London, Greater London

Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits

Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

The Open Society Information Program confronts the most significant threats and opportunities for open society spawned by change in information technology. These technologies transform the ways that governments and corporations exercise power, and the ways citizens communicate and mobilize to keep that power accountable. As the technologies and the power dynamics around them are evolving rapidly, the Program supports the field to understand the impacts of technological change, and to take risks with inventive ways to engage with these changes. The work is built around three pillars: a resilient public sphere, rights in the digital environment, and access to knowledge.

We are looking for a Program Officer to join our team based at the Open Society Foundations office in London. You will join a team of Program Officers working to confront the threats to open society created by information technology. This includes work to limit surveillance powers of governments and corporations, counter discrimination based on algorithmic decision-making, and confront the manipulation of our public sphere. You will be responsible for evolving and implementing the strategy for the assigned area of work and carry out all relevant stages of grant-making.

The Information Program’s areas of work are changing over time to reflect the Foundation’s evolving priorities. Priority will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to think strategically about opportunities for change in the field of technology and social justice. You will also need to thrive in a team able to work under pressure and respond to a fast-changing environment. Prior experience in philanthropy or grant-making is not required.

To be successful, you should have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education; graduate degree preferred and a substantial amount of experience in a leading role at an NGO, government agency or research institution focused on the interplay between technology, rights and justice. International experience would be ideal.

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Closing date: 6 June 2019.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfil the essential functions of the job.