Program Director, Asia

Program Director, Asia

Freedom House

Washington, D.C. or Remote, United States


Freedom House seeks a Program Director for its Asia Program. This full-time senior role is responsible for providing strategic leadership, management, and vision for Freedom House’s programmatic activities in and related to East, Southeast and South Asia. Many of these programs focus on supporting civil society networks and actors in often conflict-affected, closing and closed space. Additionally, the Program Director will work closely with other unit leads within Freedom House to ensure and promote partnership – for example, the Director will work closely with policy research and advocacy leads, in line with Freedom House’s mission and strategic framework and related to the region. The Program Director will contribute at a senior level to program planning, oversight of program implementation including budget development and oversight, and ensuring quality control of programs and written products. Reporting to the Vice President for International Programs, and supported by a Deputy Director, the Program Director will manage a growing team of US and non-US -based senior and junior staff and consultants.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Leads day-to-day management of all programs and multiple grants;
  • Leads team in conceptualizing and drafting proposals, together with US- and Non-US based staff, and Business Development Director;
  • Develops and maintains collaborative external relationships with partners, funders, donors, consultants, implementers, US congressional staffers, US government agencies, US legislators, regional or multilateral bodies, human rights, and civil society organizations;
  • Responsible for the development and oversight of budgets under all grants, working with program, finance, and operations staff to provide a full, accurate and timely accounting of all funds;
  • Provides guidance to US- and Non-US based staff on Freedom House and donor policies and procedures;
  • Proactively promotes Freedom House’s strategic plan and its thematic and country priorities, to facilitate close collaboration and leverage research, advocacy, and programming interventions in support of democracy and human rights in Asia;
  • Serves as senior-level Freedom House representative at local and international conferences and meetings and assists with Freedom House’s public outreach and communications and advocacy strategy;
  • Recruits, supervises and mentors direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and leading documented semi-annual performance reviews;
  • Travels domestically and internationally as needed to implement awards and develop new programs;
  • Effectively manages culturally diverse staff and ensure the holistic implementation of organization's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy;
  • Cultivates a safe and protective working environment for all staff;
  • Strengthens the Asia programs team’s readiness to respond to new emergencies in line with Freedom House strategic plan priorities, policies, and guidelines;
  • Engages in on-going context analysis to ensure Freedom House programs are continually adapted to the evolving contexts across the region;
  • Ensures integrated security of program personnel at the home office and in Asia, including physical, digital and wellness;
  • Participates in cross-functional initiatives as needed;
  • Actively seeks and engages in professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge in project/program management;
  • Maintains a general working knowledge of relevant program trends and issues occurring external to Freedom House.

Required Qualifications

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position manages direct reports in both US- and Non-US based.


  • Advanced degree in political science, international relations, or a related field strongly preferred.

Experience and Competencies

  • A minimum of twelve (12) or more years of directly related experience including design and implementation of donor-funded international democratic governance, civil society and/or human rights programs; with a minimum of six years at managerial level;
  • Substantial experience managing USG-funded projects and projects with field offices in South or Southeast Asia strongly preferred;
  • Three or more years of experience living and/or working in Asia preferred;
  • Extensive relationships with or knowledge of Asian HRDs, NGOs, journalists and academics required;
  • Solid knowledge of human rights principles and governing international/regional institutions/organizations, instruments, and processes;
  • Broad knowledge of politics, governance and human rights in Asia required; in-depth knowledge of East, South or Southeast Asia preferred;
  • Expertise in management of international donor funded programming including work planning; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; budget management; and donor relations;
  • Proven knowledge of USG donor rules and regulations;
  • Superior fundraising skills with demonstrable ability to successfully cultivate donors and foundations; outstanding proposal development and writing skills preferred;
  • Experience managing staff to achieve programmatic results; ability to coach and mentor staff and provide visionary leadership;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing;
  • Outstanding writing and presentation skills.

Skills and Abilities

  • Astute political judgment and strategic thinking and vision for developing and implementing programs to support human rights and democracy in Asia;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to persuade people with divergent views;
  • Strong ability to initiate, foster, interact, and maintain relationships with contacts and stakeholders in diverse and cross-cultural environments, with sensitivity and a high degree of courtesy, discretion, tact, and professionalism;
  • Ability to always maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work;
  • Previous advocacy or government experience a plus;
  • MS Office, specifically Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, as well as advanced knowledge of all other standard workplace software;
  • Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Freedom House does not provide sponsorship.

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