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We’re hiring! TAI seeks a New Technologies Program Officer


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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We 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. We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.  We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.  We 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 Transparency and Accountability Initiative (T/AI) is a donor collaborative that aims to expand the impact, scale and coordination of funding and activity in the transparency and accountability field. T/AI is hosted by the Open Society Foundations.

T/AI’s membership is currently made up of eight leading funders that include private foundations, a leading bilateral donor and regranting NGOs: Ford Foundation, Hivos, International Budget Partnership, Omidyar Network, Open Society Foundations, Revenue Watch Institute, United Kingdom Department for International Development and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Other funders support one of the specific workstreams. T/AI is always keen to engage with other funders interested in transparency and accountability.

Purpose of Position

T/AI is seeking a Program Officer with a passion for helping to drive the “tech for T/A” field, with an agenda that aligns with the needs of T/AI’s funder members and those of the broader tech transparency and accountability field. This position provides a unique opportunity to work across the transparency and accountability field as a whole, and help take the next generation of tech for transparency and accountability activities to the next level of impact. Work is carried out independently/under general supervision.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Open Society Foundations may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.

  • Provide strategic and results-oriented leadership to the Transparency and Accountability Initiative’s New Tech workstream;
  • Establish, run, and promote the T/AI Thinkshop on Tech for T/A to stimulate awareness and exchanges on developments in learning in the tech for T/A field;
  • Prepare research in ways that ensures buy-in to the question and the findings;
  • Plan and manage face-to-face learning workshops;
  • Support and grow the “Tech for T/A funders” group;
  • Manage the spinoff T/AI’s TABridge network, TA bridge sessions, and mentoring program in a way that multiplies sources of support;
  • Spot and develop new ideas that will add significant value to New Tech development in the transparency and accountability field and develop additional funder/partner interest;
  • Liaise and collaborate with the Initiative’s other workstreams on a proactive basis;
  • Communicate this work and the vision of the initiative among partners, external players and/or events, through the T/AI websites, social media, etc.;
  • Assist in the planning and developing of the annual budget;
  • Manage financial and budget reports to track grant and program spending and provide regular reports to meet internal reporting needs for members and funders;
  • Travel will be required;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Education / Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and several years’ relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, PhD is desirable.
Skills Required
  • Knowledge/experience in the “new tech for governance and/or T/A” field and an ability to bridge between “techies” and “non-techies;”
  • Knowledge of and experience in evaluation and research methodologies;
  • Experience in describing research to non-academic audiences, and commissioning research;
  • Experience in stimulating interest in, and supporting the application of, learning;
  • Experience in scoping/developing/spinning off initiatives to new homes; experience in raising funds for such activities preferred;
  • Proven ability to think strategically, to innovate and respond to new opportunities;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including relationship building and partnership development;
  • Related work with funders preferred;
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget, and reporting;
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills;
  • Exercise good listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Effectively work as a team member and independently, with a high level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Show discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
  • Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with all colleagues and contacts.
Start Date

As soon as possible

18-month fixed-term contract with possibility of extension


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter and CV before August 27, 2013, to Include in subject line your full name and the job code PO-NT.

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