Program Officer - Just Climate Transition in Europe

Open Society Foundations

Competitive salary + excellent benefits

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

Closing date: Sunday, 1st March 2020   2 days left

Program Officer - Just Climate Transition in Europe

Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits


Do you want to help make the world a better place with your expertise on helping European societies with a transition towards a low-carbon economy? We are seeking a Program Officer based in Berlin to manage our growing grant making program on this issue across the continent.

The Open Society Foundations works 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 Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) works at national, local and pan-European level to support European progress towards open society goals mainly through grant making, convening, advocacy and research, and supports OSF’s foundations and thematic programs to achieve their Europe-focused strategies.

The Program Officer leads OSIFE’s work on supporting a just climate transition in Europe. This body of work seeks to support civic actors across the continent in their endeavour to ensure that climate mitigation and adaptation measures are based on wide public debate and broad-based participation, particularly by the most affected communities, avoid being captured by special interests, and are socially just and inclusive. This crucial programmatic position has the responsibility to further develop OSIFE’s nascent grant-making in this area. This work will include engaging with the rapidly growing field of climate justice groups across Europe, designing appropriate strategies and tools for fostering desired social change, and developing and managing relationships with other entities within the OSF network – particularly the Open Society European Policy Institute, and other relevant donors active in the field.

We are looking for someone with 7-10 years of relevant professional experience, generally in an organisation other than a foundation, relevant to the duties of this role. Proven expertise in the field of civic actors working on climate justice/just transition in Europe. A significant understanding of social/socio-economic and political dimensions of climate policy and action at EU and member state levels.

We offer ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts. Along with excellent benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website

Closing date: 1 March 2020.

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.

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