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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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Human Resources Generalist

Team: Operations
Reports to
: Director of Operations
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Travel: Minimum
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Job Purpose and Summary

The Human Resources Generalist (HRG) will work as part of the Finance and Operations team to provide high touch day-to-day HR support for the assigned employee population and work as a strategic partner with Director of Operations to help align organizational objectives with employees and supervisors.

Essential Duties

Our employees are very important to us and we strive to provide a supportive environment. The HRG should take an active role in learning organizational and employees’ issues. We would like the HRG to demonstrate the following proficiencies:

HR Administration:

  • Oversees international and domestic benefits administration.
    • Update and execute the benefits programs for IBP US and international staff, on an annual basis.
    • Support the relationships with HR-related external partners.
  • Oversees international and domestic compensation administration, including but not limited to cost of living adjustments and promotion and performance based increases.
  • Maintain HR compliance.
    • Respond to and develop solutions to inquiries on HR related policy and procedures.
    • Manage HR related documents and retention policy for US and non-US duty stations.
    • Ensure policies, processes and systems comply with both US and country specific employment law.
    • Develop and report HR related business metrics (e.g. attrition and retention, recruiting statistics, et cetera).

Talent Management:

  • Recruitment
    • Work with hiring managers on developing/updating job descriptions.
    • Partners with hiring managers to develop an optimal recruitment strategy.
    • Implement effective recruitment strategy and oversees selection/hiring process ensuring compliance with all legal and regulatory statutes.
  • Onboarding, off-boarding
    • Lead new hire orientation and employee off-boarding process.
    • Monitor employee experience from onboarding through performance to organizational exit.
  • Employees relations
    • Act as primary point of contact for employee relations matters ensuring the optimal outcome for both the employee and the company.
    • Coaching employees on effective methods of working with team members and supervisors.
    • Conduct investigations and counseling aligned with the IBP culture and in accordance with laws.
    • Suggest, design, and participate in community life activities.
    • Identify activities that support staff relations within and between IBP offices.
    • Be sensitive to an international audience; understand working habits, practice, and culture.
    • Work closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, increase productivity and retention.
    • Provide support on relationship management, including tips on proactive communications, conflict resolution, and/or managing sensitive issues.
    • Proactively engage and monitor staff morale as well as resolve issues that can be counterproductive in IBP’s culture and morale.
  • Performance management
    • Administer performance appraisal process and deadlines.
    • Support supervisors/employees with the PIP process.
    • Support supervisors and staff on successful performance management throughout the year.
    • Monitor and advise the manager when there are employee performance difficulties.
    • Review goals set by staff to ensure they comply with the SMART format and demonstrate adherence to the organizational goals.
  • Training & development
    • Develop HR related trainings and informational presentations to explain HR processes, such as recorded short-topical training, webcasts or in person training.
  • Workforce planning
    • Provide guidance and input on business unit restructures.
  • Succession planning
    • Lead performance management related training (goals setting, receiving/giving feedback, performance review calibration, et cetera).

International Human Resources:

  • Support relationships with selected third party contractors in non-US jurisdictions in areas of employment policies, in-country benefits programs, payroll, et cetera.
  • Support the recruitment and selection of local employees, ensuring that staffing requirements are satisfied in the most timely and cost effective manner.

Other duties as assigned.

  • Minimum requirement of Bachelor’s degree, preferably in human resources management or related field.
  • 5 – 7 years’ relevant experience in human resources required.
  • Appropriate HR certification required.
  • Experience working in an international organization.
  • Language skills – Fluency in English required; fluency in another language is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Extremely organized and detail oriented with strong time management and follow-through skills.
  • Excellent computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, webinar software(s) and HRIS administration experience.
  • Able to work within a team structure; be self-guided, self-motivated; be creative, take initiative, and possess excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Building expertise in a specialist area of Human Resources.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information confidentially.
Knowledge and Skills

A high-touch HRG is only part of the picture and it is necessary to understand that a high degree of organization and forethought is essential to be successful.

  • Able to prioritize and effectively communicate needs to Director of Operations and Executive Team.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships across the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-communication skills, and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment.
  • Able to be a proactive, self-starter, who understands the details at an organizational level.
  • Must be flexible in order to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities; ability to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple, detailed tasks.
  • Able to plan, organize, manage and/or carry out multiple related activities simultaneously (project management skills a very strong plus).
  • Understand and have a working knowledge of international laws.
  • Proactively research and learn as much as you can about the changes and best practices in the HR profession including: organizational development, talent management, learning, management and leadership development, or coaching; strive to be a specialist in one of these areas.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Solves problems and is decisive.
  • 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.
  • International travel
To Apply

Send a cover application letter and resume by email to Please put “Human Resources Generalist” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Director of Communications

Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Annual Salary: Commensurate with experience
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The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is excited to announce an amazing opportunity to impact lives by ensuring that public resources match public priorities and hasten the end to poverty in our world. IBP, the leading international organization working to advance budget transparency and accountability around the world, is seeking a creative and strategic visionary to bring our work to life among key constituencies and help us increase the quality of life for the world’s poor citizens. This opportunity comes at a critical time as public budgeting has emerged as the central global challenge of the 21st century.

IBP works closely with a community of skilled independent organizations in over 115 countries—from Latin America to Sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia—to ensure that governments raise and spend public funds in ways that benefit poor and marginalized communities. Click here to watch a short video on IBP's work. In order to increase engagement and expand the influence of IBP and our partners, we require a savvy Director of Communications who not only wants to help these populations around the world, but also can convey the importance of this work in compelling ways to target audiences in governments, donors, and civil society organizations around the world.

Directing the communications team and working closely with IBP’s leadership to develop and oversee the strategic direction, design and planning, implementation, and evaluation of communications, the Director of Communications will embed communications across the organization as a whole. This includes communications strategy and planning, message and content development, and overseeing design and creative services and digital and video productions. Internally, our professionals enjoy a workplace that is passionate about its mission and is a multi-cultural environment with strong camaraderie as it works towards transforming lives.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop, coordinate, implement, embed and evaluate an IBP-wide integrated communications strategy and planning;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Advance the organization’s agenda and support 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; and
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Associate Director of Development to build materials that increase and diversify our funding base, especially in Europe and with individual donors.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, and/or equivalent required; Master’s degree, preferred.
  • Minimum of 12-15 years of experience developing and implementing strategic communications plans that focus on organizational transformation through its approach to communications in the non-profit/social change sector.
  • 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.
  • 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-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.
  • Acumen for strategic communications and creative thinking
  • Commitment and enthusiasm of IBP’s mission
  • Ability to add value to the organization and all programs through strategic communications support
  • Experience in global organizations
  • Availability for international travel
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 (no photos) in English in strict confidence BY EMAIL ONLY to Zoe Oldham

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 8th October 2017, 18.00 CEST

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Open Budget Initiative Intern

Team: Open Budget Initiative (OBI)
Reports to
: Open Budget Survey Supervisor
Status: Paid Hourly, Full-time (40 hours per week)
Location: Washington D.C., USA
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Job Purpose and Summary

The Intern supports the research and communications work performed by the OBI team, including the Open Budget Survey (OBS), the Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker (Tracker), and other reports and analyses of budget transparency.

Essential Duties
  • Edit the narrative responses provided by researchers in the Open Budget Survey questionnaires for clarity and grammar.
  • Assist in editing and fact-checking the Open Budget Survey country summary reports.
  • Provides general support for IBP OBI team as necessary, including assisting the team in preparing PowerPoint presentations and providing research support on other reports and analyses of budget transparency.
Other Responsibilities
  • Participates in IBP staff meetings and retreats, and in all OBI team meetings.
  • Supports OBI special events, as needed.
  • Assists the team Operations Officer with logistical tasks, as needed.
  • Complies with IBP-wide administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English literature, international affairs, political science, communications, and/or public policy.
  • Native English speaker.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage projects and time effectively, work collaboratively in a diverse international environment, and proficiency with Microsoft Office package.
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, or other language is a plus.
  • High-level attention to detail, accuracy, quality, and timeliness.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for IBP’s mission.
  • Highly flexible and adaptable.
  • Motivated to learn and willing to contribute to learning initiatives.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Professional and reassuring in communication style with colleagues, partners, and vendors and other service providers.
Physical Demands
  • Duties are generally carried out in a normal business office environment – i.e., working while sitting at a desk for extended periods of time.
  • The position supports occasional document and/or event preparation which may require lifting or moving of items that weigh up to 30 lbs.
To Apply

Send a cover application letter and resume by email to Please put “Open Budget Initiative Intern” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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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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