Program Officer, Asia Programs

Country: United States of America Organization: Freedom House Closing date: 14 Jul 2021 Freedom House is a non-partisan non-governmental organization that monitors, strengthens, and defends human rights and democracy worldwide through programs that support civic activists, research, and advocacy. Freedom House is seeking to add a new Program Officer to our Asia Programs team. This is an opportunity for a rising professional in international program management to further develop their expertise in designing and implementing programs in the Asia region. The Program Officer will provide critical support to several projects, including tracking and managing diverse tasks and deliverables, responding to the needs of field-based staff, drafting reports and other communications, drafting language for subgrants and contracts, and tracking and managing project finances. The PO serves as the key liaison between field staff and the leadership of the Asia team as well as FH’s finance team. The

Grants & Reporting Officer – SIERRA LEONE

Country: Sierra Leone
Organization: Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
Closing date: 6 Jun 2021

Place: SIERRA LEONE (Freetown) Starting date: 01.07.2021

Length: 6 months Closing date for applications: 06.06.2021

“Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity”

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in more than 60 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

For further information about the association:


Sierra Leone is bordered by Guinea on the North, Liberia in the South-East and the Atlantic Ocean in the South-West. Divided into 16 districts, the country area is 71,740 sq km. Freetown is the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone. The country became independent on the April 27th, 1961, after having been a British colony since 1792. Sierra Leone has been ravaged by a civil war that lasted from 1991 to 2002, and resulted in some 70,000 casualties and 2.6 million displaced people. The conditions that led to the war included a repressive predatory state, dependence on mineral rents, the impact of structural adjustment, a large excluded youth population, the availability of small arms after the end of the Cold War, and interference from regional neighbours. Since 2002, the country has slowly rebuilt and restored order, through the disarmament of rebels and their reintegration into society, legal proceedings and elections in 2012. The country was severely hit by the Ebola outbreak (declared in July 2014) taking lives of 3,956 people (including more than 300 medical staff). Since the end of the outbreak, no new alert has been declared, but health services remain attentive epically after Ebola outbreak in Guinea.

HI has been working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone, international and national partners in the country since 1996, supporting vulnerable groups and people with disability. Program sectors include capacity building in rehabilitation; advocacy and rights, mother and child health, economic empowerment, mental health, protection and inclusive education. HI is currently implementing 6 projects for the promotion of inclusive education, Mental Health and protection.


Under the responsibility of the Country Director Mano River, the Grant & Reporting officer contributes within the country where he/she is based to the implementation of the mandate and the 10-year strategy of Humanity & Inclusion. In 2021, Manor River program has developed a new operational strategy, which includes a fundraising strategy and a nationalisation of expatriate position. In this objective, the Grant & Reporting officer is responsible for supporting the Associate Operation Manager in identifying, defining and writing new projects and for providing support to Associate Operation Manager and PMs on grand management (reporting, compliance with donor’s proposals, quality).

Responsibility 1: Actively participate in the development of project proposals

  • Participate in the key phases of diagnosis and design of projects: participate in the development of survey protocols and evaluation missions in coordination with the Technical Unit Manager, M&E senior officer and Associate Operation Managers
  • Participate in meetings with partners (national and international) and with local authorities
  • Mapping the donors by sector
  • Participate directly in the writing and development of project proposals:
  • Support compliance with donor requirements, facilitate kick-off meetings;
  • Ensure archiving (TEAM, papers, ...) of all documents related to project proposals (narratives, budgets and annexes) and national and international partnerships.

Responsibility 2: Strengthen the programme's capacity to develop qualitative proposals:

  • Identify, collect and make accessible and visible standard narratives that can be used for cross-cutting issues, monitoring and evaluation, key elements of HI technical approach, applicable to the programme;
  • In coordination with the Technical Unit Manager and Associate Operation Managers, carry out literature reviews and other secondary data and contribute to stakeholder analysis to feed into context analyses and help develop intervention logics by strengthening the quality of project proposals (problem and solution trees, stakeholder analysis tables, etc.);
  • In coordination with the Technical Unit Manager, support the M&E Senior officer in collecting and presenting statistic by sectors of intervention at district and national level.

Responsibility 3: Strengthen the programme’s capacity to develop qualitative reporting:

  • Contribute, in coordination with the Associate Operations Manager and in particular the project manager(s) concerned, to the writing of interim (monthly and quarterly) and final reports to donors
  • Support the associate operational manager and the M&E senior in the development and/or revision of M&E plan.
  • Support the associate operational manager and the M&E Senior officer in the data analysis (how to make and read statistic, how to use statistic in reporting)
  • Support the Technical Unit and the project manager(s) concerned to develop lesson learns papers.
  • Support HI’s partners to the writing of narrative report
  • With the support of the Technical Unit Manager and Associate Operation Manager, conduct workshops/trainings/individual capacity building sessions on reporting and related HI tools (PM tools kit)


· You have a Bachelor or Master degree in social sciences, communication, development/ humanitarian, Languages or management.

· You have a first experience in supporting senior staff in proposal writing, editing, reporting and proven success on proposal writing and application

· Excellent communication and writing capacities in English

· Strong attention to details, Practical, dynamic and solution oriented

· Proficient: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

· You have Excellent communication skills and diplomacy


Security - The overall situation in Sierra Leone is calm, however there are some factors that should be considered from a security perspective. In particular:

• The population’s vulnerability to external shocks (which could be, for example, increasing food prices; increasing of importation taxes; negative impact of changing US exchange rate, etc.).

• Health situation: generally speaking, the health system is deficient in Sierra Leone.

Travel - The program currently operates only in Sierra Leone but aims to re-start activities in Liberia (the program closed the office in December 2017 at the end of the project). The position is based in Freetown but some visits to the Sierra Leone bases in the Provinces would be expected and if required to travel to Monrovia. Travel for pleasure to neighboring countries is possible, but be aware about the lack of connecting flights and consequently the involved cost

Living conditions - The office and the international staff houses/apartments are comfortable. The power supply is erratic but all houses have generators and air conditioning and drinking water is supplied. Freetown is less developed than the main capitals in West Africa and food variety can be limited but most items can be found in supermarkets if you have time to shop around (be mindful about the variation of prices between shops). People are very friendly and there are some lovely local beaches which are relatively easy to access. Mobility restrictions within the city and the adjacent beaches are subject to evolution of COVID-19 in the Country.


Chez HI, les conditions de départ sont à la hauteur de votre engagement et adaptées au contexte de votre mission. Une attention particulière est portée aux questions de santé et à votre situation personnelle :

Pour connaître notre parcours d’intégration et de formation, et notre politique de mobilité, cliquez ici :

· Contrat Volontariat de Solidarité Internationale (VSI) de 6 mois à partir du 1er juillet 2021 idéalement

· Indemnité de volontariat : 1000 € (net)**

· Versement d’un perdiem mensuel de 518 € nets versé en monnaie locale sur le terrain

· Assurances: maladie, prévoyance, retraite, rapatriement**

· Congés payés : 25 jours par an ; R&R : 11 jours par an**

· Poste ouvert aux couples ; logement : collectif pris en charge par HI**

How to apply:

Only online by joining a CV and cover letter via the following link:

Applications will be processed on an ongoing basis, don’t wait for applying !

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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