget and financial management
  • USG rules and regulations
  • Program management
  • Proposal writing
  • Staff supervision and management
  • Monitoring and evaluation of USG programs
  • Ability to use digitally secure means of communication and secure digital databases 

Required experience:     

  • At least ten years of directly related experience; four years at senior staff level
  • At least six years of involvement in the field of global LGBTI human rights
  • At least five years of experience directly supervising and managing full-time professional staff
  • At least five years of experience as the primary manager of a budget(s) over $500K, and experience with grantmaking or subgranting strongly preferred.
  • Two years of field experience outside of the US preferred

Skills  and Competencies:

  • Mastery of human rights principles and mechanisms, knowledge of and experience in democracy promotion and specifically emergency/rapid assistance to frontline defenders
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing; ability to communicate effectively in a second relevant language (Arabic, Spanish, French, or Russian) strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to clearly and succinctly communicate complex concepts verbally and in writing; ability to draft “camera ready” (i.e., final) documents of all types for external audiences including donors, congress, media, etc., is a MUST
  • Strong program management skills from design through implementation, budget management, program evaluation, and close-out; strong ability to manage own time, multi-task, and meet tight deadlines
  • Proven understanding of budgets and rules/regulations including restrictions on use of funds and ability to manage and forecast expenditures so as to maximize use of available funds while not over-spending budgets and ensuring compliance with governing rules.  Experience with USG grants preferred.
  • Proven ability to recruit and manage highly capable staff including diverse teams. Strong ability to lead by example, with integrity, purpose, and commitment to attainment of FH goals
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as an effective team member in a collegial and positive manner
  • Excellent inter-personal, diplomatic, and cross-cultural skills
  • Excellent crisis management and conflict mediation skills
  • Excellent judgment in problem solving and decision-making
  • Familiarity with new communications technology and digital security
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
  • Ability to work independently without supervision, and to coordinate the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program needs

Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Strong and sustained commitment to FH mission
  • Good stewardship in use of FH resources
  • Responsiveness to stakeholder (including donor) needs and willingness to solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality
  • Professionalism, pleasant demeanor, positive attitude, and ethical conduct  
  • Sound judgment
  • Strong desire for excellence, and ability to inspire others to attain it
  • Awareness of own strengths and weaknesses; commitment to learning from experience and through training and development opportunities
  • Ability to work as effective team member and successfully balance individual and team responsibilities
  • Commitment to working transparently and respectfully with supervisors


  • Internal :  U.S. and field employees throughout FH
  • External : Partners, subgrantees, donors, consultants, other implementers, embassy staff, media, vendors, board members, members of the general public, etc., without supervision


General Working Conditions:

  • General working office environment
  • Some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events
  • Overseas travel approximately 20% of the time
  • Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel
  • May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure, and in countries under U.S. travel advisory due to threats of terrorist attacks, civil unrest, kidnappings, disease outbreaks, etc.

Physical Requirements:                      

  • 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.


Qualified  candidates must complete an online application and submit a resume, and a cover letter.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions are eligible. 


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