Project Director: Freedom House

Published: 02 July 2013
Project Director: Freedom House

Deadline: 26 August 2013

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, the organisation support the right of every individual to be free.

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

The Project Director will lead Freedom House programs to advance democracy and human rights in countries in South Africa. She/he will be responsible for program management including strategic design and implementation, financial management, staff supervision, office management, communications, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.  Furthermore, the Project Director will be responsible for building and maintaining partnerships with civil society and human rights organisations in the region. This position is based in Harare, Zimbabwe or Johannesburg, South Africa and reports to the Director for Africa programs based in Washington, DC.

Develop and implement programs to support civil society and human rights in challenging environments; Monitor and evaluate processes, and write program reports to ensure completion of program objectives; Assume responsibility for the daily operations of the office, which includes but is not limited to: financial management, management of sub-grants, general office administration, monitoring of reports and program evaluation of all programs for which the office is responsible; Network and liaise with consultants, members of governments, civil society organizations, international and regional bodies, and private funders; Travel as needed in country and abroad to represent Freedom House before counterparts and the donor community; 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 years of experience with democracy and human rights programmes
-    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
-    Experience with managing and implementing multi-component, donor-funded programs
-    Experience providing technical assistance to local organisations in Africa
-    Experience in challenging environments and flexibility to apply lessons learned from other contexts
-    Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and other donor approaches to civil society development
-    Demonstrated ability to mobilise communities and encourage the inclusion of marginalised groups
-    Strong ability to apply interpersonal skills, and successfully work in a diverse and multicultural environment and with stakeholders in the region
-    Strong track record in project and staff management; Ability to build and strengthen civil society organisations
-    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.

To apply
To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter with salary history and desired salary to or fax to: (202) 822-3893 with ‘Attention: HR Dept., referencing 2013-067 PO SA' in the subject line. Only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position.
- Freedom House


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