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 Open Society Mental Health Initiative (MHI) is part of the Public Health Program at the Open Society Foundations and is based in Budapest, Hungary. MHI seeks to ensure that people with mental disabilities (mental health problems and/or intellectual disabilities) are able to live as equal citizens in the community and to participate in society with full respect for their human rights. MHI promotes the social inclusion of people with mental disabilities by supporting the development of community-based alternatives to institutionalization and by actively engaging in policy-based advocacy. MHI is both a grantmaking and an operational program, providing training and technical assistance to its partner organizations.
The program officer is involved with program development and implementation and reports to the MHI senior program officer and the program director.
- Work with the program director and other program staff on the development and implementation of MHI’s country strategies, including monitoring and evaluation of programs;
- Maintain active correspondence with local partners and grantees, review grant applications, and conduct on-site interviews and monitoring visits in designated countries throughout MHI’s target region;
- Represent MHI at meetings within the Open Society Foundations and outside at conferences and other relevant meetings and events;
- Participate and coordinate on-site monitoring and technical assistance visits in collaboration with MHI staff and consultants, including preparation of written reports;
- Assist National Soros Foundations in strategy development, implementation, and evaluation, as applicable.
- Develop and coordinate the convening of MHI partners and other relevant key stakeholders.
- Assist in MHI’s effort to ensure the sustainability of partner NGOs throughout the region, including the development of advocacy strategies;
- Manage MHI’s grantmaking process in designated countries.
- Graduate degree in law, social work, development, or other relevant field;
- Minimum of five years relevant work experience in program development and management;
- Demonstrated interest in mental health, human rights and disability issues.
- Knowledge of Central Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union.
- Native or near-native skills in oral and written English;
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
- Ability to work as a team member and independently, with high level of self-motivation;
- Ability to effectively manage several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced working environment;
- Ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds;
- Excellent computer skills;
- Willingness to travel internationally on a frequent basis.
Please submit your CV with a cover letter by December 31, 2013, to: applications_BP@admingroup.hu. Include job code in the subject line: Program Officer 2013—MHI.