Program Associate

Freedom House , Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th July, 2020

Job Description

The Program Associate provides support for various aspects of implementation of the assigned regional portfolio, including research, reporting, new project development and logistical, administrative, and financial matters. The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to a mid-level manager for the relevant team.

This is a nonexempt position. The position holder must obtain written authorization from his/her supervisor before working in excess of 40 hours in a work-week.


Project implementation support -

Provide programmatic, logistical, financial, and administrative support for current projects. This includes but is not limited to tracking and updating budget monitors; monitoring sub-grantee spending and providing accurate updates to supervisor; tracking and documenting program activities and impact to ensure all project objectives are met; assisting with identifying consultants and vendors, organizing meetings and events, drafting program reports, and maintaining communication with partners and other external actors as requested.

Project and proposal development support –

Monitor developments in relevant region particularly events pertaining to human rights, democracy, and fundamental freedoms. Provide research assistance and analysis related to political and social developments in assigned countries/thematic portfolio. Work with supervisor to develop and pursue new opportunities by identifying potential partners and funding sources. Assist in editing/drafting proposals, including budgets and monitoring and evaluation and data collection tools.

External relations -

Develop effective professional relationships with grantees, other local organizations, peer organizations and partners, and donors. Attend outside meetings and events as requested, and prepare notes for team. Assist in editing/drafting press releases, articles, and briefing books. Organize events and meetings in DC and abroad related to Freedom House programs. Other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, regional/area studies, or other social science or related field
  • Knowledge of international human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of international democracy promotion, with a focus on Latin America, knowledge of the Cuba context strongly preferred
  • 1-2 years of relevant professional experience; some field experience is preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish required
  • Experience managing grants, including USG funding, is preferred
  • Experience managing budgets preferred

Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Demonstrated experience managing and creating budgets in Excel
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles and 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
  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work
  • Ability 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 at all times


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