Program Specialist - Global Drug Policy Program

Open Society Foundations | New York, New York

Job Summary

The Global Drug Policy Program (GDPP) envisions a world in which communities impacted by or directly engaged in drug use, small-scale drug crop cultivation or micro-traders lead lives of dignity. In such a world, drug policies tackle the interdependent challenges of marginalization and the drug economy. Reforms aim to reduce the role of criminalization in drug control policy while advancing the legal, economic, social, health, and political rights of affected communities. Crucially, affected communities have voice, agency, and capacity to effect change yielding systemic policy reforms that protect and safeguard their wellbeing and human rights.

GDPP is seeking a Program Specialist to perform a wide range of responsibilities that materially advance both portfolio and program-level strategies. The Program Specialist is at the forefront of our grant making activities, developing relationships with our partners in the field and providing crucial programmatic support to our senior staff.


Contributions include tracking organizations and developments in relevant fields, the design and processing of program grants, and the assessment of grants and portfolios. Program Specialists may also take the lead on projects or issues such as research initiatives, convenings, or advocacy efforts as assigned. The Program Specialist will be based in New York and will report to the Deputy Director.


To be successful, you should have 3 to 5 years’ experience of working with issues such as drug policy reform, harm reduction and human rights development. A proven ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment and the ability to troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, consistently on schedule, without loss of attention to detail and budget. 

How to Apply

For further details about this role and to apply, please visit the employment page on the Open Society Foundations’ website: 

Closing date: 24 October 2018. 

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.

Open Society Foundations


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