Programme Officer, Open Society Foundations, London

The Open Society Information Program confronts the most significant threats and opportunities for open society spawned by change in information technology. These technologies transform the ways that governments and corporations exercise power, and the ways citizens communicate and mobilize to keep that power accountable.

As the technologies and the power dynamics around them are evolving rapidly, the Program supports the field to understand the impacts of technological change, and to take risks with inventive ways to engage with these changes. The work is built around three pillars: a resilient public sphere, rights in the digital environment, and access to knowledge.

The Information Program is recruiting a Program Officer (PO) to join our team based at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) office in London.

If successful, you will manage the Program’s work on discrimination in algorithmic decision-making, challenging the harmful impact of big data and strengthening rights and justice in the new data-saturated environment. Responsible for evolving and implementing the strategy for this area of work, you will carry out all relevant stages of grant making.

The Information Program’s areas of work are changing over time to reflect the Foundation’s evolving priorities. Priority will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to think strategically about opportunities for change in the field of technology and social justice.

You will also need to thrive in a team able to work under pressure and respond to a fast-changing environment. Prior experience in philanthropy or grant making is not required.

Closing date: 27 August 2017.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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