Special Advisor, Eurasia Program

Open Society Foundations
Competitive Salary
Oct 21, 2020
Nov 19, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
  Do you want to help make the world a better place with your management, policy analysis and advocacy skills, and regional expertise in Eurasia? We’re seeking a Special Advisor based in Berlin to work closely with our Regional Director for Eurasia to provide leadership and expertise on global advocacy, building political power, and confronting transnational authoritarianism. This position would be working closely with stakeholders across OSF, the seven Eurasian National Foundations, and partners in the field.


The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.


The Eurasia Program works to strengthen civil society, uphold human rights, and maintain space for independent debate and discussion in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the South Caucuses.


As a Special Advisor at Open Society you will:

  • Work closely with the Regional Director for Eurasia and the Eurasia Program’s management team to advance their overall mission by providing expertise on defense against authoritarianism, designing strategies to address emerging opportunities in the region, and advising on processes to increase the program’s effectiveness;
  • Identify new and existing global advocacy opportunities in the region, particularly in countries where we do not have national foundations;
  • Advance public communications for advocacy;
  • Manage and lead a grant making team on one or more of the Eurasia Program’s priorities and work to build a culture of assessment, innovation, and collaboration;
  • Liaise with the Executive Office to build internal partnerships and include Eurasia in the organization’s global vision for racial justice work;
  • Identify key actors and opportunities to connect the Eurasia region with others in the field of climate change and environmental justice to help build the program’s inaugural Climate Action portfolio.

What we are looking for:

  • Ten to fifteen years of experience working in Eurasia, or on regional issues, with five years of management experience;
  • An ability to translate Eurasian issues into the larger global context and build broad coalitions;
  • Experience developing strategies and conducting advocacy on closing civic space, as well as disseminating strategic insights and making recommendations to senior stakeholders;
  • Strong research skills, including the ability to identify research gaps and organize complex data;
  • English language fluency, with sharp written and public-speaking skills; Russian language skills preferred;
  • Willingness to travel extensively, if needed;
  • Commitment to continuous learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism and social justice;
  • Commitment to listening and working with humility; ways of working that are respectful to all people; and that support space and voice for all diverse perspectives in our workplace.

What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more.
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.

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If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

Competitive rates of pay apply.


We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.