Fixed-Term 24 Months Project Head, The Information Program

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship / Early Career / Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jan 01

Position description

Fixed-Term 24 Months Project Head, The Information Program. London. Posting Date: 12/01/2020. Deadline: 01/11/2021

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your passion for human rights and knowledge of the complex world of digital identity and empowerment? The Information Program seeks a fixed-term Project Head, for a term of 24 months, to manage and support existing and new collaborations with the Open Society Foundations network. The position can be based in London or New York.

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) 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 Information Program supports those who seek new methods to understand and respond to the technological changes that affect people's basic rights. This fixed-term, accelerated program of work focuses on how digital ID systems affect a broad range of open society values. The program will coordinate a comprehensive, global response to address human rights and accountability concerns in digital ID systems. The need to effectively address these concerns is even more urgent in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic with the possibility of future public health and environmental crises.

As a Project Head at Open Society, you will:

  • Operate as the primary staff for OSF network collaboration with the Digital ID Working Group, tracking any new requests and monitoring and evaluating existing collaborations;
  • Support the regional hub offices' work on digital ID and adjacent programming as well as initiatives with external partners;
  • Develop documents engaging a global strategy on Digital ID, including:
    • Writing values analyses for different OSF programs;
    • Drafting and implementing a communication strategy to the network and hosting events, workshops, or trainings to foster shared learning;
    • Summating and sharing the Information Program's current work with internal and external audiences.
  • Coordinate virtual meetings and events;
  • Monitor relevant budgets and spending, processing payments and negotiating contracts as needed;
  • Engage with other funders working on digital ID to identify shared purposes and communicate findings to the Digital ID working group for strategic development.


What we are looking for:

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in project management;
  • Experience in social justice movements domestically and/or globally, with the ability to act as a connector and translator between various sectors, such as philanthropy, human rights, and business;
  • Strong communication, writing, and interpersonal skills, demonstrating sensitivity to cultural differences;
  • A proven ability to work efficiently in an environment with competing demands and follow projects through to completion on schedule, without loss of attention to detail or budget;
  • Someone with open and flexible mindset who is willing to question their own assumptions and adapt their approach to unique circumstances and local context.


Desirable, but not required:

  • French, Spanish, or Arabic language skills highly desirable;
  • Contextual knowledge of political and technological situations in different geographic regions of specialty;
  • Specialty experience in one or more thematic issue areas, like migration, health, or human rights.


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.


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.