Turkey Project Coordinator (Part-Time) | Freedom House

Turkey Project Coordinator (Part-Time)

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. With field offices around the globe and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free through collaboration with local and international civil society initiatives and organizations. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytical reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit

Position Summary:

The Turkey Project Coordinator will serve as Freedom House’s official representative in Turkey. She or he will provide day-to-day programmatic coordination and administration of activities on the ground and advise Freedom House’s strategic direction in support of civic efforts to improve respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights in Turkey.

This consulting opportunity is part-time (approx. 20 hours per week), based in Istanbul, and will report to the Director for Europe & Eurasia Programs in Washington, DC. The assignment is fixed-term (9 months) with a possibility for extension based on performance and availability of funds. The final appointment for this position is contingent upon approval of project funding.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Engage with Freedom House’s network of partners in Turkey to facilitate and coordinate advocacy approaches to supporting civil society and defending human rights;
  • Leverage contacts within civil society, the international community, and multilateral stakeholders in order to raise the profile of Freedom House’s Turkey program;
  • Represent Freedom House in meetings with donors and partner organizations in Turkey;
  • Represent Freedom House at public and closed-door events and working group meetings organized by civil society and international stakeholders in Turkey and, when applicable, abroad;
  • Ensure successful achievement of project deliverables and reporting requirements, in compliance with donor and Freedom House rules and regulations, through a minimum of weekly communication with Turkey-based recipients of financial and technical assistance from Freedom House;
  • Participate in regular communication with the Washington, DC office of Freedom House and report on program progress on the ground;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of Freedom House programmatic efforts in Turkey;
  • Coordinate the logistics associated with project activities in Turkey;
  • Participate in project events taking place in various locations around the country for oversight of partner activities (less than 20% of the time);
  • Continuously monitor the developments in the operating environment that can affect and inform project activities and outcomes and provide a weekly internal written update;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director for Europe & Eurasia Programs or his/her designees.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a concentration in political science, journalism, human rights, international development, international relations, law, public affairs, or a related field;
  • 7-10 years of progressive professional experience in non-governmental human-rights or democracy-support organizations, international organizations, civic initiatives, or media initiatives;
  • Ability to communicate fluently and effectively in Turkish and English, both verbally and in writing;
  • Demonstrable experience in cultivating partnerships and engaging with high-level stakeholders from different sectors of society;
  • Excellent understanding of and commitment to compliance with narrative and financial  reporting requirements of international organizations;
  • Demonstrated track record of strong advocacy for democratic development in Turkey, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and meet all goals and deadlines;
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work and multi-task to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to apply superb attention to detail and consistently produce timely and error-free work;
  • Ability to represent Freedom House with poise and exceptional professionalism;
  • Strong sense of propriety and ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters.


  • Existing working relationships with local and international actors in support of advocacy, research, and partnership programs in Turkey;
  • Demonstrable experience with online and in-person advocacy tools and strategies;
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of Turkey’s rule of law situation, media environment, and human rights issues.

Freedom House will not sponsor residency or work permits for this position, therefore only applicants with the legal right to live and work in Turkey will be considered.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to [email protected], noting “Turkey Project Coordinator” in the subject line.