Program Specialist

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations’ Program on Independent Journalism supports creative, talented, and open-minded groups and networks of journalists or media organizations producing verifiable, trustworthy information on any platform, especially in the places where such content is not only scarce but also difficult to produce.

We are interested in the development of new ideas, taking advantage of the digital revolution in the production of news. We wish to secure a free and safe environment, focusing on activities that protect journalists, citizens practicing journalism and sources or information from physical and legal harassment. We aim to improve global and regional connections, facilitate knowledge circulation, exchange ideas and learn from various contexts. We work in a participatory and creative team culture.

The Program on Independent Journalism seeks to hire a Program Specialist to do programmatic work as part of a team that supports investigative journalism in its quest for more transparency in our societies and more accountable powers.

This Program Specialist will support grant-making to national, regional and global organizations doing or supporting investigative journalism: non-profit investigative centers, networks, training-by-reporting initiatives or other types of enterprises. This job involves scoping the field by travelling extensively, researching and engaging with protagonists of investigative journalism, including data journalism, fact-checking and open-source- based reporting. The Program Specialist also researches and writes documents assessing the organisations and grants and actively supports the team to select the benefiting projects and organisations and evaluate their progress.

Closing date: 16 December 2017

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 accommodations so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.