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Senior Program Officer - East and Horn of Africa Job Vacancy

Freedom House supports the spread of freedom and democracy throughout the world through research, effective advocacy, and program directly supporting frontline activists.

We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

Position Summary

The Senior Program Officer will assist in developing and managing all program aspects for a program focusing on transitional justice in East Africa.

He/she will assist with strategic design, program design, oversight of program activities, backstopping field offices, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, outreach, staff supervision, and administration.

The Senior Program Officer will report to the Director for Africa programs.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, or related field; Master’s degree preferred 6 - 8 years of experience conducting democracy and human rights programs
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing
  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, transitional justice, and understanding of democracy promotion
  • Substantive knowledge or experience with transitional justice issues, specifically of complementarity, reparations and institutional reform
  • Expertise in democracy and human rights issues in the Africa region
  • Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations, and familiarity with US Congressional processes
  • Proven ability to write effective proposals, reports, procedures, complete required forms, and maintain complete and accurate documentation
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multi task to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong program management skills from design through implementation, evaluation, and close-out
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
  • Knowledge/familiarity of democracy in Latin America a plus
Some Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist in drafting program strategy, and with managing overall strategy and vision
  • Design, manage, and supervise all programmatic aspects of transitional justice programming including work plan development, identifying consultants and sub-grantees, organizing trainings and other activities, monitoring and evaluation, budget management, reporting, and backstopping field offices
  • Anticipate programmatic administrative, and financial needs, and take appropriate corrective action
  • Serve as the point of contact and speak with authority on Freedom House programming in assigned regions/global areas with donors, with delegations, at information interviews, and other external meetings
  • Travel to assigned region as required, manage all travel logistics for self and others as appropriate
  • Negotiate and write contracts, MOUs, letters of agreement, and other contractual documents for partners and vendors, and manage to ensure that the objectives and terms of agreement are met
  • Design and implement activities in conjunction with field and DC offices, program beneficiaries, partner, and other stakeholders as necessary
  • Other related duties as assigned.
How to apply: 

We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter with salary history as well as desired salary to:

or fax at (202) 822-3893,

Attention: HR Dept., referencing SPO EHA (2011-080).

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only candidates who send in salary requirements will be considered for the position.


Closing date: 31 Dec 2011

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