Program Associate, Africa Program At Freedom House

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The Program Associate provides support for multiple aspects of implementation of the Africa program portfolio, including administrative, financial, research, reporting, new project development and logistical matters. Among other projects, the individual will contribute to programs focused on civic engagement in transitional justice processes in The Gambia, advancing rights across Southern Africa, human rights documentation and advocacy in Burkina Faso, and human rights support and transitional justice in Sudan. This position is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Africa Senior Program Manager.


  • Project implementation support: Provide programmatic, logistical, financial, and administrative support for current projects. This includes but is not limited to overseeing program finances including field office drawdown requests and budget tracking and forecasting to ensure compliant spending; monitoring sub-grantee spending and providing accurate updates to supervisor; tracking program progress along indicators and connecting field data collection and analysis with HQ systems and learning objectives; assisting with identifying and drafting contracts for consultants and vendors, editing program reports, and maintaining communication with partners and other external actors as requested.
  • Proposal development: Support proposal development processes including contributing to theory of change and logic model development, drafting elements of proposals (such as gender analyses, MEL plans, risk analyses, etc.) and creating budgets.
  • Tracking regional developments: Monitor key developments related to democratic governance in the relevant regions, including political developments, elections, status of relevant legislation, and adherence to human rights norms. From time to time, contribute to Freedom House research, analysis and advocacy efforts, including drafting blogs or other analytical pieces.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, regional/area studies, or other social science or related field;
  • Knowledge of international human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of international democracy promotion, with a focus on Africa;
  • 1-3 years of relevant professional experience; direct experience in democracy and human rights preferred; work or lived experience in Africa a plus
  • Experience managing grants, including USG funding, is preferred
  • Experience managing budgets and tracking expenditures
  • Experience drafting or editing reports
  • Proficiency in French, Arabic, or Portuguese a plus

Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and creating budgets in Excel
  • Knowledge of USG grant-related compliance requirements a plus
  • Ability to apply accurate and strong database and records management skills
  • Strong ability to independently plan, organize, prioritize work, and multitask to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to consistently produce timely and error-free work
  • Skilled collaborator and ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times

Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Eagerness to think creatively about complex challenges
  • Willingness to reflect, learn, and adapt
  • Strong cross-cultural communications
  • Desire to champion democracy and human rights
  • Committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all aspects of work
  • Ethical conduct and ability to model integrity to colleagues
  • High professional standards and takes responsibility for quality of work
  • Understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth; continuously build knowledge and skills
  • Manage competing tasks on tight deadlines; know when to ask for assistance
  • Able to work on sensitive issues such as human rights violations, violent extremism, torture
  • Team oriented and thrives in a vibrant, collegial work atmosphere


  • General working office environment
  • Some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events
  • Travel within Washington, D.C.; occasional travel outside of the U.S. may be required (less than 20% of time)

Qualified and Interested Applicants:

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume and cover letter.

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

Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.


Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

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