Open Society Foundations Program Officer, Global Mental Health Rights (Budapest)

full-time job  Budapest
Closes: Feb 18, 2018

Open Society Foundations
The Public Health Program (PHP) advances a human rights approach to health, with an emphasis on social inclusion and reclaiming the public good in health. We work to make justice systems more responsive to health, to shift power dynamics in health-related decision-making, to challenge the health establishment to advance human rights, and to influence the funding environment for health and rights. The PHP is unique in explicitly focusing on the political nature of health, not seeing it solely or primarily as a technical issue. More information about PHP can be found here.

Job Profile
OSF’s PHP seeks a full-time Program Officer (PO) based in Budapest to develop and implement portfolios of grants to advance the health and human rights of people with the lived experience of mental health problems. PHP’s mental health work promotes the rights, dignity and social inclusion of people with the lived experience aiming to counterbalance the predominance of the biomedical framework that has governed policy and practice in mental health, often with grave human rights consequences. Presently, our work focuses on four interconnected issues in mental health and human rights: global financing for mental health reforms; the influence of the pharmaceutical industry and other private interests in mental health; the mental health and wellbeing of people in high-risk situations, such migrants and people who use drugs; and the establishment of a new enterprise to support the dissemination of models of community inclusion in mental health and disability globally.

The PO will be responsible for the portfolio of work on global mental health financing. The portfolio focuses on:
Promoting a rights based approach in mental health, with focus on community-based, psychosocial support and recovery
Challenging the perpetuation of a strictly biomedical framework for mental health through global health financing to Low and Middle Income Countries (LMI), often at the cost of effective, culturally appropriate local models of mental health support
Promoting good governance of mental health financing through the participation of people with the lived experience of mental health problems in priority setting, funding allocation, and monitoring of implementation of mental health reforms at both international and national levels

The work can be adapted depending on the skills and specific experience of the successful candidate, as well as the needs of the program. The position is ideally suited to a highly experienced development and human rights professional, familiar with the global development assistance landscape, and with the key trends, stakeholders, issues and tensions in the field of mental health.

Typical duties and responsibilities include the following:

Portfolio Design and Grants Management
Construct, and regularly review, portfolios of work that combine multiple tools, which will include chiefly grant making, but also advocacy, convening, communications, and others to advance portfolio goals
Responsible for all grant-making activities related to the portfolios, including reviewing grant proposals, conducting grantee site visits, and providing feedback on organizational health and capacity of grantees

Develop, plan and organize program-related workshops, trainings and events;
Stay abreast of developments in the field through research and attendance at conferences and/or meetings;
Regularly liaise with donors in the field of mental and broader health financing with the aim of leveraging funding for rights-based mental health programming.
Write strategy/position papers that provide direction on policy and capacity-building issues impacting the field;
Perform special assignments, including participation in other OSF program and Foundation task forces and working groups;
Build and establish strategic relationships with other philanthropic partners and NGOs

Manage financial and budget reports to track spending and assist in planning and development of annual budgets

The PO may be asked to undertake additional responsibilities according to program needs.

Candidate Profile
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and seven to ten years of experience in development and human rights; or equivalent combination of education and experience
Intimate knowledge of health financing institutions both at global and state levels in the regions listed above and an analysis and knowledge of key trends, donors, stakeholders, decision making and accountability processes in relation to mental health financing
Demonstrated commitment to advance the health and human rights of marginalized populations; experience with advancing social change in the field of mental health, with focus on the rights and dignity of people with the lived experience, highly desirable
Experience working in one of these regions: Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Southeast Asia
Familiarity with the mental health field globally, including key stakeholders, issues and tensions, highly desirable
Significant complex project/program management experience required
Experience advocating for or participating in national level reforms in the health or mental health fields in at least one country classified as LMI
Excellent written and oral English skills required
Ability to grasp and work within a complex organizational environment, to show sensitivity and respect for people working in different programs and departments, and to empathize with different points of view
Exceptional collaboration skills including the ability to identify opportunities from working with others and to innovate and increase impact based on synthesis of different topics and portfolios
Excellent strategic and analytical skills including the ability to combine external and internal inputs into a compelling strategy and theory of change
Adaptability with the ability to work in conditions of change and ambiguity, and to stretch oneself to adopt new skills for changing circumstances and challenges
Willingness to undertake regular international travel

Please upload a cover letter and CV, ideally as one document.

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.

OSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer which supports diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Qualified minority candidates and candidates with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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