Position Description

Senior Program Associate, Asia
Location Washington, DC - US
Job Code 906
# of Openings 1
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Senior Program Associate, Asia

Location: Washington, DC


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 Senior Program Associate will support initiatives related to advancing democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia. He/she will provide assistance in various aspects of program implementation, including research, proposal development, reporting, outreach, and logistical and administrative support. The Senior Program Associate will be based in DC and report to the Asia Program Manager.

The initial appointment is for approximately one year.  Employment beyond one year will be contingent on funding.




  • Project implementation – Collaborate with supervisor and field staff to ensure that projects are implemented in compliance with both Freedom House and funder requirements. Contribute to the development of project work plans, M&E systems, and partner training materials. Develop and maintain systems to track and document project activities and results. Develop and maintain budget tracking systems for each project; monitor sub-grantee spending and provide updates to supervisor. Review financial reports and prepare payment requests. Identify consultants and vendors, organize meetings and events, draft program reports, and maintain communication with partners.
  • Proposal development support– Monitor regional news and events pertaining to human rights, democracy, and fundamental freedoms. Provide research 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. Contribute to drafting of proposal narratives and budgets.
  • External relations - Develop effective professional relationships with grantees, other local organizations, peer organizations, and donors. Attend meetings and events as requested, and prepare notes for team. Draft press releases and briefings. Assist with the development and implementation of advocacy strategies as requested.



  • Bachelors’ degree in political science, international relations, or related field; Master's degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to advancing human rights and democracy in Asia.
  • Strong understanding of the history, culture, and politics of the Asia region.
  • 2-4 years of relevant professional experience; field experience in Southeast Asia preferred.
  • Ability to communicate in a relevant Southeast Asian language preferred.
  • Experience working on sensitive issues in restricted environments preferred.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Demonstrated experience in managing and creating budgets in Excel.
  • Strong understanding of digital and physical security protocols.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and meet all goals and deadlines.
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as an effective team member for the success of shared goals and objectives.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to consistently produce timely and error-free work under tight deadlines.
  • 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 the mission of Freedom House.
  • Show good stewardship in the use of Freedom House resources.
  • Exhibit professional conduct at all times, with a pleasant demeanor, positive attitude, and ethical conduct.
  • Consistently use good judgment when dealing with all contacts and constituents.
  • Assess own strengths and weaknesses; pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills.
  • Comply with all policies and procedures.




  • Internal: Employees at Freedom House in the U.S.
  • External: Partners, donors, consultants, other implementing organizations, human rights and civil society organizations, 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.; Travel outside of the U.S. may be required (less than 15% 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.




We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume and cover letter.   **Only applicants who submit a cover will be considered.**

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

Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions   need   apply.



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