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HR Manager

European Council on Foreign Relations

Location: Berlin, Germany

Application Deadline: 08 March 2020

Date Posted: 28 Feb 2020

This HR Manager position will be a true HR generalist role in a busy and hands on HR environment. You must be self-reliant, adaptable and willing to deal with the day to day HR activities as and when required while further professionalising and advancing the HR function. Your role stretches across all entities of the ECFR organisation and is part of the Operations Team centrally located in Berlin.

  • Reporting to: Senior Director Finance & Operations
  • Closing date: March 8, 2020
  • Location: Berlin

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  • Manage all employer concerns such as recruiting, staff contracts, benefits as well as complex or ad hoc employer issues
  • Look after all employee relations such as on- and offboarding, performance appraisal process, training coordination, healthy work environment
  • Advance and maintain effective HR procedures, policies and systems
  • Oversee the payroll preparation in cooperation with external service providers
  • Manage stakeholders – provide guidance and advice on HR issues for staff and managers; keep up to date with relevant legislation in various jurisdictions

Person specification

  • Relevant HR experience in a similar role within a small to medium size organisation, preferably in a multi-national working environment
  • Solid HR acumen and understanding of employment legislation
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong internal and external customer service focus and able to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills, Knowledge of German or French desirable
  • Proficient computer software skills, MS Office especially Excel and Word
  • Good organisational skills, highly accurate with an eye for detail

Our Offer

  • Broad, diverse and interesting area of responsibility
  • Opportunity to make a difference
  • Exciting environment in an innovative and reputable international think-tank
  • Open and appreciative corporate culture with low hierarchy
  • Highly motivated and engaged international colleagues
  • Modern workplace in the heart of Berlin

To apply:

If you are interested in this exciting and challenging role we are looking forward to receiving your application in English or German (Cover Letter and CV) (with ref: HRManager2020 in the subject line). Please include where you found the job in the email.

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ECFR (The European Council on Foreign Relations) is a pan-European initiative which seeks to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent, effective and values-based European foreign policy. It has offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw.

ECFR strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Company and Charity in England and Wales. Company Reg. Number 07154609 Charity Number 1143536.

Consultant for Coordination of Digital Power Initiative


Application Deadline: 05 March 2020

Date Posted: 24 Feb 2020

‘Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights’ is a Europe-wide, peer-to-peer network of donors and grant-makers investing in social change and human rights. It currently has almost 600 participants representing 160 institutions in 22 countries. Ariadne offers its members a mix of hard and soft links, with participants able to connect both online and face-to-face. Ariadne has a sophisticated online portal where participants can create and moderate special interest communities and share ideas and information. This is supplemented by a number of annual events for the entire network and a series of locally based events in different countries and linguistic regions.

The language of the central network is English, with sub-networks working in French, Dutch, German, and Italian.
Ariadne comprises a small and dedicated team that is based in Brussels and London.

Consultancy Description
Ariadne is looking for a part-time consultant to coordinate a new initiative on digital rights and digital power. This initiative will focus on building funder knowledge and capacity around the implications of digital technology for the causes they support, with a particular focus on accountability in the online public sphere and countering AI-driven discrimination and inequality. This consultancy is supported by a project grant of two years.

The consultant will:
• work with members of an existing group of digital rights funders to identify the most pressing topics in the areas of digital rights and technology and potential areas for effective donor collaboration;
• oversee the development of an annual meeting of this group of donors, and support follow-up from those meetings;
• facilitate conversation in between the annual meeting, e.g. organise periodic webinars/calls for funders to check in and exchange information;
• conduct outreach to the wider group of Ariadne members and other foundations to share expertise and funding strategies to address the rise of digital;
• identify new funders who might be interested in joining discussions or collaborating on digital rights issues;
• promote bilateral connections between funders based on mutual interests;
• conduct mapping among the group to provide information about which organisations and issues are being funded by foundations and to identify possible areas for greater collaboration; and
• proactively disseminate recent publications / reports that might be of interest to funders.

The consultant will report to the Ariadne Director and will maintain regular communications with the main funders of this initiative.

Expected Outcomes of the Project
• A set of collaborative initiatives credibly confronting digital power
• Strong relationships between digital rights and human rights and social justice funders
• Increased knowledge amongst human rights funders as well as digital rights funders about effective grant making strategies and impactful interventions with regard to digital power

Skills and Knowledge
The person who fills this post must be confident, intellectually curious, and demonstrate the ability to work independently and to accept a high level of responsibility. We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:
• Strong networking capabilities, experience in connecting individuals and organisations to each other and building meaningful relationships with the members and relevant actors in the external environment
• A good grasp of the impact of digitisation on our societies and how this affects the topics that social justice funders and human rights funders are working on
• Track record in working for / with civil society organisations and being able to understand their needs in optimising their potential
• Basic understanding of philanthropy and grant making strategies as well as of funder communities in Europe
• Creative thinking and entrepreneurial style of operating
• Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
• Excellent written and public speaking skills in English
• Facility in another European language desirable
• Willingness to travel internationally

Terms and Conditions
It is anticipated that the consultant will initially work approximately one day per week, scaling up to two days per week over the course of the project if necessary.

Availability for a prompt start in April 2020 is preferred.
We expect to offer a competitive daily rate and look forward to discussing this with the successful candidate.
The location of this role is flexible, with a strong preference for someone based in Europe. This role will include some international travel, including occasional meetings at our offices in Brussels and/or London.

Application Instructions

The closing date for applications is 17:00 GMT on 5th March 2020.
To apply: please submit a maximum two-page CV and a one-page cover letter to Please use the following subject line: “Digital Power: Last name, first name”. The filename of your CV should be “LastnameFirstname_CV” and that of your cover letter should be “LastnameFirstname_Cover”.
Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only be able to contact short-listed candidates.

Operations Officer

European Foundation Centre

Location: Rue Royale 94, Brussels, Belgium

Application Deadline: 04 March 2020

Date Posted: 19 Feb 2020

We are looking for a flexible, dynamic and motivated candidate to join the Operations Department of the EFC.


  • The ideal candidate will be a good all-rounder as the role is 75% support to the events unit and 25% support to the reception and office management unit
  • The Officer’s role is to contribute to maintaining the EFC’s high standards of service for tenants and visitors of Philanthropy House, ensuring the smooth running of daily operations, upkeep of office material and successful delivery of events. The position focuses on making Philanthropy House a great place to (net)work in
  • The candidate must be able to work well both independently and as part of a team, and be proactive and methodical. The candidate must have exceptional problem-solving skills, as well as great communication skills, both written and verbal. The position requires a person that is reliable, well organised, flexible, punctual, precise, consistent, proactive, ready to work under pressure (at times) and attentive to detail

Desirable skills:

Preference will be given to candidates with a record of accomplishment in customer care, front office and/or events roles, as well as a proven solution-oriented, can-do attitude. Experience with AV equipment is highly desirable.

Main tasks:

 Supporting the Conference and Events Manager:

  • Assist in the organisation of all events taking place at Philanthropy House (booking rooms, arranging catering, setting up rooms including IT/AV arrangements, booking restaurants, printing badges, welcoming delegates and organisers, …)
  • Provide support with travel/hotel bookings for speakers (for EFC meetings and/or larger events like the Annual Conference)
  • Monitor and troubleshoot online registration for EFC events (including payment follow up, if necessary).
  • Provide full logistical support during Annual Conference and onsite support at smaller meetings and fora (if needed)

 Supporting the Reception and Facilities Officer:

  • Perform daily reception tasks (mail, phone, access to building), ensuring front desk is covered at all times during working hours (including working in shifts on high-activity days). Support with orders and distribution of delivered goods (packages, mail, food/drinks, stationary)
  • Support follow up on communications with tenants and suppliers (building management, cleaning company…)
  • Help keep Philanthropy House welcoming, tidy and presentable at all times (both common areas and back-office/storage) and maintain the good spirit of Philanthropy House tenants
  • Contribute to production and upkeep of working guidelines for reception and office management

The selected candidate will be required to perform other duties as requested by the department manager (the Director of Operations) to ensure the smooth running of the organisation’s activities.


English – main working language of the EFC: excellent command both written and oral

French: excellent command both written and oral

Any other language is an asset

What we offer:

  • An attractive salary commensurate with experience and extra-legal benefits including hospitalisation insurance, and, after one year, group insurance
  • A monthly public transport reimbursement
  • A contribution toward one language course per year, up to €250
  • An attractive holiday regime in line with Belgian legislation and the European Commission holiday calendar
  • Lunch vouchers
  • A flexible and friendly work atmosphere in a beautiful building in the centre of Brussels

 A bit about us

The European Foundation Centre, based in Brussels, is the platform for and champion of institutional philanthropy – with a focus on Europe, but also with an eye to the global philanthropic landscape.

We are an international network of 200+ member foundations working in areas as diverse as culture, migration, health, socio-economic development and employment, scientific excellence, civil and human rights, environment…

How to apply?

Send your CV and half page cover letter by 4 March 2020 to and mention “Operations Officer” in the subject line. For more information about the EFC, please check out our website (, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to see what we’re all about!

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please do not contact the EFC to enquire about the status of your application.

Head of Finance and Investment

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Location: The Garden House, Water End, York, YO30 6WQ

Application Deadline: 09 March 2020

Date Posted: 12 Feb 2020

Starting salary: £71,264 + pension 

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is a Quaker Trust which supports people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice.  We make grants to charities and other social change organisations, primarily in the UK. The Trust is at the forefront of ethical and responsible investment practice in the management of its endowment.

We are seeking an experienced senior financial manager to join our small York-based team. The postholder will maintain exemplary organisational accounting systems and practices, and oversee the administration of our investment strategy. As a member of the senior management team, they will also contribute to the strategic management and development of the Trust.

The post is full time, 35 hours per week.

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The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday, 9 March 2020

Interviews will be held in York on Wednesday 25 or Thursday 26 March 2020.

European Donor Relations Associate

Climate Leadership Initiative

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Application Deadline: 01 March 2020

Date Posted: 12 Feb 2020

The Donor Relations Associate is a new position developed to support the Climate Leadership Initiative. The Donor Relations Associate will help ensure the smooth and effective completion of a wide range of fundraising and administrative tasks and functions associated with the CLI team, primarily by supporting two CLI philanthropy leads (based in Geneva and London) in donor support, events, volunteer support, and overall administrative/workflow support.

The FTE breakdown is estimated as follows:

  • Donor support: (25%)
  • Event project management and vendor oversight: (25%)
  • Priority material development (briefings and materials for donors): (25%)
  • Administration, process improvement, and workflow: (25%)

Major Responsibilities

Donor Support (25%)

  • Supporting and assisting in developing and recommending strategies for development activities, solicitations, and monitoring progress
  • Working with Senior Analyst of Prospect Development and others to identify next steps for deepening donor engagement as they consider a gift
  • Ensuring that donor and event activities in Salesforce are regularly updated by proactively tracking and managing the process
  • Supporting philanthropy leads with Salesforce entry and trend analysis as needed
  • Maintaining and updating dashboard results on fundraising progress for assigned philanthropy lead on a monthly basis
  • Tracking referrals (including new and active) and reviewing monthly with philanthropy leads
  • Working with philanthropy leads to clean and update portfolio twice a year
  • Conducting development research in partnership with CLI’s staff as needed

Events: (25%)

  • Identifying guests for CLI events
  • Managing event logistics for European CLI events, or, for larger events, managing the event vendors (e.g. tracking RSVPs, registration, name tags, speaker prep and briefings, food and beverage, and other tasks as needed)
  • Supporting philanthropy leads in event follow-up activities
  • Tracking return on investment and results for CLI events
  • Identifying and maintaining dynamic calendar of climate events and moments in Europe, and potentially beyond, for CLI engagement
  • Develop and maintain database of European climate experts across academia, non-profit, grassroots, and donor communities for events, briefings, or meetings

Material Development: (25%)

  • Prepare high quality, strategic briefs and support preparation of other donor materials (including decks, advisory materials, funding opportunities, etc.) for meetings with donors, ambassadors, volunteers, and partners
  • Support content curation for CLI events, including session descriptions, speaker briefings, and any other event materials in coordination with the advisory, content, and communication teams
  • Work with teammates to help prepare briefings on attendees and speakers, as well as executive summaries and meetings notes as needed

Administration/Process Improvement/Workflow: (25%)

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Summarizing and taking responsibility for key action items, distributing information and managing follow up with appropriate internal and external staff
  • Documenting information gathered from various visits and discussions and preparing materials to respond to donor requests, including proactive pipeline management (reports, reminders of activity)
  • Staying informed on current climate change news and circulate relevant articles
  • Calendaring complex meetings for the Donor Relations team


The successful candidate will be a self-starter and self-disciplined, driven by CLI’s mission and a demonstrated passion for breaking new ground in the fight against climate change. Experience in the philanthropic and the NGO sectors is desirable but not required. A positive attitude and flexibility is a MUST.

Additional skills required:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience
  • Demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of database systems, such as Microsoft Access and Salesforce
  • Fundraising experience preferred
  • Ability to work efficiently, juggle tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines, achieve goals, and prioritize projects
  • Ability to work effectively in an entrepreneurial, flexible environment
  • Fluency in English and a second language (German or French preferred)
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills with proven ability to translate complex concepts into succinct, clear, accessible language for multiple audiences
  • Comfort working with flexible and dynamic teams across different time zones. May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Periodic (mostly European and some international) travel may be required
  • Ability to work independently without need for significant direction
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to interact with a wide range of people across cultures and locations
  • Outstanding communication skills and exceptional attention to detail and follow-through
  • Ability to effectively communicate with both internal and external constituents

Compensation and Location

CLI offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in either Geneva or London. CLI is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

To Apply

CLI is a an is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. It recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work and views diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, education, and geographic location. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To be considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role to by March 1, 2020.

Play & Health Specialist

The LEGO Foundation

Location: Billund, Denmark

Application Deadline: 02 March 2020

Date Posted: 12 Feb 2020

Do you want to make a difference for children with special needs using your creativity, playfulness, and curiosity? Join us to explore, innovate and establish projects that can improve quality of life and support children with autism to develop a breadth of skills through Learning through Play.

Are you ready to contribute to making a vision come to life?

The LEGO Foundation shares a mission with the LEGO Group: to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. We are a Danish corporate foundation with a core team of dedicated employees with one shared passion: to make children’s lives better – and communities stronger – by making sure the fundamental value of play is understood, embraced and acted upon. We are dedicated to building a future where Learning through Play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners.

Lead the Autism Project

Joining the LEGO Collaboration & New Ventures team, your role is to lead the Autism project, which is part of an important focus area for the LEGO Foundation – LEGO Play & Health. The project focuses on identifying, developing and scaling LEGO based concepts, physical and digital, for children with autism aged 2-12 years.

Develop Learning through Play concepts for children with autism

You will lead the Autism project as part of a larger initiative, i.e. LEGO Learning through Play for Children with Special Needs, that includes other projects, e.g. the LEGO Braille Bricks project, and that sit under LEGO Play & Health. The purpose of the Autism project is to identify and globalize Learning through Play-based educational concepts that support the unique needs and challenges involved in education for children with autism. The concepts are to drive inclusive learning structures and support strengthening of social, communicative and emotional skills.

You will join a team of 5 passionate colleagues that are working collaboratively to drive impact through reaching children with special needs via Learning through Play.

Likewise, you will work with a wide target audience that spans experts, professionals, practitioners, schools, NGOs, parents and service providers as you:

  • Scout and assess LEGO Learning through Play-based concepts and methods on autism by working with relevant stakeholders inside and outside of the LEGO family. This also includes establishing criteria to evaluate concepts and methods.
  • In collaboration with relevant stakeholders, drive the development, roll-out, and scale of concepts and methods aimed at practitioners/professionals, parents, etc.
  • Test and document best practices for Learning through Play for children with autism
  • Initiate impact studies and drive research collaboration projects and integrate findings into concepts
  • Develop a Measurement, Evaluation and Learning framework and drive continuous measurement of concepts and methods together with implementation partners as well as internal and external MEL partners
  • Establish in-house knowledge on autism, and build up a network of external experts, practitioners, schools, etc.

Business development in a health context

You’re a highly-skilled business developer and you know how to identify, develop and bring concepts to scale. You have strong stakeholder management skills and can interact with stakeholders across functions, borders, and professions. Also, you are known for your dynamic project management skills, and your ability to make things happen and turn ideas into manageable projects. Moreover, we imagine that you:

  • Hold a master’s degree for instance within Business, Finance or Management, or a degree in pedagogy, psychology or teaching
  • Bring 7+ years of experience with business development, innovation and/or implementation of new concepts and products
  • Bring 7+ years of project management in an international and cross-organisational setting
  • Have experience working in an international setting preferably in the health sector, an NGO, foundation or a ministry
  • Could have experience with autism or working with special needs, however, this is not mandatory
  • Speak and write English effortlessly

Embark with us on our journey

In the LEGO Foundation we know creating change for the lives of children is a team effort.

Therefore, we are looking for colleagues who have a true collaborative mindset and who strive to achieve synergies across functional areas of expertise. Equal to working collaboratively, we also expect that you align activities in with our overall priorities, take ownership of problems as they arise and relentlessly drive progress. We are creating change in complex and changing environments, where our agility is key to ensuring the greatest impact. So being curious, learning from experience and striving for improvement are all qualities we are looking for.

Do you strive for the greater impact? Do you have a passion for Learning through Play? Are you ready to act as a role model for our values? Then you are the one we are looking for.

If you would like to join our team in Billund to embark with us on our journey, then please send us your complete application, including your CV and a short motivation letter in English.

  • This position was posted in Mid-February
  • We review applications as of February 2020
  • We take candidates into the recruitment process continuously and fill the position once we have found the right candidate.
  • We start with the interviews End-February

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Program Officer, Just Climate Transition in Europe

Open Society Foundations

Location: Open Society Foundations, Jägerstraße, Berlin, Germany

Application Deadline: 01 March 2020

Date Posted: 11 Feb 2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your expertise on helping European societies with a just transition towards a low-carbon economy? We’re seeking a Program Officer, Supporting a Just Climate Transition and Climate Justice in Europe based in Berlin to manage our growing grant-making program on this issue across the continent.

The Open Society Foundations works 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 Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) works at national, local and pan-European level to support European progress towards open society goals mainly through grant making, convening, advocacy and research, and supports OSF’s foundations and thematic programs to achieve their Europe-focused strategies.

The Program Officer leads OSIFE’s work on supporting a just climate transition in Europe. This body of work seeks to support civic actors across the continent in their endeavor to ensure that climate mitigation and adaptation measures are based on wide public debate and broad-based participation, particularly by the most affected communities, avoid being captured by special interests, and are socially just and inclusive. This crucial programmatic position has the responsibility to further develop OSIFE’s nascent grant-making in this area. This work will include engaging with the rapidly growing field of climate justice groups across Europe, designing appropriate strategies and tools for fostering desired social change, and developing and managing relationships with other entities within the OSF network –particularly the Open Society European Policy Institute, and other relevant donors active in the field.

As a Program Officer at Open Society you will:

  • Develop an overall grant-making strategy for OSIFE’s work on just transition in cooperation with OSIFE leadership, specifically: to Identify OSIFE’s specific added value among the rapidly growing field of donors supporting climate justice and works with relevant OSIFE colleagues on developing a coherent and long-term grant-making strategy for this body of work.
  • Ensures that emerging strategy is closely aligned with the approach of other relevant OSF partners, particularly the Open Society European Policy Institute
  • Be responsible for all grant-making activities relating to the body of work. Operates with considerable autonomy and makes decisions related to authorizing/declining grants within an approved work plan and budget reflective of own field experience/expertise. Responsible for monitoring grantee activities and assessing outputs and outcomes. Ensures that the organizations, initiatives and models we support in this field seek out ways to bring in marginalized and disenfranchised communities.
  • Develop collaboration with other programs within OSF, especially in Europe, as well as other donors in this field, identifying opportunities where a shared approach might have the potential to create a broader impact
  • Guide the work of program and/or administrative staff in support of grant-making or other program activities.
  • Contribute to the development of overall OSIFE strategy and other cross-cutting initiatives or processes at OSIFE and OSF in general.  Since climate justice is a nascent area for OSIFE, this will likely include a role in advising colleagues on how engage with this field, for example by participating in working groups, liaising with other portfolios, and sharing lessons from the grant-making work.

What we are looking for:

  • 7 -10 years of relevant professional experience, generally in an organization other than a foundation, relevant to the duties of this role
  • Proven expertise in the field of civic actors working on climate justice/just transition in Europe
  • Significant understanding of social/socio-economic and political dimensions of climate policy and action at EU and member state levels
  • Good understanding of overall discourse and key concepts around climate justice, mitigation and adaptation
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education
  • Excellent English language skills (both written and oral)

Desirable (but not required):

  • Familiarity with grant-making and advocacy, ideally within the European context
  • Fluency in additional European languages


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 perks designed 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.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit a cover letter that addresses the specific skills and experience that OSF requires for Program Officers (guidance is located here) 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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