Programme Officer Jobs - Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)

Job Title:      Programme Officer
Organisation: The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About OSIEA:
The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa OSIEA's particular focus will be on pastoralism, land tenure governance, food systems and market access, governance and anti-corruption climate change and a fair investment framework. The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa promotes vibrant, tolerant democracies in the region by awarding grants, developing programs, and bringing together diverse civil society leaders and groups. The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) is implementing the health and rights program which advances health rights in the region and current areas of focus include maternal health, harm reduction, palliative care, access to medicines, and health rights of marginalized populations.

Job Summary: The Programme Officer will offer technical support in the identification and fostering of effective grant making relations in a dynamic, creative and committed manner with a focus on key populations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide a bold vision for innovative work that will add value by identifying grant-making, operational, and advocacy strategies to advance health rights of key populations in Eastern Africa. Participate in the development of overall program strategy.
  • Collaborate within and beyond the program team, including building partnerships beyond OSF, to develop knowledge content, identify emerging trends, and conduct strong field assessments employing a rights- based lens.
  • Carry out relevant legal and policy analysis in the region for internal and external audiences.
  • Support identification of capacity and .institutional development opportunities in partner organizations (grantees).
  • Support network/coalition building for joint advocacy with grantees and constituents targeting governments, donor agencies, service providers, and the general public.
  • Oversee administrative duties within the program and supervision of consultants.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold an advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of six years’ work experience in a similar work environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and one other East African language.
  • Previous experience developing and implementing social change strategies through a rights-based approach and substantive knowledge of health rights issues in the Eastern Africa region.
  • Previous experience in working with community based groups in East Africa on public health and human rights issues relating to LGBTI, sex workers, People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) among others.
  • Previous experience in grant making work in East Africa.
  • Knowledge of the Eastern Africa sexual rights context.
  • Prior NGO experience is desirable.
  • Ability to manage several simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Integrity, team work, diplomacy and professionalism will be essential.
  • Willingness to travel as needed

How to Apply:
Please express you interest by sending your resume and cover letter to

Deadline: 15th August 2016

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