Project Officer – Economic and Social Affairs

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest of the German political foundations committed to the values of social democracy. Established in 1925 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization, its primary purpose today is the education of people from all segments of society in the spirit of social democracy, and the strengthening of international cooperation to further peace and development. In its international work, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation has a strong emphasis on development issues and maintains a network of offices and programs in more than 80 countries, mostly in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.

The New York Office is located close to the United Nations in New York and serves as a liaison between the United Nations, FES field offices and partners in developing countries. It contributes to the debate on globalization by annually organizing and convening some 30 high-level seminars, conferences and roundtables and by publishing briefing and occasional papers on global policy issues.

The project officer on economic and social afairs reports directly to the Director of the New York Office. The position´s specific responsiblities include:

Conceptualizing, planning and preparing seminars, conferences and roundtables in the field of international economic and social policy;
Maintaining and expanding the network of contacts to relevant UN departments and agencies, UN member state representatives, civil society groups and think tanks;
Following and reporting on recent developments in the United Nations and the Bretton Woods Institutions in the field of global economic governance, development policy, international social policy, and international financial markets;
Assisting with administrative duties at all levels, including event management, editing of articles for publication, website maintenance and planning of visitor programs.
The successful candidate must possess the following qualifications:

University Degree (B.A./M.A.) in a relevant field, preferably in Economics, International Development Studies or International Relations;
Proficiency in English and good writing skills;
Sensitivity to communicate and work in an intercultural and international context;
Relevant work experience, preferably in an international non-profit setting, would be a plus;
German language skills would be an asset but are not a must;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications; working knowledge of ACT and Dreamweaver would be beneficial but can also be acquired on the job.
We are looking for a dynamic, hard-working and good-humored (but firm) individual who is able to work in a small team dealing with multiple tasks and responsibilities. We are offering a salary that is commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package.

The initial appointment will be temporary (for a period of 10 months); a transfer into a permanent appointment is likely.

To apply, please send a letter, CV and two references to:

J├╝rgen Stetten
Friedrich Ebert Foundation Inc.
747 Third Avenue, 22b
New York, New York 10017

Project Officer – Economic and Social Affairs
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Location: New York
Last Date: June 2, 2008


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