Program Officer, Asia Pacific Regional Office

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 16

Position description

Program Officer, Asia Pacific Regional Office. London. Posting Date: 11/15/2019. Deadline: 12/16/2019

Do you want to advance social justice and human rights with your deep understanding of the activism landscape in Southeast Asia and your strong strategic sense of the avenues for change in the region, both within the government and civil society? We are seeking a Program Officer based in London to implement strategies and ensure that activities conform to, advance, and assess the efficacy of those strategies.

The Open Society Foundations work 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 Asia Pacific Regional Office- Southeast Asia Program works with local, regional and international partners to enhance governance and equity in economic practice, support civic engagement and participation in challenging environments, and strengthen regional platforms for human rights.

As a Program officer at Open Society, you will:

  • Provide a bold and strategic vision for innovative program development in Southeast Asia, adding value to the existing efforts and developing new programming around promoting space for civil society in the region.
  • Oversee-with considerable autonomy-the grant making, operational, and advocacy strategies in Southeast Asia.
  • Negotiate and manage grants, projects, project budgets, and contracts with diverse organizations/individuals; communicate to grantees our reasons for funding or not funding and our expectations for the relationship or grant.
  • Guide the work of colleagues in other program roles with respect to organizational relationships, assessments, grant development, and the development of other tools to accomplish strategies.
  • 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 analyze political and social developments in Southeast 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.


What we are looking for:

  • Substantial relevant field experience and nuanced understanding, including familiarity with current controversies/issues and leading actors, in at least one field related to political economy, human rights and governance, justice, environment, and natural resources in Southeast Asia.
  • Extensive experience in the fields of interest for the Program in a large and complex organization,
  • 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 Southeast Asia.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking and synthesis skills, with a demonstrated diplomatic approach to building and sustaining relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written language skills in English.
  • This role involves frequent domestic and international travel.


Desirable (but not required):

  • Proficiency in an additional local language is a plus.


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite training and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • 25 paid holiday, flexible work arrangements, private medical coverage, a generous retirement savings plan, up to one year of 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 life of a Program Officer at Open Society is like.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit a cover letter that addresses the specific skills and experience that OSF requires for Program Officers (guidance is located here ) 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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