Freedom House: Programme Officer

Freedom House
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Saturday, 29 March, 2014
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Freedom House is a nongovernmental human rights organisation based in Washington DC, with a regional office for Southern Africa based in Johannesburg. Through the Justice as a Right in Southern Africa (JARSA) programme, Freedom House seeks to strengthen the rule of law, promote judicial independence and protect human rights in the SADC region.

Freedom House is a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, Nations in Transit, and Countries at the Crossroads. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, its support the right of every individual to be free.

Freedom House seeks to appoint a Programme Officer, based in Johannesburg.

The Programme Officer will assist in managing all programmatic aspects for two programmes in the Southern Africa region that aim to support the development of a rule of just law and increased civic awareness of human rights and fundamental freedoms. This position is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and reports to the Project Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee day-to-day management of project activities and small grants facilities for both projects;
  • Manage, track and report on all projects and small grant expenses;
  • Assist with drafting detailed reports on programme activities for the EU and USAID;
  • Manage extensive correspondence with potential and actual programme participants including civil society organizations, service providers, FH headquarters, USAID, and other project contacts;
  • Plan and organize logistics for all training interventions;
  • Maintain a constantly updated tracking sheet of proposals received, contacts, budgets, payment schedules and reporting;
  • Generate favourable publicity project activities in Southern Africa media;
  • Research and develop materials for awareness raising and dissemination to the media and civil society publications;
  • Travel to project countries for the purposes of monitoring project activities and investigating viability of potential project partners and proposals;
  • Establish and continuously update a database of contacts in target countries for both projects;
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date files of programme information and materials including but not limited to: information sheet hand-outs, brochures, communication templates, evaluation sheets, course plans etc;
  • Provide project content updates for FH website;
  • Provide weekly updates on project activities to team members, and bi-weekly updates to FH headquarters staff;
  • Ensure that all financial reports and expenditure sheets are completed, verified, and promptly forwarded to the finance department;
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, law, development, or related field;
  • Minimum of four years of experience conducting democracy, human rights programmes, and legal reform;
  • Minimum of three years of experience in financial and administrative management;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of democracy promotion, with proven expertise in one or more of the following areas: NGO project management, international human rights, and legal reform
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in leadership training programmes;
  • Knowledge of US government, EU, UN and other international organisations’ rules and procedures concerning funds and programme management;
  • Experience in research and writing on human rights and/or democracy issues;
  • Ability to coordinate group activities and to interact successfully with and motivate a diverse group of individuals;
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment in problem solving and decision making;
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times;
  • Experience living and/or working in Southern Africa or extensive travel to the region preferred.

To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter with salary history and desired salary to recruiting@freedomhouse.org or fax to: 202 822 3893 at attention: HR Dept., referencing 2014-006 PO SA in the subject line. Only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Only applicants eligible to work in South Africa need apply.

For more about Freedom House, refer to www.freedomhouse.org.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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