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									                  PROGRAM OFFICER FOR CENTRAL ASIA
         INTERNATIONAL HARM REDUCTION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
                         OSI BUDAPEST OFFICE
                               JULY 2006

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape
public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social
reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law,
education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances
across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.
OSI was created in 1993 by investor and philanthropist George Soros to support his foundations
in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Those foundations were established,
starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. OSI has expanded the
activities of the Soros foundations network to other areas of the world where the transition to
democracy is of particular concern. The Soros foundations network encompasses more than 60
countries, including the United States.

Founded in 1995, the International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) of the Open
Society Institute (OSI) works to reduce HIV and other harms related to injecting drug use, and to
press for policies that reduce stigmatization of illicit drug users and protect their human rights.
IHRD, which has supported more than 200 programs in Central and Eastern Europe, the former
Soviet Union, and Asia, bases its activities on the philosophy that people unable or unwilling to
abstain from drug use can make positive changes to protect their health and the health of others.
Since 2001, IHRD has prioritized advocacy to expand availability of needle exchange, opiate
substitution treatment, and treatment for HIV; to reform discriminatory policies and practices;
and to increase the political participation of people who use drugs and those living with HIV.


I DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID/UK) AND GLOBAL FUND
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The Program Officer will have primary responsibility among IHRD for technical assistance to the
Soros foundations in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the implementation of their portions of a DFID
grant as well as support to Global Fund grant implementation on harm reduction in Azerbaijan.

This support will encompass, but not be limited to, the following:

    1. Support to grantees and foundations in monitoring and reporting on activities to GRM
       International (the primary grant recipient) and/or DFID and the broader OSI network,
       including:
           a. Assistance as needed with regular (quarterly) technical reporting to GRM
                (excluding financial matters), and ensuring that reports are in compliance with
                the GRM Program Operations Manual
           b. Assistance with GRM’s scheduled annual appraisals, which in turn inform the
                next year’s strategies.
           c. Assistance with the midterm review in 2007, evaluating program’s overall
                progress.
    2. Technical support to grantees implementing harm reduction programs, including:
           a. Identification of training needs
           b. Coordination of trainings and foreign experts to meet those needs
                 c. Site visits
                 d. Strengthening existing M&E systems used by grantees
                 e. Drawing on IHRD expertise to provide technical assistance on some of the
                      special populations targeted by this program, specifically prisoners, sex workers,
                      and street youth.
       3.    Review of proposals.
       4.    Liaising with GRM as needed.
       5.    Technical assistance with strengthening policy and legal environments as outlined in the
             program goals, particularly drawing on IHRD and other partners’ experience in other
             countries.
       6.    Assisting with ensuring that the program follows through on its recommendation that
             civil society be actively involved in policy development and delivery of harm reduction
             services.
       7.    Technical assistance around expanding involvement of PLWHA into this program, as
             outlined in program recommendations.
       8.    Technical assistance around establishing or scaling up provision of methadone, as
             outlined in the program’s service delivery goals.
       9.    Technical assistance around the program’s work on adoption of treatment protocols and
             methods for HIV/AIDS.
       10.   Technical assistance around liaising with the Global Fund and principle recipients,
             particularly around issues of ensuring civil society involvement and CCM issues.
       11.   Coordinating/liaising with those partners envisioned by GRM as support to the national
             foundations (regional advisors on harm reduction and monitoring and evaluation, GRM
             management, and international technical support unit), as needed.
       12.   Maintaining awareness of local situation and needs.
       13.   Organizing meetings and national conferences as needed.
       14.   Some work around policing issues.

II.   OTHER CENTRAL ASIA RELATED WORK

The Program Officer will also be responsible for the following work:

1. Primary responsibility for development of and technical assistance to the drug policy and
   harm reduction advocacy program in Kazakhstan, in collaboration with national foundation
   coordinator.
2. Responsibility for monitoring and supporting the development of methadone availability in
   Central Asia.
3. Responsibility for monitoring and supporting the development of harm reduction services in
   prisons in Central Asia.
4. Responsibility for staying abreast of donor development in Central Asia.
5. Serving as IHRD’s point person for other programmatic and policy involvement in the
   region.
6. Annual review and feedback of national foundation strategies.
7. Any administrative work associated with the above duties, including processing of expense
   reports, making travel and visa arrangements, processing consultancy contracts, making any
   necessary payments, tracking relevant budget spending, providing updates to the advisory
   group, and maintaining and updating files.

REQUIREMENTS:
   Bachelor’s degree
       2-4 years of experience in health field, preferably but not necessarily in the field of HIV
        and/or harm reduction
       Fluent English and Russian language capability
       Excellent writing skills in both English and Russian
       High level of organization and self-motivation; attention to detail. Flexibility and
        willingness to work on a range of tasks from the mundane to the more creative.
       Ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse
        cultures and backgrounds.
       Willingness to travel internationally on a regular basis.
       Ability to work independently and as a team member (with staff in the New York and
        Budapest offices and with partner organizations) to accomplish specific projects or tasks.
       Willingness to work on concurrent issues and projects.

START DATE: AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2006

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience, abilities. Excellent benefit package.

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements, before, August 11, 2006, to:

E-mail to: humanresources@sorosny.org            Please include Job Code: PO/IHRD/BUD in
subject line

If e-mail is not available you may fax to: (646) 557-2494

No telephone inquiries, please. The Open Society Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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