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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Country Manager for Kenya

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Travel:  Moderate
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IBP seeks to appoint a Country Manager for Kenya to lead the country team in Nairobi. The Country Manager will be responsible for implementing IBP’s country strategy for Kenya, and concurrently serve as the Executive Director of IBP Kenya.

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 governments, oversight institutions, and the media. Research organized by IBP, technical assistance, and grant making in support of civil society groups and initiatives are all integral components of the work in country.

Main duties and responsibilities include:
  • Leads and directs strategic planning and priority setting for IBP’s country strategy in Kenya
  • 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 the IBP country strategy and other IBP in-country work
  • Reaches out to funding partners in/for the country, as may be designated by the IBP Executive Director
  • Ensures that the 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 Kenya country office, including all grants from the DC office of IBP
Qualifications:
  • Masters’ 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 Kenya
  • 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 Kenya, 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
  • Willingness to travel nationally and overseas, when necessary.
Salary:
  • Commensurate with experience, very competitive benefits.
To apply:

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

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Program Officer – Training, Technical Assistance, and Networking

Team: Training, Technical Assistance, and Networking (TTAN)
Reports To: Manager for Training, Technical Assistance, and Networking (TTAN)
Status: Exempt, Full-Time
Location: Washington, D.C.
Travel:  Moderate
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The Program Officer will work as part of the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP) Training, Technical Assistance and Networking (TTAN) team to ensure that IBP responds in a collaborative, effective and timely manner to learning and capacity building needs on public finance management and budget work articulated by the civil society organizations (CSOs) with which IBP partners. The Program Officer will work most closely with IBP partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, but will also be involved in projects that involve partners in other regions of the world.

Essential duties of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Participate in developing the program strategy for and priority activities of the Training, Technical Assistance and Networking (TTAN) Program, assist in developing TTAN’s annual work plans and budgets, and collaborate with colleagues to ensure that the TTAN Program contributes in the most collaborative and effective way possible to the realization of IBP’s mission.
  • As part of the TTAN team, conceptualize, develop, implement and assess initiatives intended to provide learning and capacity building opportunities to partners in IBP’s Learning Network. Take specific responsibility for liaising with designated partners, for the most part in Sub-Saharan Africa, which includes discussing with them about their learning and capacity building needs; identifying the best approaches and formats for meeting those needs; mapping out and enabling the horizontal exchanges, technical assistance and/or other support that the IBP provides partners; and take responsibility for follow-up to and evaluation of any such initiatives.
  • Coordinate closely with other IBP colleagues to conceptualize, develop, realize and assess capacity building support required for the effective implementation of other IBP programs, mainly the Catalyst/SPARK Program and the Open Budget Initiative. This includes discussing the capacity building needs of program partners and/or program staff, as appropriate; identifying the best formats for realization of capacity building to meet specific objectives; mapping out and enabling the delivery of technical assistance and other appropriate capacity building interventions support that TTAN or IBP more broadly will provide; and assisting with the evaluation of same.
  • Conceptualize, develop and monitor training initiatives; develop curricula and training materials and resources consistent with principles of adult education and learning.
  • Assist in developing TTAN’s Budget Learning Resource Center, and in conceptualizing and realizing a platform for the delivery of learning programs around public finance management and civil society budget work.
  • Closely monitor and report on the progress of implementation of TTAN priority activities to the TTAN Program Manager.
  • Represent IBP in relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with all other IBP teams as may be required to support, document, and evaluate TTAN program implementation, including participating in periodic review meetings and initiatives to work through process improvements for the TTAN program and partner support protocols.
  • Take on other TTAN-related tasks as requested by the TTAN Program Manager.
Other Responsibilities:
  • Participate in IBP all-staff retreats, and in all TTAN team meetings.
  • Contribute to drafting terms of reference for consultants, and support the execution and monitoring of consultant performance.
  • Coordinate closely with the IBP Administrative team for all administrative and logistical needs.
  • Comply with all IBP administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures.
Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, social science or a related development field, required; Master’s degree, preferred.
Experience:
  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years’ experience working with CSOs or social movements, at least some of that time in Sub-Saharan Africa preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years’ experience on projects related to public finance management, preferably in developing countries.
  • Experience with adult education/popular education work, specifically in conceptualizing, delivering, facilitating and monitoring training programs for civil society organizations would be desirable.
Knowledge & Skills:
  • Language skills – Fluency in English required; written and spoken French highly desirable.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, develop plans for and carry projects through to completion.
  • Solid strategic thinking capabilities and the ability to analyze the political contexts within which CSOs work.
  • Understanding of organizational development.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work well independently with minimal supervision while maintaining regular communications with colleagues.
  • 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
Physical demands:
  • International travel
  • The position supports occasional event or publication preparation which may require lifting or moving of items that weight up to 30 lbs.
To apply:

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

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Director of Partnership Development

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Position Announcement

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is an independent, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C, with offices in India, Kenya, and South Africa. We work with non-profit organizations globally to shape the fiscal transparency and accountability field, ensuring public budgets are open to public engagement and are used to transform the lives of poor and marginalised communities. We are now at a pivotal moment in our organization’s development and are seeking to strengthen the impact of our work still further with the appointment of a Director of Partnership Development.

This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of driving real change and transforming people’s lives in a newly created position. Reporting to the Executive Director, the new Director will join IBP at a time when we are reviewing our next five year strategy and will play a key role in shaping the vision and direction of the organization in collaboration with senior colleagues, as well as developing and building a geographically dispersed team.

A strategic and inspirational leader, the Director of Partnership Development will lead IBP’s work to build independent civil society organizations with the ability to monitor and influence budget processes and policies in developing countries. The Director will also oversee efforts to broaden a dynamic international peer learning network of institutions and work with senior colleagues in the development of our grant making and technical assistance project and in securing resources for IBP’s work from diverse donors.

Ideal candidates will have experience delivering innovative and impactful programs on governance across countries and regions and bring sound knowledge of civil society advocacy initiatives internationally. Collaborative in approach, your communication and relationship building skills will enable you to work successfully with high level representatives from civil society and private sector organizations, governments and the international donor community.

Public financial management experience and knowledge is desirable; a passion for true transparency and accountability is essential.

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To apply for this position, please submit a comprehensive CV and a cover letter of no more than 500 words outlining your interest and suitability for the role here.

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Program Officer, Africa – Open Budget Initiaive

Team: Open Budget Initiative (OBI)
Reports To: Open Budget Survey (OBS) Supervisor
Status: Exempt, Full-Time
Location: Washington, D.C.
Travel:  Extensive
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The Open Budget Initiative (OBI) Program Officer, Africa coordinates and monitors the implementation of the biennial Open Budget Survey (OBS) 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.

Essential duties of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • 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:
  • 2 to 5 years of experience with public financial management in a variety of country contexts, including in developing countries, or related development field
  • 2 to 5 years of experience conducting & documenting results of social science research, preferably multi-year, multi-country collaborative research projects undertaken by civil society organizations
  • High familiarity with development issues for Africa
  • 2 to 5 years of experience giving public presentations, and contributing to and delivering training for research partners, desirable
  • Demonstrated experience working and traveling in sub Saharan Africa is required
Skills:
  • 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
  • Proficiency in French, highly 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
Physical demands:
  • International travel may be extensive at times
  • The position supports occasional event or publication 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.org. Please put “Program Officer, Africa” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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The information provided in this description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual in this position. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of the employee assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time.

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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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