Deadline: 17 March 2013
Open to: Applicants with degree in communications, journalism or other related social science field and minimum five years work experience in strategic communications and advocacy
Remuneration: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. The Foundations seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. The Foundations help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. The Foundations implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health and independent media. The Foundations build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
The Open Society Mental Health Initiative (MHI) is part of the Public Health Program at the Open Society Foundations and isbased in Budapest, Hungary. MHI seeks to ensure that people with mental disabilities (mental health problems and/or intellectual disabilities) are able to live as equal citizens in the community and to participate in society with full respect for their human rights. MHI promotes the social inclusion of people with mental disabilities by supporting the development of community-based alternatives to institutionalization and by actively engaging in policy-based advocacy. MHI is both a grant making and an operational program, providing training and technical assistance to its partner organizations.
MHI seeks a full time program officer to contribute to the development and implementation of its media strategy. The program officer will closely coordinate this work with the Health Media Initiative (HMI), part of the Public Health Program. HMI seeks to strengthen the capacity of civil society leaders and organizations to effectively advocate for health and human rights policies through successfully engaging with and utilizing media. The geographic focus of the work will be Central and Eastern Europe and East Africa. The Program Officer is involved with program development and implementation and reports to the MHI Program Director.
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Please send resume, motivation letter with salary requirement and a maximum two-page writing sample in English about how using media can play an important role in advancing the advocacy goals of grassroots organizations to: [email protected] Include the job code in the subject line: MHI – PO. Application deadline is 17 March 2013.