Program Associate, Middle East, North Africa, and Iran
Location: Washington, DC
The Program Associate for the Middle East, North Africa, and Iran provides support for various aspects of implementation of the regional portfolio, including research, reporting, new project development and logistical, administrative, and financial matters. The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the MENA Program Officer and Director.
This is a nonexempt position. The position holder must obtain written authorization from his/her supervisor before working in excess of 40 hours in a work-week.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:
Provide programmatic, research, logistical, financial, and administrative support for current and future projects. Primary focus will be on programming in Iran, with addition support provided to programs in the Arab world and regional advocacy efforts.
- Project implementation support - Responsibilities include but are not limited to: tracking and updating budget monitors; monitoring sub-grantee spending and providing accurate updates to supervisor; tracking and documenting program activities and impact to ensure all project objectives are met; assisting with identifying consultants and vendors, organizing meetings and events, drafting program reports, and maintaining communication with partners and other external actors as requested.
- Project and proposal development support – Monitor developments in the MENA region particularly events pertaining to human rights, democracy, and fundamental freedoms. Provide research assistance and analysis related to political and social developments in assigned countries/thematic portfolio. Work with supervisor to develop and pursue new opportunities by identifying potential partners and funding sources. Assist in editing/drafting proposals, including budgets and monitoring and evaluation and data collection tools.
- External relations - Develop effective professional relationships with grantees, other local organizations, peer organizations and partners, and donors. Attend outside meetings and events as requested, conduct research, and prepare notes for team. Assist in editing/drafting press releases, articles, policy memos, and briefing books. Organize events and meetings in DC and abroad related to Freedom House programs. Other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, regional/area studies, or other social science or related field
- Knowledge of international human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of international democracy promotion, with a focus on the relevant region
- 1-3 years of relevant professional experience; some field experience in the MENA region preferred
- Experience managing grants, including USG funding, preferred
- Experience managing budgets preferred
- Language skills in Farsi, Arabic and/or French preferred
Skills and Competencies:
- Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
- Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Demonstrated experience managing and creating budgets in Excel
- Knowledge of basic accounting principles and USG grant-related compliance requirements
- Ability to apply accurate and strong database and records management skills
- Strong ability to independently plan, organize, prioritize work, and multitask to meet tight deadlines
- Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work
- Ability 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 at all times
Attributes and Characteristics:
- Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to Freedom House’s mission
- Show good stewardship in use of Freedom House resources
- Respond promptly to stakeholder needs, and solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality
- Exhibit professional conduct at all times, with a pleasant demeanor, good humor, positive attitude, adaptability to change, and ethical conduct
- Consistently use good judgment in all circumstances
- Comply with all applicable policies and procedures
- Demonstrate strong desire for excellence, and desire to inspire others to attain professional excellence
- Assess own strengths and weaknesses, pursue training and development opportunities, and strive to continuously build knowledge and skills
- Internal: Employees at Freedom House in the U.S. and abroad
- External: Partners, grantees, donors, consultants, other implementing organizations, human rights and civil society organizations, and 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 (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.