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Vacancy for Program Manager- Women's Rights in New York, NY

Vacancy for Program Manager- Women’s Rights in New York, NY


The Open Society Foundations are seeking a Program Manager for the Women’s Rights Program. The position is based in our New York City office.

The Women’s Rights Program (WRP) advances open societies where women fully and equally shape, advance and benefit from its guarantees of human rights, democratic and accountable power and justice. Specifically, the strategy seeks to (1) support initiatives to contest repressive and discriminatory structures, norms and policies that limit women’s rights while also (2) enable women to define their own vision of their future by exercising collective action without fear.  WRP is a global program supporting work in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe/Central Asia, and Latin America.

Job Profile

The Program Manager formulates strategy and implements grants, technical assistance and advocacy to advance WRP’s work.   The Program Manager oversees WRP’s strategy implementation, and monitors grant-making and related processes.  This includes being responsible for a portfolio of core grantees and supervising two program officers and one administrative staff.

This position reports to the director of the Women’s Rights Program and is key member of the senior management of the program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Program Management:

  • oversee the overall implementation of the strategy, performing overall analysis of program and developing issues and new directions for the program
  • supervise the work of two (2) program officers and one administrative staff  and is responsible for developing and growing their skills and capacities within the team
  • as part of program’s supervisory team, help coordinate activities and processes, including team building, learning events, and communication about administrative processes and timelines
  • establish and maintain linkages with partners within OSF and externally
  • actively participate in the management team of the Women’s Rights Program and represent WRP as required at meetings of the Open Society Foundations and international, regional and national conferences
  • coordinate conferences and expert consultations

Grant-making and Program Implementation:

  • manage a portfolio of grants and other activities aimed at supporting a cadre of key feminist organizations with the capacity to serve as an effective base of resistance against closing spaces and rising authoritarianism and deploy creative means of responding to threats to open society
  • develop and oversee calls for proposals, manage analysis of grant proposals, supporting documentation, grant reports, peer and expert review, organizational assessment and evaluation
  • build collaborative relationships within and outside OSF that advance WRP’s strategy and identify opportunities where a shared approach might have the potential for broader impact
  • Identify and help manage consultants working with WRP to advance grantmaking and program objectives
  • solicit, review and produce written materials (blogs, policy briefs, short publications) on areas of WRP interest
  • conduct and accompany other staff on site visits to grantees, and communications to grantees on WRP strategy and procedures

Finance and Budget:

  • actively manage and develop the team’s work , including on timing and tracking of grants and related processes
  • monitor financial allocations and general program expenditures of the designated portfolio ;
  • track and ensure staff compliance with OSF finance guidelines, procedures and reporting requirements

Candidate Profile

  • advanced degree and ten to fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in institutional settings; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • relevant work experience in issues related to advancing women’s rights and social justice
  • a proven ability to think analytically, independently and critically with agility to translate ideas and insights into action through coherent and viable program work
  • experience in grant-making required
  • demonstrated management skills in not-for-profit organizations, foundations and/or government agencies, particularly in complex organizations working internationally
  • outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • commitment to and experience in team development and leadership, including supervision and mentoring and supervision of diverse staff at different levels of experience
  • demonstrated expertise in handling personnel issues
  • sound, mature judgment and integrity
  • flexibility and ability to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects
  • demonstrated experience in budget, technical and financial management functions
  • professional, diplomatic demeanor with the ability to represent a global organization and interact with colleagues from diverse backgrounds
  • demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals; comfort with periods of ambiguity; constructive participation in on-going organizational development
  • international experience in Asia, Africa, Latin America or Eastern Europe/Central Asia strongly preferred;
  • strong command of spoken and written English and of a second language. Spanish, Portuguese or Russian preferred;
  • ability to undertake frequent travel
  • candidates should be articulate about their own strengths and limitations.  Experience in more than one sector (public sector, commercial sector, nonprofit sector) would be a benefit, but is not essential

Application Instructions: Please upload a cover letter and resume as one document when submitting an application.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Travel throughout Latin America required. 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.

In order to apply, register HERE.

Application Deadline: July 24, 2017

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