The International Budget Partnership (IBP) collaborates with civil society organizations in countries around the world to use budget analysis and advocacy as a tool to improve governance and reduce poverty. Established in 1997, IBP is based in Washington, D.C., with staff members posted in five other countries all over the world. In addition to the work partners do within their country to improve budget policies and execution, IBP and its partners conduct research and advocate at national and international levels for improvements in budget transparency, participation and accountability.
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Communications Officer for IBP Kenya
Expected start date: Immediately
IBP’s work in country is focused on strengthening the impact of civil society advocacy on country level budget policies and outcomes. Through deep and sustained engagement within countries, IBP provides support to build the expertise and skills of civil society actors involved in budget advocacy. It also strengthens the relationships and dialogue between these groups and other stakeholders in the budget process, including government. IBP-organized advocacy, research, technical assistance and networking are all integral components of its work in country.
The International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) is looking to appoint a Kenyan national as Communications Officer to oversee the development and dissemination of all key messages to IBPK’s principal audiences. The post holder will coordinate very closely with the Country Manager and other IBPK staff members to identify key audiences and craft core messages; develop materials and resources and innovative strategies for communicating with key audiences; and implement those strategies in a timely and appropriate manner. The Communications Officer also is responsible for coordinating with IBP’s central Communications Team in Washington, D.C., on IBPK’s communications work and needs, as well as its contribution to IBP’s overall communications responsibilities.
Main duties and responsibilities include:
- Coordinating closely with the Country Manager, Research Analyst, and Project Coordinator to develop and disseminate key messages emerging from the organization’s analysis (papers, briefs, etc.) and activities on a daily/weekly basis
- Generating innovative approaches to communicating the organization’s content, and producing pamphlets, multimedia, data visualizations and infographics, and other products for doing so
- Ensuring that the organization’s messages are regularly inserted into ongoing conversations in traditional and social media that touch on issues related to budgets, public participation, and the broader economy
- Coordinating ongoing communications campaigns around transparency, equity, and other issues that are core to the organization’s agenda
- Monitoring traditional and social media coverage of the organization and of the organization’s agenda on a daily basis and making recommendations for how to improve that coverage
- Monitoring and analyzing user data, working with the central Communications team as needed, to understand how to better reach out to current users of our materials and to increase usage
- Increasing the organization’s brand recognition in traditional and social media
- Fashioning messages for different audiences as needed, including but not limited to parliament, national and county executive officers, politicians, media, civil society and ordinary citizens, and reaching out directly to these audiences with to build relationships and improve communication
- Editing papers, budget briefs, newsletters, corporate communications, social media posts, and other materials prior to final design and publication, working with the Country Manager and the central Communications team to ensure international quality standards are met
- Coordinating with graphic designers and printers to ensure high-quality production of communications materials
- Coordinating, with the support of the project coordinator, the organization’s quarterly newsletter
- Attending events on behalf of the organization to represent the organization’s perspective and communicate key messages to various stakeholders
- Participating in trainings, workshops, and other sessions to facilitate learning related to the organization’s training and capacity-building agenda
- Developing, maintaining, and deepening relationships with media to ensure that the organization’s messages are understood and given weight by traditional media houses and emerging media organizations
- Supporting communication-related capacity-building interventions for CSO partners and staff, as required
- Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline
- At least 3 years of experience in organizational/corporate communications
- At least 2 years of managing or working with digital communications platforms, including websites, social media, and mass email distribution software
- At least 2 years of working with civil society, nonprofit, or other public interest organizations
- Experience in handling print and broadcast media relations, preferred
- Experience in coordinating graphic design for publication, preferred
- Basic knowledge of public finance, public policy, economic development or related fields, preferred
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, particularly in writing, but also orally
- Demonstrated ability to edit, proof, and coordinate the design of high-quality publications and other communications content
- Ability to synthesize complex and technical findings into simple messages
- Exceptional attention to detail (grammar, spelling, etc.) in communications
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in Kiswahili
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork
- Record of a high level of organization in previous work; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office package, required; proficiency with other specialist software applications, desirable
Commensurate with experience, competitive benefits
If you are interested in applying, please submit the following:
- an application letter that explains why you are interested in the job and describes your experience in organizational/corporate communications;
- a resume/CV; and
- a sample of your writing (about 700-1000 words) that demonstrates your ability to write effectively on topics relevant to this position.
All applications should be sent to email@example.com. Indicate “Communications Officer for IBPK” in the subject area of your email. Closing date for applications is 16 September 2016.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Country Manager for South Africa
IBP’s work in country is focused on strengthening the impact of civil society advocacy on country level budget policies and outcomes. Through deep and sustained engagement within countries, IBP provides support to build expertise and skills of civil society actors involved in budget advocacy. It also strengthens the partnerships and dialogue between these groups and other stakeholders in the budget process, including government. IBP-organized advocacy, research, technical assistance, and networking are all integral components of IBP’s work in country.
IBP seeks to appoint a Country Manager for South Africa to lead the country team in Cape Town. The Country Manager will be responsible for implementing IBP’s country strategy for South Africa. Please note that candidates must be eligible for employment in South Africa (e.g., South African citizen or Permanent Resident status).
Main duties and responsibilities include:
- Leads and directs strategic planning and priority setting for IBP’s country strategy in South Africa
- Leads and directs the implementation of IBP’s country strategy, including identifying key program partners, and planning and providing the optimum mix of support needed to increase the impact of CSO partners in realizing improved budget policy and outcomes
- Manages relations with all partners, facilitating connections between CSO partners and other accountability actors as appropriate or necessary, and representing IBP in meetings and conferences within the country and the region
- Manages and oversees grants to partners
- Ensures partners are provided with capacity building, research support and technical assistance needed in a timely manner, including facilitating workshops with program partners, and helping to design and complete research needed to enhance advocacy efforts.
- Develops and monitors annual operational budgets, and reports on the country strategy internally within IBP and to IBP donors as may be required
- Coordinates with all other IBP teams as may be required to support, document, and/or review the implementation of IBP country strategy and other IBP in-country work
- Reaches out to funding in/for the country, as may be designated by IBP Executive Director
- Ensures that IBP country strategy team uphold IBP’s shared values in all aspects of their work
- May be required to manage and oversee administration and logistics of the South Africa country office, including all grants from the DC office of IBP
- Master’s degree in social science, economics, or a related development field, required
- Minimum 6-8 years’ experience in public finance management, government budgeting or public policy, or related development field in South Africa
- Deep and extensive experience in civil society advocacy campaigns and engagements
- Strategic thinker, strong analytical and strategy development skills, and strong in identifying and addressing challenges
- Strong interpersonal skills for leading and directing the country team in South Africa, as well as for managing IBP’s relationships with CSO partners and other accountability actors
- Strong management skills, including grant management, and program implementation of advocacy and research undertakings
- Superior written and verbal English communication skills
- Must be a RSA citizen or have a permanent RSA resident permit
- Willingness to travel nationally and overseas, when necessary.
Commensurate with experience, very competitive benefits.
Send a cover application letter and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Country Manager for South Africa” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
International Budget Partnership is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.