Unit Manager

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 09

Position description

Unit Manager. London. Posting Date: 08/08/2019. Deadline: 09/07/2019

Competitive salary plus benefits

The Southeast Asia Unit Manager works collaboratively both within Open Society Foundations (OSF) and with external entities to carry out a variety of responsibilities directed towards OSF's overriding goal of promoting open societies around the world.

The Southeast Asia Unit Manager is responsible for the effective functioning of the Southeast Asia Program overall, and ultimately to maintaining and strengthening OSF as a whole. The Southeast Asia Unit Manager provides bold strategic vision and leadership on all matters related to the program's strategy, management, governance, and budget.

Based in London, the position will report to the Regional Director for Asia Pacific. As a key member of the Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) senior management team, the Southeast Asia Unit Manager is expected to exercise judgment in their work, using supervisory consultation for more complex issues, but making most determinations and recommendations based on their own insights and informed through consultation or collaboration with others.

The Southeast Asia Unit Manager role requires engagement in fields of interest to OSF, conceiving and developing appropriate approaches and tools for fostering desired outcomes, including developing and managing relationships with other entities, both within and outside the network. The position requires knowledge of current controversies, issues and leading figures and thinking, as well as new technologies, concepts or solutions. The position entails working with civil society organizations and government officials in Southeast Asia, in both formal and informal contexts, in order to advance goals through grant making and advocacy for a more open and just society. The work will entail collaboration with potential and current grantees, external consultants, other OSF Programs or Administrative Departments, as well as entities specific to the work and the discipline involved.

The knowledge required at this level not only deals with the subject matter of the work, but also leadership and management of a team to conceive and deliver complex strategies, as well as to engage in other ways. As a supervisor, the Southeast Asia Unit Manager must have substantial knowledge of organizational and project management and cross-cultural leadership. The work, which may be network-wide or involve similarly complex coordination, requires effective communication and collaborative problem-solving in bringing complex strategies to fruition in a manner that makes effective use of time, money and staff resources relative to the changes sought.

The Southeast Asia Unit Manager is responsible for leading through a values-based approach to foster a healthy team culture. Building and maintaining strong collegial, trust-based relationships internally and in the field of specialization is an important function of the Southeast Asia Unit Manager role that frequently involves different geographies as well as competing interests, complex political, cultural or other factors, and tensions between long- and short-term goals.


Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

• Responsible for all activities relating to the areas of interest and responsibility within OSF. Operates with substantial autonomy and makes decisions related to assigned area within an approved budget reflective of own experience/expertise.

• Working within the broader program strategy designs, creates, develops, assesses and applies appropriate tools for advancing goals.

• Builds collaborative relationships within and outside OSF that advance OSF's efforts within areas of specialization.

• Contribute in significant ways to the development of overall program strategy and conduct research to support program design.

• Manage projects that include staff within/outside OSF that may be regional or global in nature.

• Supervise the work of program and/or administrative staff in support of activities, and is responsible for developing and growing skills and capacity within the team.

• Responsible for strengthening connections between and among OSF's programs and/or functions consistent with OSF's broader priorities, identifying opportunities where a shared approach might have the potential to create a broader impact.

PROFILE - Southeast Asia Unit Manager

Skills and Abilities

• The Southeast Asia Unit Manager can articulate a deep understanding of and vision for the work for which he/she is responsible based on deep experience and/or expert level knowledge and is able to use that understanding to develop and implement a plan and an approach for achieving the vision.

• The Southeast Asia Unit Manager will have demonstrated success in advancing work of the kind for which he/she will be responsible, including planning and implementing modifications in response to an evolving situation.

• The Southeast Asia Unit Manager demonstrates an understanding of the implications of the supervisory relationship, and demonstrates the ability and the willingness to handle such relationships properly and respectfully in a manner that fosters both quality work as well as the growth and development of colleagues.

• He/she has a comprehensive understanding of the structure and workings of both formal and informal organizations, networks, and other institutions within varied contexts and as appropriate to the work.

• 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 mastery of analytical approaches and options, and ability to make sound informed judgments.

• Requires project management skills, including the ability to direct others to effectively gather evidence and research to inform decisions or judgments.

• The Southeast Asia Unit Manager will be able to build collaborative relationships - in OSF, peer foundations, and with others in the field - to further relevant goals.

• The role requires expertise in the designated field, including familiarity with current controversies/issues and leading figures/thinking as well as new technologies, approaches and designs for the type of work being done.

• He/she must have the ability to exercise effective and inclusive leadership and supervision in cross-cultural settings.

• 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.

• Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English are important.

Qualifications: Experience/Education

• Substantial years of progressively responsible experience in situations, often in varied institutional settings, relevant to the duties of this role is typically necessary to develop the skills required for this role.

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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