Program Officer- Fixed Term

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 24

Position description

Program Officer- Fixed Term. New York. Posting Date: 03/23/2020. Deadline: 04/14/2020

The Open Society Eurasia Program works to deepen civil society, uphold human rights, and maintain space for independent debate and discussion in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Turkey. The program is advanced through grant making, advocacy, and close engagement with local Open Society foundations. We believe that a vibrant civil society is fundamental to the promotion of democratic governance and government accountability.

Job Profile

The Program Officer is responsible for carrying out existing grant making obligations, scoping for new funding opportunities and managing relationships with: other OSF entities, current grantees and potential grantees with a focus on media and innovative forms of civic mobilization.

Please Note: This is an 8-month fixed term position from June 1, 2020 until January 31, 2021.

Under the guidance of the Eurasia Program's Division Director, the Program Officer will:

  • Analyze and assess institutional strengths and limitations of grantee and prospective grantee organizations, develop, review and provide feedback for grant proposals, write grant recommendations and make decisions related to authorizing/declining grants within an approved budget reflective of own field of responsibility;
  • Monitor grants and maintain regular contact with grantees, contractors, and other stakeholders, including through regular site visits to assess grantee capacity and the progress of grants; analyze financial and budget information, including the review and assessment of narrative and financial information of grantees;
  • Prepare and participate in assessments and evaluation of the effectiveness of program strategies, including reviews of program portfolios;
  • Participate in the development of a portfolio work plan and budget for 2021;
  • Monitor and track relevant political and societal dynamics in the region, stay abreast of developments in the field through research, travel, attend conferences and/or meetings and provide updated commentary and analysis;
  • Build and establish contacts and strategic relationships with international institutions, other philanthropic partners and NGOs working in relevant fields, identifying joint advocacy and programming opportunities.


Candidate Profile

  • Advanced degree and minimum seven years of progressively responsible experience working in a relevant field;
  • Extensive knowledge of current issues, actors and dynamics concerning media, civil society and human rights in Eurasia;
  • Ability and willingness to travel;
  • Fluency in Russian is an advantage;
  • Ability to effectively manage to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget and reporting;
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to convene and facilitate group discussions and collective projects;
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft office and experience with internet research and database management;
  • Exercise good listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Effectively work as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Shows discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;


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 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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