The Senior Program Associate provides advanced administrative, financial, and logistical support for one or more designated projects. Working closely with the in-country and LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean) Program in Washington D.C., this position leads the day-to-day operations and provides substantive support in the designing, planning, and implementing of project activities.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:
- Monitor, analyze, and report on key socio-political developments related to democratic governance and human rights in the assigned country.
- Provide advanced administrative, financial, and logistical support for project activity implementation.
- Manage (with support and guidance) partnerships with subrecipients during all stages of grant cycle (proposal, implementation, and close-out).
- Monitor with minimum support project implementation (activities, expenses, and data collection) of subrecipients related to the approved proposal package. Identify and report progress, challenges, and opportunities; when problems are anticipated, communicate it to field leadership and offer potential solutions.
- Execute with minimum supervision activity implementation by performing administrative (e.g., invoice processing, data entry, travel scheduling, and meeting coordination, etc.) and programmatic assignments in accordance with established expectations and timelines.
- Assist aspects of the proposal development process for new funding opportunities, including the development of new project ideas.
- Plan, organize, and execute team meetings and events with external parties in compliance with host country requirements, Freedom House policies, and donor regulations. Attend meetings as required to provide onsite support or as a development opportunity.
- Complete basic desk research and provide summarized findings in a clear, concise, and understandable manner, with objectives, relevant facts, data, and conclusions presented as required.
- Develop effective professional relationships with subrecipients and other local partner organizations.
- Attend outside meetings and events as requested and prepare notes for the supervisor.
- Undertake other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
- Bachelor’s degree in international development, law, public policy, political science, public administration, human rights, or similar field.
- Fluency in Spanish is a must.
- Fluency in English is preferred.
- Familiarity with human rights or democracy-related issues in Latin America is strongly preferred.
- At least two years of relevant professional experience in civil society strengthening, governance, community mobilization, or human rights programs in Colombia.
- Experience working with grant/cooperative agreements, including USG funding, is required.
- Experience in working and coordinating with international and national NGOs and government agencies is required.
- Ability and willingness to frequently travel to project sites within Colombia.
Skills and Competencies:
- Strong understanding of the political, economic, and social context of Colombia, especially regarding to human rights, inclusion, and migration context.
- Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in Spanish, verbally and in writing.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, verbally and in writing.
- Excellent research, analytical, writing, and organizational skills.
- Strong ability to apply interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of basic accounting principles and grant-related compliance requirements.
- Mastery of MS Office Suite, with experience developing and managing budgets in Excel.
- Ability to always maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work.
- Ability to successfully work in a diverse and multicultural environment.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of a team.
- Strong ability to prioritize work and multitask to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Flexible and adaptable with a good sense of humor and positive attitude.
General Working Conditions:
- General working office environment. With the possibility of remote work, depending on public health conditions and regulations.
- Some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks or attend events.
- Travel to event sites and field offices at least 15% of the time.
- Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel.
- May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure, and in countries under U.S. travel advisory due to threats of terrorist attacks, civil unrest, kidnappings, disease outbreaks, etc.
How to apply
*Closing date: 7-Nov-22