Program Officer (fixed-term)


Fiscal Governance Program

The mission of the Fiscal Governance program (FGP) is to promote greater openness, accountability, and equity in the fiscal and economic systems of countries where OSF works. Specifically, we work to address the ways in which corruption, plutocracy and populism can undermine public finance management and economic policy-making in ways that hurt society's poorest and most vulnerable. 

Job Profile

This position is a temporary six-month position to replace a Program Officer on parental leave. This role has responsibility for carrying out existing grant making obligations, scoping for new funding opportunities, and managing relationships with other OSF entities as well as potential and current grantees. 

This position will focus on two specific thematic areas: natural resource governance and trade governance. The PO will be responsible for implementing existing grant making and advocacy strategies in both of these fields on behalf of FGP. Ideally, the candidate should have previous experience working on economic governance issues and bring substantial existing knowledge of trade governance and the leading actors in the field, especially in the United States. Existing knowledge of the natural resource governance field is a plus but not a requirement.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Responsible for all grant-making activities relating to natural resource governance and trade governance, including drafting grant recommendations and organizational assessments of new and existing grantees;
  • Scoping new potential grant making opportunities related to trade governance;
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships within and outside OSF (e.g., with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts in the community, etc.).

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education; graduate degree preferred.
  • 7 -10 years of progressively responsible experience, with specific experience in the field of economic governance more broadly;
  • Knowledge of grantmaking highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of key organizations and networks active in the field;
  • Able to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget and reporting;
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Effectively work as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Willingness to travel internationally a reasonable amount;
  • Fluency in at least one language in addition to English highly desirable;
  • Experience interacting with non-profit organizations in a donor capacity highly desirable.

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.