Program Coordinator

The Open Society Initiative for Europe’s At Home in Europe project, based at the Open Society Foundation-London, works to advance the social inclusion of vulnerable communities in Western Europe. Through research, advocacy and grant-making, the project explores the political, social, cultural, and economic participation of minority and marginalized groups in Western Europe. We place a high priority on the local community and city-level practices that mitigate discrimination and seek to ensure equal treatment for all.

We are seeking an enthusiastic person who has a keen interest in equality, human rights, and social justice to support the work of At Home in Europe as a program coordinator on a permanent, full-time basis.

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.

We are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Our network includes national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. At the same time, many programs with global reach operate from our four headquarters in Europe and the United States, including programs on digital information, documentary photography, drug policy, early childhood, education, fellowships, fiscal governance, higher education, human rights, international migration, justice, public health, scholarships, think tanks, and women’s rights. In addition to making grants to organizations and individuals, the Open Society Foundations engage in policy advocacy, legal advocacy and litigation, program-related investing, and public communications, as well as providing direct assistance to governments. Most programs and foundations in the network are governed or advised by their own boards.

The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations. 

Job Profile

The program coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Working closely with the program director and team to develop specific grantmaking, communication, and outreach strategies based on set objectives in priority areas of the project;
  • Work with the Office of Communications, developing and coordinating content for the website (articles, publications, and other related content), in particular to manage materials to be disseminated and to identify opportunities for effective communication using multimedia tools;
  • Liaising with the Communications office to develop and coordinate all project activities on the website and social media, including Twitter and Facebook and as needed, contributing to blogs, publications, and articles on program-related subject matters;
  • Liaising and coordinating with researchers and consultants as part of grant-related or AHiE-designed research on identifying opportunities for audio visual and communications initiatives;
  • Participating in identifying relevant partners for grantmaking in three areas of work: Muslims in EU Cities, Somalis in European Cities, and Europe’s White Working Class Communities;
  • Managing all aspects of grantmaking including the creation, approval, interviewing, and monitoring of grantees;
  • Coordinating logistical arrangements for project-related events such as roundtables, conferences, and strategic internal meetings;
  • Conducting research, under the direction of the program director, using web tools to search public sources, as well as conducting research on issues, organizations, and other matters and compiling that research into concise, relevant material;
  • Reviewing policy developments and events in areas related to the topics of the research including national and international development, international policy developments, civil society, foundations, donors, and other associations. 
  • Providing support related to the program team, in conjunction with the other members of the support team; assisting with logistics, travel arrangements, materials, and other aspects of publications and meetings;
  • Assuming responsibility for drafting, editing, and disseminating internal weekly reports, minutes of meetings, board and meeting documentation, and other related reporting requirements for AHiE;
  • Tracking and processing expenses and payments of invoices.
Qualifications
  • BA in international affairs, human rights, or related subject required;
  • Demonstrated experience in international affairs, human rights, and/or civil society, especially NGO program management in Europe;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously and independently on a wide range of tasks and projects and ability to prioritize tasks; 
  • Attentiveness to detail and ability to work well under pressure; 
  • Ability to travel internationally when required;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English and preferably another EU language;
  • Proven organizational skills;
  • Cultural sensitivity and judgment;
  • Reliable and flexible self-starter;
  • Familiarity with computers, databases (Access), and internet research;
  • Experience/interest in social justice, minority protection, and integration in Europe a plus.
Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

Please email your CV and cover letter with salary requirements by July 15, 2014, to: recruitment@opensocietyfoundations.org. Please include job code in subject line: AHIEPC.