Learning and Evaluation Officer, Human Rights Initiative

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 16

Position description

Learning and Evaluation Officer, Human Rights Initiative. New York. Posting Date: 11/15/2019. Deadline: 12/09/2019

We're seeking an Evaluation and Learning Program Officer to work closely with Human Rights Initiative (HRI) team members to ensure that strategy, grant making practices, and learning are mutually reinforcing and contribute to our internal culture of reflection and strategic decision making. You will focus on strengthening HRI's learning culture by supporting the design, implementation, and management of research and evaluation processes that advance HRI's strategy, synthesizing learning across portfolios of the program, and coordinating the grant making policies and tools of HRI. The preferred location is New York, but we will consider candidates to be based in Berlin.

The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Human Rights Initiative works across issues and geographies to promote a comprehensive vision of human rights that recognizes that a diverse and powerful human rights movement is critical to the ongoing struggle of all people to realize our rights.

As HRI's Evaluation and Learning Program Officer, you will:

  • Support HRI teams in refining or developing theories of change, goals, and markers of progress at portfolio or division level, and develop monitoring tools, templates, and processes for data collection on these
  • Partner with HRI colleagues on portfolio design, evaluation or review, and refinement and identify and pursue opportunities for external evaluation and research across the program in consultation and partnership with HRI colleagues, including making recommendations on scopes of work, budgeting; vetting and hiring consultants and serving as liaison between HRI colleagues and consultants
  • Support HRI teams in understanding, analyzing, and communicating how grants advance strategy (including: data analysis, generating reports, PowerPoints and other communication summaries)
  • Support the implementation of a learning agenda that helps foster a culture of continuous learning and advance HRI's practices and results
  • Support the refinement and deployment of HRI's grant making tools and processes including proposal and reporting forms, assessing organizational health, etc.
  • Collaborate with other learning officers across the foundations as well as colleagues in the Grant Making Support Unit, Strategy Unit, and Budget Division
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees on evaluation, learning, and strategy as needed
  • Play an external role in the fields of philanthropy and human rights as an advocate for effective evaluation and transparent learning

What we are looking for:

  • Seven to ten years of experience leading strategy, measurement and evaluation, and promoting ongoing learning and adaptive management in the nonprofit, government, or academic sector
  • Technical expertise in evaluation, preferably in social justice or human rights work (and/or social justice grant making) in the US and Global South
  • Demonstrated data analysis and data visualization skills (e.g., development of reports and dashboards)
  • Strong facilitation and storytelling skills for evaluation-related meetings, dialogues, and capacity building sessions.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, high level of emotional intelligence as well as a demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and inspire teams
  • Team-oriented, collaborative self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment and enjoys working across teams on a variety of initiatives and responds with ease to changing priorities
  • Strong sense of adventure, creativity, curiosity, and possibility in pushing forward boundaries in institutions and methodologies in evaluation and learning
  • Excellent written and oral English skills


  • Experience working at organizations as a grant recipient or grant maker
  • International experience
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish

What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more .
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.

See what a day in the like of an Open Society colleague is like .

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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