Program Specialist (Fixed Term)

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 08

Position description

The Open Society Education Support Program is seeking a Program Specialist to support a portfolio of grants related to education governance, primarily in Europe and Africa. This position is open for recruitment in the New York Office. It is s temporary cover for family leave between July 2018 to April 2019, with a possible extension.

The Education Support Program (ESP) is a global program that operates in Africa, Eurasia, Europe, the Middle East North Africa, and Southeast Asia. ESP works collaboratively and co-funds Programs with twenty national and regional foundations. Additionally, ESP cooperates with a network of over 200 organizations in the Open Society Foundations’ education universe, utilizing a plethora of competencies to further its’ mission in education; policy research and knowledge production, advocacy, demonstration piloting, network-building, capacity building and resource mobilization. ESP staff are based in a range of locations: Berlin, Cluj, New York, and London. The priorities of the Education Support Program (ESP) are shaped by a mission to further education justice. This provides a largely ‘political’ lens through which to address issues of inequality and discrimination within the education sector while attending to inherent systemic, professional and resource challenges.
Job Profile
The Program Specialist reports to the Deputy Director of the Education Support Program. The Program Specialist may include any or all of the following and/or similar activities:
  • Assist with research, drafting, and reviewing eligibility assessments across multiple portfolios. Follow eligibility assessment renewals, provide FC reporting on and follow up with colleagues on upcoming renewals.
  • Liaise and represent ESP’s interests with GMSG and respond to any requests for information or input that GMSG may have, attend GMSG monthly meetings
  • Liaise with Grants Management and GMSG on implementation of delegation authority, following up on the introduction of new process, e.g. in Foundation Connect,
  • Provide operational support to program officers, including tracking grantee reporting and updating grant and organizational records in our systems.
  • Working closely with other staff to ensure the efficient flow of grants processing.
  • Developing concept notes, agendas, logistics, and other materials for convenings.
  • Participate in preparing and presenting portfolio reviews.
  • May provide support in the area of learning design for the benefit of the whole team, including managing periodic staff learning calls.

Candidate Profile
  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in a situation relevant to the duties of this role is typically required to develop the skills required for this role.
  • Knowledgeable on issues relating to education.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication in English.
  • Highly skilled in researching, processing large amounts of information, and analyzing its importance in informing OSF programs and strategies.
  • Ability to recognize and work effectively in compliance with internal policies and external constraints.
  • Willingness and ability to exercise sound professional judgment on issues of sensitivity.
  • Demonstrate consistent respect for others’ opinions, listen well, and respond to colleagues with awareness and sensitivity to cultural communication differences.
  • Diplomatic, discreet, able to handle confidential matters with a high level of integrity.
  • Well-developed emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-management, and empathy.
  • Organized; strong project management ability; self-directed on work initiatives; strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to work constructively with colleagues at all levels in the hierarchy of the organization as well as with external partners.
  • Strong commitment to open society values of rights, justice, accountable governance, human dignity, and democratic practice.
  • Strong commitment to inclusion and respect for all colleagues regardless of identity or seniority.
  • Collaborative, collegial working style.

Application instructions: Please include a cover letter and resume, and upload as one document when submitting an application.

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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