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Senior Program Manager
- Early Childhood Program
Open Society Foundation - London
Last Date: September 15, 2011
Job Description Senior Program Manager
Early Childhood Program
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant
democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this
mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater
fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental
rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of
initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.
At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues
such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high
priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized
Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open
Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition
from communism. Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and
more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Each
foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who
determine individual agendas based on local priorities.
The Open Society Foundations Early Childhood Program (ECP) is
seeking a Senior Program Manager to be based at the Open Society Foundation in
The Early Childhood Program (ECP) promotes healthy
development and wellbeing of young children, through initiatives that emphasize
parent and community engagement, professional development and government
accountability. Its rights-based approach and social justice framework give
particular attention to minorities; children with developmental delays,
malnutrition and disabilities; and children living in poverty. The ECP is most
active in Central Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Asia and Africa, but also supports
projects in specific countries in Latin America and the Middle East/North
The ECP seeks to increase the quality, access and
comprehensiveness of early childhood services, prioritizing disadvantaged
populations, with the aim of improving equity and capability. To achieve these
objectives in target countries, the ECP develops initiatives aimed at improving
public policies and programs, builds capacity of professionals and civil
society, promotes equity through targeting of early childhood programs, and
monitors accountability of investments and service provision that impact young
children and their families. The aim is to build effective systems in which
government, professionals, civil society, communities and monitoring mechanisms
effectively fulfill their respective roles to guarantee the right of each child
to develop to his or her full potential.
The Senior Program Manager will develop and monitor the
Open Society Foundations early childhood work in designated countries and
regions and along specific thematic areas in collaboration with the ECP
Director, Regional and Program Directors and staff in the Open Society
Foundations network of foundations. Responsibilities may be added or shifted as
new initiatives and engagements arise and in response to the ECP team
workloads. S/he will report to the Director of the Early Childhood Program and
work closely with a professional team, based in London.
For this position the ECP is seeking a seasoned professional with
substantial expertise and relevant experience in early childhood development in
Partner with and influence
key Open Society Foundation programs, foundations and associated entities to
promote early childhood development as a key component in network strategies
Contribute to the ECPs
planning, through preparation of project strategies and workplans and
participation in team and Advisory Board meetings
Manage and monitor single country,
multi-country and thematic early childhood initiatives, through local
implementing partners, managing stakeholder relationships to achieve targeted
results. This will entail, as indicated by local context:
analyses, policy reviews, policy development as well as rights-based
monitoring of early childhood systems
reform initiatives and innovative pilots;
international and national expertise;
Managing evaluations and
documentation of initiatives in order to disseminate lessons learned and
generate evidence for change.
Contribute to advocacy
efforts within existing projects and actively seek new opportunities to engage
in advocacy to improve the situation of young children.
Build partnerships with
donor agencies, research institutions and advocacy organisations.
Produce briefings, policy
papers, reports, presentations and informational materials for internal and
Represent the program at
trainings and events as required
Experience & Skills:
Commitment to addressing
the needs of young children and their families.
Advanced degree in early
childhood development, education, psychology, sociology, public health,
international development or a relevant field.
Extensive knowledge of
early childhood development and the international early education and
development field, including familiarity with the activities of the main donor
organizations, experts and networks and current trends in programming,
evaluation and research.
Knowledge of internal and
external monitoring systems and formative and summative evaluation processes
that are used to generate evidence of impact.
providing technical assistance to governments on early childhood issues, as
well as strategic and organizational support to grantees in transitional and
developing and managing multi-country, multi-agency early childhood-focused
initiatives, including management of consultants and the ability to mentor and
monitor field teams through long-distance support.
projects, project budgets, grants and contracts with diverse organisations.
Ability to listen and
communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures and
Willingness to travel
extensively to transitional and developing countries
High level of organisation
Ability to work effectively
and efficiently as part of a small team
Excellent spoken and
written English and presentation skills
Preference will be given to candidates who have additional
specific expertise in the following areas:
Foreign language skills,
particularly Russian and other languages used in Eastern Europe, Arabic,
Portuguese, French, Swahili, Farsi or Urdu;
Experience working in Central
Eastern Europe/Eurasia, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and/or the Middle
Expertise in non-formal
programming (community-based and parenting); health, nutrition and social
protection of young children; and/or quality and diversity in early childhood
education and development.
Please send a covering letter, CV and writing sample (with ref:
ECPMGR in the subject line) to:
by the 15st September 2011
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Due to the large volume of applicants expected only those
candidates selected for interview will receive notification.
No phone calls, please.
The Open Society Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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