Job: Program Officer - Freedom House, Tanzania

Organization: Freedom House
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

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**.

Position Summary

Freedom House is seeking a Program Officer to support evidence-based advocacy by Tanzanian civil society. The Program Officer will work in close coordination with the Chief of Party and Technical Director to support program implementation for a five-year USAID-funded project. This position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and will report to the Chief of Party.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plan and implement project activities and compile reports as necessary (including monitoring and evaluation reports);
  • Plan and organize logistics for trainings and other interventions;
  • Manage, track and report on all project expenses by, among others, ensuring that financial reports and expenditure sheets are completed, verified, and promptly forwarded to the finance department;
  • Monitor and evaluate implementation of project activities and draft program reports;
  • Submit payment requests and reconciliation reports on time and with all required receipts and backup documentation as outlined by Freedom House’s policies;
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date files of program information and materials;
  • Assist in the facilitation of trainings, workshops, roundtables and other capacity building events supported by Freedom House;
  • Assist the Chief of Party with program design and development as needed;
  • Provide weekly updates on project activities to team members, and bi-weekly updates to FH headquarters staff in consultation with the Chief of Party; and
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree; Master’s degree preferred - in human rights, political science, law or other social sciences;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience working with civil society in Tanzania related to human rights and advocacy (experience in East Africa region preferred);
  • Knowledge of governance and human rights issues in Tanzania is required;
  • Two years of technical experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders including the media, CSOs, and youth activists in Tanzania (experience in East Africa region preferred);
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with local partners, government officials, media houses, as well as in-country and foreign experts;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing activity work plans, budgets, implementing programmatic activities, and providing short-term technical assistance;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing M&E systems including target setting, data collection and reporting;
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and other donor approaches to civil society development;
  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and democracy promotion;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English and Kiswahili, both orally and in writing preferred;
  • Ability to use productivity software such as MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Microsoft Excel.
Attributes and Characteristics:
  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House
  • Show good stewardship in the use of Freedom House resources
  • Respond promptly to stakeholder needs, and solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality
  • Exhibit excellent phone etiquette, pleasant demeanor, and ethical conduct
  • Consistently use good judgment when dealing with all contacts and constituents
  • Exhibit high work standards, adherence to procedures, and responsibility for assigned tasks
  • Demonstrate strong desire for excellence, and desire to inspire others to attain professional excellence
  • Assess own strengths and weaknesses; pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills
  • Work as an effective team member, successfully balance individual and team responsibilities
  • Comply with all policies and procedures
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. The position may require regular travel to locations outside of Dar es Salaam.

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.

How to apply:

Qualified and Interested Applicants

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume, and cover letter, with salary history and desired salary.

Candidate cover letters should specifically address how their previous experience relates to the duties and qualifications listed above.

Only candidates who respond to these as well as the salary requirements will be considered for the position. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

This vacancy is open to those candidates with relevant permits to work in Tanzania.