Job Opportunities

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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Open Budget Initiative Program Officer, Asia

Team: Open Budget Initiative (OBI)
Reports to
: Open Budget Survey Supervisor
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Travel: Extensive
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Job Purpose and Key Responsibility Areas

The OBI Program Officer, Asia coordinates and monitors the implementation of the biennial Open Budget Survey (OBS), the Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker, and conducts priority research on budget transparency for a subset of the countries covered by these OBI research undertakings, as assigned and agreed by the team. The Open Budget Survey is IBP’s flagship research program and offers the biennial measurement of transparency in over 100 countries globally.  A related research product is the Open Budget Survey Tracker, a tool that is being piloted to capture real-time data on the production and public availability of key budget documents.

Essential Duties

The Program Officer will be expected to:

  • Participates in developing the program strategy for and priority activities of the Open Budget Initiative, develops annual work plans and contributes to budgeting exercises, and collaborates with colleagues to ensure that the OBI research agenda best contributes to the realization of IBP’s mission
  • Coordinates the implementation of the Open Budget Survey and conducts research on budget transparency in a subset of countries covered by these research priorities, as assigned and agreed by the team, including drafting research outputs
  • Provides technical assistance and support to research partners in assigned countries, and where appropriate, coordinates with other OBI and IBP colleagues to organize the provision of technical assistance and support required by research partners
  • Closely monitors, paces and reports on the progress of implementation to the OBS Supervisor and the OBI Director, including drafting sections of OBI team reports as required or requested and writing articles on the work in the countries covered
  • Manages relations with partners in assigned countries, including supporting research partners in their engagements with key accountability stakeholders from civil society and the academe, government and other multilateral institutions, and representing IBP in meetings and conferences in the countries/region
  • Collaborates and coordinates with all other IBP teams as may be required to support, document, and evaluate OBI Program implementation in the designated region, including participating in periodic review meetings and initiatives to work through process improvements for OBI program and research protocols
  • Manages and trains research assistant(s) for participation in OBI work
  • Collaborates with other IBP colleagues for other OBI priority activities, other IBP in-country work and IBP advocacy initiatives
Other Responsibilities
  • Participates in IBP all-staff retreats, and in all OBI team meetings
  • Supports other OBI team colleagues to ensure that IBP protocols and standards of providing support and technical assistance to partners are evenly applied across teams within the OBI
  • Contributes to drafting terms of reference for consultants, supports the execution and monitoring of consultant performance
  • Coordinates closely with the IBP Administrative team for all administrative and logistical needs
  • Complies with all administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures
Education
  • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or equivalent field, required
Experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills: ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, partners, consultants and representatives of government and other multilateral organizations
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment
  • Demonstrates a high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package required; proficiency with statistical analysis using STATA or other similar package, desirable
Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Language skills – Fluency in English required
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment.
  • High level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package, required; proficiency with other specialist software applications, desirable.
Attributes
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to and passion for IBP’s mission
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to shifting environments and works well under pressure
  • Motivated to learn and willing to contribute to learning initiatives
To Apply

Send a cover application letter and resume by email to applications@internationalbudget.org. Please put “OBI Program Officer, Asia” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Director of Communications

Team: Communications
Reports to
: Executive Director
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Travel: Moderate
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Background

The International Budget Partnership (IBP), the leading international organization working to advance budget transparency and accountability around the world, is seeking a creative strategist, tactician, and leader to design and implement an integrated strategic communications program that advances the organization and its mission.

IBP works closely with a community of skilled independent organizations in over 115 countries to ensure that governments raise and spend public funds in ways that benefit poor and marginalized communities, by providing a combination of financial and technical support and peer learning.  Our partners have played a key role over the past decade in driving enormous improvements in budgeting practices around the world, and in using available information to ensure an increasing quality of life for poor citizens.  In addition, we are well recognized and respected for our knowledge of fiscal processes, the quality of our applied research, and the reach of our extensive networks of donors, governments, parliaments, and auditors around the world.

We produce the Open Budget Survey – the only regular, independent, comparative survey of budget transparency and accountability around the world, which is widely used by civil society and the donor community. We also have been a key founder of several international multi-stakeholder initiatives, such as the Open Government Partnership and the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency.

For 20 years, IBP has led the field at the national and international level to ensure that public finances are used efficiently, effectively, and with full accountability in order to meet the needs and priorities of people and support equitable and sustainable development. But IBP is operating in an increasingly competitive and noisy environment. In order to increase engagement and expand the influence of IBP and our partners and the impact of our work, it is critical that we take our communications to a new level.

The Director of Communications will direct the communications team and work closely with IBP’s leadership to develop and oversee the strategic direction, design and planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s communications — including print and digital communications, media relations, government and institutional relations, promotion and visual identity, and donor relations. The Director will be a member of IBP’s executive management team and report to the Executive Director.

For additional information on the position’s responsibilities and required qualifications, see the job description below or click here to download a .pdf version.

Job Purpose and Key Responsibility Areas

The Director of Communications will manage and mentor the Communications team and work closely with IBP’s leadership to develop and oversee the strategic direction, design and planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s communications — including print and digital communications, media relations, government and institutional relations, and promotion and visual identity, as well as contribute to donor relations. The Director will be a member of IBP’s executive management team.

This role is that rare opportunity to have an impact on IBP’s expanding influence within the fiscal transparency field while advancing an acumen in communications strategy within an international development setting.

Essential Duties

The Director of Communications will be expected to:

  • Work with senior colleagues to develop, coordinate, implement, and evaluate an IBP-wide integrated communications strategy and planning;
  • Lead a team of five that advances the organization’s agenda and supports its programs through such tools and tactics as strategy and message development, editorial support, social media and digital communications, powerful storytelling, media relations, design and creative services, and digital and video production, among others;
  • Oversee all communications policies, guidelines, and processes to: manage the IBP brand; ensure the production of high-quality, high-impact work; and steward organizational resources effectively;
  • Serve as a key member of executive management team to ensure that our communications are aligned with organizational goals and integrated strategically into the program work to maximize IBP impact;
  • Identify and manage upcoming communications opportunities and priorities and implement strategies accordingly in collaboration with program teams;
  • Work closely with the Associate Director of Development to build materials that increase and diversify our funding base, especially in Europe and with individual donors;
  • Help further establish the organization’s place in the international policy world as a sought-after, independent, nongovernment voice on country and international public finance and development issues, by building on IBP’s leadership in the field and raising the profile of our research and advocacy;
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with a cadre of international and country-based journalists at key media outlets to raise the profile of public finance in development issues;
  • Identify and help to cultivate relationships with key influencers, leaders, and allies in the field to raise and broaden IBP’s visibility and to amplify our outreach efforts; and
  • Work with program staff to support the communications efforts of our partners on the ground in developing countries to influence budget policies and outcomes;
  • Manage the performance of Communications’ team members and contribute to their professional growth and development
  • Identify and negotiate the resources required for the implementation of the communication strategy and monitor the annual team budget; and
  • Ensure integration of IBP’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and strategy development into all levels of the communications work.
Other Responsibilities
  • Participate in IBP all-staff retreats, and lead Communication team meetings.
  • Draft terms of reference for consultants, and monitor the execution and monitoring of consultant performance.
  • Coordinate closely with the IBP Operations team for all administrative and logistical needs.
  • Comply with all IBP administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures.
Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, and/or equivalent required; Master’s degree, preferred.
Experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience developing and implementing strategic communications plans that focus on influencing public policy.
  • A successful track record in day-to-day communications strategy and tactical implementation, as well as longer-term planning and evaluation.
  • Significant experience communicating to a variety of audiences via traditional and new media.
  • Significant experience in leading teams, managing staff, and project operations as well as working overseas and/or on international issues.
  • Experience with, or expertise in, budget issues a plus.
Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Language skills – Fluency in English required
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment.
  • High level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package, required; proficiency with other specialist software applications, desirable.
Attributes
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to and passion for IBP’s mission
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to shifting environments; work well under pressure
  • Motivated to learn and willing to contribute to learning initiatives
To Apply

To apply for the post, please send a letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the role along with your CV/resume in English in strict confidence by email only and in MS Word format, to Isabel Leal at rrhh@darylupsall.com.

No documents other than those requested will be accepted at this stage. CVs with photos will not be accepted in any case.

Ensure that they are sent as Word documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV”.  Please put “IBP – Director of Communications” in the email subject line.

Deadline for applications:  Sunday, June 25th 2017, 18.00 CEST

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Communications Consultant: International Budget Partnership Kenya

Status: Consultancy
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
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Scope of Work

The International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) is looking to contract a Communications Consultant to provide communications support for key activities and undertakings for the remainder of 2017. The Consultant will work closely with the IBPK Country Manager, the Senior Technical Advisor, other IBPK members of staff, and relevant staff from the global IBP organization, to complete work in the five task areas detailed below.  The Consultant will be expected to be available through the end of December 2017, and deliver on the tasks below. It is projected that no more than 77 days is required to produce the high quality communications work products detailed in the tasks below. The payment schedule will be based on the tasks’ deliverables to be incorporated into the consulting agreement.

Task One

Develop and implement a strategic communications plan for disseminating key messages from research work produced by IBPK.  This includes research products completed recently (Analysis of Budget Implementation Reports, Cash Flow Analysis) and ongoing or upcoming research products (Public Deliberation work, Analysis of Public Debt, to name a few).  The communications plan will detail the main audience groups, the key messages from the research that need to go out to these audience groups, the timings for getting these messages out, and the main channels for communicating with these audiences.  The Consultant will implement the communications plan once this is approved by IBPK.

Task Two

Draft and implement a strategic communications plan for Equity Week 2017.  IBPK will be implementing Equity Week 2017 in the second half of 2017.  The Consultant will prepare a strategic communications plan for Equity Week 2017, in close coordination with the IBPK Team, and other CSOs and groups that that are co-organizing Equity Week 2017.  The Consultant will also implement this plan.

Task Three

Draft and implement a strategic communications plan for the proper implementation of County Budget and Economic Forums (CBEFs) in 2017 and beyond.  IBPK has been intensively involved in supporting the establishment of fully functioning CBEFs as platforms for public participation in county budget processes.  After the August national elections, county governments are expected to begin constituting, orienting and convening new CBEFs. The communications strategy will identify the key actors involved in the establishing CBEFs at the county level, draft the main messages about their roles, identify how these messages go out to the different actors, and timings and frequency of the communications.

Task Four

Produce content for and monitor IBPK Facebook page and twitter accounts in coordination with other team members.

Task Five

Work to publicize further materials developed by Pesacheck.

The Communications Consultant will:
  • have a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline;
  • have at least 3-5 years of experience in organizational/corporate communications; at least 2 years managing or working with digital communications platforms (including websites, social media and mass email distribution software); and at least 2 years working with civil society, non-profit or public interest groups;
  • have demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English (both written and spoken); able to edit, proof, and coordinate design of high-quality publications and other communications content; and will have exceptional attention to detail in communications (grammar, spelling); high proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications;
  • be able to synthesize complex and technical findings into simple messages; and have the ability to adjust how these messages are conveyed to different audience groups;
  • have strong interpersonal skills and will be able to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and team work; be highly organized and able to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines; and
  • presently reside in Nairobi and possesses all legal permissions to live and work in the county.

If you are interested in this consulting opportunity, please submit the following:  (a) a proposal that explains why you are interested, the relevant experience you have for this consultancy, and your current consulting rates; (b) a resume, indicating references for your work; (c) samples of communications work that you have completed in the last 12 months (may be a communications plan, written materials you developed to implement a communications plan, feature article).

Requested materials should be sent to applications@internationalbudget.org.  Please indicate “IBPK Communications Consultant” in the subject line of your email. Deadline for submissions:  16 July 2017.

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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. 

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