Program Officer, Economic Justice Program

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 24

Position description

Program Officer, Economic Justice Program. New York. Posting Date: 05/24/2019. Deadline: 06/14/2019

The Economic Justice Program is seeking a Program Officer to work on economic justice issues, including natural resource governance and anti-corruption, with the likely possibility of assuming new areas of focus in 2020. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience across a range of economic justice issue areas.

The Open Society Foundations' Economic Justice Program launched in 2019, bringing together the work of the Economic Advancement Program and the Fiscal Governance Program, and focuses on promoting equity, openness, and accountability in fiscal and economic systems around the world.

Job Profile

Program Officer is a pivotal role at OSF. Their main responsibility is to work in collaboration with other EJP colleagues to develop and implement portfolios of grants. This role has responsibility for carrying out existing grant making obligations, scoping for new funding opportunities, and managing relationships potential and current grantees as well as the broader OSF network. The candidate should have previous experience working on economic justice issues and ideally, has grant-making experience.

This position will focus on two specific thematic areas in the short term: natural resource governance and anti-corruption. The PO will be responsible for implementing existing grant making and advocacy strategies in both of these fields on behalf of EJP. The candidate must be willing to be flexible as their areas of work may change in the future as the new program develops its new strategy over the coming year.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
  • Responsible for all grant-making activities relating to natural resource governance and anti-corruption, with potential for new areas of focus in the future, which includes drafting grant recommendations and organizational assessments of new and existing grantees;
  • Collaborates with EJP colleagues and supervisors to contribute to crafting and executing strategy for existing bodies of work and developing new bodies of work in line with the new EJP strategy;
  • Constructs and regularly reviews portfolios of work that combine the use of multiple tools, chiefly grant making but also advocacy, strategic convening, communications, and others
  • Assesses organizational capacities of key grantees and provides capacity building opportunities in order to strengthen the field;
  • Builds collaborative relationships within and outside OSF (e.g. with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts in the community, policy makers, multilateral agencies) that advance portfolio goals;
  • Identifies joint programming opportunities with external funders and partners;
  • Conceptualizes and convenes meetings, seminars and training workshops for relevant EJP partners;
  • Manages financial and budget reports to track spending and assist in planning and development of annual budgets;
  • Represents EJP at relevant events, meetings and conferences;
  • Undertakes other duties as requested by the Economic Justice Program.


Candidate Profile

  • 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in a field related to economic justice;
  • Deep knowledge and experience of civil society and related actors working to advance economic justice;
  • Complex project management experience;
  • Effectively work as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Exceptional collaboration skills including the demonstrated ability to capitalize on opportunities for effective working with others, recognizing the value of diverse geographic and thematic experience;
  • Excellent strategic and analytical skills including the ability to combine external and internal inputs into a compelling strategy and theory of change, and to implement that strategy, synthesizing complex information to make and articulate well justified operational decisions, to assess progress and adapt as appropriate;
  • Adaptability and ability to work in conditions of change and ambiguity, and to stretch oneself to adopt new skills which respond to changing circumstances and challenges;
  • Fluency in at least one language in addition to English highly desirable;
  • Willingness to undertake regular international travel; and
  • Experience interacting with non-profit organizations in a donor capacity highly desirable.


We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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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