The Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program advances a human rights approach to health, with an emphasis on social inclusion and reclaiming the public good in health. We work to make justice systems more responsive to health, to challenge the health establishment to advance human rights, to shift power dynamics in health-related decision-making, and to influence the funding environment for health and rights. More information about the Public Health Program can be found here.
The Division Manager supports the director of International Harm Reduction Development (IHRD) of the Public Health Program, supervising three program officers and one administrative staff in their work to advance the health and human rights of people who use drugs in countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Americas. As a working manager, the Division Manager also formulates strategy and implements grants, technical assistance and advocacy to advance IHRD’s work. The Division Manager coordinates IHRD’s strategy formation, monitors budget and grant-making processes, and helps lead learning events and team building for IHRD.
The position is based in New York within the Public Health Program’s Community Health and Criminal Justice Division, which in addition to harm reduction includes a subtheme working on sexual and reproductive health and rights. As one of three supervisors in the division, the Division Manager also helps to advance teamwork and learning for the division, and plays the leading role in administrative processes including tracking and analysis of the Division’s $6 million annual budget.
IHRD advances the health and human rights of people who use illicit drugs, working to increase access to justice and decrease police violence against people who use drugs; to challenge coercion and discrimination in health settings and to support community-based solutions; to elevate the voices of people who use drugs and their allies in health programming and policy; and to increase international, national and provincial funding for harm reduction approaches. Our work is based on the understanding that people unwilling or unable to abstain from illicit drug use can make positive changes to protect their health and that of their families and communities, and that civil society has the key role to play in generating knowledge about and policies to support the health of people who use drugs.
We are seeking a skilled manager with ten to fifteen years’ experience in international public health, specifically related to public policy, human rights, drug use and/or HIV.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
- Directly supervise the work of three program officers and one administrative staff in areas including grant-making, technical assistance to harm reduction services, NGO strengthening, and policy/advocacy efforts;
- Coordinate IHRD strategic planning and evaluation processes, including consultation with staff, internal and external partners as needed
- As part of division supervisory team, help coordinate activities and processes of the Community Health and Criminal Justice Division, including team building, learning events, and communication about administrative processes and timelines
- Establish and maintain linkages with partners within OSF and externally, including government representatives, health and social service providers, community groups and international organizations;
- Actively participate in the management team of the Public Health Program and represent PHP as required at meetings of the Open Society Foundations and international, regional and national conferences;
- Coordinate conferences and expert consultations;
- Supervise provision of research and technical assistance.
Grant-making and Program Implementation:
- Manage analysis of grant proposals, supporting documentation, grant reports, peer and expert review, organizational assessment and evaluation;
- Assist national and regional foundations in the Open Society Foundations network with development, implementation and evaluation of harm reduction approaches;
- Identify and help manage international consultants working with IHRD to advance grantmaking and program objectives;
- Solicit, review and produce written materials (blogs, policy briefs, short publications) on areas of IHRD interest
- Develop and oversee calls for proposals or grants;
- Conduct and accompany other staff on site visits to grantees, and communications to grantees on IHRD and Public Health Program strategy and procedures
Finance and Budget:
- Produce and track IHRD’s annual budget and work with program staff on timing and tracking of grants and related processes;
- Monitor financial allocations and general program expenditures of the Community Health and Criminal Justice Division;
- Track and ensure staff compliance with OSF finance guidelines, procedures and reporting requirements;
- Advanced degree (M.A.,M.S.,J.D., etc.) and ten to fifteen years of relevant experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Relevant work experience in issues related to public policy, human rights, drug use and/or HIV;
- Demonstrated experience in staff, program and grant management, preferably in international public health;
- Experience in grant-making strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated management skills in not-for-profit organizations, foundations and/or government agencies, particularly in complex organizations working internationally;
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
- Commitment to and experience in team development and leadership, including supervision and mentoring and supervision of diverse staff at different levels of experience, and in multiple locations;
- Demonstrated expertise in handling personnel issues;
- Flexibility and ability to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects;
- Demonstrated experience in budget, technical and financial management functions;
- Professional, diplomatic demeanor with the ability to represent a global organization and interact with colleagues from diverse backgrounds;
- International experience in Asia, East Africa, Latin America or Eastern Europe/Central Asia strongly preferred;
- Strong command of spoken and written English and of a second language. Spanish, Portuguese or Russian preferred;
- Ability to undertake frequent travel
*Please note that cover letters are required for all applications.
We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.