Program Officer Needed At Open Society Foundation, New York, USA

The Open Society Foundation is currently seeking a Program Officer. Job location is New York, USA.

Essential Duties:

  • Developing and managing a portfolio of grants related to global health challenges and how they manifest themselves as foreign policy and international affairs problems. This will include soliciting and evaluating proposals, preparing documentation, corresponding with grantees, conducting project site visits, and monitoring grants to ensure progress.
  • The Program Officer is responsible for all grant-making activities relating to an area(s) of interest within OSF. Operates with considerable autonomy and makes decisions related to authorizing/declining grants within an approved budget reflective of own field experience/expertise.
  • Working within the broader program strategy designs, makes and assesses grants and makes use of other appropriate tools for advancing goals.
  • Builds collaborative relationships within and outside OSF (e.g., with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts in the community, etc.) that advance social change efforts within areas of specialization.
  • May participate in the development of overall program strategy and conduct research to support program design.
  • Manages projects that include staff within/outside OSF and that may be regional or global in nature.
  • Guides and supports the work of program and/or administrative staff in support of grant-making or other program activities.
  • Responsible for strengthening connections between OSF’s geographic and thematic programs consistent with OSF’s broader priorities, identifying opportunities where a shared approach might have the potential to create a broader impact.
  • Tracking and managing budgets for the above work.
  • Fulfilling project management tasks to ensure smooth grant-making or other program activities

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education; graduate degree preferred, and a background in public health and /political economy.
  • 7 -10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of public health or a closely related field.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the intersections between public health and human rights and experience working on the health and rights of socially excluded groups (e.g. LGBT people, sex workers, people who use drugs, ethnic minorities).
  • Knowledge and/or experience working in one or more of the following regions: West and Southern Africa; Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; Southeast Asia; and Latin America.
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure and on a wide range of tasks.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Willingness to undertake extensive international travel.
  • Commitment to working as a member of a team.
  • Ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues.
  • Strong interest in humanitarian and health issues
  • Appreciation for geopolitics
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people with diverse backgrounds within  a complex organization/has good field contacts
  • Demonstrates ability to work with ambiguity and the ability to work efficiently under pressure
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Fluency in another language of relevance to OSF’s work a plus (French preferred)
  • Previous grantee experience/perspective
  • Appreciation for organizational grant making
  • Strong presentation skills

Application Process

Interested and qualified applicants are to proceed to the online application portal to apply for this position. You will be required to upload cover letter and resume as one document when submitting an application.

Application Deadline

The deadline for application is November 17th, 2016.

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