Program Officer Job Opportunities – Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)

Job Title:       Program
Officer, Democratic Governance and Rule Of Law Program

Organisation: The
Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Program
Manager – Democratic Governance and Rule of Law Program

About US:

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 Program Officer, Democratic Governance and
Rule Of Law Program will entail provision of technical support in the
identification and fostering of effective grant making relations in a dynamic,
creative and committed manner with a focus on OSIEA’s democratic governance and
rule of law programming in the Eastern Africa region. The program officer will
particularly focus on advancing civic engagement, the protection of human
rights defenders (HRDs), defending civic space and advancing accountable
governance through both legal and non-legal approaches at national, regional,
and international levels.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide a bold vision for innovative
    work that will add value to the existing efforts in the region by
    identifying grant-making, operational, and advocacy strategies to advance
    democratic governance and the rule of in Eastern Africa, particularly in
    relation to civic engagement, the protection of human rights defenders,
    defending civic space and advancing accountable governance in Eastern
    Africa.
  • Collaborate within and beyond the
    program team, including building partnerships beyond Open Society
    Foundations Network, to develop knowledge, identify emerging trends and
    conduct strong field assessments employing a rights-based lens.
  • Conduct 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/alliance
    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.
  • Reporting and budget management
    (portfolio reviews, monitoring programme budget and expenditure etc.).

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s
    degree.
  • At least eight years of relevant work
    experience in a similar organization with two (2) at supervisory level.
  • Experience in grant making.
  • Substantive knowledge on and proven
    commitment to human rights, democratic governance, and rule of law in the
    Eastern Africa context particularly in relation to advancing civic
    engagement, the protection of human rights defenders, defending civic
    space and the advancement of accountable governance in the Eastern Africa
    region.
  • Demonstrated experience working on
    democratic governance and rule of law programming particularly advancing
    civic engagement, the protection of human rights defenders, defending
    civic space and the advancement of accountable governance using different
    approaches and working with different actors and stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills.
  • Ability to provide specialized advice
    and professional guidance to external contacts.
  • Capacity for increased initiative,
    independent action and program level responsibility.
  • Extraordinary initiative and creativity
    and capacity to think strategically.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and
    effectively with a diverse array of people.
  • Ability to manage several simultaneous
    projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and close
    attention to detail.
  • Integrity, teamwork, diplomacy and professionalism
    will be essential.
  • Willingness to travel as needed.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their updated
resumes and cover letters to jobs@osiea.org

Deadline: 16th August 2019

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