Job Opening: Program Officer for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

See:  https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/jobs/jr-0000329/program-officer

Deadline for applications:  July 18, 2016

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The Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program (PHP) pursues four goals at the intersection of health and rights aimed at making legal regimes and justice systems more responsive
to public health; it challenges discrimination in health systems and promotes community-based alternatives to coercive, institutional care; it seeks to transform power dynamics in the formulation and implementation of health-related policy and implementation,
amplifying the influence of socially excluded groups; and it works to mobilize resources and influence the global and domestic financing environment for health and rights. Within these four goals, the program currently gives priority to seven issues or “subthemes”:
access to medicines and innovation, ethnicity and health equality, governance for health, harm reduction, independent living and community participation, palliative care, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. For further information on the Public
Health Program, please visit our website:

http://www.soros.org/issues/health

The Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) subtheme promotes human rights-based approaches to advancing the health of sex workers, intersex and transgender individuals. This
is achieved through grant-making, capacity building, direct advocacy, and fund leveraging. SRHR often aims to develop, pilot, and disseminate information on innovative approaches to improving the health of sex workers, intersex and transgender individuals
in order to integrate these approaches into wide-scale health programs and plans.  Underpinning all of the subthemes work is the belief that those most affected by policies and programs should be the ones driving their design, implementation and evaluation.

SRHR’s geographic focus is Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eastern and Southern Africa. Funding outside of those regions is driven by a specific policy or advocacy
objective.

Job Profile

The Public Health Program is seeking a Program Officer for the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) subtheme. This is a great opportunity for an experienced grant maker
with deep knowledge and expertise on advancing health and rights for transgender and intersex people in the non- profit sector particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, East Africa or Latin America. Work is carried out with
considerable autonomy.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

Strategy:

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Participate in program strategy design and development in relation to SRHR’s transgender and intersex portfolio’s

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In collaboration with other Public Health and OSF programs, convene cross-program working groups as needed to advance the SRHR/ PHP strategies

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Strengthen connections between OSF’s geographic and thematic programs, identifying opportunities where a shared approach may lead to desired impact

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Supervise consultants and technical assistance providers working in program-related activities

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Support the Director in program decisions relating to the portfolio, as needed

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Participate in the development, planning and organization of program-related events

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Perform occasional special assignments, including participation with other OSF programs and foundation task forces and working groups

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Build and establish strategic relationships with other philanthropic partners and NGO’s funding in a similar field

Grant making:

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In conjunction with the Director and other staff/consultants, develop grantmaking strategies, priorities, and guidelines

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Identify, develop and implement a coherent grant making portfolio that advances the goals and concepts set out in PHP strategy

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Respond to grant-making opportunities in a timely manner

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Maintain ongoing, active relationships with grantees

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Review and assess letters of inquiry and make funding recommendations and declines 

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Invite grant proposals from selected funding applicants

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Work with applicants to develop and finalize grant proposals; Review grant proposals and participate in writing eligibility assessments, grant recommendations
as part of grant dockets preparation process

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Perform site visits of prospective and current grantee organizations

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Ensure that grantees submit narrative and financial reports as required under the terms of the contracts, review and approve the reports

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Interact with grantees and other field professionals and participate in program- and field-related meetings and convenings

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Document and provide ongoing assessment and evaluation of SRHR’s Trans and intersex work

Advocacy

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Represent the initiative internally and externally in high-level meetings

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Use results research to influence advocacy to advance rights of excluded populations

Capacity Building:

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Provide capacity building support to grantees in designing and developing their strategies  and in identifying advocacy goals

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Develop and oversee strategies for capacity building, program and institutional development of key partners and grantees

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Work with grantees to define on-going organizational and project-level capacity building and technical assistance needs

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Identify, develop, and manage relationships with an active group of technical assistance providers, consultants, and mentors, to support the needs of grantees

Learning:

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Experience supporting capacity development or strengthening of community and/or advocacy organizations

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Facilitate learning between SRHR  and other PHP and OSF colleagues about the legal gender recognition work and sex worker health and rights

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Occasionally lead portfolio review discussions within PHP and with other OSF entities on the work

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Disseminate information on good  practice developments  at national, regional and international levels

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Assist grantees and partners in presenting the results of their work;

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Organize events to discuss and publicize issues relevant to SRHR’s work;

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Identify and develop peer exchange and horizontal learning opportunities for grantees and technical assistance consultants

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Represent SRHR in meetings and other fora

Administrative:

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Manage financial and budget reports to track grant and program spending

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Assist in the planning and developing of annual activity plan and budget

Other:

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Frequent travel is required

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Perform other duties as assigned

 

Candidate Profile

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Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study (e.g. law, international policy, public policy or public health) or equivalent experience/education; graduate
degree preferred

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7 -10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of public health, particularly within the area of sexual reproductive health and rights
for sex workers, intersex and transgender individual

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Strong background with programs advancing social justice through community organizing, legal advocacy, research, or policy reform work

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NGO experience essential, as well as knowledge of grantmaking

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Complex and extensive understanding of the field and related recognition by stakeholders

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High level of strategic thinking

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Experience in advocacy in national and international settings including experience using results research to influence advocacy

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Understanding of rights issues faced by trans and intersex populations, as well as relevant human rights standards applicable in advancing rights of excluded
populations

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Understanding of the funding terrain and other funders priorities in different regions of the world as pertaining to SRHR funding priorities

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Strong independence to operate in grant making portfolio and advocacy activities

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Ability to confidently and powerfully represent the initiative internally and externally, in high-level meetings

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Demonstrated management skills in not-for-profit organizations, foundations and/or government agencies, particularly in complex organizations

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Leadership expertise in identifying best practices and improvement of internal systems

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Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects and manage multiple priorities under pressure

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Ability to demonstrate an understanding of power dynamics inherent in a funder grantee relationship and have the ability to handle such relationships in
a respectful manner

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Demonstrated experience in budget, technical and financial management functions

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Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

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Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people with diverse backgrounds within  a complex organization

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Proven leadership qualities with delivering superior results

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Professionally competent to make grant, administrative, procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive and confidential issues

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Ability to identify and resolve sensitive matters and situations

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Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated expertise in handling all personnel related issues and information in a confidential manner

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Fluency in other languages a plus

 

Application Instructions: Please upload a cover letter
and resume as one document when submitting an application. Cover letters are required for all applications.