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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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.

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 MEL 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

Send a cover application letter and resume by email to applications@internationalbudget.org. Please put “Director of Communications” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Associate Director of Development

Reports to: Executive Director
Responsible for
: The Development Officer in Washington D.C., USA and leadership and oversight of fundraising activities throughout the organization internationally.
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Annual Salary: Competitive for the sector and location
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Background

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) collaborates with civil society around the world to use budget analysis and advocacy as a tool to improve effective governance and reduce povertyLeading the field for 20 years, IBP has taken on the challenge of making public finance systems worldwide more transparent and accountable through its work in four interlinked areas that combine country-based civil society pressure with increased pressure from international institutions, together with efforts to generate effective advocacy for more open and responsive budgeting. These four areas are:

  • Building organizations: strengthening civil society organizations and networks by developing the skills and relationships needed to improve budget processes and create change in the countries where they operate.
  • Opening budgets: researching, measuring, and monitoring budget transparency, participation, and accountability around the world to build an evidence base promoting greater openness.
  • Establishing global norms: engaging with a wide-range of international stakeholders, including donors, government oversight institutions, and international NGOs, to play a greater role in budget issues.
  • Learning what works: producing rigorous evidence, analysis, and case studies on the impact of IBP and its partners to inform more strategic and effective practices.
Purpose of Role

IBP has this year undertaken a fundamental review of its fundraising strategy and activities, with the goal of maximizing and diversifying IBP’s long-term and sustainable income. As part of that review IBP are looking to make an appointment at the Director or Associate Director level depending on the level of proven skills and experience that the successful candidate brings the role. This is a new post that has been created to work closely with the Executive Director to design and execute a strategy to broaden IBP’s funding sources.

The new IBP fundraising strategy and associated activities will be focused primarily on further developing relationships with existing funders and securing new funds from major foundations and bilateral institutional funders around the world. Additionally, part of this role will involve exploring and developing potential new funders including HNWI, European bilateral agencies, and multi-lateral organizations such as the European Union.

The incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring the submission and development of high quality proposals, budgets and reports. In the process and prior to submission, ensure that budgets are realistic, accurate and in compliance with donor requirements, and where necessary convene and coordinate proposal development project teams. Prepare and ensure approvals of all grant proposals and solicitation letters to potential funders, as well as follow-up and manage relationships with all funders.

Primary responsibilities

The Associate Director of Development has primary responsibility for developing and implementing a new fundraising strategy. Essential duties of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, design and implement a fundraising strategy that supports IBP’s five-year strategic plan.
  • Help to maintain and enhance IBP’s reputation and credibility with grant giving bodies through best practices in grant solicitation and management for a given portfolio of funders and projects.
  • Coordinate with all other IBP teams as may be required for the support necessary to advance the fundraising strategy.
  • In collaboration with Finance and Operations Group, continue to build the development systems, such as proposal procedures, Salesforce donor database, and revenue management.
  • Enable IBP to remain accountable to funders by staying informed with progress of program implementation, especially on large/complex/high-risk grants.
  • Ensure that all applications, project reports and technical data submitted to actual and potential funders is of very good quality and carries a consistent IBP voice.
  • Manage and steward selected foundations and institutional funders to secure renewal of contracts and partnerships.
  • Details and negotiates with IBP Executive Team the resources required for the implementation of fundraising strategy for IBP.
  • Participate in IBP budget planning and tracking against strategic financial goals.
  • Approves and manages consultants for IBP’s fundraising activities.
  • Implement IBP’s grant management and approval processes for proposal development, submission, and award.
  • Identify necessary staff development for Development team member(s) and contribute to their professional growth and development.
  • Provide capacity building in fundraising skills for key members of the organization, such as proposal writing and donor meetings.
  • Work with the Communications Director to support and coordinate interaction with regional and headquarters colleagues, to deliver core fundraising and communications activities as effectively as possible.
  • Regularly communicate to team on organizational priorities and key decisions as part of participation in the Managers Team.
  • Ensures that the Development team work uphold IBP’s shared values in all aspects of their work, and perform their duties and functions in a collaborative, effective and supportive team environment.
  • Ensure proper stewardship of IBP resources, governments and donor policies and regulations are strictly adhered to.
  • Represents IBP at public events, as required.
  • Other tasks as assigned according to the grade and nature of this post.
Experience
  • At least 8 years of professional experience of successfully developing large scale (multi-year) funding proposals to a variety of national and international foundations and institutions/governments.
  • A proven track record of developing and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships and ultimately securing funding from a range of sources of at least $10m USD per annum.
  • Experience in new partnership acquisitions or business development.
  • Knowledge and experience of donor compliance requirements, particularly for US and non-US bilateral and multilateral donors.
  • Experience in identifying funding information sources and carrying out in-depth research on funding opportunities.
  • Experience in supporting and working with long-term foundation fundraising strategy.
  • Ability to develop relationships with funders and represent IBP in a professional manner in the external funding world.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in project planning with competing deadlines, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in analyzing, compiling and editing budgetary information for large projects.
  • A proven ability to work effectively within a team, delivering on clear goals, coordinating work with colleagues and providing advice to other members of the team when required.
  • A proven ability to negotiate solutions and resources between programs and project team members.
  • Proven ability to write and edit compelling, creative, succinct and clear proposals and reports is essential.
  • Experience of effective communication at senior levels and with wealthy and influential people with backgrounds in business, foundations and government circles.
Skills and Qualifications Required
  • Bachelor degree required within preferred fields of public relations, journalism, communications, English, business or equivalent. Relevant professional qualification and/or membership of relevant professional body desirable.
  • Excellent computer and IT skills, including the use of standard MS software packages (SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), as well as Salesforce and fundraising databases.
  • Excellent writing and presentation/communication skills in English are essential and the ability to work in French and /or Spanish is highly desired.
Personal Attributes
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to and passion for IBP’s mission
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and sensitivity to the diversity of values, views and approaches to issues relevant to IBP program by stakeholders around the world.
  • Excellent judgment and creative abilities, including influencing, negotiating and problem solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment.
  • Versatility to combine self-management and self-support when working alone with productive team membership.
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to shifting environments and works well under pressure
  • Motivated to learn and willing to contribute to learning initiatives.
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally.
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 zoeoldham@darylupsall.com. A full applicant’s pack with more details on the role and organisation is also available at the above email address.

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

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Strategy and Learning Intern

Team: Strategy and Learning Team (SALT)
Reports to
: Strategy and Learning Senior Fellow
Status: Hourly, Full-time (35-40 hours per week)
Location: Washington D.C., USA
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Job Purpose and Summary

The Intern supports the research, monitoring and evaluation, and other learning efforts by the International Budget Partnership’s Strategy and Learning Team (SALT).  This role will provide important research and analysis support during IBP’s current strategy development process.

Essential Duties

The Intern:

  • Performs desk research on topics related to IBP’s work, including budget monitoring, civil society advocacy, and fiscal governance.
  • Drafts or edits written materials related to research topics or other issues.
  • Supports internal strategy processes, through documenting meeting discussions, compiling relevant information, producing power point presentations, etc.
  • Attends and documents relevant external events.
  • Provides general support for IBP SALT team as necessary, including assisting the team monitoring and evaluation, supporting logistics for learning events (e.g. brown bag lunch series, webinars), etc.
Other Responsibilities
  • Participates in IBP staff meetings and in all SALT team meetings.
  • Complies with IBP-wide administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures.
Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in economics, international affairs, political science, and/or public policy or
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in economics, international affairs, political science, and/or public policy.
Skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong research skills, including quantitative analysis
  • Ability to manage projects and time effectively, work collaboratively in a diverse international environment, and proficiency with Microsoft Office package.
  • High-level attention to detail, accuracy, quality, and timeliness.
Attributes
  • 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 applications@internationalbudget.orgPlease put Strategy and Learning 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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