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Analyst, Climate Change (China)

Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Location: China

Application Deadline: 30 May 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 20 May 2019

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The CIFF Climate team is driven by a vision of a climate-safe future for today’s children and future generations. We support the urgent global transition to a zero-carbon society. We are committed to strategies that get to the heart of the greatest climate challenges and are willing to support new approaches to accelerate action and the step-change in ambition required to keep global warming below 1.5C.

The Analyst role in the climate team is fast-paced and incredibly diverse. You will have the opportunity work on wide portfolio of climate change mitigation programmes across a number sectors and/or geographies. You will provide programme management, administrative and research support, with the opportunity to manage your own grants and partnerships.

CIFF is one of the largest philanthropic funders both in international development and climate change mitigation and offers a broad range of opportunities to work with leading experts in their fields as well as ongoing learning and development opportunities including a personal allowance to be spent on any relevant career training every year. As an Analyst your contribution will be integral to supporting CIFF and our partners – some of the best climate actors in the field – to deliver CIFF’s ambitious climate agenda.

Principal Accountabilities:

Strategy & planning

• Conduct insightful research and analysis on specific projects and climate sector trends, to support the Climate team in determining strategic priorities and setting operational plans.

• Provide and communicate global and regional insights verbally and in writing, including developing graphs and charts to contribute to the strategy and planning process.

• Prior to approval of a programme proposal, assist the team in preparing aspects of the programme strategy and evidence base, working with wider teams and in country experts.

Programme development, delivery & performance

• Lead the end-to-end oversight and administration of the management process of substantial grants (from concept formation, proposal development through to final payment), suggesting improvements where appropriate, and always seeking to add value, to enable the Climate team to deliver and monitor its philanthropic activity efficiently and effectively and ensuring impact.

• Lead the preparation and dissemination of regular and ad hoc reporting on sector/portfolio/programme performance, to ensure colleagues and partners (as required) have access to accurate and relevant management information.

• Work closely with members of the Finance and Legal team to coordinate the development of grant agreements, forecasting of grant payments, to enable effective grant management and reporting within the organisation.

• Act as ‘Super-User’ for CIFF’s online grants management system for the team, ensuring they are deployed appropriately to optimise the efficiency and effectiveness of grant management.

• Support the preparation of summary reports, board reports and portfolio investment reports, to ensure these are produced to a high standard and in a timely fashion – which can often mean to high quality in very short timeframes.

Sector knowledge and profile-building

• Build and maintain a range of relevant knowledge and information resources to enable the Climate team to access high quality intelligence, analysis and data to inform current and future programme activity – always seeking to add value and join the dots.

• Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners across multiple locations and geographies to conduct research projects to inform Climate team’s grant making activities.

Stakeholder and partner management

• Maintain good and productive relationships with our partners and grantees, which can include dealing with senior experts from around the world

• Build the climate teams capabilities to make broader changes by building and maintaining a network of individuals and organisations both current and new that can drive bigger changes.

• Coordinate logistics for CIFF programme visits and ensure that visitors are adequately briefed.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Experience

• A relevant Masters level degree (e.g. Climate, Environment, International Policy Political Sciences) with excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.

• Gained some experience working in a climate focussed organisation, and looking to take that experience further.

• Previous analytical / research work in a relevant climate change field.

• Experience with multitasking and managing priorities to competing deadlines, thrives on diversity of a role.

• Strong communication skills and excellent oral and written English and Mandarin is required.

• Track record of managing many relationships internally and externally with partners, grantees, government departments, policy think tanks, research institutions and other donor organisations.

• Familiarity with advocacy or capacity building.

• Familiarity with statistical databases and competent data interpretation skills

Personal attributes

• Passionate about driving systemic change for zero-carbon future

• A self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, with resilience, pace, and interpersonal flexibility.

• Self-motivated to assist with the development of the portfolio, whilst also being driven to drive their own development within the climate sector.

• Capacity to work in a range of cultural and socio-economic contexts.

• Able to travel internationally preferred.

Project Head for Outreach, Strategic Communication and Advocacy

Open Society Foundations

Location: Berlin, Germany

Application Deadline: 03 June 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 16 May 2019

Apply via OSF website

This role functions as part of the wider Office of the Berlin Director team, under the direct supervision of the Director of Institutional Relations. The Project Head for Outreach, Strategic Communication and Advocacy is responsible for managing the operational interface of work plan of the Director of Institutional Relations.  The role will have responsibility for coordination, planning and further development of the representational, communication and advocacy work together with the Director for Institutional Relations.  The Project Head is a full performance role demanding significant independence, responsibility and accountability.

This role is requires knowledge and experience of strategic communication, institutional advocacy and outreach on issues of interest to Open Society Foundations, notably rights, justice, accountable governance, human dignity, and democratic practice and inclusion. This role further requires extensive experience project management and excellent written and spoken communication skills in both English and German.

Project management is an essential task, and skills required include effective deployment of time, intra-departmental coordination, effective communication, and collaborative problem solving. This role relies on the effective development of relationships within the wider Office of the Berlin Director, across the organization and especially with external partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researches, sources and organizes information and contents on OSF’s global topics in English and German for use in OSF’s advocacy and outreach work including events, media interviews, panels and meetings with representatives from policy, philanthropy, civil society and government in both English and German
  • Develops and communicates concise briefings in English and German in preparation of the Director of Institutional Relation’s program on advocacy, outreach and partnership development meetings, policy events, media interviews, panels.
  • Coordinates the implementation of the annual work plan of the team of the Director of Institutional Relations
  • Participates in external meetings with a wide range of Germany and Berlin–based stakeholders from the fields of policy, philanthropy, civil society and institutions, as well as with members of OSF’s wider network of networks
  • Develops concepts for policy advocacy and communication, in cooperation with specialized departments like global Communications
  • Prepares documents and follows-up on key meetings (agendas, working documents, presentations, follow-up meetings, communication and correspondence)
  • Assists in the monitoring of OSF’s policy impact in Germany
  • Prepares German content for media and social media visibility of OSF’s Berlin Office and activities
  • Works with other internal units to implement, evaluate and improve policies, processes, and systems that facilitate good strategic practice in advocacy and outreach
  • Supports special projects as needed
  • Some internal administrative tasks as needed

Candidate Profile

Skills and Abilities: The following list is not inclusive, but highlights a number of the most critical skills and abilities for performing the role. 

  • Intimate knowledge of human rights advocacy and key human rights debates in Germany, in Europe and globally
  • Emergent profile within the human rights field and access to resources, networks and references in Germany and abroad
  • Capacity to absorb large amounts of information and to produce concise synthetic summaries in short periods of time in both German and English
  • Extensive project management skills including effective deployment of time, intra-departmental coordination, effective communication, and collaborative problem solving.
  • Self-starter with the capacity to work independently and without significant supervision
  • Collaborative and collegial; works constructively with colleagues at all levels in the hierarchy of the organization as well as with external partners.
  • Recognizes and works effectively in compliance with internal policies and external constraints.
  • Emotionally intelligent, self-aware, self-managing, empathetic.
  • Strongly committed to open society values of rights, justice, accountable governance, human dignity, and democratic practice, as well as to inclusion and respect for all colleagues regardless of identity or seniority.

Qualifications: Experience/Education

  • Minimum 6 years of work experience in a similar role, executing similar duties and responsibilities
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or field
  • Experience researching and developing briefs, speeches and policy documents
  • Excellent mastery of technology, including excellent user level knowledge of common programs.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication in both English and German.
  • Field experience in civil society activism and / or human rights an advantage
  • Experience of administration in a large organization an advantage


  • Advancing Diversity encourages diversity of viewpoints and discussions, and building workgroups that are broadly inclusive.
  • Expertise – looks outside OSF to stay relevant and adapts to changes in field(s) of expertise.  Uses external networks to achieve positive outcomes for OSF.
  • Getting the Right Things Done – establishes goals, plans for contingencies, readjusts where appropriate, and takes responsibility for delivering outcomes that have a positive impact.  Balances risk/reward, and intellectual curiosity with pragmatism to get things done.
  • Working Well with OSF Colleagues – builds collaborative relationships inside OSF through the understanding and development of other’s and own ideas.  Uses appropriate means and tone of communication to convey messages, seeks input from others and ensures understanding.
  • Working Well with Others – seeks to clarify, understand and exceed expectations of others to make a positive impact.

Please apply by submitting a Resume and Cover Letter in English

Programme Officer, Field Building on Psychological Violence

Oak Foundation

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Application Deadline: 30 May 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 16 May 2019

Oak Foundation is looking for a programme officer with experience in field building and/or psychological abuse, coercion and control to help us build on the successes of our grantees who are working on domestic violence. As the programme officer, you will: work closely with the lead Trustees and the Issues Affecting Women Programme team to increase knowledge of the field of psychological abuse; embed learning across our growing domestic violence portfolio; build and manage a portfolio of grants that will contribute to changing the wider domestic violence sector; and support service providers to recognise, address and intervene to end psychological violence, coercion and control in all its forms.

The IAWP team has high standards. We are collegial, mutually supportive and joyful. We are looking for a new team member who is excited about making a difference in the sector, is comfortable leading from behind and who draws energy from supporting women working on the front lines to end violence.

Main responsibilities include:

  • As part of the overall IAWP strategy, lead the development and implementation of a strategy to support organisations addressing psychological violence, coercion and control within intimate partner relationships; To develop the strategy, the programme officer will:
    -convene experts in the field, academics, donors, civil society and other actors as needed;
    – analyse and assess existing knowledge, research and data in the field and commission further research as needed;
    – find experts that can generate innovative ideas and strategies and commission the development of new campaigns to increase awareness of psychological violence, coercion and control within intimate partner relationships.
  • Support other programme officers in IAWP to mainstream awareness of psychological violence throughout the programme as necessary;
  • Once the grant portfolio has been developed, share and support awareness of psychological violence to relevant other programmes (e.g. the Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme) within Oak Foundation;
  • Grow and manage the psychological abuse grant portfolio from point of initial enquiry to assessment and final recommendation to the President/Trustees/Board by ensuring alignment with programme strategies and compliance with Oak’s grant management system and related grant-making procedures;
  • Conduct the monitoring and evaluation of grants including through the conduct of site visits, review/edit progress and end of grant reports, monitor progress against objectives, suggest ways to improve and assess the overall impact of a grant and recommend next steps;
  • Work with outside reviewers and experts to gather information and assess grant proposals;
  • Coordinate activities and funding with peer philanthropists;
  • Travel, including internationally, up to 25 per cent of the time during the year;
  • Perform other relevant duties as requested by the Director and/or the Trustee

Position Requirements

  • A university degree in a relevant field such as psychology, public health, women’s rights;
  • At least 7-10 years’ relevant work experience in the field of women’s rights, non-profit sector, civil society or relevant field;
  • Proven experience in successful strategy development and implementation and/or campaigning for creating change;
  • Expertise in intimate partner violence with a focus on psychological violence, coercion and control AND/OR in field building in the women’s rights or human rights sector;
  • Comfortable working in a multicultural environment;
  • Solid analytical and writing skills, experience setting up impact evaluation systems and analysing financial budgets;
  • Excellent networking, presentation and communication skills;
  • Tact, maturity and a good sense of humour;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of another language an asset;
  • Swiss/EU citizen or holder of valid Swiss work permit preferred.
  • A commitment to advancing feminism and human rights, and to Oak’s organisational values.

How to apply

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter by e-mail only to Please state “Programme Officer IAWP” in the subject line of your email. Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.

Knowledge & Creative Communities Producer

Wellcome Trust

Location: London, UK

Application Deadline: 24 May 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 15 May 2019

Job Summary

The Knowledge and Creative Communities Producer will be pivotal in expanding the Science and Research Entertainment Exchange’s (SREE) network of world leading talent across the full breadth of the research sectors and the entertainment industries – including film, games, and broadcast.

Additional info

Working at the intersection of the entertainment and knowledge communities, the ideal candidate should have a curiosity for a wide range of topics; confidence to network proactively with new communities; excitement to represent SREE at international industry events; be able to think creatively and laterally to make cross-sector introductions; and look forward to the prospect of joining our dynamic start-up team.

The candidate is experienced in:

  • Experience working in or with entertainment / creative industries as well as academic research communities, with demonstrable understanding of different sectoral needs, structures, and cultures.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest of the key events, communities, and decision makers within these industries. Existing relationships and involvement are preferable.
  • Adept at networking – able to form long-term effective working relationships.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills. Can challenge, build rapport with, establish credibility, and influence stakeholders whilst building and maintaining relationships.

Please see full job description here.

To apply visit here.

Public and Mediation Officer

Fondation Giacometti

Location: Paris, France

Application Deadline:

Date Posted: 15 May 2019

Placé(e) sous l’autorité du directeur artistique de l’Institut Giacometti et en lien étroit avec l’équipe de la Fondation Giacometti, vous êtes chargé(e) de :

La mise en place et gestion de la politique de médiation et de formation, associant médiation classique et innovante :

– Concevoir, programmer et développer des offres adaptées à une grande diversité de publics (adultes, familles, enfants, publics spécifiques, scolaires) ;
– Développer et suivre les partenariats institutionnels (réseaux, associations, établissements d’enseignement, rectorat) ;
– Proposer une offre de médiation spécifique liée à l’identité de l’Institut Giacometti et du Giacometti Lab ;
– Évaluer régulièrement les réalisations (bilans, rapports d’activité annuels) ;
– Actualiser les pratiques en s’inspirant d’expériences innovantes ;
– Concevoir et développer les outils de médiation spécifiques à chaque typologie de publics, dont les documents d’accompagnement à la visite (livrets, supports tactiles, outils numériques…), rédiger et/ou superviser les contenus ;
– Gérer les fournitures de médiation culturelle (commandes, gestion de stocks…) ;
– Communiquer sur les différentes activités (site internet, réseaux sociaux…) ;
– Conduire des interventions pédagogiques et des ateliers, en français ou en anglais ;
– Recruter les intervenants (médiateurs, conférenciers, animateurs, artistes, …) et organiser le planning, en lien avec le Directeur artistique et la Responsable des affaires administratives et opérationnelles ;
– Former, accompagner et coordonner les intervenants ;
– Suivre les demandes de subventions ;

Accueil des publics :
– Gérer le système de réservations et de la billetterie Secutix ;
– Mettre en place les réservations de visites individuelles et groupes ;
– Assurer le bon fonctionnement de l’accueil des publics ;

Horaires : 9h -18 h du mardi au samedi inclus

Merci d’envoyer vos candidatures – CV et lettre de motivation – à l’adresse suivante :

International Programme manager

Fondation Chanel

Location: Île-de-France, France

Application Deadline: 24 May 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 14 May 2019

Missions :

  • Promouvoir l’autonomisation des filles et des femmes dans le monde en soutenant des projets qui visent à développer et faciliter leur accès à l’éducation, à la formation, à l’emploi, à la création d’entreprise, à la santé, à la culture et au sport :
    • Prospection de projets pertinents pour la Fondation et réalisation d’appels à projet pour les régions Afrique, Amérique du Sud, Inde et Moyen-Orient ;
    • Sélection de projets après analyse de dossiers de financement et d’appui technique ;
    • Suivi administratif et financier des projets.
  • Communiquer en interne et en externe sur les projets soutenus par la fondation Chanel :
    • Co-animation des réunions statutaires de la fondation Chanel ;
    • Pilotage du budget alloué à la fondation Europe ;
    • Suivi et mis en œuvre des actions de mécénat de compétences ;
    • Contribution régulière aux contenus pour la communication interne et externe.
  • Coordination de projets transverses d’amélioration continue de la qualité ;
  • Appui ponctuel selon les demandes de l’entreprise dans ses domaines de compétence – celles-ci pourront être menées sous forme de missions de conseil.

Encadrement : Aura à superviser un ou une Chargé-e de Programmes internationaux et d’éventuels consultants.

Le poste implique des contacts réguliers avec les membres de l’équipe en France et aux États-Unis.  Des déplacements fréquents à l’international sont également à prévoir, correspondant à environ 30% du temps de travail.

Your skills and experience / Profil recherché

Préréquis :

  • Master en sciences sociales et humaines, économie, relations internationales ;
  • Expérience minimale de 7 ans dans le secteur du mécénat, de la solidarité ou de l’action sociale ;
  • Connaissance des enjeux du développement social et économique, du droit des femmes, de l’insertion économique et de la formation ;
  • Un excellent niveau d’anglais et de français à l’écrit et à l’oral;
  • L’excellente maîtrise d’une troisième langue est un plus.

Savoir-Faire :

  • Compétences financières et maîtrise des outils de gestion impérative ;
  • gestion de partenariats et gestion de projets ;
  • Bonne compréhension des enjeux liés au milieu asociatif / organisation internationale ;
  • Maîtrise des outils bureautiques et graphiques de base.

Savoir-Etre :

  • Empathie et excellent relationnel, capacité d’écoute ;
  • Qualité d’animation, de facilitation, être force de proposition et capacité d’influence ;
  • Curiosité, ouverture d’esprit et adaptabilité ;
  • Capacité à gérer des projets et programmes transverses ;
  • Autonomie et goût du challenge.

Modalités :

  • CDI basé à Neuilly sur Seine

Internship: International Policy

Körber Stiftung

Location: Berlin, Germany

Application Deadline: 19 May 2019 23:00

Date Posted: 08 May 2019

Speech is action: With confidential discussions between foreign policy decision-makers and experts, the Körber Foundation is an independent institution committed to better international understanding and enables an open exchange beyond daily current constraints. The focus is on three regions: Eastern Europe, Asia and the Near and Middle East.

We are looking for two interns for 40 hours / week for our projects 
Bergedorf Round Table / Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 

Your tasks:

  • Organisational support in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of the respective events
  • General office activities

Your profile:

  • Experience in the organization of events
  • Foreign policy interest
  • Study of humanities or social sciences (only enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, no master’s graduates)
  • very good knowledge of German and English, additional knowledge of French or Arabic for the Bergedorf Round Table is an advantage
  • Independence, care, resilience, teamwork and skill in dealing with high-ranking guests
  • sound computer skills, especially MS Office, Internet research

We offer:

  • Operational and independent participation in a young and dedicated team
  • Insight into all projects of the area and in the Berlin policy

Bergedorf Round Table : August 19 to November 18, 2019 
Berlin Foreign Policy Forum : September 16 to December 15, 2019

Fee: 600, – EUR per month (gross)

Application deadline: May 19, 2019

Required documents: cover letter (max 1 page), if applicable, with reference to the preferred project, curriculum vitae, internship and employment certificates, current grade list, proof of language skills (if available). 
Please only by e-mail and in a PDF document.

Contact: Ms. Leonie trunk, Email:

Office Manager

German Marshall Fund of the United States

Location: Paris, France

Application Deadline: 03 June 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 07 May 2019

Apply via the GMF website

Led by Dr. Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, the Paris office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic dialogue and cooperation on global issues by acting as a key forum for policymakers, business leaders, academics, and experts.

GMF-Paris acts as a unique platform in France for high-level policy debate focusing on the transatlantic relationship. GMF-Paris works in close cooperation with GMF’s network of offices and experts on both sides of the Atlantic (Washington, D.C. (headquarters), Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw, Belgrade, Bucharest, and Ankara. This gives GMF-Paris an unmatched capacity to produce informed and holistic (national, European, transatlantic and global) analysis of the political, socio-economic and strategic dynamics in the following six areas: defense and foreign policy, U.S. and French politics, transatlantic trade policy, European affairs, digital innovation and energy transition.

GMF-Paris works towards the overarching goal of providing a better understanding of U.S.  policies and of the different European perspectives in France, while advancing the French perspective on core domestic and international challenges facing Europe and the United States. It does so through its convening power (high-level public and private events, strategy groups), cutting-edge research and analysis, leadership programs and by offering private sector companies’ membership in the Paris Business Alliance.

Job Summary:

The Office manager manages and oversees all administrative matters related to GMF’s Paris office. The Office Manager reports to the Paris Office Director and provides support in a variety of office administration functions, to include facilities and IT management, finance and budget projections, human resources, communication and event logistics, in close coordination with the respective departments in headquarters, based in Washington, DC.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Manage the daily administrative tasks relating to the Paris office
  • Coordinate with the HQ HR, IT and Finance teams on various operational issues, as needed
  • Participate in GMF’s office managers’ monthly calls, and annual retreat
  • Serve as the primary POC in managing the relationships with office equipment vendors and service providers to ensure prompt and efficient serviceCode and process accurately all office vendor invoices and payments in a timely manner
  • Provide general financial oversight
  • Prepare monthly financial reports for Paris office accounts
  • Prepare budget forecast updates and supporting analysis
  • Prepare budgets for events to facilitate planning and cost efficiency
  • Prepare audit for external funders if needed
  • Manage with the support of interns the Director’s calendar to include scheduling travel and meetings as needed
  • Provide administrative support to include expense coding.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Fluency in both French and English required; Excellent writing skills in both French and English;
  • Licenses degree in Management/Communications, is preferred;
  • At least three years of office administration experience to include bookkeeping, payroll, financial reporting, accounting, human resources, communication and facilities management.
  • Detail-oriented with demonstrated ability to multitask with a high level of initiative and motivation.
  • High-level of initiative and motivation in addition to the ability to deal with confidential information.
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office, particularly in Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated social skills – courteous with guests, enthusiastic.

Due to the high volume of responses, we will only contact candidates of interest.

Please note that Non-EU-citizens need to be in possession of an unrestricted French work permit.

Chief of Staff

Oak Foundation

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Application Deadline: 20 May 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 07 May 2019


Direct Support of the President

  • Serve as a liaison between staff, the leadership team and the president, regarding project updates, proposals and planning;
  • Ensure the president’s involvement in project or decision-making processes takes place at key times, where the president’s input and authority are most needed, and represent the president at meetings where appropriate;
  • Strategically manage the president’s time by reviewing and planning the president’s external opportunities — assessing their fit against priorities, including long-term travel and meeting plans, with support from the president’s executive assistant;
  • Manage the president’s office operational budget and discretionary grant-making;
  • Manage strategic partnerships with other foundation CEOs to assist in building new co-funding relationships and funder collaborations;

Project Management, Strategic Planning and Alignment

  • Work with the president to develop and build the leadership team so that there is better integration and connection across the Foundation in all areas of work (e.g., monitoring and evaluation, learning, programme strategies, information technology, communications, capacity building, among others);
  • Coordinate strategic initiatives and monitor progress on priority issues;
  • Build and develop relationships with all staff to ensure efficient and effective operations;
  • Assist Oak’s leadership team by identifying measurements for success and new development objectives across the foundation;
  • Develop and maintain a system to review progress in achieving programme objectives;
  • Lead new, often cross-functional, organisation-wide projects or initiatives;
  • Bring together important stakeholders and help drive decisions;
  • Manage the strategic planning process for the Foundation by ensuring alignment with the president and the leadership team;
  • Research, perform benchmarking, analyse data and propose recommendations;
  • Propose improvements to current processes and coordinate procedures for optimised efficiency and productivity with the leadership team;

Meeting and Event Preparation

  • Collaborate with the leadership team, executive assistants and communications staff to orchestrate the smooth running and cadence of Advisory Panel meetings (this will include assistance in setting the agenda, working with staff to rehearse their presentations and establishing and assisting with the documentation needed before, during and after the meeting);
  • Develop agendas for other key meetings in collaboration with the president and leadership team;
  • Prepare president and the leadership team for upcoming meetings by ensuring that they have all necessary information to be productive and engaged; prepare notes on outcomes of meetings;
  • Prepare presentations, speeches and communications for use by the President;
  • Lead Foundation-wide retreats with a staff committee, conferences and other special events, as well as manage the budget of these events.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • A master’s degree in public administration, business administration or field of focus for Oak Foundation;
  • At least 10-15 years of relevant professional experience in a foundation, not-for-profit, business or executive management role;
  • Proven experience planning and managing strategic initiatives;
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills; high degree of attention to detail and accuracy; ability to meet deadlines, ensure follow-up and pursue multiple projects simultaneously; administratively self-sufficient;
  • Proven success working with leadership teams, in cross-cultural teams as well as organising, coordinating and managing teams;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, both quantitative and qualitative;
  • Experience with data analysis, budget management and operations management;
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation and communications skills in English (strong French language skills is a plus); extremely versatile, flexible and dedicated to efficient productivity;
  • High emotional intelligence;
  • Discretion in dealing with sensitive information;
  • A participatory, transparent and inclusive work ethic; open and able to work through differences; believes in the active participation by all involved;
  • A regard for individual dignity, worth and growth;
  • An innovative thinker with a pragmatic and solution-oriented mindset;
  • Dynamism, adaptability and willingness to tackle new projects;
  • Tact, maturity and a good sense of humour;
  • At ease using contemporary IT software;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of Oak Foundation;
  • Swiss/EU citizenship or valid work permit is required.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a compelling covering letter by e-mail only to no later than 20 May 2019. Please state “Chief of Staff” in the subject line of your email.

By submitting your application, you confirm that you have read and understood our job applicant’s data privacy notice.

Program Officer - APRO

Open Society Foundations

Location: London, UK

Application Deadline: 30 May 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 06 May 2019

The South Asia Program, housed under the Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO), seeks to advance the rule of law, democratic practice and good governance in select South Asian countries. We work predominantly through grant making to local, regional and international organizations to advance our goals. We are guided by APRO values in our work: Amplify local voices, Embrace differences, Take risks, Lead by example, Room to fail, room to grow and Create team spirit.

Job Profile           

We are looking for a Program Officer to join our team on a one year fixed term contract, located in London. Our team of five staff is spread across three locations in Asia and Europe. The successful candidate will be mid-career professional with a deep understanding of the landscape of civil society activism in the region and a strong strategic sense of the avenues for change in the South Asian context, both within the government and civil society.

The Program Officer will be part of the Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) team and will report to the South Asia Regional Manager with a focus on grant making, strategy development and implementation, policy analysis, and advocacy efforts to promote the Program’s vision. The position requires experience working with civil society organizations and/or public agencies in both formal and informal contexts in at least one of the South Asian countries (preferably in India or Sri Lanka), in order to advance the goals of a more open and just society. Successful candidate will also be fluent in at least one of the major South Asian languages in addition to English.

Essential responsibilities will include:

  • Provide a bold and strategic vision for innovative program development in South Asia; adding value to the existing efforts and developing new programming around promoting enabling space for civil society in the region.
  • Oversee with considerable autonomy the grant making, operational and advocacy strategies in South Asia.
  • Negotiate and manage grants, projects, project budgets, and contracts with diverse organizations/individuals.
  • 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 analyse political and social developments in South 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.
  • Represent APRO in internal and external meetings.
  • Participate in bi-monthly team calls and quarterly team meetings.

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience/education in law, human rights, political economy or a closely related field; graduate degree preferred.
  • Substantial experience of progressively responsible in the fields of interest for the Program in a large and complex organization, preferably in the non-profit or philanthropic field.
  • Work experience and nuanced understanding, including familiarity with current controversies/issues and leading actors, in at least one field related to human rights, justice and governance in South Asia is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing and implementing strategies to counter shrinking space for civic activism and dissent is a huge plus. Knowledge and expertise in using narratives for social change is another plus.
  • 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 South Asia is a plus.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking and synthesis skills required, with a demonstrated diplomatic approach to building and sustaining relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written language skills in English. Proficiency in an additional local language is a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally on a frequent basis.
  • Willingness to adjust working hours to include calls and discussions with other parts of the foundation located in various geographic regions.
  • Ability to work efficiently to meet tight deadlines and on a wide range of tasks simultaneously.
  • Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

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