Open Society Foundation Program Officer, Early Childhood Program (London, UK)

Deadline January 17.

The Early Childhood Program (ECP) aims to create social change to ensure healthy development and wellbeing of young children through initiatives that emphasize parent and community engagement, professional development and government accountability. Our rights based approach and social justice framework place particular attention on minorities; children with developmental delays, malnutrition and disabilities; and children living in poverty. ECP programs are primarily active in Central Europe and Eurasia, Africa and parts of Asia with emergent work in the Middle East and Latin America.

Job Profile

The ECP is recruiting a Program Officer to join our team of experienced early childhood and international development professionals based in London. The position is intended for a mid-career professional who is committed to promoting and realising the rights of young children and their families. The successful candidate must be able to articulate a vision of social change that can achieve this, and which is based on substantial experience and knowledge of the early childhood development field. The new staff member will work both independently and collaboratively to manage a varied portfolio of work, in select countries, aimed at strengthening early childhood development systems and services with a focus on disadvantaged children under the age of three and their families. Priority will be given to candidates with a strong background in Early Childhood Development (ECD) with knowledge of early childhood intervention, inclusive education, health, social protection or education services welcome. Expertise in developing provision of timely support to families of very young children at risk of developmental delays and with disabilities, or for other disadvantaged groups, is an advantage.

This post requires experience of working with civil society organisations and/or governments and both formal and informal contexts, to improve early childhood development outcomes, services and systems. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
Negotiating and managing grants, projects, project budgets and contracts with diverse organizations, including provision of mentoring and technical assistance through long-distance support;
Developing and managing multi-country, multi-agency initiatives, including coordination with partners and management of consultants;
Assessment of organizational capacity, including an understanding of financial health and organisational capacity;
Design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation processes to generate evidence of learning and impact;
Critical assessment and reflection of what is working and what is not working in order to adjust programming and advocacy accordingly;
Building collaborative relationships within the Early Childhood Program, across OSF’s geographic and thematic entities more widely as well as externally to further programmatic goals;
Preparation and delivery of concise, targeted written reports and presentations for diverse groups, including peers, internal Boards and as well as external audiences;
Design and develop strategies, including researching new areas of potential work and collaborating with colleagues and experts to think creatively both about the Program Officer’s specific areas of own work as well as the ECP’s work and OSF’s work more generally;
Willingness to travel frequently.

Candidate Profile
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development (ECD) or related fields or equivalent experience/education; graduate degree preferred;
7 -10 years of relevant experience and training in progressively responsible roles;
Experience/expertise in service development for young children and their families, preferably for children from birth to three years of age;
Experience of working in the non – governmental sector and /or in government systems responsible for identifying and supporting the needs of young children and their families;
Knowledge of the field of Early Childhood Development with demonstrable understanding of current international debates, leading figures and controversies;
Familiarity with the activities of key development partners, foundations and donors in the field of early childhood development;
Familiarity with the issues surrounding good grant-making, including an understanding of the power dynamics in the grantee/grant-maker relationship;
Experience of designing strategies to promote social change in rapidly shifting contexts;
Experience of managing complex relationships and of exercising sound judgements to further long term goals;
Commitment to addressing the needs of young children and their families;
Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft office, with the ability to learn new systems;
Ability to function effectively and inclusively and demonstrate leadership in cross-cultural settings;
Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.

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