Program Officer / Senior Program Officer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 January 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 29 February 2020
  • Current
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Job Description

The Program Officer (3-5 year of related work experience) / Senior Program Officer (6-8 year of related work experience) provides implementation support for all headquarters aspects of the relevant regional team portfolio, including backstopping project implementation and administration; providing input into/feedback on relevant tools, resources, and project deliverables; facilitating efficient and compliant financial management; supporting field staff, consultants, and partners on administrative issues; contributing to monitoring, evaluation, and learning; and identifying funding opportunities and participating in proposal development.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to a senior program manager for the Latin America and the Caribbean team

PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:

  • Award implementation: Support all aspects of program implementation, including work plan development, identifying and managing consultants and sub-grantees, organizing workshops, meetings, and events, drafting and finalizing program reports, and participating in communications with donor counterparts. Participate in monitoring and evaluation processes, and track and document program activities and impact to ensure project objectives are met. Manage program finances including sub-grants and ongoing budget tracking and forecasting to ensure compliant spend-down (and no over-spending) of budgets.
  • Proposal development: Identify new funding opportunities and conduct research to enable relevant regional team to develop new programs. Support proposal development process for programs including drafting of elements of proposals (including budgets).
  • Networking and relationship management: Develop effective professional relationships with a range of external actors, including peer organizations, donors, the diplomatic community, congressional staff, partners, and grantees. Represent Freedom House to external audiences at meetings and events; speak articulately about Freedom House’s mission and regional programming as necessary.
  • Tracking regional developments: Monitor key developments related to democratic governance in the relevant region, including political developments, elections, status of relevant legislation, and adherence to human rights norms. From time to time, contribute to Freedom House research, analysis and advocacy efforts, including drafting blogs or other analytical pieces.
  • Personnel management: Oversee day-to-day work of a Program Associate/Senior Program Associate in order to effectively share and execute administrative, backstopping and financial management responsibilities

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, international development, or related field; Master’s degree preferred

Experience:

  • Three to five years of related work experience for the Program Officer and six to eight years of related work experience for the Senior Program Officer; at least one year of experience overseas (in the relevant region) is preferred
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in Spanish, both verbally and in writing
  • Relevant language skills required (e.g., Spanish for LAC positions)
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the cause of advancing human rights and democracy
  • Understanding of political, social and rights dynamics in the relevant region preferred
  • Deep understanding of USG funding processes, budget forms, rules, and regulations; at least two years’ experience working on USG-funded programs including creating and managing USG budgets and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans strongly preferred
  • Experience developing and drafting USG funding proposals strongly preferred
  • Experience supervising junior staff preferred

Skills and Competencies:

  • Astute political judgment and strategic thinking; excellent judgment in problem solving and decision making
  • Knowledge of international human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of international democracy promotion
  • Proven ability to multitask and manage time effectively to meet competing deadlines and manage priorities
  • Strong ability to develop, analyze, and manage USG program budgets; facility in budget management (including use of Excel)
  • Ability to conduct research and apply strong analytical skills
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to persuade and facilitate cooperation between individuals with divergent views and to collaborate with others and successfully work as an effective team member
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work
  • Ability to represent Freedom House professionally in conduct and personal appearance
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to consistently produce timely and error-free work under tight deadlines
  • Excellent timekeeping, attendance, and time management, and ability to work flexible schedule and be available outside of normal business hours for emergency work purposes
  • Ability to adhere to and work within strict guidelines and procedures

Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Eagerness to think creatively about complex challenges
  • Willingness to reflect, learn, and adapt
  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House
  • Show good stewardship in the use of Freedom House resources
  • Exhibit ethical, professional conduct at all times
  • Consistently use good judgment when dealing with all contacts and constituents
  • Exhibit high work standards, adherence to procedures, and responsibility for assigned tasks
  • Demonstrate the desire for excellence to inspire others to attain professional excellence
  • Assess own strengths and weaknesses; pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills
  • Work as an effective team member and successfully balance responsibilities
  • Comply with all policies and procedures

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • General working office environment
  • Some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events
  • Travel within Washington, D.C.; occasional travel outside of the U.S. may be required (less than 20% of time)
  • Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS:

  • 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.

About the Organization

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.

We analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.

We recognize that freedom is possible only in democratic political environments where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed. More than 2.5 billion people live in countries that Freedom House designates “Not Free,” more than a third of the globe’s population.

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