Program Officer – Health Rights Program – Kampala – The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

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 will provide 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 for the Health Rights Program.

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 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 ideal candidate must hold an advanced degree in a relevant field.
· A minimum of six years of relevant work experience.
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and one other East African language.
· Experience developing and implementing social change strategies through a rights-based approach and substantive knowledge of health rights issues in the Eastern Africa region.
· 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.
· Experience in grant making in East Africa.
· Knowledge of the Eastern Africa sexual rights context.
· 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:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their updated resumes and cover letters to

Deadline: 1st December 2017