Women's Rights Progam: Program Officer

Job: Program Officer
Department: Women’s Rights Program
Location: New York
Application Deadline:February 12, 2016

Job Profile:
The program officer is responsible for implementing, monitoring and helping to develop and evaluate the program goal aimed at strengthening women’s rights organizations and movements. This includes carrying out all stages of relevant grant making, managing relationships with other entities including potential and current grantees and other civil society and social change organizations, participating in collaborative decision making both within OSF and with external entities, and monitoring the women’s rights field. The program officer is also responsible for strengthening connections between the Women’s Rights Program and the broader priorities of OSF, and facilitating effective and coordinated engagement of OSF programs in the region. 

This exciting opportunity is for an experienced professional with substantial knowledge, expertise and programmatic experience in women’s rights, social movements and change. The successful candidate will have the following:
  • a demonstrated commitment to open society values of human rights, transparency and accountability, and democratic governance; comprehensive understanding and knowledge of current issues, trends, dynamics and key actors/thought leaders, formal and informal organizations, networks, and movements in women’s rights movements; demonstrated success in advancing social change strategies, including planning and making changes in response to an evolving situation; detailed knowledge of the state of women’s rights in at least two countries where OSF is active is essential; substantial prior work within a civil society organization or government institution addressing women’s rights.
  • strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills; strong project management skills, including the ability to direct others to effectively gather evidence and research to inform decisions or judgments; the proven ability to work independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals; a track record in building effective collaborations across multiple internal and external stakeholders; a proven ability to work effectively in a fluid and fast paced work environment, managing multiple priorities under pressure and accomplish short- and long-term goals with a heavy workload; and a history of being a strong team player. Broad intellectual curiosity, comfort with robust debate, and a good sense of humor will be valuable.
  • experience in grant making or advocacy, or demonstrated project management experience, including managing consultants and project budgets; familiarity with the issues relating to good grantmaking, including an understanding of the power dynamics in the grantee/grantmaker relationship, and ability to handle this relationship properly and respectfully;
  • excellent writing and editing skills in English (proficiency in other languages will be a great advantage); excellent public speaking and presentation skills; high emotional intelligence, humility and empathy; the ability to relate effectively and inclusively to people across cultures; excellent inter-personal skills, with the diplomatic demeanor and political astuteness necessary to represent a global organization; and a desire for continued professional growth. 
  • a bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education; graduate degree strongly preferred; seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience working in a relevant field; or equivalent combination of education, experience and accomplishment. 
**Please note that a cover letter and resume are required when submitting an application.
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