Think Tank Fund Seeks a Program Officer at Open Society Institute, Budapest

Think Tank Fund Seeks a Program Officer at Open Society Institute, Budapest

Deadline: February 9, 2014

Think Tank Fund is looking for a Program Officer to assume duties at the Open Society Institute in Budapest. The program officer will contribute to the development, administration, and evaluation of grant portfolios and selected operational activities pertaining to TTF’s initiative on tackling fear, the security mindset, and “othering” of the Roma population, and spearhead demonstration projects countering state capture within the Fund’s second initiative.

About OSF and Think Tank

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The Think Tank Fund (TTF) is a thematic program of the Open Society Foundations that supports independent policy research centers to strengthen democratic processes by identifying political, economic and social problems, researching them in a non-partisan and policy relevant way and providing policy alternatives that enrich public debate.


Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The program officer, with guidance from the senior program manager, will:

  • Ensure effective grants management of the Think Tank Fund portfolios, being involved as necessary in background research, project review, development and evaluation.
  • Support the senior program manager (and if needed other members of the program and the program director) in the organization of capacity-building events for think tanks.
  • Support the senior program manager with administration and logistics necessary for the effective management of the relevant grant portfolios within Think Tank Fund
  • Coordinate the preparation of materials for the Think Tank Fund Advisory Board and senior management, organize meetings, and provide support as necessary in ensuring appropriate documentation of the meetings.

He will also be responsible for the following;

  • Communication
  • Financial Reporting
  • Administration and Documentation

Education / Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, (sociology, psychology, anthropology; or political science, economy, public policy). Master’s degree in a relevant field is a plus;
  • Minimum three years of relevant experience required;
  • General knowledge of European Union affairs; specific knowledge on work countering xenophobia, discrimination, “othering,” and “desecuritization”;
  • Familiarity with the policy research and the world of policy advice including think tanks. Advanced knowledge of, and demonstrated interest in research methodologies, data analysis, and data visualizations is an asset.

Required Skills

  • Fluent written and oral English required; working knowledge of French is an asset;
  • Standard office computer skills required. Comfortable independent user level of MS Excel, Word. Knowledge of SalesForce, NetSuite, and other software is an asset;
  • Ability to compose effective, thoughtful, and sensitive correspondence;
  • Superior interpersonal, written, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to manage effectively simultaneous activities in a fast-paced environment and to prioritize accordingly;
  • Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with external partners, grantees, co-workers, and senior management;
  • Integrity and professional discretion;
  • Willingness to travel.

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