The Senior Program Associate will provide programmatic and administrative support to the Asia Religious and Ethnic Freedom (Asia REF) program, a five-year award from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). We are looking for a candidate with strong communication and interpersonal skills and who works effectively in team environments. The ideal candidate must bring a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and experience in tracking processes and providing support to dynamic teams under time-sensitive conditions. This is an excellent opportunity for an early-career professional in program management to gain critical professional experience with a leading global human rights organization.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide programmatic and administrative support to the Asia-REF program, including but not limited to scheduling meetings with internal and external stakeholders; filing documents to ensure compliance with USAID requirements, budget tracking, and forecasting to ensure compliant spending; tracking program progress; assisting with drafting contracts and sub-agreements; supporting the preparation of high-quality narrative quarterly, final, and ad-hoc project reports, including compiling data from across all awards; handling travel logistics; and taking notes at meetings;
- Closely coordinate with partner organizations and Freedom House regional divisions. Develop effective professional relationships with partners, local organizations, peer organizations and partners, and donors;
- Support project development under the Asia REF award by Human Rights Mechanism Support (HRSM) partners. Track project development and state-of-play of multiple activities over the life of the Asia REF award;
- Support the monitoring and evaluation process on the overall Asia REF award, ensuring timely documentation of all project activities and their impact;
- Work with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning staff at FH and partners’ organizations in carrying out logistics on learning activities, including an annual learning event;
- Possible travel to overseas locations to participate in, oversee or evaluate project activities (COVID permitting);
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, public management, political science, anthropology, religious studies, or a related field or equivalent experience.
- Minimum of two years of administrative or project management experience;
- Experience working in the areas of human rights, religious freedom, and/or conflict resolution are strongly preferred; experience working with CSOs and human rights defenders based abroad is a significant plus;
- Experience working on grants, including USG funding, and budgeting.
Technical Skills and Abilitites:
- Strong cross-cultural communication and sensitivity skills;
- Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
- Strong ability to independently plan, organize, prioritize work, and multitask to meet tight deadlines;
- Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work;
- Ability to collaborate with others and successfully work as an effective team member;
- Professional fluency in English, both verbally and in writing.
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