Project Manager Consultancy

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Rome, Italy
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 28

Position description

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) is establishing a new global organization advocating for the equal participation of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in all aspects of social and economic life. The organization’s goals will be 1) to build capacity through partnerships for the promotion and development of community-based alternatives to long stay residential institutions and 2) to support the development and implementation of laws, policies, and practices that promote social and economic inclusion through advocacy.

The organization will launch as a new non-profit organization at the end of 2018 to continue work performed over the last two decades through the Mental Health Initiative, of OSF’s Public Health Program (PHP). Building on this work to expand globally, and to strengthen civil society’s response on the stated goals, 2017 is a critical year to plan and implement the organization’s creation, including programmatic and operational aspects.

The organization requires a dynamic Project Manager Consultant who would be able to implement the operational aspects of the transition process in close collaboration with the organization’s future Executive Director and with various relevant OSF departments.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Provide key organizational support to the future Executive Director (presently OSF staff) to move forward overall planning, tasks, and decision making about the new enterprise in collaboration with OSF interlocutors;
  • Serve as key liaison between the organization, OSF/PHP, and relevant OSF departments to ensure smooth planning, coordination, and implementation of the new entity’s creation;
  • Support planning and tracking of multiple studies and decision making processes, including donor mapping, assessments, and business plan development.

Project Management

  • In coordination with PHP and relevant OSF departments, maintain responsibility for the project workplan with key dates, milestones, and stakeholders. Maintain strong coordination with stakeholders and ensure overall progress is on track;
  • Support Executive Director to liaise with OSF and external legal counsel about all aspects of registration and base of operations. Ensure that intellectual property and records (media, grant related materials, etc.), are identified and transferred as agreed with OSF’s legal department;
  • In close cooperation with relevant OSF Departments, support identification of needs and assist with setup of the organization’s operations as developments allow, including bank accounts, office space, human resources and decision making around administrative systems and processes;
  • Identify the needs and coordinate solutions for policies and procedures relating to a new organization including finance, procurement, and grant-making.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with project management experience to grow and further develop a proven program that has already made significant impact. The successful candidate will partner with and support the ED, working collaboratively to grow a high-performance staff team.

The ideal candidate brings:

  • Experience in program budgeting and fiscal management;
  • Knowledge of the European Union, including institutions, actors, processes and policies including regulatory environment; and of public policy and what influences it;
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to operational management;
  • Ability to support a senior-level staff to manage and develop high-performance teams and implement an organization’s strategy and growth;
  • Track record of effectively leading a complex array of tasks and projects with excellent project management skills;
  • Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals;
  • Experience with start-ups highly desirable but not required;
  • Commitment to open society values of rights, justice, accountable governance, human dignity and democratic practice;
  • Commitment to and passion for the new organization’s mission to equal participation of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities;
  • Strong relationship building and management skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Italian; a persuasive and passionate communicator;
  • An appetite for the fast-paced environment of a growing nonprofit organization;
  • Sound professional judgment on issues requiring sensitivity, confidentiality and discretion.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. International travel may be required up to 15% of the time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This role is based in Rome, Italy and the successful applicant must already possess the necessary permits to engage in this consultancy per Italian and EU regulations.

Application instructions

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements.

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