What do you do at the Open Society Foundations?
I’m a program specialist at the Roma Initiatives Office in Budapest. My main tasks are related to grant making, communication with grantees, and field visits contributing to our organizational development portfolio.
How long have you worked here?
I joined the Roma Initiatives Office in August 2011.
Why did you want to work at the Open Society Foundations?
Working for the Open Society Foundations was a dream job. After I finished my studies in Albania, I was accepted to an Open Society program for young graduated Roma at the Central European University (CEU), the Roma Access Program.
During the two years spent at CEU, I became very passionate about working for my community. I went back to Albania to conduct research on Roma housing conditions and was shocked by what I learned. I promised myself that I would do whatever I could to change this. That’s when I saw an open position at the Roma Initiatives Office and understood that this was my chance to contribute.
What advice would you give to someone considering applying for a job here?
No matter what position you’re applying for, don’t be afraid to share your views and ideas about the issues the program addresses. Ideas are highly valued at the Open Society Foundations.
How do you get to work?
Even though I am a bike lover, I prefer to walk to work since I live only 10 minutes from the office. Budapest has become very bike-friendly in the last few years, and I like to bike along the Danube after work.
What’s the best spot near your office to get dinner or drinks?
The new Budapest office is located near the fashion street and the Great Market Hall. Near our street you can find everything from Hungarian traditional cuisine to Middle Eastern, Greek, Thai, and Italian. Hungary is also famous for its wine, and there are a few good options in the neighborhood.