Latin America Junior Fellow

Freedom House
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Mar 23

Position description

Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are 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, we support the right of every individual to be free.



The Latin America Junior Fellow divides his/her time equally between two Freedom House divisions, Research/Publications (based in New York City) and Programs (based in Washington, DC). Within the Research/Publications Division, the Junior Fellow contributes to research activities related to the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region by providing substantive and administrative support. The Junior Fellow also supports the LAC team within the Programs Division team by providing both substantive and administrative support. This is a nonexempt position preferably based in Washington, DC with the possibility of being located in New York City. Position holder must obtain written authorization from supervisor before working in excess of 40 hours in a work-week.



  • Research. The position works under the direction of Freedom House’s Senior Director for Global Publications to provide all manner of support related to LAC countries for the Freedom in the Worldand Freedom on the Net publications. Responsibilities may include:
    • Recruiting and managing expert analysts
    • Conducting Spanish- and English-language research and fact-checking, editing and proofreading
    • Reviewing proposed country scores, and drafting text for the publications
    • Supervising and managing logistics for the Americas ratings review meeting for Freedom in the World
    • Contributing to the online presence of Freedom in the World and Freedom on the Net, including posting reports on the Freedom House website
    • Contributing to original data visualization, etc.
  • Advocacy. The position will work under the direction of the director of Freedom House’s LAC regional program team to provide all manner of support and assistance with that team’s advocacy activities. This will include:
    • Conducting Spanish- and English-language research related to democracy, human rights, and corruption issues in the region
    • Drafting and/or contributing to documents (including editing and proof-reading) such as press releases, articles, op-eds, policy briefs, blogs, and social media posts  
  • Other duties. The position also will assume other duties as assigned.  





  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Latin American Studies, or other Social Science or related field 



  • ‚Äč1-2 years of relevant professional experience, including research and editing
  • Experience living, volunteering, working, or studying in Latin America strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with human rights or democracy-related issues in Latin America strongly preferred
  • Experience managing grants, including USG funding, is a plus



Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting. 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 other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.



Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and fluently in Spanish and English, both spoken and in writing
  • Excellent proven research, analytical, and writing skills
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Ability to work with limited supervision, including proactive problem-solving
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, with experience developing and maintaining budgets in Excel preferred
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles and grant-related compliance requirements preferred
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
  • Ability to work successfully and collaboratively as part of a team in a diverse and multicultural environment
  • Strong ability to prioritize work and multi-task to meet tight deadlines in a fast paced environment
  • Flexible and adaptable, with a good sense of humor and positive attitude

Application instructions

Qualified and Interested Applicants:

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume and cover letter describing reasons for interest in the position and relevant experience.

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

Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.


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