The Program Associate/Senior Program Associate provides support for multiple aspects of implementation of the Africa portfolio, including administrative, financial, research, reporting, new project development and logistical matters. The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to a program manager for the relevant team.
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:
- Project implementation support - Provide programmatic, logistical, financial, and administrative support for current projects. This includes but is not limited to t racking 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 relevant 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, and prepare notes for team. Assist in editing/drafting press releases, articles, and briefing books. Organize events and meetings in DC and abroad related to Freedom House programs. Other related duties as assigned.
- Perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by their supervisor.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Bachelor’s degree in Global Development, 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 Africa
- 1-3 years of relevant professional experience; direct experience in democracy & human rights preferred
- Experience managing grants, including USG funding, is preferred
- Experience managing budgets
- Experience drafting or editing reports 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 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
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to consistently produce timely and error-free work
- Skilled collaborator and ability to 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:
- Eagerness to learn and willingness to adapt
- 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
- 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
- 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)