Position Description

Program Associate
Location Washington, DC - US
Job Code 909
# of Openings 1
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Program Associate, Eurasia                                      

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.           


Position Summary


The Program Associate, Eurasia will provide programmatic support including finance, logistical, administrative, research, and writing assistance to the ongoing and new projects in Ukraine and Moldova. This is an excellent opportunity for a rising international development professional to hone their project management skills and refine research interests. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Program Manager for Eurasia Programs



Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in political science, international relations, public affairs, or related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • Two years of professional experience in a large nonprofit or international development company, or a combination of education, training, and professional background.
  • Professional or academic experience in the Eurasia region highly desired. Experience living and working in Ukraine or Moldova preferred.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and professionally in English and Russian, both verbally and in writing, is an absolute requirement.
  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms. Appreciation of and commitment to supporting democratic transformations is a must.
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles and grant-related compliance requirements. Experience with USG compliance tasks preferred.
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Excel and Word. High degree of comfort with spreadsheets and data analysis required; experience working with budgets and accounting data highly desired.
  • Impeccable grammar and proven copy-editing skills, including visual document formatting, required.
  • Ability to coordinate travel logistics, meetings, and use of conference facilities.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment, and meet all goals and deadlines.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, ability to plan and organize work and track progress both of individual tasks and team efforts.



Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Take the lead on the day-to-day implementation of specific project activities, as assigned.
  • Coordinate activity implementation with local partners and contracted vendors. Serve as the primary POC for subgrantees on financial reporting and compliance.
  • Work closely with other team members and field staff on the implementation of complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives.
  • Conduct desk research for assessments, proposals, budget narratives, news updates, etc.
  • Draft regular narrative reports on project activities for donors. Liaise with other program staff and program partners to obtain the necessary information.
  • Assist in the development and updating of regional and country-specific program strategies.
  • Closely monitor project expenditures and liaise with other program staff and Finance Department to resolve discrepancies.
  • Draft activity and project budgets; conduct cost-price analyses for proposed expenditures in the U.S. and in the field.
  • Prepare expense reports and payment requests in a timely fashion; track their processing.
  • Schedule and arrange meetings and events, and liaise with internal and external contacts appropriately 
  • Assist with travel plans including flight and hotel research and booking, travel authorization, visa applications, etc.
  • Conduct media monitoring in English and local languages for news pertinent to the Eurasia region and produce a regular internal news digest.
  • Provide field office backstopping support as required.
  • Create, maintain, and update databases for contacts, vendors and others as assigned.
  • Participate in cross-team initiatives and internal learning and evaluation exercises.
  • Ensure all work products comply fully with standards, policies and mission of Freedom House.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.



Work Environment and Physical Demands: 


Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Disclaimer:  This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time. 


Qualified and Interested Applicants


We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume, and cover letter with salary history and desired salary  (only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position).

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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