Program Coordinator (temporary)
Open Society Justice Initiative
Open Society Institute–Budapest
Application Deadline: December 5, 2011
Based in Budapest, Hungary, the program coordinator on legal capacity development (LCD) will administer and implement LCD projects on clinical legal education and Central Asia. The program coordinator reports to the project manager, Central Asia, and the senior attorney, LCD.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities.
The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies. We foster accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination and statelessness, support criminal justice reform, address abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, expand freedom of information and expression, and stem corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources. Our staff are based in Abuja, Amsterdam, Bishkek, Brussels, Budapest, Freetown, The Hague, London, Mexico City, New York, Paris, Phnom Penh, Santo Domingo and Washington, D.C.
In most countries where Open Society Justice Initiative is active, lawyers who combine the desire and skills to defend human rights and pursue cases in the public interest are scarce. Fostering and sustaining local capacity is essential to many of our longer-term substantive goals, from more effective criminal justice systems to greater legal protection for minorities. One of the principal ways to train lawyers is through collaborative engagement in our substantive project work—“learning by doing.” At the same time, Justice Initiative has established programs focused primarily on capacity development—the establishment of university-based law student clinics, a small set of human rights fellowships, an effort to help local lawyers secure legal remedies for torture in Central Asia, and, most recently, a transitional program on legal empowerment of the poor.
For information on this position’s responsibilities and to apply for this position visit http://www.soros.org/about/locations/budapest/prc-osjib-20111118