The Open Society Foundations’ Arab Regional Office was established in 2006 to support local civil society in its efforts to protect human rights and build vibrant and tolerant societies. Based in Amman with a satellite office in Tunis, the office supports a diverse group of civil society organizations, research centers, universities, and media organizations across the Arab world in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen.
Reporting to the senior program officer for Rights & Governance, the program coordinator would provide administrative and programmatic support in furtherance of the office’s Rights & Governance strategy focusing on human rights, rule of law, and transparency and accountability.
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.
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The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations.
- Assisting with managing, monitoring, and evaluation of grants and projects awarded under the Rights & Governance Program;
- Reviewing proposals and preparing summaries, as well as providing input and following up with applicants and grantees on proposals under review or development;
- Negotiating with grantees to follow up on project proposals under review and/or development along with maintaining contact with grantees to support projects through to completion;
- Undertaking research tasks and contributing to project development in specific countries or thematic issues and assisting in drafting contracts and terms of reference as requested;
- Meeting with grantees and work closely with human rights and legal advocacy organizations supported by the program and engaging in the development of capacity for relevant grantee organizations;
- Contributing to development and evaluation of the Rights & Governance strategy and program implementation progress reports;
- Providing administrative and team support and assisting with office activities of the Arab Regional Office such as organizing board meetings and special events in Jordan and abroad, and assisting in handling meeting logistics, managing travel, accommodation, and other duties as requested.
- A minimum of three to five years of experience in the area of human rights and rule of law development; working experience in an international organization and on grantmaking an advantage;
- A university degree or post-graduate degree in law, human rights, social sciences, or other relevant area of study; proven research skills an advantage;
- Familiarity with human rights, rule of law, and the social and political contexts in the region and with NGOs in one or more countries of the region;
- Fluency in Arabic and English; knowledge of French an advantage;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Excellent computer skills and Microsoft office applications;
- Superior interpersonal and organizational skills;
- Ability to manage effectively simultaneous activities in fast-paced environment and to prioritize accordingly;
- Integrity and professional discretion;
- Ability to travel within the Arab Region and internationally.
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.
Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include job code in the subject line: R&G PC.