Program Officer for Human Rights Initatives

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 Program Officer (PO) is responsible for day-to-day administrative, budget, and operational management of an anticipated USAID-funded global human rights award, the Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM). In this connection, the position ensures that activities under the award are implemented in a timely, integrated, effective, and cost-efficient manner, and that financial and other confidential/proprietary data are managed safely, securely, and ethically. The position also provides support for program development (including the development of innovative programming approaches), and for program implementation.
Project Administration and Management (30%)
  • Maintain ongoing, collaborative, cooperative relationships with and coordinate correspondence and exchange of information between other members of the HRSM consortium (serve as day-to-day POC at FH for consortium members); working with HRSM Technical Director, also communicate with USAID
  • Working with members of the HRSM consortium, develop and draft work plans and budgets for the HRSM leader award; as part of work plan development, support design of knowledge and learning activities
  • Oversee day to day implementation of all activities under HRSM leader award; also oversee activities under HRSM associate awards
  • Prepare periodical and ad hoc HRSM reports and review and provide input for relevant Freedom House’s program reports
  • Manage HRSM leader budget, including monitoring expenses, creating spending projections and ensuring that expenditures do not exceed allowable budgeted amounts
  • Manage process of obtaining any needed approvals from USAID/Washington (on behalf of FH and all consortium members)
Program Development (40%)
  • Support design of, and continuously update, FH’s organizational theory of change and corresponding results framework
  • Systematize organizational technical knowledge key and emerging human rights programming areas
  • Working with consortium partners to develop cutting-edge knowledge and rapid response activities
  • Working with regional and global program teams, develop innovative programming approaches and program proposals that leverage FH’s prior experience and previously developed tools and organizational knowledge
  • Working in collaboration with regional program teams, lead and/or participate in country/region specific assessments on an as-needed basis
  • Lead internal communities [working groups] of practice for key technical areas consisting of technical experts and representatives from regional and global program teams
Project Implementation (20%)
  • Working with regional and global program teams, design and lead training and other activities for project beneficiaries and serve as a technical resource for them
  • Assess the performance of human rights activities across the organization, identify successes and failures and propose program adjustments accordingly
  • Lead and/or participate in assessments of FH projects on an as-needed basis
  • Produce technical and policy documents aimed at advancing human rights on an as-needed basis
  • Serve as point of contact on human rights policy and programmatic issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, public policy or related field
  • Master’s degree in political science, international relations, public policy or related field or JD is strongly preferred
  • Minimum three years of experience developing and implementing USG-funded human rights programs including experience working with civil society organizations abroad and knowledge of USG funding and reporting rules and regulations, as well as principles of project monitoring and evaluation
  • Superior ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Superior ability to independently conceptualize and draft analytic reports for program funders, in final form for submission
  • Superior ability to create and manage donor-funded budgets
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising including identifying and working with project partners.
  • Strong knowledge of international human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of the field of international democracy promotion
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement innovative, feasible, impactful human rights programs
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, take independent action, and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work
  • Ability to coordinate travel logistics, meetings, and events
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
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 upload a resume and cover letter with salary history and desired salary.
Candidate cover letters should specifically address how their previous experience relates to the duties and qualifications listed above. Only candidates who send respond to these as well as the salary requirements will be considered for the position.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.