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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.
We are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Our network includes national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. At the same time, many programs with global reach operate from our four headquarters in Europe and the United States, including programs on digital information, documentary photography, drug policy, early childhood, education, fellowships, fiscal governance, higher education, human rights, international migration, justice, public health, scholarships, think tanks, and women’s rights. In addition to making grants to organizations and individuals, the Open Society Foundations engage in policy advocacy, legal advocacy and litigation, program-related investing, and public communications, as well as providing direct assistance to governments. Most programs and foundations in the network are governed or advised by their own boards.
The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations.
Program Specialist, Open Society Initiative for Europe. London. Posting Date: 11/01/2019. Deadline: 11/17/2019
Do you want to help make the world a better place with your knowledge of civil society in Europe? We’re seeking a Program Specialist based in Barcelona, Berlin or London to help the European Initiative achieve its goals.
The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.
The Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) has been leading the Open Society Foundations’ work in Europe since 2013, providing direct funding of grantees working in its priority areas and coordinating other grant giving by other Open Society programs. OSIFE supports organizations that promote active participation in democracy and uphold open society values—particularly in places where civil and political rights are at risk.
As a Program Specialist at OSIFE, your tasks will involve:
- Supporting programmatic efforts by conducting a wide range of activities related to the grant making process and/or analytical work in support of field development, advocacy, regional consultations, and integrative activities.
- Conducting research and synthesizing large amounts of data/information to be used in decision-making, strategy development, and evaluation of the grants portfolio or other program processes.
- Designing and carrying-out field scans and ongoing field monitoring.
- Analyzing grant proposals (including budget analysis), designing grants (type of support, degree of flexibility, duration, payment structure, reporting/learning expectations, etc.) and drafting grant recommendations.
- Partnering closely with program administration staff to ensure efficient flow of grants processing and other similar information.
- Developing a concept, agenda, key players, etc. for convenings, research initiatives, and advocacy efforts.
- Contributing to assessment of potential grantees. This includes primary responsibility for the assessment of organizational finances and budgets (including grant budgets).
What we are looking for:
- 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience working with European civil society organizations and/or movements.
- Proven knowledge about European human rights and democracy issue sand movements.
- Mature, creative, and a quick learner, with a high level of self-motivation, emotional intelligence, and strong work ethic.
- Ability to prioritize appropriately, proactively problem solve, and work well independently or on a team, when managing a wide range of competing priorities and deadlines.
- Experience in, and commitment, to making program operations run smoothly and efficiently, including setting up processes, systems, and workflows, and ensuring adherence to procedures
- Excellence in communicating in English with tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity to cultural communication differences, both orally and in writing (including to senior management, co-workers, and the general public)
Desirable (but not required):
- Experience working in a fast-paced professional environment, particularly within a large organization, NGO, or foundation.
- Demonstrated proficiency in data management, Microsoft Office, and other office technologies, as well as comfort in learning new proprietary software systems (e.g. Salesforce, NetSuite, Concur, and Box).
- Knowledge of the philanthropic sector and experience working across multiple locations.
What we offer:
- Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite training and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
- Top-notch benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more.
- A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.
If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.
Competitive rates of pay apply.
We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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