Program Officer, Global Drug Policy

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Dec 25

Position description

Program Officer, Global Drug Policy. New York. Posting Date: 12/16/2019. Deadline: 01/11/2020

Do you want to further human rights with your knowledge of global drug policy? We are seeking a Program Officer based in New York or Berlin to provide strategic leadership, and develop and oversee our grantmaking and advocacy to reform punitive drug policies in Asia.

The Global Drug Policy Program (GDPP) works to shift the policy paradigm on illicit drugs from a punitive approach to one rooted in human rights, sustainable development, and public health. Grantmaking and advocacy are the principal tools of GDPP, which provides financial support to organizations around the world engaged in improving national drug policies, as well as human rights and sustainable development groups that seek to include drug policy into their portfolios.

As a Program Officer at Open Society, you will:

  • Be responsible for all grantmaking activities relating to Asia and contribute to grantmaking in other regions and thematic portfolios.
  • Identify possible partners, projects, and opportunities and build collaborative relationships within and outside OSF (e.g., with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts in the community, government representatives and other stake holders) that advance drug policy reform efforts in Asia.
  • Strengthen connections between OSF's geographic and thematic programs and find joint programming opportunities where a shared approach might have the potential to create a broader impact.
  • Conduct research to support program design and lead the development of GDPP's strategy and advocacy priorities for Asia.
  • Prepare written evaluations of partner organizations and draft funding rationales.
  • Stay abreast of developments in the field and region through research and represent the GDPP at conferences and/or meetings.

What we are looking for:


  • Seven to ten (7 - 10) years of progressively responsible experience in public policy, human rights, international relations, or similar fields, and a comprehensive, specialized knowledge in drug policy, human rights and/or development with a focus in Asia.
  • A working understanding of the political context across Asia and a more in-depth knowledge of countries in Southeast Asia preferred.
  • Deep understanding of and vision for change of drug policies in Asia based on experience and/or knowledge, including familiarity with current controversies/issues and leading figures/thinking; ability to use that understanding to develop and implement a strategy for achieving the vision.
  • Demonstrated success in advancing social change strategies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the structure and workings of NGOs/non-profits and ability to handle the implications of the power differential inherent in the funder-grantee relationship.
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships and exercise inclusive leadership in cross-cultural settings.
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English required; additional skills in a regional language preferred.


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 selves 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 here .

Application Instructions: If this sounds like the position for you, please submit a cover letter that addresses the specific skills and experience that Open Society requires for Program Officers (guidance is located here ) and a resume. 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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