Thursday, January 12, 2012

Project Officer (Eurasia) at Freedom House

Freedom House supports the spread of freedom and democracy throughout the world through research, effective advocacy, and programs 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 are supporting the right of every individual to be free.

Position Summary
The Project Officer will support ongoing activities and programs in the Eurasia region. Specifically, working on initiatives to advance democracy and human rights across Eurasia, a region that remains one of the world’s most repressive. The Program Officer reports to the Director for Eurasia programs in overseeing administration and logistics of program implementation, research, fundraising, and outreach.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, human rights, law, or related field, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 4 – 6 years of experience in program management including reporting ability and knowledge of funder account requirements
  • Strong appreciation of and demonstrated experience in human rights defense work
  • Demonstrated experience with managing and creating budgets
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to communinicate effectively in Russian is preferred
  • Expeience working on issues pertaining to the region, particularly countries of the former Soviet Union, with background on Central Asia (Kazakhstan in particular) and/or Belarus and Ukraine (academic and/or professional)
Some Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work with field staff and provide guidance on programmatic, financial and administrative processes
  • Participate in regular communications with field-based employees of Freedom House and facilitate communication between them and different departments at headquarters
  • Support proposal writing activities and help identify new donors and partners
  • Draft narrative reports to funders
  • Monitor news and events in the region pertaining to human rights, democracy and fundamental freedoms and identify opportunities and challenges
  • Support outreach on human rights issues concerning the region
  • Ensure program compliance with Freedom House and donor financial and administrative guidelines
  • Help design and oversee programs in the region and manage their budgets
  • Cover Washington DC-based events pertaining to the region and help develop policy recommendations for U.S. and foreign government audiences
We offer great benefits including:
  • 100% employer-paid dental insurance
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance; or generously subsidized depending on plan and coverage
  • 100% employer paid life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment
  • 100% employer paid short-term disability and long-term disability insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with generous matching funds with 2 year 100% vesting schedule
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care reimbursable expenses
  • Transportation pre-tax payroll deduction for metro, and garage parking in DC
  • Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, and holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement for graduate studies
  • And much more……
Qualified and Interested applicants
We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter with salary history (only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position) as well as desired salary to: or fax at (202) 822-3893, Attention: HR Dept., referencing 2012-002 PO Eurasia. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. need apply.


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