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Open Society Foundations: Senior Advisor, Mental Health and Rights, 22.10.

Posting Date: 09/23/2019. Deadline: 10/22/2019

We’re seeking a part-time, fixed term Senior Advisor to support the Mental Health and Rights team to engage with the global mental health agenda and maximize our impact to promote the rights, dignity and social inclusion of people with lived experience of mental health challenges.

The Open Society Foundations work 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 Public Health Program advances a human rights approach to health, with an emphasis on social inclusion and reclaiming the public good in health. We work to make justice systems more responsive to health, to shift power dynamics in health-related decision-making, to challenge the health establishment to advance human rights, and to influence the funding environment for health and rights.

As the Senior Advisor with PHP’s Mental Health and Rights (MHR) team you will:

  • Advise the team on the development and execution of a strategy to maximize the impact of MHR’s engagement with the global mental health agenda
  • Represent MHR in high level meetings on mental health or intersecting with mental health, such as the UHC agenda, Sustainable Development Goals, CRPD mechanisms, and CoE
  • Organize/co-facilitate/co-chair external and internal events focused on raising the profile or MHR and/or promoting our mental health and human rights agenda
  • Working with relevant program officers, develop and implement actions aimed at strengthening the engagement of movements of people with lived experience in the global mental health agenda, with particular focus on movements and voices from the global south
  • Explore and advise the MHR team on intersectionalities with other relevant areas in the field of health and human rights e.g. race/ethnicity/gender and health, drug policy and mental health
  • Investigate the feasibility and lead on the establishment of a donor collaborative to support innovations in mental health services

What we are looking for:


  • Senior leadership experience in the field of health and human rights and respected authority in mental health, with a proven track record in advancing a mental health and rights agenda
  • 10-15 years of progressively responsible experience, leading complex initiatives and oversight of key elements of strategic/global projects
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent through experience, and demonstrated background in human rights or social justice
  • Proven track record of global stakeholder mobilization to advance a rights based agenda in mental health/ global health


  • Experience engaging in policy processes including advocating for policy change and reform at local, regional and global levels. Experience engaging with UN, the World Bank and other multilateral/bilateral agencies desired.
  • Extensive experience working in or with civil society, including in the Global South, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia
  • Knowledge and experience in grant making, philanthropy including fundraising
  • Experience with successful donor mobilization initiatives
  • Ability to undertake frequent travel

*This position is part-time. It will begin as soon as possible and will end on June 30, 2021.

What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • 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.

Application Instructions: If this sounds like the position for you, please submit a cover letter and CV. We look forward to learning more about you.

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.


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.

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