Regional Director for Eurasia Programs

Freedom House

Washington, DC, United States


Freedom House seeks an experienced Regional Director for Eurasia Programs with the vision and proven ability to work with a range of government and civil society stakeholders in increasingly closed or hostile operational environments, and lead, manage, and obtain funding from diverse sources for innovative programming solutions. Working with a small team, the Regional Director will develop and manage programs to support democracy and human rights advocates and other relevant local actors in the Eurasia region. This includes identifying and pursuing strategic opportunities, strengthening partner relations, overseeing program design, financial planning and management, fundraising, advocacy, and staff supervision. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Vice President for International Programs.


  • Twelve or more years of directly-related effective program development and management experience, with two years of field experience in a Eurasian country preferred. Experience working in authoritarian or post-authoritarian country contexts considered a plus;
  • Advanced degree in political science, international relations, public affairs or a related field;
  • Strong knowledge of human rights protection mechanisms, and in-depth understanding of socio-political and other factors affecting human rights and governance developments in the Eurasia region;
  • Proven ability to cultivate and steward government donors is a must. Strong fundraising record would include experience working effectively with USG donors, as well as private, foundation and corporate sources;
  • Knowledge of USG funding agencies and relationships in these agencies;
  • Strong strategic management skills and proven ability to mobilize and realign resources to match program priorities and successfully position Freedom House for future donor support based in large part on well implemented, high-impact projects. Previous association or work in the philanthropic community is considered a plus;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English and Russian, both verbally and in writing;
  • Proven ability to clearly communicate complex concepts and write effectively for public consumption, including congressional testimony, policy papers, op-eds, and annual reports;
  • Creativity and ability to engage a range of local stakeholders depending on project portfolio, including government agencies, justice sector, human rights and democracy advocates, and journalists;
  • Strong budget management and forecasting skills and experience in implementing multiple concurrent projects of various durations from a variety of funding sources, with differing financial management requirements;
  • Proven ability to recruit highly capable staff, manage personnel and lead diverse teams;
  • Excellent crisis-management and conflict mediation skills;
  • Excellent cross-cultural and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Working knowledge of USG compliance requirements.


  • Lead the development, obtain funding for, and implement the regional program strategy; design and implement program strategy for Eurasia consistent with Freedom House’s strategic plan;
  • Design and implement a fundraising strategy to ensure a consistent stream of funding;
  • Contribute to and participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, donors or relevant audiences as authorized;
  • Build strong alliances and develop collaborative approaches with donors and the diplomatic community, congressional staff, partners and grantees, policy community, peer NGOs and think tanks;
  • Supervise and oversee operations of Washington-based staff as well as regional offices and country representatives;
  • Oversee program finances, including spending analysis and forecasting, to ensure effective and timely program implementation and adequate staffing levels;
  • Lead regional proposal submission process and ensure competitive, innovative project proposals;
  • Represent Freedom House as a Eurasia expert in high-level public engagements, including congressional hearing and briefings, policy discussions, and in media communications;
  • Stay abreast of the key human rights developments in the Eurasia region and in the program portfolio;
  • Travel to the Eurasia region as required.

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