Position Description

IN-COUNTRY MANAGER
Location Honduras
Job Code 852
# of Openings 1
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IN-COUNTRY MANAGER, HONDURAS 

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 .

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The In-Country Manager manages all program aspects for the Honduras portfolio of grants, including strategic design, program design, oversight of program activities, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, outreach, staff supervision, and administration.

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:        

  • Develop program strategy and manage overall strategy for the Honduras portfolio
  • Supervise all programmatic aspects of multiple grants including work plan development, identifying consultants and sub-grantees, organizing trainings and other activities, monitoring and evaluation, budget management, reporting, and backstopping field offices
  • Manage all activities to ensure that  programmatic objectives are met, and in compliance with both Freedom House and funder requirements
  • Design and lead training and other activities for Freedom House staff on relevant topics
  • Develop and manage short-range, long-range, and annual plans for Honduras programs identifying potential partner organizations
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of program activities, identify successes and failures, and make program adjustments accordingly
  • Anticipate programmatic administrative and financial needs and take appropriate corrective action
  • Manage program finances including analysis, budget monitoring and projections in full compliance with Freedom House and funder requirements
  • Identify opportunities for new programs, design and develop program concepts for proposals, write proposals and prepare budgets
  • Contribute to and participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, donors or relevant audiences as authorized
  • Assume responsibility and ensure safety and integrity of management mechanisms for the teams including internal team manuals, protocols, standard operating procedures, organization and maintenance of electronic information and servers
  • Serve as the point of contact and speak with authority on Freedom House programming in Honduras with donors, with delegations, at informational interviews, and other external meetings
  • Build effective coalitions with the donor and diplomatic community, congressional staff, partners and grantees, policy community, and other NGOs and think tanks
  • Work with supervisor to develop an effective advocacy strategy, and implement advocacy activities in conjunction with field offices, program beneficiaries, partners, and other stakeholders as necessary
  • Prepare program quarterly, final, and ad-hoc reports for authorized internal and external audiences
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation process, track and document program activities and its impact to ensure that all grant objectives are met
  • Manage program procurement and finances (field-based expense and sub-grant reports) in full compliance with Freedom House and funder requirements
  • Develop effective professional relationships with partner organizations, assist them in increasing their capacity to meet objectives and more effectively implement their own programs
  • Recruit, select and train, assign, organize, manage and supervise work of interns, PAs, SPAs, and POs as required; motivate, coach and mentor staff and provide timely and frequent performance feedback 
  • Resolve all job-related problems promptly, and escalate unresolved issues as necessary
  • Ensure all work products comply fully with standards, policies and mission of Freedom House
  • Other related duties as assigned.

 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:         

  • Bachelors’ degree in Political Science, International Relations, Latin America studies, or related field
  • Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Latin America studies, or related field

Experience:       

  • 8-10 years of relevant professional experience
  • Eight years managing grants in Honduras, drafting and overseeing a budget, and writing proposals
  • Eight years of experience working with civil society on democracy promotion and human rights issues

Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish is required
  • Strong understanding of Honduras history, culture, politics and regional dynamics
  • Ability to develop and write successful program proposals, reports, procedures, complete required forms and maintain complete and accurate documentation
  • Strong program management skills from design through implementation, evaluation, and close-out
  • Strong knowledge of financial management, and grants-related compliance requirements
  • Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations
  • Ability to apply strong analytical skills
  • Ability to contribute and participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, other donors or relevant audiences
  • Strong ability to initiate, foster, interact, and maintain relationships with contacts and stakeholders in  diverse and cross-cultural environments, with sensitivity and a high degree of courtesy, discretion, tact, and professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to persuade people with divergent views
  • Excellent judgment in problem solving and decision-making on a consistent basis
  • Ability to successfully recruit, develop, supervise and motivate staff, and provide effective leadership
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, with experience developing and managing budgets in Excel
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to work flexible schedule including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events
  • Ability to travel independently to complete tasks in unfamiliar countries and regions
  • Ability to adhere to and work within strict guidelines and procedures in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexible and adaptable with a good sense of humor and positive attitude

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

General Working Conditions:

  • General working office environment
  • Some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events
  • Travel to event sites and field offices less than 10% of the time

 

QUALIFIED AND INTERESTED APPLICANTS 

Qualified candidates must complete an online application and submit a resume, and cover letter with desired salary.  All qualified candidates, regardless of their home or residential country are encouraged to apply.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

EOE M/F/D/V