Team Manager

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 10

Position description

Team Manager, Open Society Initiative for Europe, Berlin, Deadline: 12/04/2018

The Regional Program for Europe (OSIFE) is part of the Open Society Foundations (OSF). OSF is a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise, and including national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. OSIFE works at national, local and pan-European level to support European progress towards open society goals though grant making, convening, advocacy and research mainly, and supports OSF's foundations and thematic programs to achieve their Europe-focused strategies.
Job Profile

OSIFE is seeking a Team Manager to be in charge of a portfolio of grants called "Reclaiming Local Public Spheres in Central Europe". The grants support organizations working with civil societ y organizations to strengthen, revive, and above all widen the constituencies that support open society values, as well as local initiatives to solve problems at community level through participation, inclusion and equality. The work focuses on Hungary, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia.

Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
  • Operating with considerable autonomy and having responsibility for all grant-making activities within their portfolio
  • Working within the broader program strategy and budget design, makes and assesses grants, and makes use of other appropriate tools for advancing goals
  • Developing collaborative relations inside (e.g. other programmatic and functional programs) and outside Open Society Foundations (e.g., with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts, media, etc.)
  • Participating in the development of overall program strategy and conducting research to support program design
  • Continuously scoping and researching the countries in focus to identify trends and ways in which organizations, communities and initiatives are addressing challenges and increasing their reach. This may include attending conferences and workshops and travelling extensively
  • Supervising and guiding the work of program and/or administrative staff in support of grant-making or other program activities
  • Having responsibility for strengthening connections between Open Society Foundations' geographic and thematic programs consistent with Open Society Foundations' broader priorities, identifying opportunities where a shared approach might have the potential to create a broader impact
  • Hiring and managing consultants for research, evaluation, and capacity building purposes
  • Representing the Open Society Initiative for Europe in public meetings and stakeholder convening
  • Supervising and mentoring direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and leading documented semi-annual performance reviews.
  • Coaching, training, and mentoring staff with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing professional development guidance
  • Promoting and monitoring staff care and well-being; approve and managing all leave requests to ensure adequate coverage.


Candidate Profile
  • From 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience, generally in an organization other than a foundation, relevant to the duties of this role
  • Professional or activist experience, or academic training, useful in writing, using social science data and literature, and understanding legal and official documents
  • Understanding of the societies and civil society organizations in Central European countries, including different social settings (rural and urban, minority groups, different ages)
  • Knowledge of socio political context and main policy issues of the focused countries of this portfolio
  • Familiarity with key actors working on the defense of human rights, socio-economic issues and civil liberties, and in particular with local community work
  • Record of cooperation with relevant external stakeholders on these issues
  • Proficient written and spoken communication skills in English is important. Ability to communicate in any of the languages spoken in the region is a plus.
  • The Team Manager will have demonstrated success in advancing social change strategies, including planning and implementing modifications in response to an evolving situation.
  • He/She demonstrates an understanding of the implications of the power differential inherent in the funder-grantee relationship and has demonstrated the ability and the willingness to handle such relationships properly and respectfully.
  • He/she has a comprehensive understanding of the structure and workings of both formal and informal organizations (NGO/non-profit organizations), networks, community organizing and movements in Central Europe.
  • Must have ability to exercise measured and appropriate judgment, rooted in analysis and often under circumstances in which insufficient information is available and/or the circumstances are highly volatile.
  • Requires project management skills, including the ability to direct others to effectively gather evidence and research to inform decisions or judgments.
  • The role requires comprehensive, specialized knowledge in the designated field, including familiarity with current controversies/issues and leading figures/thinking.
  • He/she must have the ability to exercise effective and inclusive leadership in cross-cultural settings.


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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