OSF Program Assistant for Roma Initiatives, Budapest

Deadline: 1 November 2010
Open to: individuals with at least Bc. degree, 2 years of relevant job experience, excellent Hungarian and English language skills etc. (see below)
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

Program Assistant

Roma Initiatives
Open Society Institute–Budapest

Application Deadline: November 1, 2010


The Open Society Foundations are the major nongovernmental supporters of efforts to improve the economic and social inclusion of Roma in Central and South Eastern Europe. Over the last 15 years, the Open Society Foundations’ Roma-related programs have worked on a wide range of issues, including equal access to quality education, women’s empowerment and gender equity, public health, civic and political participation, media access and development of Roma media, promoting tolerance, cultural diversity, and challenging anti-Roma prejudice.

The Open Society Foundations are the major supporters of the Decade of Roma Inclusion. Roma Initiatives guides and coordinates all aspects of Open Society Foundations programming and grantmaking activity related to Roma within the framework of the Decade.


The following list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the post holder may be asked to undertake other duties from time to time as requested by the program director. Working in close cooperation with Roma Initiatives staff, the program assistant shares responsibility for all day to day administrative tasks, processing of grants, and communication with grant applicants and partner organizations.


All Roma Initiatives related office assistance and administration
Coordination with the relevant OSI administrative units
Processing travel and related expenses for all Roma Initiatives staff
Filing and archiving, electronic cataloging of all Roma Initiatives files
Registering all grant applications
Processing approved grants and payments
Communication with grantees and partner organizations


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in social sciences.
Minimum 2 years of relevant job experience.
Flexible, proactive self-starter with problem solving attitude.
Diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers, grantees, partners and other contacts.
In-depth knowledge of situation of Roma from Central and South Eastern Europe is a strong plus.
Excellent Hungarian and English language skills; Knowledge of Romani and/or another language of Central or South Eastern Europe is a plus.
Excellent computer skills (expertise with Microsoft Office, Excel, Access and databases) are required.

Start Date: Immediately

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

To Apply

Please send applications in English, including a cover letter and curriculum vitae, to [email protected] indicating “Program Assistant – Roma Initiatives” in the subject line.

More info see on the official webpage.

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