Program Officer – Health Rights Program Jobs – Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)

Organisation: The Open Society Initiative for Eastern
Africa (OSIEA)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
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 – Disability Rights Program will work in close collaboration with Open
Society Foundation thematic programme, Human Rights Initiative (HRI); the
Programme Officer’s core duties will entail provision of technical support in
identification and fostering of effective grant making relations in a dynamic,
creative and committed manner with emphasis on disability rights.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide a bold vision for innovative work
    that will add value to the existing efforts in the region by identifying
    grant-making, operational, and advocacy strategies to advance Equality and
    non-discrimination programme in Eastern Africa, particularly in relation
    to Disability Rights.
  • Work in close collaboration with Human
    Rights Initiative staff and other relevant Open Society Foundations staff
    to support the work of organizations and activists that seek to address
    the human rights concerns of persons with disabilities.
  • Support the programme in conducting
    relevant legal and policy analysis for internal and external audiences.
  • Support in the identification of capacity
    and institutional development opportunities in partner organizations
  • Support network/coalition/alliance
    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.
  • Develop partnerships with the rest of the
    program staff in the identification and evaluation of emerging and key
    development trends and priorities in a particular region.
  • Scan the external environment to ensure
    programme relevance.
  • Engage with civil society actors, attend
    meetings, solicit and evaluate grant proposals, follow-up with grantees
    and potential grantees. Conduct site visits as necessary.
  • Coordinate meetings, conferences,
  • Participate in writing, editing or
    commissioning reports and advocacy documents on the Disability Rights
  • Conduct advocacy in collaboration with
    grantees and constituents targeting governments, donor agencies, service
    providers, and the general public.
  • Represent OSIEA at key functions and
    meetings related to the Disability Rights program.
  • Reporting and budget management (portfolio
    reviews, monitoring programme budget and expenditure etc.)
  • Participate in program learning, knowledge
    generation and management.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant for the Program Officer –
    Disability Rights Program must hold an advanced degree in a relevant
  • A minimum of six years’ relevant work
    experience, including demonstrated experience working in the field of
    disability rights and a nuanced understanding of the UN Convention on the
    Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Strong 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 disability rights issues in the Eastern Africa region.
  • Experience in working with community based
    groups in East Africa on equality & non-discrimination and human
    rights issues of persons with disabilities.
  • Demonstrable commitment to Human Rights
    and OSIEA values.
  • Experience or understanding of grant
    making work.
  • Understanding of Eastern Africa social and
    economic issues including governance and rights.
  • Experience in working with NGOs
  • Ability to manage several simultaneous
    projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving
  • Integrity, team work, diplomacy and
    professionalism will be essential.
  • Willingness to travel frequently as
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
their updated resumes and cover letters to
Deadline: 16th March 2018
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