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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Senior Program Officer job in Kampala, Uganda

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. The Ideal Candidate We seek a capable and committed Senior Program Officer to take charge of a new program in East Africa and the Horn that aims to support local human rights defenders. The Senior Program Officer will serve as a trainer and technical advisor to indigenous human rights organizations to help them develop skills and procedures that support more effective human rights monitoring and advocacy. The successful candidate will demonstrate through presentation of her/his educational and professional record and life experience that he/she possesses the high level intellectual ability, management skills, dedication to democratic principles, training and public relations abilities, political savvy, imagination, drive, and flexibility that are commensurate with the demands of this position.
Position Summary Under the direction of the East and Horn of Africa Regional Director, the Senior Program Officer will exercise significant responsibility for all areas of program management including strategic design, program implementation, staff supervision, office management, communications, advocacy, fundraising, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.

Essential Duties

Responsible for successful implementation of the new program including developing trainings and other technical assistance, assessing needs, financial management, staff supervision, office management, communications, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and other duties as needed
Builds and maintains relationships with relevant local human rights organizations
Reports regularly to the Regional Director on program implementation
In coordination with the Project Director and Senior Program Manager in DC, identifies and pursues new opportunities for program development and funding.
Prepares responses to requests from donors, governmental organizations, the media and the public regarding program information
Supports Freedom House's ongoing advocacy of democratic governance and human rights issues through occasional contribution to Freedom House publications, articles and other releases.
We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter with salary requirements to: HR Dept. referencing Req. 2010-001 or fax at (202) 822-3893. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. EOE M/F/D/V


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of democracy and human rights issues in Africa
Knowledge of general office management concepts
Knowledge of USG funding sources and program management
Knowledge of general accounting procedures as they relate to USG funding sources
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Ability to effectively write proposals, reports, procedures, maintain documentation and complete required forms
Ability to read, write and speak English
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Ability to use productivity software such as MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; proficiency in Microsoft Excel required.
Training and Experience

Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred
At least five (5) years of experience conducting democracy and human rights programs
Expertise in human rights monitoring, investigation and reporting
Experience with case management technology preferred
Experience in providing technical assistance to local organizations in African or other developing countries
Experience and success in managing and supervising staff
Experience working in a challenging operating environment;
Experience in the region a plus

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