The Regional Advisor – Sudan serves a dual role: he/she manages Sudan-focused programming, and serves as an advisor for Freedom House’s engagement on Sudan. This includes working with the Africa team program manager and director on strategic planning, program design, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, fundraising, staff supervision, and administration. It also includes support to the Africa director related to political analysis, media engagement, research, and advocacy on Sudan and the region. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the program manager and the director of the Africa team.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:
- Project implementation - Manage donor awards, including developing work plans, identifying consultants and sub-grantees, organizing workshops, meetings, and events, drafting program reports, and maintaining productive working relationships with donor counterparts and partners. Support operations of field offices as appropriate to ensure compliance with host country requirements, FH policies, and donor regulations. Lead monitoring and evaluation process, and track and document program activities and impact to ensure project objectives are met. Manage program finances including sub-grant reports. Working with junior staff, regularly track and update budget monitors; analyze program spending to provide accurate forecasts for supervisor.
- Proposal development – Identify project opportunities, potential partners, and funding sources. Participate in development of project concepts and proposal packages, including budgets. Working closely with Freedom House’s proposal development team and supervisor, manage the regional team’s proposal preparation process, including coordinating contributions from partners as appropriate, to ensure complete, accurate, and timely proposal submission.
- Thought leadership –Monitor key developments related to democratic governance and human rights in Sudan, including political developments, elections, status of relevant legislation, status of civil society, adherence to human rights norms, and donor interventions. Travel to the region as needed to gather information, strengthen networks, and implement country projects.
- Advocacy – Work with Africa director and advocacy and communications team to support targeted outreach and advocacy on Sudan. Develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholders, including donors, partners, grantees, the diplomatic community, USG officials, Congressional staff, journalists, and other implementing organizations. Represent Freedom House as expert on the relevant region/country to external audiences at meetings and events.
- Regional strategic planning – Contribute to development and implementation of overall multi-year strategy for Africa program, including developing short-term, long-term, and annual impact plans for the program, to include activities addressing multiple countries and issues. Work with supervisor and provide guidance to junior staff in pursuit of regional priorities and goals.
- Personnel management - Oversee day-to-day work of junior staff and interns to effectively share and execute administrative, backstopping, and financial management responsibilities.
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, international development, or related field; Master's degree strongly preferred
- Minimum six to eight years of related work experience
- Knowledge of and commitment to the cause of advancing human rights and democracy overseas
- Deep understanding of political, social, economic, and rights dynamics in Sudan and the region, along with a strong network of contacts there
- Knowledge of USG funding processes, budget forms, rules, and regulations; at least four years’ experience working on USG-funded programs including proven ability to create and manage USG budgets (including use of Excel) and implement monitoring and evaluation plans preferred
- Experience developing and drafting USG funding proposals preferred
- Experience supervising junior staff preferred
- Experience facilitating trainings or workshops preferred
Skills and Competencies:
- Outstanding written and verbal communications skills in English required. Fluency in Arabic strongly preferred
- Astute political judgment and strategic thinking; excellent judgment in problem solving and decision making
- Proven ability to multitask and manage time effectively to meet competing deadlines and manage priorities
- Ability to conduct research and apply strong analytical skills
- Mastery of MS Office Suite
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to persuade and facilitate cooperation between individuals with divergent views and 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
- Ability to represent Freedom House professionally in conduct and personal appearance
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to consistently produce timely and error-free work under tight deadlines
- Excellent timekeeping, attendance, and time management, and ability to work flexible schedule and be available outside of normal business hours for emergency work purposes
- Ability to adhere to and work within strict guidelines and procedures
Attributes and Characteristics:
- Eagerness to think creatively about complex challenges and to craft arguments to respond to challenges
- Willingness to reflect, learn, and adapt
- Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House
- Show good stewardship in the use of Freedom House resources
- Exhibit ethical, professional conduct at all times
- Consistently use good judgment when dealing with all contacts and constituents
- Exhibit high work standards, adherence to procedures, and responsibility for assigned tasks
- Demonstrate the desire for excellence to inspire others to attain professional excellence
- Assess own strengths and weaknesses; pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills
- Work as an effective team member and successfully balance responsibilities
- Comply with all policies and procedures
- Internal: Employees at Freedom House in the U.S. and in field offices in the relevant region
- External: Partners, donors, consultants, other implementing organizations, human rights and civil society organizations, media outlets, embassy staff, 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.; travel outside of the U.S. will be required to facilitate workshops and meetings and liaise with partners (approximately 20-30% of time)
- Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel