New York, NY

Grants Portfolio Analyst, Executive Office, Open Society Foundations

The Organization

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.

Position Overview

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your project management and grants evaluation skills? The Executive Office seeks a Grants Portfolio Analyst to assist with grant-making activities, including soliciting and reviewing grant proposals, assessing the organizational health, capacity and effectiveness of potential grantees, conducting grantee site visits and other monitoring and evaluation activities.

The Executive Office supports the top leadership of Open Society Foundations in all aspects of their roles. They oversee the global network, establishing and adjusting its strategies in partnership with the Chairman and the Global Board, advancing its strategies as its principal representative body, fostering and sustaining collaboration across the network, and continuously assessing and strengthening the quality and effectiveness of the institution.

As the Grants Portfolio Analyst, you will:

  • Assist with all grant-making activities in the Executive Office in collaboration with the grants team, including soliciting and reviewing grant proposals, assessing the organizational health, capacity and effectiveness of potential grantees, conducting grantee site visits and other monitoring activities
  • Manage a wide range of activities related to the grant making process and/or analytical work in support of field development, advocacy, regional consultations, and integrative activities
  • Analyze grant proposals, design grants (type of support, degree of flexibility, duration, payment structure, reporting/learning expectations, etc.) and author grant recommendations
  • Review and approve reports and other documents for compliance, accuracy, and readability; this may include review of data to assure that it is accurate and complete in accordance with appropriate protocols
  • Act as a liaison and point of contact for various operational functions related to grant making to ensure efficient flow of grants processing and other information

What we are looking for:

  • Five to seven years of relevant experience in project management, with grantmaking experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of and experience working on international human rights and social justice issues across multiple geographies
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Proven ability to work efficiently and prioritize in a fast-paced environment; to troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion and on schedule, without loss of attention to detail and budget
  • High level of resourcefulness and self-motivation, able to work independently

Desirable but not essential:

  • Fluency in languages other than English a plus

How To Apply

What we offer:

·       Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts

·       With some variability according to location, benefits include generous time off, flexible work arrangements, private medical coverage, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more

·       A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit a cover letter and CV via our website; we look forward to learning more about you.–Executive-Office_JR-0001869

Closing date: 28 August 2020.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.

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