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Senior Program Officer for Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program
Location Washington, DC - US
Job Code 917
# of Openings 1
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Position: Senior Program Officer for Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program

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 Officer for Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program works within the Emergency Assistance Program unit (EAP) of FH’s International Programs Division. With support from other Dignity and EAP program staff, the Senior Program Officer assists the Senior Program Manager to develop and manage all aspects of the Dignity for All program including strategic planning, program design, program administration, oversight of program activities, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, proposal writing, outreach, and staff supervision. This position will report to the Senior Program Manager for Dignity for All.



  • Grant Management and Implementation. Assist in designing, managing and supervising all program aspects of the Dignity for All emergency assistance and rapid response grant including work plan development, strategic planning, program administration, monitoring and evaluation, financial and budget management and reporting, identifying consultants and sub-grantees, and oversight for planning of meetings and convenings. Work also includes negotiating and writing contracts, MOUs, letters of agreement, and other contractual documents for partners and vendors, and ensuring that the objectives and terms of grant agreements are met. Responsible for oversight of regular narrative reporting obligations.
  • Consortium and Subgrant Management. Assist in the management of a consortium of seven regional and international partner organizations to achieve defined program results, including assisting in the review of partner proposals, management of subgrants to Dignity consortium partners, and ensuring the smooth collaboration between high capacity consortium partners. Manage small urgent rapid response subgrants including, if necessary, supporting small grant partners to increase their capacity to effectively carry out programs and provide required financial reporting. Design processes and workflow to ensure programmatic results consistent with overall theory of change and M&E plan for the consortium and overall grant.
  • Thematic Monitoring and Oversight. Monitor key developments in assigned region and/or thematic portfolio including status of relevant legislation, human rights abuses or crackdowns, and opportunities for urgent rapid response granting. Design and support effective collaborative emergency response in regional and thematic areas, and in other areas as needed. Develop and maintain relationships to key LGBTI organizations within regional and thematic portfolio to ensure effective Dignity rapid and emergency response.
  • External collaboration. Develop effective professional relationships with partner organizations. Contribute to and participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, donors or relevant audiences as authorized. Develop and maintain relationships with the donor and diplomatic community, partners and grantees, policy community, and other NGOs and think tanks.
  • Internal collaboration. Participate as part of the overall emergency assistance team, including contributing to support for overall team needs. Participate in FH activities geared toward organizational success and strength, including cross-team collaboration activities. Maintain an effective and collaborative working relationship with all other FH units, in particular with regional program counterparts, and share and exchange information about the assigned program’s activities, approaches, and strategies.
  • Travel. Travel within U.S. and abroad as required.
  • Other related duties as assigned




  • Bachelors’ degree in political science, international relations, anthropology or related field
  • Master’s degree in political science, international relations, anthropology or related field preferred

Training or Certification:

  • MS Office Suite, specifically Excel and Word
  • Program management, monitoring and evaluation
  • Proposal writing and proposal review
  • Budget and financial management
  • Knowledge of USG grant rules and regulations
  • Ability to use digitally secure means of communication and secure digital databases


  • At least three years of directly related experience is required
  • LGBTI rights experience in a global context, and experience working with international, regional, and local LGBTI organizations is required
  • Experience managing USG grants is strongly preferred
  • At least two years of program management experience is strongly preferred
  • One to two years of field experience preferred
  • Four years of experience identifying and analyzing complex problems and independently developing effective solutions

Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing; fluency in at least one additional language preferred (particularly Spanish, French, Arabic, or Russian fluency)
  • Proven ability to write effective proposals, reports, procedures, and maintain complete and accurate documentation
  • Strong preference for knowledge of USG funding regulations and grant management
  • Proven program management skills from design to implementation, evaluation, and close-out
  • Strong knowledge of financial management and grants-related compliance requirements Proven experience working on human rights related to SOGIESC
  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of democracy promotion
  • Excellent judgment in problem-solving and decision-making on a consistent basis
  • Proven ability to work diplomatically with partner organizations and to develop professional relationships in complicated environments
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times



  • Internal: U.S. and field employees throughout FH
  • External: Partners, subgrantees, donors, USG and other government officials, consultants, other implementers, embassy staff and other USG staff, media, vendors, congressional staffers, board members, members of the general public, etc., without supervision



  • General working office environment
  • Some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events
  • Overseas travel minimum 15-25% of the time
  • Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel
  • May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure, and in countries under U.S. travel advisory due to threats of terrorist attacks, civil unrest, kidnappings, disease outbreaks, etc.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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.



Qualified candidates must complete an online application and submit a resume, and a cover letter by July 23, 2018.

This vacancy is open to those candidates with relevant permits to work in the US. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.



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