Opening at OSF Russia Project for Program Coordinator - Feb. 11 Deadline
Subject: Opening at OSF Russia Project
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011
From: Vicki Litvinov <email@example.com>
Our department is currently hiring for a new Program Coordinator. I know you've posted job listings on JRL in the past. If it's still appropriate, could you please post this new opening to the list as well? The full job description is below, as well as at http://www.soros.org/about/locations/new-york/coordinator-20110106.
Program Coordinator (Russia and Central European University)
Office of the Regional Director
Open Society InstituteNew York
Application Deadline: February 11, 2011
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities.
The Office of the Regional Director works to advance Open Society Foundations grantmaking in the Russian Federation. We solicit and evaluate proposals from NGOs across Russia and outside, and closely monitor the social, political and economic environment in the region. Our areas of focus are human rights, civil society, rule of law, new media, and access to information.
Additionally, the Regional Director serves as the Open Society Foundations liaison to the Central European University's new School of Public Policy and International Affairs. This entails being the primary point person facilitating connections between the School and the Open Society Foundations thematic programs and national and regional foundations.
The Office of the Regional Director seeks a program coordinator (Russia and Central European University).
- Work with applicants to develop and finalize grant proposals;
- Draft/edit correspondence and memoranda, letters to grant applicants, grant documentation and dockets;
- Monitor grants through review of narrative and financial reports and other communication with grantees;
- Liaise with relevant OSI departments and programs to ensure that the program's grantmaking activities are conducted in a seamless and timely manner;
- Perform site visits of prospective and current grantees;
- Meet with program consultants and area specialists to identify opportunities for new projects or prospective grantees;
- Assist in developing grantmaking strategy, priorities, and guidelines;
- Translate from Russian to English on as-needed basis;
- Conduct research on issues relevant to Russia and the former Soviet Union;
- Monitor Russian-language websites and disseminate relevant articles to program staff;
- Provide general administrative support to the program (including expense reports, travel requests, payment requests, grant processing, and records management);
- Contribute to development of fruitful cooperation between OSF and the newly developed Public Policy School at Central European University.
- Bachelor's degree required; background in international affairs, human rights, and/or civil society important;
- 3+ years of work experience in NGO program management;
- Excellent written and oral English, excellent Russian language reading skills;
- Extensive computer skills and high comfort level with computers (expertise with Microsoft Word and Excel required;
- Superior interpersonal, written, research and organizational skills and ability to compose effective, thoughtful correspondence;
- Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously and independently on a wide range of tasks and projects and ability to prioritize tasks;
- Ability to learn quickly and work independently;
- Strong intellectual curiosity;
- High level of organization and self-motivation;
- Attentiveness to detail and ability to work well under pressure;
- Commitment to working as a member of a team, pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers and the general public;
- Integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle confidential matters;
- Ability to travel internationally when required.
As soon as possible.
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Please email resume, cover letter and writing sample with salary requirements before February 11, 2011, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include job code in subject line: PC-IO/Russia
Open Society Foundations
Human Resources Code PC-IO/Russia
400 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019
No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations are an Equal Opportunity Employer.