The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.
We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.
We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.
We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.
Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
The Nepal and Bhutan Initiative works to strengthen civil society and public discourse during ongoing democratic transitions in Nepal and Bhutan.
In Nepal, the initiative aims to strengthen Nepali civil society during the complex transition to peace and democracy in post-conflict environment. Key activity areas include the protection and promotion of fundamental rights, support for free expression and independent media, access to quality education, and women’s rights. Priority in grantmaking is given to organizations based outside of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The initiative’s grantmaking is facilitated by a close partnership with the Alliance for Social Dialogue, a Kathmandu-based group that works to promote open society in Nepal.
In Bhutan, the initiative strives to assist the emergence of a vibrant civil society to support the country’s recent transition to democracy.
Provide administrative support/functions to program/department. Work is carried out independently/under general supervision.
The Open Society Foundations may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.
- Provide support related to the regional director, assist with logistics, travel arrangements, materials and other aspects of publications and meetings;
- Provide administrative support to the grants management, legal, and finance departments as needed in order ensure smooth and timely processing of grants, contracts and payments using internal databases;
- Track and analyze developments and programmatic issues affecting Nepal and Bhutan;
- As directed, coordinate travel including arranging itineraries, tickets, visas, and travel authorizations for project staff and non–Open Society colleagues;
- Maintain regular communication with partner organization in Nepal, the Alliance for Social Dialogue;
- Draft/edit correspondence and memoranda, letters to grant applicants, grant documentation, and dockets;
- Travel on behalf of the program to visit the Alliance for Social Dialogue and other key partners in Nepal and Bhutan at the request of the regional director;
- Liaise with Open Society programs working in the region and facilitate their activities;
- Review and comment on grant proposals to the Alliance for Social Dialogue, the regional director and programs;
- Draft/edit grant dockets, correspondence, communications, reports, and other documents;
- Process all grants, contracts, budget allocations, and payments to the Finance Department on behalf of the Nepal and Bhutan Initiative;
- Keep track of the Nepal and Bhutan Initiative’s budget and assist in budget preparations;
- Attend meetings and events on behalf of the Nepal and Bhutan Initiative as necessary;
- Arrange meetings for visitors to New York hosted by the Nepal and Bhutan Initiative;
- Conduct special research projects or organize events;
- Perform other duties as assigned;
- Travel may be required.
- Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university and two to three years of relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
- NGO or foundation experience/interest in human rights preferred;
- Background in Eastern Himalayas a plus.
- Previous office experience working with non-governmental or similar organizations;
- Show discretion and ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues;
- High level of computer literacy, proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook;
- Excellent written and oral English;
- High level of self-motivation and at ease working independently;
- Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously and independently on a wide range of tasks and projects and ability to prioritize tasks;
- Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management and co-workers;
- Superior interpersonal, written, and organizational skills and ability to compose effective, thoughtful correspondence and program documentation;
- Attention to detail and ability to work well under pressure;
- Ability to travel internationally when required.
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a moderate level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements before December 31, 2013, to: email@example.com. Include job code in subject line: PA-Nepal.