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Low threshold for excellence facilitates rapid assumption of responsibility, that sounds like a left-handed compliment, but it spells opportunity for the smart and resourceful. There is a lot of opportunity for advancing core agendas from a low level, if you can figure out where to fill in your program's gaps. There are talented people at work; seek them out, and collaborate. There is a lot of room for creativity.
Management is largely unaware of the moving parts within their departments, and directoral infighting is constant. At a broader level there is little strategic thought from the 'business' perspective. Institutional funding priorities are unclear between research, programs and advocacy initiatives. Accountability is low, and there is a dearth of management talent - which regrettably links full-circle to the low threshold for excellence across all levels and programmatic areas of the organization.
Advice to Management
Lead, then manage. The organization lacks a strong vision, and combined with low performance standards, this leads to high turnover, lack of program institutionalization, and ineffectiveness. If publications are most important, then say so. If programs are to remain a small component of the institutional portfolio, then build and equip those teams to do compelling work. The research arm could be doing a lot to inform cutting-edge programmatic interventions, but these opportunities are at best untested and at worst unexplored. The future of the organization rests in strident executive leadership.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Freedom House (Washington, DC) in November 2014.
Interview went ok, but they were so set on exact skills they were looking for, that it made it feel more like a mid-career position, rather than an unpaid internship.
- Focused heavily on how I research. Step for step. Answer Question
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