Program Manager

Freedom House, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st August, 2018

Job Description

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 Manager on a regional team, working closely with the regional Program Director, manages the implementation of existing (donor-funded) projects in his/her region (including project budgets), and supports the development of proposals seeking new funding. In these roles, he/she engages with a range of external actors, particularly donors and implementing partners. He/she also supervises regional team staff in Washington DC, and contributes to overall regional strategy and work planning.


  • Award management/implementation – oversee implementation of funded projects, so as to ensure that project goals are met in compliance with governing donor requirements. Implementation includes, but is not limited to, work plan development and implementation; selection, retention, and oversight of project staff and consultants; monitoring and evaluation; reporting; collaboration with donors and other partners; and management of ongoing communications with project funders.
  • Financial management – proactively manage and monitor budgets for funded projects including maintaining an up to date budget tracker and spending projections, so as to ensure that programming decisions are made based upon accurate financial analysis.
  • Fundraising – in collaboration with Program Director, identify opportunities for new projects and additional funding for existing projects, design and develop concepts for proposals, and draft proposals and budgets for a range of funders.
  • Staff management – working closely with Program Director, recruit, select, train, and supervise staff to implement projects. Motivate and ensure professional growth and development of staff, effectively manage culturally diverse staff, and provide timely and frequent performance feedback.
  • External outreach and representation – working closely with Program Director, represent Freedom House (FH) to external audiences at meetings or events. Speak knowledgeably about FH’s mission and regional programming as needed.
  • Regional strategy support – support Program Director in developing and periodically updating a comprehensive strategy for FH programming in the assigned region that leverages FH’s strengths and prior programming in the region.
  • Collaboration with other units of FH – participate in FH activities geared toward organizational success and strength, including support for cross-team collaboration.
  • Travel – as needed to implement awards and develop new projects, travel internationally.
  • Other related duties as reasonably assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, international development, or related field; advanced degree in one of these fields preferred


  • Six to eight years of directly related experience including implementation of donor-funded international democracy, human rights, and governance programs; two to four years at managerial level (directly managing staff)
  • Two years of field experience in the assigned region preferred

Skills and Competencies :

  • Proven outstanding project management skills from design through implementation, evaluation, and close-out, including work planning, monitoring and evaluation, budget management, staff management, and donor relations
  • Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations
  • Experience with proposal development, including ability to develop logical frameworks for new projects
  • Experience managing staff to achieve programmatic results, including ability to coach and mentor staff, and provide leadership to staff
  • Knowledge of democracy, human rights, and governance programming and underlying principles
  • Understanding of assigned region, including history, culture, economy, and political economy, and of democracy issues, organizations, legal frameworks, and opportunities,preferred but not required
  • Proven ability to write in English, without supervision or editing, for both internal and external audiences
  • Proven ability to verbally communicate in English; ability to communicate verbally in French is preferred but not required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to persuade people with divergent views
  • Excellent judgment in problem-solving and decision-making without micro-management
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work, and multi-task to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work

Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to FH mission
  • Show good stewardship in the use of FH resources
  • Respond promptly to stakeholder needs and solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality
  • Demonstrate sound skills in ethical discernment, analysis, and action
  • Consistently use good judgment when dealing with all contacts and constituents
  • Exhibit high work standards, adherence to procedures, attention to detail, and responsibility for assigned tasks
  • Demonstrate strong desire for excellence, and desire 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 individual and team responsibilities


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