Program Associate/Senior Program Associate

Job Description

The Program Associate/Senior Program Associate provides support for multiple aspects of implementation of the Africa program portfolio, including administrative, financial, research, reporting, new project development and logistical matters. Among other projects, the individual will contribute to a regional human rights initiative across Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries and a human rights program in Burkina Faso. This position is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Africa Program Manager. Professional working knowledge of French is required.


Project implementation support – Provide programmatic, logistical, financial, and administrative support for current projects. This includes but is not limited to overseeing program finances including field office drawdown requests and budget tracking and forecasting to ensure compliant spending; monitoring sub-grantee spending and providing accurate updates to supervisor; tracking program progress along indicators and connecting field data collection and analysis with HQ systems and learning objectives; assisting with identifying consultants and vendors, editing program reports, and maintaining communication with partners and other external actors as requested.

  • Proposal development: Support proposal development processes including contributing to theory of change and logic model development, drafting elements of proposals (such as gender analysis, MEL plans, risk analyses, etc) and creating budgets.
  • Tracking regional developments: Monitor key developments related to democratic governance in the relevant regions, 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, regional/area studies, or other social science or related field; for Senior Program Associate, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Knowledge of international human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of international democracy promotion, with a focus on Africa
  • 1-3 years of relevant professional experience; direct experience in democracy & human rights preferred
  • Experience managing grants, including USG funding, is preferred
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Experience drafting or editing reports

Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Professional working knowledge of French
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and creating budgets in Excel
  • Knowledge of USG grant-related compliance requirements
  • Ability to apply accurate and strong database and records management skills
  • Strong ability to independently plan, organize, prioritize work, and multitask to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to consistently produce timely and error-free work
  • Skilled collaborator and ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times

Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Eagerness to think creatively about complex challenges
  • Willingness to reflect, learn, and adapt
  • Strong cross-cultural communications
  • Desire to champion democracy and human rights
  • Committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all aspects of work
  • Ethical conduct and ability to model integrity to colleagues
  • High professional standards and takes responsibility for quality of work
  • Understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth; continuously build knowledge and skills
  • Manage competing tasks on tight deadlines; know when to ask for assistance
  • Able to work on sensitive issues such as human rights violations, violent extremism, torture
  • Team oriented and thrives in a vibrant, collegial work atmosphere


  • 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)
  • 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 other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.
Closing Date for Applications: 3rd October, 2020
Candidates have to confirm having received the recruitment information through the recruiting channel NGO Recruitment in the application letter for this position

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