Programme Officer: Democratic Governance and Rule Of Law needed at Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)

Job Title:       Programme Officer: Democratic Governance and Rule Of Law

Organisation: The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Programme Manager: Democratic Governance and Rule Of Law Program

About OSIEA:

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa OSIEA’s particular focus will be on pastoralism, land tenure governance, food systems and market access, governance and anti-corruption climate change and a fair investment framework. The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa promotes vibrant, tolerant democracies in the region by awarding grants, developing programs, and bringing together diverse civil society leaders and groups. The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) is implementing the health and rights program which advances health rights in the region and current areas of focus include maternal health, harm reduction, palliative care, access to medicines, and health rights of marginalized populations.

Job Summary: The Programme Officer: Democratic Governance and Rule Of Law will provide technical support in identification and fostering of effective grant making relations in a dynamic, creative and committed manner with a focus on OSIEA’s democratic governance and rule of law programming in the Eastern Africa region. The program officer will particularly focus on anti-corruption programming in the region.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Provide a bold vision for innovative work that will add value to the existing efforts in the region by identifying grant- making, operational, and advocacy strategies to advance democratic governance and the rule of in Eastern Africa, particularly in relation to anti-corruption.
  • The incumbent will collaborate within and beyond the program team, by building partnerships beyond OSIEA, to develop knowledge content, identify emerging trends, and conduct strong field assessments employing a rights-based lens.
  • Carry out relevant legal and policy analysis in the region for internal and external audiences.
  • Provide support in the identification of capacity and institutional development opportunities in partner organizations (grantees).
  • Support network/coalition/alliance building for joint advocacy with grantees and constituents targeting governments, donor agencies, service providers, and the general public.
  • Oversee administrative duties within the program and supervision of consultants.
  • In charge of reporting and budget management (portfolio reviews, monitoring programme budget and expenditure etc.)

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold an advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • At least six years of relevant work experience.
  • Broad knowledge and experience on human rights, democratic governance, and rule of law in the Eastern Africa context particularly in relation to anti-corruption.
  • Extraordinary initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse array of people.
  • Good team spirit and respectful working and decision-making style.
  • Integrity, diplomacy and professionalism will be essential.
  • Willingness to travel as needed

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their updated resumes and cover letters to

Deadline: 24th February 2017

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