The Senior Program Officer manages programmatic aspects of the MENA team’s regional portfolio and contributes to the strategic vision and plan for the portfolio over the longer term. This includes supporting the MENA team program manager or director in strategic planning, program design, oversight of program implementation, backstopping field offices, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, outreach, staff supervision, and administration. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to a program manager or the director of the relevant regional team.
Project implementation - Manage donor awards, including developing work plans, identifying consultants and sub-grantees, organizing workshops, meetings, and events, drafting program reports, and maintaining productive working relationships with donor counterparts and partners. Support operations of field offices as appropriate to ensure compliance with host country requirements, FH policies, and donor regulations. Lead monitoring and evaluation process, track and document program activities and impact to ensure project objectives are met. Manage program finances including sub-grant reports. Regularly track and update budget monitors; analyze program spending to provide accurate forecasts for supervisor.
Proposal development – Working with supervisor, identify project opportunities, potential partners, and funding sources. Working with supervisor, draft project concepts and proposal packages, including budgets. Working closely with Freedom House’s proposal development team and supervisor, manage the regional team’s proposal preparation process, including coordinating contributions from partners as appropriate, to ensure complete, accurate, and timely proposal submission.
Regional strategic planning – Contribute to the development and implementation of the overall multi-year strategy for the relevant regional program, including developing short-term, long-term, and annual plans for the program, to include activities addressing multiple countries and issues. Work with supervisor and provide guidance to junior staff in pursuit of regional priorities and goals.
Representation of Freedom House – As directed by supervisor, develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholders, including donors, partners, grantees, the diplomatic community, and other implementing organizations. Represent Freedom House to external audiences at meetings and events; speak knowledgeably about Freedom House's mission and programming in the relevant region as necessary.
Tracking regional developments: As directed by supervisor, monitor key developments related to democratic governance in the relevant region, including political developments, elections, status of relevant legislation, and adherence to human rights norms. Contribute to the development of policy briefs and advocacy materials.
Personnel management: Oversee the day-to-day work of Program Officer, Senior Program Associate, and Program Associates in order to effectively share and execute administrative, backstopping and financial management responsibilities.
Internal: Employees at Freedom House in the U.S. and in field offices in the relevant region.
External: Partners, donors, consultants, other implementing organizations, human rights and civil society organizations, embassy staff, vendors, both in the U.S. and abroad.