Program Manager - Youth-Powered Democracy in Southeast Asia - Kuala Lumpur

Long-term contract
Localisation Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
No remote
3 yrs of exp.
Posted on 05-23-2024

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable to their people.

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Key Responsibilities

As Program Manager, you will:

  • Provide a strategic vision for innovative program development and implementation, with a focus on youth and democracy in key countries in Southeast Asia.
  • Deliver on day-to-day liaison with grantees and partners in the design, launch, implementation, and exit of the program/portfolio(s).
  • Work collaboratively in developing, assessing, and revising program strategies.
  • Effectively manage portfolios of work, including support in the grant-making process by communicating with grantees for proposal submission, assisting in grant record preparation, grants processing, reporting, and other related processes.
  • Build a strong understanding of the field and partnerships, in developing and designing the program strategies and portfolios of work.
  • Work collaboratively with other members within the team and with colleagues across OSF to advance OSF’s strategic objectives, utilizing a variety of OSF’s strategic capabilities..
  • Manage relationships with partners and work with them to achieve OSF’s strategic objectives.
  • Build and maintain networks of stakeholders and effectively promote strategic cooperation with diverse audiences.
  • Process and oversee progress of consultant contracts.
  • Monitor and communicate progress implementation, project risks, and other relevant status updates regularly.
  • Monitor and analyse political and socioeconomic developments in countries and areas of focus of the program/portfolio, and deliver concise, written reports and presentations for diverse groups including peers, OSF leadership, and external audiences.

Person Specification



  • Educated to a degree-level (or equivalent).



  • Multiple years’ experience in, and nuanced understanding of, at least one field related to politics, governance, public policy, human rights, or socioeconomic development in Southeast Asia.
  • Progressively responsible experience in a leading role at an NGO, government agency, or research institution focused on politics, governance, public policy, human rights, or socioeconomic development in Southeast Asia.
  • Extensive expertise in areas related to at least one of the following areas: youth movements, youth engagement and organizing, political leadership development, public policy, or democratic governance.
  • Fluent in a Southeast Asian language, preferably Thai.


Functional Competencies:

  • Conceives, designs and manages cross-department, cross-program or similarly complex projects; expected to effectively manage time, budget and stakeholders and network-wide or similarly complex coordination.
  • Able to generate, capture and organize information and knowledge to deliver prescribed outcomes.
  • Ability to conduct research to drive decision making by management.
  • Skilled in drawing out patterns.
  • Experience in budgeting, strategic analysis and planning.
  • Working well with a variety of public, private and NGO stakeholders.
  • Building and maintaining networks of stakeholders.
  • Promote strategic cooperation with governmental and other sectors.
  • Knowledge of grant making best practices and the field of philanthropy.
  • Ability to build synergies, strengthen movements, and identify and fill capacity gaps across fields.
  • Demonstrate care and concern about partner organizations and the people who work in them.

Personal Competencies:

  • Able to build consensus with diverse audiences/stakeholders.
  • Possesses cultural sensitivity to work respectfully and effectively in different settings.
  • Ability to work independently and being self-motivated.
  • Demonstrates commitment to OSF’s core values of humility, commitment, collaboration, respect, inclusivity and integrity.
  • Proven experience in collaborating with multi-country stakeholders.
  • Willingness to adjust working hours to include calls and discussions with colleagues and vendors located in various geographic regions.
  • Commitment to continuous learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism and social justice.


  • An excellent knowledge of English (or other language) and proficiency of a Southeast Asian language, preferably Thai.
  • Proficiency in additional Southeast Asian language would be an asset.