Freedom House Junior Fellowship Program
Freedom House Junior Fellowship Program
Freedom House is seeking 3-4 motivated candidates for the nine-month Freedom in the World 2023–24 Junior Fellowship program. Freedom in the World is Freedom House’s flagship analysis on political rights and civil liberties in 210 countries and territories.
Produced annually since 1973, it is the most widely read and cited report of its kind, used on a regular basis by policymakers, journalists, academics, activists, and others.
Freedom in the World is regularly cited in major news outlets and in speeches by high-level government officials, among many other places. The next cohort of Junior Fellows will begin at the start of the Freedom in the World 2024 project cycle and follow the project through to completion in early 2024.
Each Junior Fellow will be hired to join Freedom House as a fixed-term employee, eligible for a generous benefits package. Junior Fellows will be responsible for managing the research for one of the six geographic regions covered by Freedom in the World.
In doing so, the Junior Fellows will have the opportunity to establish expertise on a specific region and will be called on to provide analysis of that region for internal use and potentially in response to media and other external queries.
Through the fellowship program, Junior Fellows will also bolster their knowledge of global democracy using a comparative lens; build a network of external regional experts; develop crucial project management skills; and strengthen research and analysis skills.
They will have opportunities to interact with senior and executive Freedom House staff, as well as other prominent practitioners in the democracy and human rights field. At the completion of the fellowship, they will have developed a range of highly marketable skills that will help propel them on to successful careers.
Junior Fellows will work closely with other members of the Research and Analysis team to ensure that all Freedom in the World research outputs adhere to the highest standards of quality and analytical integrity.
In the last three months of the term, Junior Fellows will be encouraged to work on a capstone project to launch after the release of Freedom in the World 2024, contributing original content using Freedom in the World findings that can help Junior Fellows establish a voice in the democracy and human rights field.
Examples of capstone projects include op-ed articles, data visualizations, narrative stories about human rights defenders, and video features.
Junior Fellows will conduct data analysis; contribute to the development and launch of analytical pieces, social media content, infographics, and other support materials; and participate in briefings to key stakeholders, including US congressional and administrative staff on Freedom in the World findings. Freedom House will work to assign fellows to their region of interest but may offer an alternative.Fellowship TimelineSummer 2023:
• Introduction to Freedom House and Freedom in the World
• Develop and train a network of regional and thematic expertsFall 2023:
• Plan, coordinate, and execute a series of expert workshops
• Conduct research related to the Freedom in the World 2024 reportWinter 2023-2024:
• Contribute to the analysis of Freedom in the World 2024 findings
• Begin and carry out capstone project
• Prepare for Freedom in the World 2024 launch
The nine-month, full-time fellowship will begin on or around July 3, 2023, and end on March 29, 2024.Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Developing and training a network of regional and thematic experts and acting as their primary point of contact;
Coordinating the research process for an assigned region;
Tracking democracy and human rights developments in the assigned region;
Preparing event logistics for expert workshops;
May require light domestic travel to participate in briefings and meetings.
Applicants must be 2023 graduating seniors in an applicable field, or individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree between fall 2022 and June 2023. Students who have begun or completed graduate studies are not eligible for the Junior Fellowship program.
Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in democracy and human rights around the world.
Experience with MS Office and database management.
Technical Skills and Abilities:
Comfort working with limited supervision on long-term tasks, finding solutions to problems as they arise, and taking ownership of your work.
Superb attention to detail and an ability to produce error-free work on tight deadlines.
Outstanding organizational skills and a keen desire to learn to use project management tools such as Asana, Trello, and Airtable.
Proven ability to analyze complex information, and to draft elegant and concise summaries for a general audience.
Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and exhibit unquestionable integrity, honesty, and forthrightness.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to respond promptly to inquiries in a courteous and professional manner.
Ability to successfully work collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, external partners, and funders.
Personal Attributes and Characteristics:
Strong interest in a specific region of the world (Americas, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and/or Sub-Saharan Africa).
Strong work ethic and desire for personal and professional development. Demonstrable desire for personal excellence. Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.
Positive, team-orientation, and commitment to building trust-based relationships with colleagues.
Excellent emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills for communicating with diverse audiences, ranging from at-risk activists to senior government officials.
Deeply committed to nonpartisanship, exhibiting a strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House.
Committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all feel that they belong.
Works as an effective team member, successfully balancing individual and team responsibilities.
Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds—particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color, individuals from the LGBTI+ community, and people living with disabilities—to apply.
Junior Fellows will receive an annualized gross salary of $45,100—amounting to a pre-tax, pre-deduction salary of $3,758 per month for nine months, pro-rated for partial months of the fellowship — and a generous benefits package.
Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States independent from Freedom House sponsorship. Non-nationals who are eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) under their F-1 visas through March 31, 2024, may apply.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
General Working Conditions:
General working office environment or telecommuting.
May require long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting or remote work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; Freedom House Junior Fellowship Program