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Project Manager
Freedom House

Freedom House is founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minority communities, and historically marginalized groups, are guaranteed.


 Section/Unit: Programs
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Closing Date: 06 July 2022


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.  


Position Summary

Freedom House is seeking a Project Manager for its Sudan Human Rights Initiative project. The project seeks to strengthen the capacity of Sudanese civil society organizations and human rights defenders to document violations and advocate for human rights in Sudan. The Project Manager will work in close coordination with the Project Director and Program Officer – Civil Society Engagement to provide technical and management support for this USAID-funded project. This position will be based in Khartoum, Sudan and will report to the Project Director. This vacancy is open to Sudanese nationals only.

 Duties and responsibilities:

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead planning and implementation of projects activities, and ensure effective and timely delivery of project outputs;
  • Monitor and analyze operational context to identify implementation challenges and recommend measures to overcome those challenges;
  • Track project expenditures, payment to partners and assist finance in preparing monthly and quarterly financial reports;
  • Prepare monthly updates and quarterly narrative progress reports in conjunction with Project Director;
  • Coordinate closely with CSO project partners on subgrant proposal development, implementation, and delivery of project activities;
  • Oversee subgrant application evaluation, ranking, and final selection processes;
  • Participate in weekly and monthly coordination meetings;
  • Provide technical skills trainings to the project partners to lead a successful democratic transition.
  • Develop and design training materials/manuals on a variety of topics including advocacy and civic engagement for CSOs;
  • Facilitate trainings, workshops, roundtables and other capacity building events supported by Freedom House;
  • Provide necessary guidance, as well as technical and editorial support to project partners to improve the quality of their policy and advocacy drafts, subgrant applications, narrative and all other reports required by FH;
  • Coordinate with Project Director and staff to develop risk assessment and mitigation plan including staff and program risks;
  • Recruit and supervise interns as needed;
  • Assist the Project Director 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 Project Director; and
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the Project Director.  

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree; Master’s degree preferred - in human rights, political science, law or other social sciences;
  • A minimum of 4-6 years of technical and management experience in democracy and governance initiatives;
  • Knowledge of governance, transitional justice, and human rights issues in Sudan is required;
  • Two years of experience providing technical assistance to civil society in Sudan related to human rights, youth engagement and advocacy;
  • 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;
  • Experience facilitating workshops, trainings, or conferences;
  • Experiences in facilitating gender, race, and literacy sensitive participatory dialogues and trainings
  • Demonstrated experience in managing M&E systems including target setting, data collection and reporting;
  • Knowledge of USG 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 Arabic, both orally and in writing preferred;
  • Ability to use productivity software such as MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Microsoft Excel; and
  • Experience in challenging environments and in modifying programming to fit evolving contexts.


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
  • 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


Primary Contacts:

  • Internal: U.S. and Sudan-based employees at Freedom House
  • External: Local partners, U.S. Embassy, Government of Sudan, consultants, other implementers and donors, media, vendors, members of the general public, etc.


Working Conditions:

  • General working office environment in Khartoum, Sudan with low level of noise;
  • Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions;
  • Some evening and weekend hours to complete tasks or attend events;
  • Travel within Sudan outside of Khartoum;
  • Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to complete assigned tasks outside the office;
  • May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure, and in regions under U.S. travel advisory due to threats of terrorist attacks, civil unrest, kidnappings, disease outbreaks, etc.

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.


Qualified and Interested Applicants

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume, and cover letter with desired salary, through Freedom House’s portal:



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.

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