OSIEA Food Security Programme Officer Job in Kenya

Food Security Programme Officer

Search Closes: Feb 28, 2014

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We seek a dynamic, creative and committed programme officer to set up and lead an Eastern African food security program in collaboration with several other Open Society programs working in the region. 

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 position reports to the OSIEA Director and could be based in any of the offices in the region. 
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.

Responsibilities
  • Provide a bold and strategic vision for innovative grant-making and program development by adding value to existing food security efforts within the organization and the region
  • Manage the food security grant-making and advocacy portfolio and identify strategies to advance focus areas
  • Incorporate institution building and technical capacity development of grantee organizations into programming work
  • Conduct relevant legal and policy analysis on food security in the region for internal and external audiences
  • Conduct advocacy in collaboration with grantees and constituents targeting governments, donor agencies, service providers, and the general public
  • Oversee any administrative duties connected with the program and manage consultants working on food security
  • Coordinate and provide direction to other OSE programs regarding their interventions to maximize results and impact
Qualifications
  • Proven commitment to the protection of human rights in the East African region. Previous work on food security and familiarity with civil society networks in the region required.
  • Excellent oral and written English communications skills as well as analytical skills to review laws and policies.
  • Extraordinary initiative, creativity and capacity to think strategically
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse array of people
  • Team spirit and respectful working and decision-making style
  • Ability to manage multiple liaisons within OSIEA and the larger Open Society Foundations network in a fast paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail
  • Integrity, diplomatic manner and professional discretion essential
  • 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.

For more information: www.soros.org/initiatives/osiea
Persons from the horn of Africa are encouraged to apply.
Compensation: Competitive salary, with good benefits package

No phone calls, please. Only successful candidates will be contacted


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