Friday, March 27, 2009

JOB: Program Officer, Central Eurasia Project. Open Society Institute New York (

The Open Society Institute works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve its mission, OSI seeks to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. OSI places a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of marginalized people and communities.

OSI's Central Eurasia Project (CEP) seeks a full-time Program Officer for Central Eurasia to be based in New York, starting immediately.

Working under the supervision of OSI's Director of the CEP and Middle East Initiatives, the Program Officer will have the following responsibilities:
* Monitor grants through extended site visits, review of narrative and financial reports and other communication with grantees;
* Focus in particular on human rights, labor migration and other areas as assigned;
* Work with applicants to develop and finalize grant proposals;
* Liaise with associated Foundations and non-governmental organizations in developing complementary strategies and approaches;
* Perform site visits of prospective and current grantees;
* Managing a grants program, including soliciting and evaluating grant proposals in the context of broader policy efforts, overseeing due diligence on grants implementation, and supervising 1-2 staff members.

* Master's Degree or higher
* Excellent organizational, communication, and analytical skills;
* Extensive regional knowledge;
* Strong verbal and writing skills in English;
* Fluency in Russian strongly desirable; knowledge of Central Asian or South Caucasus languages a plus;
* 10 years experience working in human rights, journalism and with civil society

Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

Start Date

To Apply
Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements, before April 15, 2009,

Include job code in subject line: PO/CEP

Open Society Institute
Human Resources - Code PO/CEP
400 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019
Application Deadline: April 15, 2009

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