Program Manager, East Asia Programs

June 16, 2022


NetFreedom Pioneers (NFP) is a technology nonprofit committed to inspire and bring positive social change to the world. We harness the medium of innovative, digital technology to promote education, learning, and empowerment – the building blocks to lasting change. Our global team develops and employs innovative satellite, Internet, and mobile technologies to overcome the largest digital barriers to empowering and educating people around the world.


NetFreedom Pioneers is seeking a driven and organized Korean and English speaking candidate to join our team as our Program Manager for our East Asia Programs. The Program Manager will manage a portfolio of East Asia focused technology programs to advance social change –  specifically to solve information access challenges in the region. Responsibilities for this role will include the supervision and implementation of assigned programs, translating activities into milestones, allocating capacity and resources, tracking progress, and liaising with partners and local communities to tackle information access challenges. This role will report to the Executive Vice President of Programs, and work in close coordination with NFP’s technology and engineering team.


Your responsibilities include and are not limited to:

  • Oversee the assigned portfolio of programs – project management, staffing, monitoring, analysis, procurement, stakeholder coordination, and resource allocation.
  • Manage all program related staff and contractors, including program coordinators and technical coordinators.
  • Develop detailed and actionable plans for the program, turning goals into activities, and activities into milestones.
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with program partners, enabling coordination among parties for the successful implementation of the program.
  • Suggest new ideas and solutions for the assigned programs, and contribute to new program development.
  • Oversee all administrative aspects of the program and ensure program implementation complies with funder requirements and the NetFreedom Pioneer policies and procedures, in coordination with the Sr. Grants/Compliance Manager.
  • Manage program reporting, ensuring the appropriate compilation and presentation of relevant information as pertaining to quarterly reports and work plans.
  • Represent the team and NetFreedom Pioneers at conferences and events, as needed.
  • Travel to different locations to participate in, oversee, or evaluate program activities.

You are a great fit for this role if:

  • You are passionate about technology and digital rights
  • You have a good understanding of the digital rights context in East Asia, and are part of and in touch with different networks in the region
  • You are an adaptable, and well-organized systematic thinker
  • You have excellent people (and communication) skills!



  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of 4-6 years of experience in managing projects and stakeholders
  • Proficiency in English and Korean
  • Proven track record of teamwork at nonprofit organizations
  • Experience working in multicultural environments and teams, and strong cross-cultural communication skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to prioritize and handle multiple ongoing assignments
  • Ability to work independently and deliver tasks on deadline

Nice to have

    • A fundraising and nonprofit industry background, preferably with an Internet Freedom or international development organization
    • Experience with social impact, technology, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and/or knowledge management desired


  • Work may be performed in the office in person, or remotely by prior arrangement


    • The minimum full-time equivalent salary for this position is $55,000/yr for workers based in Korea.


      NetFreedom Pioneers is committed to inclusivity and equity. We welcome talented humans with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. As an equal opportunity employer, we value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. Our commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, and termination.

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