Freedom House: Project Director

Freedom House
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 12 October, 2014
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Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programmes that support frontline activists. 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, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, the organisation supports the right of every individual to be free.

Freedom House seeks to appoint a Project Director, based in Johannesburg.

The Project Director will be responsible for leading all areas of programme management including strategic design and implementation, financial management, staff supervision, office management, communications, donor relations, advocacy, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting. 

This position reports to the Regional Director for Africa Programmes in Washington, DC. 


  • Direct development and implementation of programs to support civil society and human rights in Southern Africa;
  • Responsible for the quality, cost, and timeliness of performance of all work performed under the programs;
  • Monitor and evaluate processes, and write programme reports to ensure completion of programme objectives;
  • Ensure compliance with donor regulations;
  • Assume responsibility for the daily operations of the office, which includes but is not limited to: financial management, general office administration, public relations, and staff management;
  • Network and liaise with consultants, members of governments, civil society organisations, international and regional bodies, and private funders;
  • Proactively seek out new funding opportunities and represent Freedom House before funding organizations;
  • Develop advocacy initiatives to support human rights in Southern Africa;
  • Required to travel to project sites within the region;
  • ​Frequent travel within Southern Africa and occasional travel to the U.S.
  • Other related duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, law, or related field; Master’s degree strongly preferred;
  • Minimum of eight to 10 years of experience with democracy and human rights programmes;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong track record in project and staff management;
  • Experience working as a country director or equivalent leadership position;
  • Experience in challenging environments and flexibility to apply lessons learned from other contexts;
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilise communities and encourage the inclusion of marginalised groups;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with local partners, media, government officials, bilateral donors, as well as in-country and foreign experts;
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and other donor approaches to civil society development;
  • Experience developing project proposals for USAID, Department of State, European human rights institutions and private donor organisations; 
  • Demonstrated financial management experience including preparing and managing budgets, contracts, and negotiations, and subgrant management;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a diverse team of employees, including expatriate and local staff;
  • Ability to use productivity software such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Excel.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: 

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Disclaimer: This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time. 

​To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter with salary history and desired salary (only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position) to:

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

This vacancy is open to South African citizens and non-citizens with relevant permits to work in South Africa.   

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

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