Position Description

Regional East and Horn Project Director
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Job Code 369
# of Openings 1
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Regional East and Horn Project Director (Nairobi, Kenya)


Freedom House  promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists.  We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including  Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we  support the right of every individual to be free



The Regional Project Director will be responsible for leading all areas of program management including strategic design and implementation, financial management, staff supervision, office management, communications, donor relations, advocacy, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.  This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and reports to the Regional Director for Africa Programs in Washington, DC.



  • Direct development and implementation of programs to support civil society and human rights defenders in East and Horn of Africa;
  • Responsible for the quality, cost, and timeliness of performance of all work performed under the programs;
  • Monitor and evaluate processes, and write program reports to ensure completion of program objectives;
  • Ensure compliance with donor regulations;
  • Assume responsibility for the daily operations of the office, which includes but is not limited to: financial management, general office administration, public relations, and staff management;
  • Network and liaise with consultants, members of governments, civil society organizations, international and regional bodies, and private funders;
  • Proactively seek out new funding opportunities and represent Freedom House before funding organizations;
  • Develop advocacy initiatives to support human rights in East and Horn of Africa;
  • Required to travel to project sites within the region;
  • Other related duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, law, or related field; Master’s degree strongly preferred;
  • At least 8-10 years of experience with democracy and human rights programs;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong track record in project and staff management;
  • Experience working as a country director or equivalent leadership position;
  • Experience in challenging environments and flexibility to apply lessons learned from other contexts;
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize communities and encourage the inclusion of marginalized groups;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with local partners, media, government officials, bilateral donors, as well as in-country and foreign experts;
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and other donor approaches to civil society development;
  • Experience developing project proposals for USAID, Department of State, European human rights institutions and private donor organizations; 
  • Demonstrated financial management experience including preparing and managing budgets, contracts, and negotiations, and subgrant management;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a diverse team of employees, including expatriate and local staff;
  • Ability to use productivity software such as MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Microsoft Excel.



  • Office located in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Frequent travel within East and Horn of Africa and occasional travel to the U.S.


We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter with salary history and desired salaryCandidate cover letters should specifically address how their previous experience relates to the duties and qualifications listed above. Only candidates who send respond to these as well as the salary requirements will be considered for the position. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.