Program Officer

Program Officer – Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) seeks to recruit a Program Officer in the equality and non-discrimination program.

Overall job purpose:

The Program 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 frequently as needed.

Suitably qualified candidates should mail their resumes and cover letters to by 17th November 2017.   The position will attract a competitive salary with good benefits package.

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