Open Society Foundations seek Special Assistant
Special Assistant to the Director of the Hub Office Berlin, Open Society Foundations (OSF) and co-director of Open Society Initiatives for Europe (OSIFE)
Open Society Foundations is a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise, and including national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. In Berlin, OSF has one of its key hub-offices housing more than 80 employees working for various programmatic or operational units. The Open Society Initiative for Europe works at national, local and pan-European level to support European progress towards open society goals though grant making, convening, advocacy and research mainly, and supports OSF’s foundations and thematic programs to achieve their Europe focused strategies. We are seeking a
who will provide direct high-level programmatic, administrative and project support to the Director of Berlin Office/Co-Director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe.
The role requires interest and familiarity with European current affairs, particularly in themes such as justice, human rights, economic advancement, political participation and inclusion, policy-relevant research and high-level debates and other areas in which OSF works, and with some of the leading voices in these areas. Knowledge of European civil society networks, familiarity with philanthropy in Europe, and experience in pan-European or several national European contexts are all highly valued. Understanding and prior experience with German civil society, in particular in Berlin, are an advantage.
This position requires high-level planning, organizing and writing skills and will attract candidates that are comfortable working on a variety of tasks simultaneously, across various time zones. The role also requires self-confidence and a respectful collegial style in dealing with a wide range of people in both senior and junior roles and of diverse backgrounds; strong diplomatic skills, respect for confidentiality and high personal integrity will be important. The successful candidate will be working in a team but may at times be expected to perform tasks and take responsibilities with little supervision.
Closing date: 16 November 2018.
We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
Competitive rates of pay apply
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