The Strategy Unit helps Open Society staff create, implement, and assess “living strategies” that can be used to signal plans, share new ideas, align actions, delegate authority, budget resources, and hold themselves accountable. We add value by bridging various perspectives throughout the strategy and budget cycle, soliciting staff input and serving as their advocates while advancing the goals of Open Society leadership. In all our efforts, we try to embody values that Open Society strives for in its internal culture: transparency, collaboration, responsibility, inclusion, and informed risk-taking. These characteristics are enabling conditions for living strategy at Open Society.
Research Services, housed within the Strategy Unit, is an evolving knowledge management resource connecting staff to pertinent internal and externally generated information to strengthen the empirical basis of Open Society’s strategic planning and assessment practices. By tracking, curating,facilitating access to, and preserving authoritative resources, Research Services assists staff in staying current in their fields and making informed decisions, which in turn better positions them to improve upon the development, implementation, and assessment of their programmatic strategies.
The Research Specialist is a full-time role, working with the Head of Research Services to provide innovative and responsive information services across the global Open Society network. The Research Specialist is a service-oriented role that promotes a rigorous and thoughtful approach to strategy across the network through proactive and thorough asset stewardship, analysis, and research support across Open Society projects, departments, staff, and Fellows. You will demonstrate a capacity for and commitment to dynamic knowledge management and professional engagement. You will prepare reports on pricing, usage, resource inquiries, and other metrics to support collection development and assessment, budget processes, decision making, impact measurement, and reporting requirements for Research Services.
A minimum of 3 years’ research support experience is required for this role, ideally in an academic environment or research institution. You must be able to demonstrate knowledge of research methodologies and major information providers and resources along with the ability to work effectively in a dynamic team-based environment and independently, as required.
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Closing date: 13 August 2019.
We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.