The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is an advocacy and grant making Foundation that forms part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA is based in Dakar, Senegal and works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, and the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. It has offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.
It is a part of the Open Society Foundations, comprising a worldwide Network of foundations. Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations 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 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
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) is supporting UN Women’s flagship programme on “Women’s Access to Land and Productive Resources for Climate-Resilient Agriculture” and is seeking a qualified Regional Policy Advisor to lead the initiative in West and Central Africa, based in the UN Women Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal.
The flagship programme covers four priority outcome areas, which will require action from a coalition of partners to achieve:
By addressing the gender gap in agriculture through informed, women-centered investments and interventions that remove structural barriers and promote equal access to land and other productive resources, the initiative will support women’s economic empowerment and overall sustainable development.
The Regional Policy Advisor will report to the UN Women Regional Director for West and Central Africa.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Policy Advisor will oversee the launch of the programme in 3 pilot countries in the region, beginning with Senegal. Each country will have a programme coordinator. The role of the Regional Policy Advisor is to support these coordinators. The Regional Policy Advisor is not responsible for country programme management. Rather, the Regional Policy Advisor will support programme development and knowledge management across the country programmes. The position involves high-level advocacy and partnership building, as well as policy and technical support and advisory functions. The Regional Policy Advisor will lead in developing strategies and methodologies towards programme outcomes; identify opportunities for engagement with partners and for resource mobilization; keep abreast of policy research and development practice in gender and climate-resilient agriculture; ensure knowledge, learning and innovation in programmatic areas, including through documentation and contributing to a community of practice on gender and climate-resilient agriculture; handle communications within the region and with the counterpart Regional Policy Advisor in the UN Women Regional Office in Nairobi and UN Women headquarters; and represent the programme externally.
Primary responsibilities will include the following:
Respect for Diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Development and Innovation:
Work in teams:
Communication and Information Sharing:
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
Required Skills and Experience
Note: The selected candidate will be based in the UN Women Regioanl Office. He/She will enter into contract with the Open Society Foundations, hosted by UN Women.