The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation based in New York City, implements a range of initiatives to promote open society by shaping government policy and supporting education, media, public health, and human and women's rights, as well as social, legal, and economic reform. To foster open society on a global level, OSI aims to bring together a larger Open Society Network of other nongovernmental organizations, international institutions, and government agencies. OSI was created in 1993 by investor and philanthropist George Soros to support his foundations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Those foundations were established, starting in 1984, to help former communist countries in their transition to democracy. OSI has expanded the activities of the Soros foundations network to other areas of the world where the transition to democracy is of particular concern. The network encompasses more than 50 countries with initiatives in Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, as well as in Haiti, Mongolia, and Turkey. OSI also supports programs in the US and selected projects elsewhere in the world.
The International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) strives to reduce the level of health and social harms related to illegal drug use, especially the risk of HIV-infection, in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The Program Coordinator works under the supervision of the Program Director, providing both administrative and program support, which includes both basic administrative functions (faxing, filing, paying bills) as well as cooperating with the Program Director to complete special projects.
The responsibilities of the Program Coordinator will include: supervising and monitoring grantees' and consultants' reporting; assisting with preparation and monitoring of all IHRD program and administrative budgets; processing and tracking payment requests and budget modifications; working closely with National Foundation staff to resolve substantive and administrative issues, including grant administration and travel logistics related to policy initiatives; drafting correspondence; maintain and updating electronic and paper files; overseeing program databases; preparing reports to the IHRD Advisory Group, Network Public Health Sub-Board, and others as necessary; reviewing of proposals, recommendations for funding, and preparation of contracts and grant letters; assisting in the development and writing of funding proposals and other fundraising efforts; assisting in the organization, content development, and logistics for international trainings, conferences and meetings; accounting for senior staff's travel and other expenses; researching public health and policy issues as directed; assisting New York and Budapest program staff with special projects, as directed by Director and Deputy Director; providing input into program strategy and development and work with program staff to implement long range plans; developing relationships with partner organizations; responding to general program inquiries; and assisting with administrative elements of busy office upkeep.
Required qualifications include: bachelor's degree; high level of organization and self-motivation; attentive to detail; flexibility and willingness to work on a range of tasks from the mundane to the more creative; ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds; willingness to travel internationally as required; ability to work independently and as a team member (with staff in the New York and Budapest offices and with partner organizations) to accomplish specific projects or tasks; willingness to work on concurrent issues and projects; and strong oral and written English skills. Knowledge of Central or Eastern European language is preferred but not required; interest and related experience in HIV prevention, drug use issues, needle exchange and substitution therapy is preferred but not required.
Must be available to work until May 2005, salary commensurate with experience, includes full benefits, start date May 2004.
To apply, send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements, by June 7, 2004, to: Open Society Institute, Human Resources, Code PC/IHRD, 400 W. 59th Street, New York, NY 10019, or fax to (212) 548-4675. No telephone inquiries please. The Open Society Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.