Fixed Term Program Officer - APRO

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 31

Position description

Fixed Term Program Officer - APRO. London. Posting Date: 05/09/2019. Deadline: 06/05/2019

Competitive Salary plus benefits

The South Asia Program, housed under the Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO), seeks to advance the rule of law, democratic practice and good governance in select South Asian countries. We work predominantly through grant making to local, regional and international organizations to advance our goals. We are guided by APRO values in our work: Amplify local voices, Embrace differences, Take risks, Lead by example, Room to fail, room to grow and Create team spirit.

Job Profile

We are looking for a Program Officer to join our team on a one year fixed term contract, located in London. Our team of five staff is spread across three locations in Asia and Europe. The successful candidate will be mid-career professional with a deep understanding of the landscape of civil society activism in the region and a strong strategic sense of the avenues for change in the South Asian context, both within the government and civil society.

The Program Officer will be part of the Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) team and will report to the South Asia Regional Manager with a focus on grant making, strategy development and implementation, policy analysis, and advocacy efforts to promote the Program's vision. The position requires experience working with civil society organizations and/or public agencies in both formal and informal contexts in at least one of the South Asian countries (preferably in India or Sri Lanka), in order to advance the goals of a more open and just society. Successful candidate will also be fluent in at least one of the major South Asian languages in addition to English.

Essential responsibilities will include:

  • Provide a bold and strategic vision for innovative program development in South Asia; adding value to the existing efforts and developing new programming around promoting enabling space for civil society in the region.
  • Oversee with considerable autonomy the grant making, operational and advocacy strategies in South Asia.
  • Negotiate and manage grants, projects, project budgets, and contracts with diverse organizations/individuals.
  • Assess the organizational capacity of partners, including an understanding of financial and administrative strength, and provide mentoring and technical assistance through long-distance support.
  • Monitor and analyse political and social developments in South Asia, and advise OSF colleagues on important developments.
  • Prepare and deliver concise, targeted written reports and presentations for diverse groups, including peers, internal boards and external audiences.
  • Represent APRO in internal and external meetings.
  • Participate in bi-monthly team calls and quarterly team meetings.


Candidate Profile




  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience/education in law, human rights, political economy or a closely related field; graduate degree preferred.
  • Substantial experience of progressively responsible in the fields of interest for the Program in a large and complex organization, preferably in the non-profit or philanthropic field.
  • Work experience and nuanced understanding, including familiarity with current controversies/issues and leading actors, in at least one field related to human rights, justice and governance in South Asia is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing and implementing strategies to counter shrinking space for civic activism and dissent is a huge plus. Knowledge and expertise in using narratives for social change is another plus.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the structure and workings of both formal and informal organizations (NGO/non-profit organizations, public agencies, etc.), networks, and social movements in South Asia is a plus.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking and synthesis skills required, with a demonstrated diplomatic approach to building and sustaining relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written language skills in English. Proficiency in an additional local language is a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally on a frequent basis.
  • Willingness to adjust working hours to include calls and discussions with other parts of the foundation located in various geographic regions.
  • Ability to work efficiently to meet tight deadlines and on a wide range of tasks simultaneously.
  • Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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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