Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean

Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean

Freedom House

Washington, DC, United States

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Program Officer manages all program aspects for a portfolio of grants, including program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, outreach, administration, and backstopping field projects.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:

  • Implement programmatic aspects of assigned projects including backstopping field projects, work plan development, identifying consultants and sub-grantees, organizing trainings and events, revise and edit reports and documents created by the field;
  • Prepare program quarterly, final, and ad-hoc reports for authorized internal and external audiences;
  • Draft short-range, long-range, and annual work plans for one or more country projects as assigned;
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation process, track and document program activities and its impact to ensure that all grant objectives are met;
  • Manage program procurement and finances (field-based expense and sub-grant reports) in full compliance with Freedom House and donor requirements;
  • Ensure objectives of documents such as contracts, letters of agreement, memoranda of understanding, and work plans are met including obtaining timely approval, tracking duration, and notifying supervisor of imminent expiration;
  • Produce project ideas, design and develop program concepts for proposals, write proposals and prepare budgets;
  • Develop effective professional relationships with partner organizations, assist them in increasing their capacity to meet objectives and more effectively implement their own programs;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the donor and diplomatic community, congressional staff, partners and grantees, policy community, other NGOs and think tanks, as directed by supervisor;
  • Contribute to advocacy and fundraising events relating to assigned portfolio and Freedom House in general;
  • Contribute to Freedom House publications, and write web site content, press releases, briefings, policy papers, etc.;
  • Participate in recruiting and selection and train, assign, organize, and review work of Interns, PAs, SPAs, and field staff as required; provide performance feedback to supervisor;
  • Maintain program files, folders, and databases for secure and easy access and retrieval;
  • Resolve all job-related problems promptly, and escalate unresolved issues as necessary;
  • Limit the use of electronic devices such as cell phones to work-related purposes;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

  • Bachelors’ degree in Political Science, International Relations, Latin America studies, or related field;
  • Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Latin America studies, or related field.

Experience:

  • 3-4 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Experience living or working in/on Latin America;
  • Experience working on human rights or democracy-related issues in Latin America, especially in restrictive operating environments;
  • Three years managing grants, drafting and overseeing a budget, and contributing to proposals;
  • Three years of experience in programming, democracy promotion, human rights issues, etc.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing;
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish is required;
  • Understanding and experience working in repressive and democratically hostile countries;
  • Ability to develop and write successful program proposals, reports, procedures, complete required forms and maintain complete and accurate documentation;
  • Strong program management skills from design through implementation, evaluation, and close-out;
  • Knowledge of accounting and financial management, and grants-related compliance requirements;
  • Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations;
  • Ability to apply strong analytical skills to interpret and translate complex terms, concepts and issues into language easily comprehensible to non-experts;
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment in problem solving and decision making;
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, with experience developing and managing budgets in Excel;
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times;
  • Ability to successfully work in a diverse and multicultural environment;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Strong ability to prioritize work and multi task to meet tight deadlines in a fast paced environment;
  • Flexible and adaptable with a good sense of humor and positive attitude;
  • Ability to travel, perhaps overnight (less than 10% travel).

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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