Jobs at Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

Job Title:  Food Security Programme Assistant

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.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Offer Logistical support:  Schedule meeting requests; photocopy, answer e-mail and phone inquiries; schedule travel arrangements; take minutes for meetings; draft correspondence; and organize conference calls
  • Grants Management: Assist programme officer to finalize, input and track grant applications, and to maintain working relationships with grantees
  • Finance: Track program spending. Process bills, monthly credit card reports, and reimbursement requests; Prepare consultancy contracts, process consultants’ expense reports, and coordinate consultants’ travel needs
  • Possess the ability to manage multiple liaisons within OSIEA and the larger Open Society Foundations network in a fast paced environment
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The prospective employee should exhibit commitment to the protection of human rights in the East African region.
  • Previous work on food security strongly is considered an added advantage
  • At least five years’ experience in an administrative/coordination role.
  • Experience with experience proposal writing and review preferred
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and databases required) and ability to learn new software applications
  • Possess the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse array of people
  • Extraordinary initiative, creativity and capacity to think strategically
  • High team spirit and respectful working and decision-making style
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail
  • Integrity, diplomatic manner and professional discretion essential
  • Possess willingness to travel as needed
At OSIEA, all staff are expected to work at integrating the organizational values into the performance of their duties and tasks on a daily basis and by participating in in-house working groups designed to uphold the values and foster healthy inter-office communication.
Compensation: Competitive salary, with good benefits package No phone calls, please. Only successful candidates will be contacted
How to apply for the job:
Please express you interest by sending your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Deadline for submitting job application is 28th February, 2014


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