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Intern, Open Society European Policy Institute

Open Society Foundations

Location: Brussel, Belgium

Application Deadline: 26 August 2019

Date Posted: 19 Aug 2019

The Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) works to influence and inform decision-making on EU laws, policy and funding to ensure that open society values lie at the heart of what the EU does, both inside and outside its borders. OSEPI is part of the Open Society Foundations and is  based in Brussels. OSEPI enriches EU policy debates by offering evidence, analysis and recommendations drawn from the work of the Open Society Foundations in more than 100 countries. Further information is available on

OSEPI has a vacancy for an internship position.  The position will provide an opportunity for someone who is motivated by OSEPI’s mission and who has a keen sense of initiative to undertake an internship for a six-month period starting in September 2019.

The position

The internship is a rewarding experience. You will gain an inside perspective on understanding open society issues (such as human rights, justice, democracy, good governance, etc.) especially at EU level. If you are looking for first-hand experience of conducting advocacy in particular, we will provide you with great opportunities for to learn from our experienced policy analysts and advocates.


The intern’s main tasks are to provide support to OSEPI’s advocacy on EU policies. Additional tasks -about 25% of the intern’s time- will involve providing support to the Deputy Director on internal policies and strategy.


The intern will provide support in the following areas:

  • Assisting with OSEPI’s advocacy, for example by preparing briefings and organising meetings
  • Desktop research and analysis
  • Mapping stakeholders and maintaining a contacts database
  • Assisting with logistical or administrative tasks, such as organising internal meetings
  • Providing support on organisational development and strategy development


· Bachelor degree in a relevant area of studies to OSF’s mission

· Data driven with an analytical mind and a strong attention to detail

· Computer literacy, with a good knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office

· Fluent spoken and written English required; knowledge of another EU language is an asset

· Good communication and organisational skills required


Please send a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae to with “application for internship – your name” in the subject line before 26 August 2019 giving an indication of your availability. Make sure to reference where you found the job posting in the main body of the email.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

Programme Associate Asia and the Pacific

Mama Cash

Application Deadline: 25 August 2019

Date Posted: 13 Aug 2019

Mama Cash is looking for a Programme Associate Asia and the Pacific based in the region, 36 hours per week.

Mama Cash was the first international women’s fund in the world. Today, we provide grants and support to pioneering women’s, girls’ and trans and intersex people’s rights initiatives around the globe that challenge the root causes of injustice. Activists and donors join with Mama Cash to advance gender equality and respect for the human rights of all people.

Purpose of the position

Mama Cash aims to strengthen its grantmaking by hiring a Programme Associate for Asia and the Pacific, based in the Asia/Pacific region, to manage our knowledge of and relationships with current and potential grantee-partners and the movements they are a part of.

Job summary

The Programme Associate (PA) acts as the first and main point of contact for all of Mama Cash’s grantee-partners in Asia and the Pacific. To do so, you carry out direct administrative and substantive grantmaking and programmatic support to several Programme Officers (PO).

More specifically, you support our PO’s through building our networks, shaping our portfolio of grantee-partners, and identifying and developing our priorities in Asia and the Pacific.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in and experience with the region and with women’s rights and feminist groups and movements active there, and strong administration and project management skills. Fluency in English is required; knowledge of a region-relevant language and a third language that Mama Cash works in is preferred.

Essential job function:

A. Grantmaking and Programmes

  • Serve as the main contact for current and potential grantee-partners from the region including: conducting outreach, liaising on a regular basis with partners, allies and activists in the region to build relations and knowledge about funding needs, and responding to inquiries on the status of proposals or opportunities for funding, including declining unsuccessful proposals;
  • Support the due diligence process for making grants;
  • Communicate with Mama Cash advisors to gather additional information on potential grant recipients;
  • Contribute to the analysis of progress and final reports from grantee-partners;
  • Monitor and share information about grant and grantee-partner developments with Mama Cash, maintaining contacts with grantee-partners and signaling challenges and opportunities for Mama Cash’s programme work;
  • Contribute to technical improvements for grantmaking processes and team infrastructure;

B. Outreach/Communications

  • Proactively and re-actively compile regional, thematic and grantee-partner-specific information, news and analysis for use by other teams within Mama Cash;
  • Support the Philanthropic Partnerships and Communications team to coordinate with grantee-partners for Mama Cash publications and events;
  • Represent Mama Cash alone or with others at events or meetings.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Full commitment to Mama Cash’s vision, mission and values;
  • Knowledge of women’s rights and feminist issues and movements in the region via previous work, study or living experience;
  • Bilingual fluency in oral and written in English is required; skills in another language used in the region and working knowledge of a third language that Mama Cash works in is preferred;
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Organised, with strong administration skills and with attention to detail and meet deadlines;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a demonstrate sensitivity and appreciation for diverse viewpoints and different communication styles in a politically and culturally diverse environment;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team from a long distance;
  • Ability to travel within the region and to Amsterdam at least twice a year;
  • Computer literate.

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or related field is strongly preferred (such as gender studies, anthropology, sociology or international development);
  • Minimum two years relevant work experience;
  • General non-profit exposure;
  • Experience in working in a diverse, team-oriented, and fast-paced environment;
  • Experience with grantmaking is desirable.


Are you interested in the position?

Both a letter of motivation and CV (resume) need to be submitted in English and stating the job description via the form here. Please specify where you found the job too!

Deadline for application: August 25th 2019. Interviews take place on on September 2 and 3, 2019.

Mama Cash is interested in candidates situated in the Asia/Pacific region.

We value the expertise and knowledge of those who have directly experienced injustice and are working to create the change Mama Cash believes in. 

We particularly welcome applications from those targeted by racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism and disablism.

For more information please contact Karen Kraan, Acting Director of Programmes  by e-mail:

European Foundation Centre

Location: Philanthropy House, Rue Royale, Brussels, Belgium

Application Deadline: 15 September 2019

Date Posted: 22 Jul 2019

The EFC is looking for a full-time Philanthropy Legal Officer to join the joint DAFNE-EFC philanthropy advocacy project, which promotes an enabling operating environment for institutional philanthropy in Europe. The DAFNE-EFC Philanthropy Advocacy project acts as a monitoring, legal, analysis and advocacy hub for European philanthropy. The position is a full-time position for one year, but can be adjusted to part-time if needed.

The ideal candidate has experience in EU law, non-profit law, non-profit tax law, fundamental rights, comparative views; has a good understanding of legislative processes in the EU; and is fluent in English (written and spoken). Other languages are an asset.

We are offering an inspiring working environment, access to a great European network in politics and philanthropy, and unlimited learning opportunities. Find more information about EFC, DAFNE and the joint Philanthropy Advocacy project here:

Philanthropy Advocacy project:



About the role

The Philanthropy Legal Officer reports to the EFC’s Enabling Environment Manager

Key responsibilities

  • Support Philanthropy Advocacy’s objective to promote an enabling operating environment for institutional philanthropy in Europe
  • Monitor/map and help analyse and communicate about relevant legal developments in European philanthropy at national and European level
  • Support drafting of statements and position papers around relevant legal and tax law developments in philanthropy at national and European level
  • Support responses to information requests on philanthropy-related legal matters
  • Help coordinate legal publications
  • Help organise events and sessions around the operating environment of philanthropy at conferences and seminars

Experience and competencies

  • Strong interest in philanthropy/philanthropic organisations and their operating environments
  • A university degree in law
  • 1-4 years of experience in NGO law/charity law/foundation law/EU law/HR law
  • Problem solver with an analytical mind
  • Organised with an eye for detail
  • Strong networking skills that enable effective collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Excellent command of English (both spoken and written) and very good written communication skills. Additional languages are an asset.

 What we offer

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of people who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work
  • A flexible work environment and a space to develop
  • A full-time 1-year contract (possibility to be extended)

Location: Brussels

Start date: As soon as possible

How to apply:

Please send your motivation letter and CV in English by email as soon as possible, or by  15 September 2019 at the latest, to Hanna Surmatz, EFC Enabling Environment Manager,

We will proceed with interviews of short-listed candidates on an ongoing basis.

Head of Programmes

The Other Foundation

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Application Deadline: 23 August 2019

Date Posted: 10 Jul 2019

The Other Foundation is an LGBTI community foundation for southern Africa that advances the equality, freedom, and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people in 13 countries in southern Africa.

The Foundation is looking for a Head of Programmes to lead and manage the conceptualization, development, and implementation of programmes that give expression to the purpose and mission of the Foundation across a wide range of content areas relating to equality, economic empowerment, social inclusion, and safety of LGBTI people in southern Africa – and the development of philanthropy related to this work – including knowledge development, policy and strategy development, planning and implementation of specific programmes, identification and establishment of relationships with strategic partners, managing implementation to achieve results (including detailed and hands-on involvement in grant making), budget management, ensuring programme quality, monitoring and assessing the impact of programmes, donor liaison and organizational representation as may be required.

The Foundation and these posts are based in Johannesburg. All posts are fixed-term contract based. The ability to communicate in English is a requirement. The ability to communicate in French and/or Portuguese as well, will give candidates an advantage.

Interested candidates should email a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees to clearly indicating the position for which you are applying in the email subject line. The closing date for applications is Friday 23 August 2019. Make sure to reference where you found the position in the email.

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