Program Officer, Latin America Program-Strategy, Knowledge & Learning

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Feb 01

Position description

Program Officer, Latin America Program-Strategy, Knowledge & Learning. New York. Posting Date: 01/31/2020. Deadline: 03/01/2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your expertise in developing and advancing social change strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean? We are seeking a Program Offer for Strategy, Knowledge and Learning. The Program Officer will ensure strategy, grant making, and learning are mutually reinforcing and advance our efforts to reform democratic institutions, spur climate action, realize human rights, and reduce homicides in Latin America and the Caribbean. The role can be based in New York, Washington, D.C., Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá, or Mexico City,

The Open Society Foundations' Latin America Program (LAP) addresses rights and governance issues in Latin America and the Caribbean primarily through grant making, advocacy, and network-building. We focus on supporting Latin American and Caribbean efforts to reform democratic institutions in ways that make them more open and responsive to citizens, realizing human rights, and reducing homicides in a region with extremely high levels of violence.

As LAP's Program Officer for Strategy, Knowledge, and Learning, you will:

  • Partner with LAP colleagues on strategy, portfolio design and evaluation documents, including by working with colleagues to create theories of change, goals, and related markers of progress for LAP work at portfolio and strategy levels;
  • Curate and analyze results and progress of LAP work in key areas for internal review and learning moments, including LAP Advisory Board meetings, portfolio reviews and communications with OSF leadership;
  • Produce or co-produce high quality program-related documents (strategy, portfolio reviews, updates to the advisory board, occasional memos to leadership, etc.), ensuring clarity of thought and consistency with program strategy;
  • Contribute to learning across the entire LAP team by ensuring knowledge-sharing and designing spaces for team engagement with program strategy and evaluation, collaborating with LAP Operations colleagues;
  • Work closely with colleagues in the LAP Operations area to support LAP teams in understanding, analyzing, and communicating how grants advance strategy (including: data analysis, generating reports, PowerPoints and other communication summaries); and the degree to which our strategic aims are reflected in our grant making;
  • Collaborate with other learning officers across the foundations, as well as colleagues in the Grant Making Support Unit, Strategy Unit, and Budget Division, and relevant external partners


What we are looking for:

  • Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience working in a relevant field
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, high level of emotional intelligence as well as a demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and inspire teams
  • Exceptional analytical, writing and editorial skills
  • Experience advancing social change strategies, including through advocacy, public policy and political processes
  • Skills in and aptitude for strategy design, analysis, and evaluative thinking
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Data analysis and data visualization skills (e.g., development of reports and dashboards)
  • 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


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts;
  • With some variability according to location, benefits include generous time off, flexible work arrangements, private medical coverage, 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.


Check out a day in the life of an Open Society colleague here .

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit a 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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