For over a decade, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa has supported initiatives to advance human rights in the region with a view to improve the quality of life of the people of Eastern Africa. We have partnered with government agencies, civil society organizations, individuals, academic institutions and movements to promote democratic ideals, justice, rule of law, inclusion, equality and non-discrimination. We have passionately worked towards our aspiration, inspired by our common conviction that “all persons count equally”. Our distinct character of taking on what have been considered “lost causes”, enabling the most marginalized in society to realize their aspirations, has been made possible by our team of caring, diligent, passionate and talented workforce. Today, we work with some of the most committed and passionate staff dedicated to the mission of making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in the society; staff committed to the fundamental ideals of human rights that we so aspire to realize. It is because of these dedicated staff that we have been able to advance human rights in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan and Rwanda.

In the course of doing these, we have lived our values of justice, passion, equity and equality, diversity, innovation, integrity, solidarity and collegiality. We continually search for the most talented and brilliant individuals from around the Eastern Africa region to be part of our team. We pride in employing staff that are passionate, dedicated and are diverse in terms of nationality, gender and other backgrounds.

Why work with us?

OSIEA employs individuals with a wide variety of technical, managerial and operational skills to achieve our aspirations. We are often looking for talented, passionate and committed people to join our quest to improve the lives of the people of Eastern Africa. If you are interested in working on advancing the human rights of the most vulnerable communities in Eastern Africa- women, girls, youth, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, pastoralists etc. then OSIEA is the best place for you.

At OSIEA, we are a team that works collaboratively, guided by our core value of solidarity and collegiality. Our empathy, responsiveness and teamwork enable us to work more effectively. We treat each other with compassion and stand by each other in difficult times. We are not just a workforce, we are family.

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Program Officer Vacancy - Health and Rights

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) promotes vibrant and inclusive democracies in Eastern Africa. Founded in 2005, OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging informed dialogue about issues of public importance. We promote democratic governance, justice, human rights, equality and non- discrimination, respect for rule of law and protection of rights of minorities. We play a key role in amplifying the voices that promote open society ideals. We do this by supporting individuals, organizations, coalitions, and movements. We do this through grant-making, research, and advocacy. OSIEA works in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, and Rwanda.

OSIEA seeks to recruit a Program Officer in the Health Rights program.

Overall job purpose

In collaboration with two Open Society Foundation thematic programmes namely the Human Rights Initiative (HRI) and the Public Health Program (PHP); the Programme Officer’s core duties will entail provision of technical support in identification and fostering of effective grant making relations in a dynamic, creative and committed manner with a focus on key populations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide a bold vision for innovative work that will add value by identifying grant-making, operational, and advocacy strategies to advance health rights of key populations in Eastern Africa. Participate in the development of overall program strategy.
  • Collaborate within and beyond the program team, including building partnerships beyond OSF, to develop knowledge content, identify emerging trends, and conduct strong field assessments employing a rights-based lens.
  • Conduct relevant policy analysis in the region for internal and external audiences.
  • Support identification of capacity and institutional development opportunities in partner organizations (grantees).
  • Support network/coalition building for joint advocacy with grantees and constituents targeting governments, donor agencies, service providers, and the general public.
  • Oversee administrative duties within the program and supervision of consultants.

Person specifications

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • At least six years’ relevant work experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and one other East African language.
  • Experience developing and implementing social change strategies through a rights-based approach and substantive knowledge of health rights issues in the Eastern Africa region.
  • Experience in working with community based groups in East Africa on public health and human rights issues relating to LGBTI, sex workers, People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) among others.
  • Experience in grant making in East Africa.
  • Knowledge of the Eastern Africa sexual rights context.
  • NGO experience is desirable.
  • Ability to manage several simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Integrity, team work, diplomacy and professionalism will be essential.
  • Willingness to travel as needed.
  • Suitably qualified candidates should mail their resumes and cover letters to jobs@osiea.org by by 1st December 2017. The position will attract a competitive salary with good benefits package.

Program Officer - Equality and Non-discrimination Job Application

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) promotes vibrant and inclusive democracies in Eastern Africa. Founded in 2005, OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging informed dialogue about issues of public importance. We promote democratic governance, justice, human rights, equality and non-discrimination, respect for rule of law and protection of rights of minorities. We play a key role in amplifying the voices that promote open society ideals. We do this by supporting individuals, organizations, coalitions, and movements. We do this through grant-making, research, and advocacy. OSIEA works in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, and Rwanda. (For more details check www.osiea.org)

OSIEA seeks to recruit a Program Officer in the equality and non-discrimination program.

Overall job purpose

The Programme Officer’s core duties will entail provision of support in identification and fostering of effective grant making relations in a dynamic, creative and committed manner with a focus on OSIEA’s equality and non-discrimination programming in the Eastern Africa region. The program officer will particularly focus on youth programming in the region.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide a bold vision for innovative work that will add value by identifying grant-making, operational, and advocacy strategies to advance the rights of youth in Eastern Africa. Participate in the development of overall program strategy.
  • Collaborate within and beyond the program team, including building partnerships beyond OSF, to develop knowledge content, identify emerging trends, and conduct strong field assessments employing a rights-based lens.
  • Conduct relevant policy analysis in the region for internal and external audiences.
  • Support identification of capacity and institutional development opportunities in partner organizations (grantees).
  • Support network/coalition building for joint advocacy with grantees and constituents targeting governments, donor agencies, service providers, and the general public.
  • Oversee administrative duties within the program and supervision of consultants.

Person specifications

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • At least six years’ relevant work experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and one other East African language.
  • Support identification of capacity and institutional development opportunities in partner organizations (grantees).
  • Experience developing and implementing social change strategies through a rights-based approach and substantive knowledge of human rights issues in the Eastern Africa region.
  • Experience in working with community based groups in East Africa on human rights issues relating to youth.
  • Experience in or understanding of grant making in East Africa.
  • Knowledge of the Eastern Africa human rights context.
  • Suitably qualified candidates should mail their resumes and cover letters to jobs@osiea.org by 17th November 2017. The position will attract a competitive salary with good benefits package.