Public Health Program seeks a Program Officer to be based in Budapest, Open Society Foundations

Program Officer
Posted on November 21, 2016
The Public Health Program (PHP) pursues four goals at the intersection of health and rights.  The program aims to make legal regimes and justice systems more responsive to public health goals; it challenges discrimination in health systems and promotes community-based alternatives to coercive, institutional care; it seeks to transform power dynamics in the formulation and implementation of health-related policy and implementation, amplifying the influence of socially excluded groups; and it works to mobilize resources and influence the global and domestic financing environment for health and rights. Within these four goals, the program currently gives priority to seven issues or “subthemes”: access to medicines and innovation, ethnicity and health equality, governance for health, harm reduction, independent living and community participation, palliative care, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. More information about the Public Health Program can be found here.
Job profile:
The Public Health Program seeks a Program Officer to be based in Budapest. The Program Officer will be responsible for strategic leadership and management of the allocated PHP Roma health portfolio. They will have extensive field expertise in Roma rights and inclusion, solid program management skills, and experience engaging at the international policy level (e.g. with the European Union and human rights mechanisms).
The portfolio currently consists of work focused on social accountability and legal empowerment of Roma communities to recognize and claim their health related rights and engage in policy dialogue on issues affecting them; EU advocacy on Roma access to healthcare; and the Roma Health Scholarship Program that supports students to complete medical studies and challenge the perception on Roma from within the healthcare system. The position will also contribute to conceptualizing and developing a new body of work on migration and health rights in Europe.
The Program Officer manages and leads the development of allocated Roma health portfolio including grant making and strategy development in target countries, and reports to the PHP Team Manager.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Crafts and executes strategy for allocated bodies of work, including exploration of new geographies, streamlining existing work, managing successful exits, and developing new bodies of work in line with the overall PHP strategy and in collaboration with supervisor and colleagues;
  • Leads the grant-making cycle for allocated portfolio, exercising approval authority over grants in line with PHP thresholds, and managing the approval process for grants above Program Officer approval limit;
  • Assesses organizational capacities of key grantees and provides capacity building opportunities in order to strengthen the field in at least these areas: advocacy – including engagement with EU, UN, and relevant international human rights mechanisms; financial sustainability; policy engagement; and constituency mobilization for public sector accountability
  • Builds collaborative relationships within and outside OSF (e.g. with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts in the community, policy makers, multilateral agencies) that advance social change efforts in Roma health. Identifies joint programming opportunities with external funders and partners
  • Conducts regular  on-site monitoring and technical assistance visits in collaboration with PHP staff and consultants, including preparation of written reports;
  • Conceptualizes and convenes meetings, seminars and training workshops for relevant PHP partners
  • Participates in the development of overall PHP  strategy and conducts research to support program design
  • Manages complex projects that include staff within/outside OSF and that may be regional or global in nature
  • Guides the work of program and/or administrative staff, including the Roma health Program Specialist in support of grant-making or other program activities
  • Represents PHP at relevant events, meetings and conferences, including high level policy meetings
  • Undertakes other duties as requested by the Public Health Program
Candidate Profile
  • Degree in law or public policy, preferably with a human rights focus; graduate degree preferred
  • 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in program management in a relevant field
  • Mastery of strategic planning and execution
  • Experience with programming that advances the rights of Roma and/or other minorities including legal empowerment, social accountability and/or other forms of civic engagement essential
  • Specialized knowledge in Roma health and relevant EU frameworks and mechanisms, including familiarity with current controversies/issues and leading figures/thinking
  • Experience in the fields of migration and human rights
  • In-depth knowledge of international human rights mechanisms and demonstrated success in engaging with these mechanisms to advance social change
  • Demonstrated success in high-level policy engagement to promote human rights and social change
  • Demonstrated success in advancing social change strategies, including planning and implementing modifications in response to an evolving situation
  • Comprehensive understanding of the structure and workings of both formal and informal organizations (NGO/non-profit organizations), networks, and movements within varied contexts and as appropriate to the program
  • Ability to exercise measured and appropriate judgment, rooted in analysis and often under circumstances in which insufficient information is available and/or the circumstances are highly volatile
  • Mastery of analytical approaches and options, and ability to make sound informed judgments
  • Project management skills, including the ability to direct others to effectively gather evidence and research to inform decisions or judgments
  • Ability to exercise effective and inclusive leadership in cross-cultural settings
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English; knowledge of Romani language preferred
  • Ability to travel extensively in the region
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.
We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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