Senior Program Officer-Asia

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1032
# of Openings: 1



The Senior Program Officer plays a central role developing and managing Freedom House programs in Asia, collaborating with other FH programs, and engaging with the wide range of individuals and organizations that are critical to advancing FH’s mission.  Critical responsibilities include strategic planning, program design, oversight of program activities, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, outreach, staff supervision, and miscellaneous administration. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Director of Asia programs.  


  • Project implementation - Manage/oversee 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, track and document program activities and impact to ensure project objectives are met. Manage/oversee program finances, including tracking and analyzing project spending and sub-grants and providing accurate forecasts.

  • Project and proposal development - Identify project opportunities and, working with supervisor, develop and pursue those opportunities by identifying potential partners and funding sources. This includes conducting outreach to donors to shape funding priorities. Independently develop submission-ready project concepts and proposal packages, including budgets. Manage the entire proposal preparation process, including coordinating contributions from others as appropriate, to ensure complete, accurate, and timely proposal submission.

  • Regional strategic planning – Contribute to development and implementation of the overall multi-year strategy for the Asia program, including developing short-term, long-term, and annual 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.

  • Representation of Freedom House - Develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholders, including donors and the diplomatic community, partners, grantees, and other implementing organizations. Represent Freedom House to external audiences at meetings and events; speak knowledgeably about Freedom House's mission and programming.



  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, Asian studies, international relations, international development, or related field; Master's degree preferred.


  • Minimum six to eight years of related work experience; at least two years of experience working in or on Asia – and particularly Myanmar or South Asia -- is strongly preferred

Skills and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the cause of advancing human rights and democracy overseas

  • Understanding of political, social, economic, and rights dynamics in Asia

  • Deep understanding 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 strongly preferred

  • Experience developing and drafting USG funding proposals strongly preferred

  • Experience supervising junior staff 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


  • Internal: Employees at Freedom House in the U.S. and in Asia

  • External: Partners, donors, consultants, other implementing organizations, human rights and civil society organizations, 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.; occasional travel outside of the U.S. may be required to facilitate workshops and meetings (less than 20% of time)

  • Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel


  • 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.


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