Head of Partnerships, Research and Outreach

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 19

Position description

The Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) is the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Our role is to propose positive measures that will sustain the open society and widen the political constituency that supports it, and to defend against efforts to undermine the founding principles and fundamental values of the European Union. We bring evidence, argument, and recommendations to EU policymakers drawn from the work of OSF in more than 100 countries. We are seeking two candidates to work in a dynamic team in Brussels at a time of immense change, challenges and opportunities for the open society in Europe and elsewhere.

Job Profile

OSEPI is looking for an exceptional project leader and innovative thinker to lead our Partnerships, Research and Outreach Team. We require a combination of deep understanding of EU debates and open society issues with the practical skills needed for conceiving, designing and implementing projects that influence EU policy.

The PRO team forges and manages projects in partnership with outside organisations that advance OSF goals which direct advocacy cannot reach, including broad debates about the future of Europe and of political trends that affect the open society. The team also manages research projects that support advocacy goals, and ensures outreach to a broad range of audiences in politics, policy, civil society, think-tanks and academia through events and publications.

The head of team is responsible for developing, implementing and revising strategies in all these areas. The successful candidate will take projects from conception to execution, already having a proven track-record of having designed and managed projects with multiple stakeholders; conceived and executed complex strategies; used innovative methodologies for project design and team-building; applied research to policy advocacy; managed budgets and led teams; led partnerships with think-tanks, NGOs and academic researchers; developed networks with international organisations, social enterprises, researchers think-tanks; and organised events and publications. You also need to have expertise in one or more OSEPI’s EU policy fields and a graduate degree (Master’s or above) in a social science subject of relevance to Open Society.

In your cover letter, please demonstrate your capacity for innovative thinking about how to advance open society goals, as well as the ability to translate that thinking into practical projects.

Essential duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Conceive, execute and revise complex strategies for partnerships, research and outreach.
  • Contribute substantially to OSEPI and OSF-wide strategies, with associated budgets and workplans.
  • Supervise team members, further their professional development and build strong collaboration and prioritisation skills.
  • Budget management.
  • Present the team’s work within OSF and externally, including to senior leadership and stakeholders.
  • Elaborate and implement criteria for selection and approval of projects.
  • Revise and extend systems for evaluation of projects.
  • Collaborate closely with OSF colleagues, particularly on pan-European projects.


  • Proven track record in applying advanced project management skills.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in increasingly responsible roles after graduate degree.
  • Inspiring team leadership and development.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication in English, including drafting and editing skills. Fluency in other European languages a major advantage.
  • Proven capacity to execute complex strategies.
  • Innovative thinking about how to advance advocacy goals as well as the ability to translate that thinking into practical projects.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Extensive knowledge of the European Union, including institutions, actors, processes and policies; and of public policy and what influences it. 
  • Sound professional judgment on issues requiring sensitivity, confidentiality and discretion.
  • Excellent technological skills, including on social media.
  • Excellent organisation of own time and team resources.
  • Respect for others’ opinions, good listening skills, and responsiveness to colleagues with awareness and sensitivity to cultural and communication differences.
  • Ability to work constructively with colleagues at all levels in the organisation as well as with external partners. Commitment to inclusion and respect for all colleagues regardless of identity or seniority.
  • Commitment to open society values of rights, justice, accountable governance, human dignity and democratic practice.

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