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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Strategy and Learning Intern

Team: Strategy and Learning Team (SALT)
Reports to
: Strategy and Learning Senior Fellow
Status: Paid Internship. 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
  • 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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Strategy and Learning Research Project Consultant: Publication Uptake and Outcome Evaluation

Team: Strategy and Learning Team (SALT)
Status: Research Consultancy
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IBP is going through an organizational strategy development cycle in 2017, and one of the areas that we would like to learn more about to inform our strategy is the outcome of our research and advocacy publications. For this reason, we are commissioning a review of a subset of our publications from the past 2 years, exploring their uptake and outcomes.

Many of IBP’s efforts seek to, directly or indirectly, influence decision makers at various levels.  An important approach to achieving this objective is the production and dissemination of evidence. For example, the Open Budget Initiative publishes the outcomes of our global Open Budget Survey every two years, including a global report, regional reports, and more than 100 country specific summaries. Our country programs produce budget analysis, fiscal policy research, and capacity-building material. Finally, our International Advocacy program produces concept notes, budget briefs, think pieces, etc.

Producing publications is a significant component of IBP’s work in countries and at the international level. We have anecdotal evidence that our publications reach their intended audiences and are found to be relevant and useful. Thus many of our programs have implicit assumptions about the effectiveness of the publications they produce. IBP has had some internal reflection and discussion about these assumptions, but has not systematically tested them. It is important to gather more evidence about our work to inform our discussions and decision making. The findings and recommendations from the consultant’s evaluation will be used to inform discussions about the role of research and publication in our organization-wide strategy as well as program specific strategies for achieving the goals we define for the coming years.

To learn more about the scope of this evaluation and the terms of reference for the consultancy, download the full description here.  

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following to Suvarna Hulawale, IBP M&E Officer (shulawale@internationalbudget.org) by Monday May 15, 2017, 5pm EST.

  1. CV (5 page maximum)
  2. Brief (2 page maximum) concept note including:
    • Relevant prior experiences (include a separate document to provide a relevant work sample)
    • Approach to research uptake
    • Relevant methodological questions or considerations for this evaluation
  3. Proposed budget, including consultant daily rate and number of days proposed
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Open Budget Survey Project Consultant: Platform Evaluation

Team: Open Budget Initiative
Status: Consultancy
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The International Budget Partnership is seeking a consultant to conduct a scoping/exploratory needs assessment, with the goal of providing IBP with options to choose from, in terms of which platform(s) could be used to manage the next rounds of the Open Budget Survey (from 2018 onwards).

To learn more about the scope of this evaluation and the terms of reference for the consultancy, download the terms of reference here.  

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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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