Human Rights Protection Lead

Work Location: Bogota, Colombia
Requisition Number: 1084
# of Openings: 1



Opportunity for Colombian Nationals only

Location: Colombia                                                   



Freedom House seeks a Human Rights Protection Lead for the Conectando Caminos por los Derechos (“Venezuelan Migrant Human Rights” in English) program, a four-year program in Colombia, funded by the USAID-Human Rights Support Mechanism and implemented by the Protecting Global Rights through Sustainable Solutions (PROGRESS) consortium. The program aims to improve citizen security and community cohesion in migrant receptor communities by (i) preventing human rights violations; (ii) strengthening human rights protections; (iii) responding to human rights violations; and (iv) responding rapidly to changing circumstances and needs in the context of mixed migration flows and unexpected shocks, such as COVID-19.

The Human Rights Protection Lead provides in-country managerial support for Freedom House’s programming, which focuses on protections spaces, civil society strengthening and human rights documentation. The Human Rights Protection Lead will work with Freedom House and the Conectando Caminos por los Derechos consortium members to support strategic planning, program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and administration. This position is for Colombian nationals only, is based in Colombia, and reports to both Freedom House’s Regional Program Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Washington, DC, and the Conectando Caminos por los Derechos Chief of Party, based in Bogota, Colombia.



  • Award management/implementation – oversee project implementation, so as to ensure that project goals are met in compliance with governing donor requirements. Implementation includes, but is not limited to, work plan development and implementation; selection, retention, and oversight of project staff and consultants; monitoring and evaluation; reporting; collaboration with donors and other partners; and management of ongoing communications with project funders.   
  • Financial management – proactively manage and monitor project budget including maintaining an up to date budget tracker and spending projections, so as to ensure that programming decisions are made based upon accurate financial analysis.
  • Fundraising – in collaboration with Program Director, identify opportunities for new projects and additional funding for the existing project, design and develop concepts for proposals, and draft proposals and budgets for a range of funders.
  • Staff management – working closely with Program Director, recruit, select, train, and supervise Local Coordinator. Motivate and ensure professional growth and development, and provide timely and frequent performance feedback.
  • External outreach and representation – working closely with Program Director, represent Freedom House (FH) to external audiences at meetings or events. Speak knowledgeably about FH’s mission and regional programming as needed.   
  • Collaboration with other units of FH – participate in FH activities geared toward organizational success and strength, including support for cross-team collaboration.
  • Travel – as needed to implement the project, travel both domestically and internationally.
  • Other related duties as reasonably assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, international development, or related field; advanced degree in one of these fields preferred


  • Six to eight years of directly related experience including implementation of donor-funded international democracy, human rights, and governance programs; two to four years at managerial level (directly managing staff)

Skills and Competencies: 

  • Proven outstanding project management skills from design through implementation, evaluation, and close-out, including work planning, monitoring and evaluation, budget management, staff management, and donor relations
  • Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations
  • Experience with proposal development, including ability to develop logical frameworks for new projects   
  • Experience managing staff to achieve programmatic results, including ability to coach and mentor staff, and provide leadership to staff
  • Knowledge of democracy, human rights, and governance programming and underlying principles
  • Understanding of assigned region, including history, culture, economy, and political economy, and of democracy issues, organizations, legal frameworks, and opportunities, preferred but not required
  • Proven ability to write in English, without supervision or editing, for both internal and external audiences
  • Proven ability to verbally communicate in English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to persuade people with divergent views
  • Excellent judgment in problem-solving and decision-making without micro-management
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work, and multi-task to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work

Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to FH mission
  • Show good stewardship in the use of FH resources
  • Respond promptly to stakeholder needs and solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality
  • Demonstrate sound skills in ethical discernment, analysis, and action
  • Consistently use good judgment when dealing with all contacts and constituents
  • Exhibit high work standards, adherence to procedures, attention to detail, and responsibility for assigned tasks
  • Demonstrate strong desire for excellence, and desire 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 individual and team responsibilities

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