Berlin, Germany
New York, United States
Competitive rates of pay + excellent benefits
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Two years fixed term

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your experience in climate and economic justice? We are seeking a Policy Officer to be based in Berlin or New York, working with a high degree of autonomy, developing and implementing legal empowerment strategies globally.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Open Society Justice Initiative (JI) uses strategic litigation and other kinds of legal advocacy to defend and promote the rule of law and to advance human rights. We employ litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance across a range of issues.

As a Policy Officer at Open Society, you will:

  • Develop and implement legal empowerment approaches to the Justice Initiative’s work, particularly in the areas of climate and economic justice;
  • Provide technical assistance to local actors and help design community engagement strategies for target groups including youth, women, LBGT+, community leaders, migrants, and other marginalized people;
  • Develop and implement community based legal and organizing strategies;
  • Design and implement capacity-building activities (e.g. legal education and rights awareness), support community mobilization, and identify how to increase access to justice through non-lawyer advocates;
  • Identify research gaps and needs in the legal empowerment field, collect and leverage community-centred data, and disseminate and promote research findings to a variety of audiences;
  • Build and maintain a strong network of contacts among OSF colleagues, donors, civil society organizations, government officials, regional and international organizations, academics, and journalists.

What we are looking for:

  • Advanced degree in law, public policy, environmental justice, economics or similar fields or substantive work experience in lieu of academic qualification;
  • Seven or more years of experience developing community based legal and organizing strategies relating to economic and/or climate justice, including, for example, indigenous people’s rights, communal/collective land rights, worker movements or labour organizing;
  • Relevant experience in Sub-Saharan Africa or Latin America (with substantial experience in at least one country in these regions);
  • Strong research skills, including the ability to identify research gaps and organize complex data;
  • English language fluency, with sharp written and oral communication skills. Working level knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese or French;
  • Extensive travel may be required.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, we look forward to learning more about you.

To submit your cover letter and CV, please click the apply button to be taken to the OSF careers portal.

Closing date: 30 April 2020.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.

Refreshed on: 17 April 2020
Closed date: 30 April 2020
Job ref: JR-0001793
Tags: Intl Development, Policy/Research