Director, Middle East and North Africa

Freedom House

About the organization

This position sits in the International Programs Division of Freedom House, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy and human rights around the world. The position, which oversees a small team of staff, is responsible for providing strategic leadership and vision for all Freedom House activities in and related to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), first and foremost on the ground programming, but also policy research and advocacy in line with the organization’s mission and strategic framework.



Deep knowledge of democracy and human rights issues throughout the MENA region, including in Iran, relationships there (including with civil society organizations, government entities, the diplomatic community, etc.), and relationships with relevant USG donors including USAID and the U.S. State Department

Fifteen or more years of experience designing, obtaining funding for, and implementing innovative USG-funded democracy programs throughout MENA that produce verifiable results; and effectively leading and managing diverse staff, including overseas operations. Experience designing and carrying out successful policy research and advocacy initiatives before the U.S. Congress and executive branch is also desirable

Existing relationships of trust and collaboration with peer organizations working on democracy issues, local actors across MENA, and USG agencies and entities

Eight or more years of experience leading and managing staff, including minimum of two years managing senior staff. Proven ability to recruit highly capable staff, manage and motivate personnel, and lead diverse teams. Strong ability to lead by example, with integrity, purpose, and commitment to attainment of FH goals

Proven ability to clearly communicate complex concepts verbally and in writing

Fluency in spoken and written English; proficiency in one or more local languages is strongly preferred




Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, or related field

Master’s degree or equivalent in political science, international relations, or related field strongly preferred

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