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Open Society Foundations: Project Head for Outreach, Strategic Communication and Advocacy, 3.6.

  • Full time
  • JR-0001403

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.

Project Head for Outreach, Strategic Communication and Advocacy. Berlin. Posting Date: 05/10/2019. Deadline: 06/03/2019

Job Profile

This role functions as part of the wider Office of the Berlin Director team, under the direct supervision of the Director of Institutional Relations. The Project Head for Outreach, Strategic Communication and Advocacy is responsible for managing the operational interface of work plan of the Director of Institutional Relations.  The role will have responsibility for coordination, planning and further development of the representational, communication and advocacy work together with the Director for Institutional Relations.  The Project Head is a full performance role demanding significant independence, responsibility and accountability.

This role is requires knowledge and experience of strategic communication, institutional advocacy and outreach on issues of interest to Open Society Foundations, notably rights, justice, accountable governance, human dignity, and democratic practice and inclusion. This role further requires extensive experience project management and excellent written and spoken communication skills in both English and German.

Project management is an essential task, and skills required include effective deployment of time, intra-departmental coordination, effective communication, and collaborative problem solving. This role relies on the effective development of relationships within the wider Office of the Berlin Director, across the organization and especially with external partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researches, sources and organizes information and contents on OSF’s global topics in English and German for use in OSF’s advocacy and outreach work including events, media interviews, panels and meetings with representatives from policy, philanthropy, civil society and government in both English and German
  • Develops and communicates concise briefings in English and German in preparation of the Director of Institutional Relation’s program on advocacy, outreach and partnership development meetings, policy events, media interviews, panels.
  • Coordinates the implementation of the annual work plan of the team of the Director of Institutional Relations
  • Participates in external meetings with a wide range of Germany and Berlin–based stakeholders from the fields of policy, philanthropy, civil society and institutions, as well as with members of OSF’s wider network of networks
  • Develops concepts for policy advocacy and communication, in cooperation with specialized departments like global Communications
  • Prepares documents and follows-up on key meetings (agendas, working documents, presentations, follow-up meetings, communication and correspondence)
  • Assists in the monitoring of OSF’s policy impact in Germany
  • Prepares German content for media and social media visibility of OSF’s Berlin Office and activities
  • Works with other internal units to implement, evaluate and improve policies, processes, and systems that facilitate good strategic practice in advocacy and outreach
  • Supports special projects as needed
  • Some internal administrative tasks as needed

Candidate Profile

Skills and Abilities: The following list is not inclusive, but highlights a number of the most critical skills and abilities for performing the role. 

  • Intimate knowledge of human rights advocacy and key human rights debates in Germany, in Europe and globally
  • Emergent profile within the human rights field and access to resources, networks and references in Germany and abroad
  • Capacity to absorb large amounts of information and to produce concise synthetic summaries in short periods of time in both German and English
  • Extensive project management skills including effective deployment of time, intra-departmental coordination, effective communication, and collaborative problem solving.
  • Self-starter with the capacity to work independently and without significant supervision
  • Collaborative and collegial; works constructively with colleagues at all levels in the hierarchy of the organization as well as with external partners.
  • Recognizes and works effectively in compliance with internal policies and external constraints.
  • Emotionally intelligent, self-aware, self-managing, empathetic.
  • Strongly committed to open society values of rights, justice, accountable governance, human dignity, and democratic practice, as well as to inclusion and respect for all colleagues regardless of identity or seniority.

Qualifications: Experience/Education

  • Minimum 6 years of work experience in a similar role, executing similar duties and responsibilities
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or field
  • Experience researching and developing briefs, speeches and policy documents
  • Excellent mastery of technology, including excellent user level knowledge of common programs.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication in both English and German.
  • Field experience in civil society activism and / or human rights an advantage
  • Experience of administration in a large organization an advantage


  • Advancing Diversity encourages diversity of viewpoints and discussions, and building workgroups that are broadly inclusive.
  • Expertise – looks outside OSF to stay relevant and adapts to changes in field(s) of expertise.  Uses external networks to achieve positive outcomes for OSF.
  • Getting the Right Things Done – establishes goals, plans for contingencies, readjusts where appropriate, and takes responsibility for delivering outcomes that have a positive impact.  Balances risk/reward, and intellectual curiosity with pragmatism to get things done.
  • Working Well with OSF Colleagues – builds collaborative relationships inside OSF through the understanding and development of other’s and own ideas.  Uses appropriate means and tone of communication to convey messages, seeks input from others and ensures understanding.
  • Working Well with Others – seeks to clarify, understand and exceed expectations of others to make a positive impact.

Please apply by submitting a Resume and Cover Letter in English

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.


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