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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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 the premier international organization working to ensure that public budgets benefit poor and marginalized communities in developing countries and new democracies. The essential driver of this work is “partnership.” Over the past two decades, IBP has played a central role in supporting civil society to advance budget transparency and accountability around the world—and is now gearing up to dramatically expand the reach and maximize the impact of this work

This next phase calls for a leader with experience and creativity, as well as someone with a dynamic vision for igniting social change through partnerships. Thus IBP is searching for a Director of Partnership Development who will lead the organization’s efforts to build the analytical and advocacy capacities of civil society organizations around the world that work to ensure that public budgets are open and accountable—and lead to real improvements in the lives of the poor and vulnerable. The Director of Partnership Development is a new senior leadership position at IBP and the successful candidate will play a key role in developing and implementing the organization’s vision.

Since its inception in 1997, IBP has supported independent organizations in over 100 countries, produced widely-respected and used cross-country research, founded and convened international multistakeholder processes, and help shift global norms towards more transparent and inclusive budget processes. Going forward, IBP’s strategic vision is to ensure that gains in transparency and participation lead to real gains in the quality of life of poor and marginalized communities, and strong civil society partners are essential to achieving this vision.

The Director of Partnership Development will be responsible for helping to envision, secure resources for, and oversee IBP’s core work to nurture independent and impactful civic engagement in budget processes in the developing world. The primary area of responsibility will be to establish a new program to provide financial and technical assistance to support this civic engagement through intensive work in a small number of focus countries. A second focus will be to oversee efforts to broaden an established international network of budget-focused organizations and deepen their collaborative peer-to-peer engagement, as well as innovative technical assistance and materials development.

The Director for Partnership Development will be part of IBP’s senior management and as such will be a key member of both the Strategic Leadership Team that is responsible for setting and reviewing IBP’s overarching organizational strategy, and the Executive Leadership Team that oversees the implementation of IBP’s strategy and the overall management of the organization. The position will require the successful candidate to represent IBP with external stakeholders, including international civil society organizations and donors, by attending meetings, making presentations, and providing advice, as required.

IBP is seeking a passionate, creative, and analytical colleague for this position, who has the ability to contribute to a collaborative and diverse work environment. Eligible candidates will be expected to have a Master’s degree, or the equivalent, in public policy, political science, economics, or a related discipline. Candidates should have 8-10 years of experience in developing and managing innovative civil society programming in a governance-related field in developing and transition countries, preferably including work on public finance issues. Candidates will be expected to have demonstrated success in raising significant funding from diverse donors and will need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to engage effectively with civil society, government, and donors at all levels.

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

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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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Communications Officer for IBP Kenya

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Expected start date:  Immediately

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 the expertise and skills of civil society actors involved in budget advocacy. It also strengthens the relationships and dialogue between these groups and other stakeholders in the budget process, including government. IBP-organized advocacy, research, technical assistance and networking are all integral components of its work in country.

The International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) is looking to appoint a Kenyan national as Communications Officer to oversee the development and dissemination of all key messages to IBPK’s principal audiences. The post holder will coordinate very closely with the Country Manager and other IBPK staff members to identify key audiences and craft core messages; develop materials and resources and innovative strategies for communicating with key audiences; and implement those strategies in a timely and appropriate manner. The Communications Officer also is responsible for coordinating with IBP’s central Communications Team in Washington, D.C., on IBPK’s communications work and needs, as well as its contribution to IBP’s overall communications responsibilities.

Main duties and responsibilities include:
  • Coordinating closely with the Country Manager, Research Analyst, and Project Coordinator to develop and disseminate key messages emerging from the organization’s analysis (papers, briefs, etc.) and activities on a daily/weekly basis
  • Generating innovative approaches to communicating the organization’s content, and producing pamphlets, multimedia, data visualizations and infographics, and other products for doing so
  • Ensuring that the organization’s messages are regularly inserted into ongoing conversations in traditional and social media that touch on issues related to budgets, public participation, and the broader economy
  • Coordinating ongoing communications campaigns around transparency, equity, and other issues that are core to the organization’s agenda
  • Monitoring traditional and social media coverage of the organization and of the organization’s agenda on a daily basis and making recommendations for how to improve that coverage
  • Monitoring and analyzing user data, working with the central Communications team as needed, to understand how to better reach out to current users of our materials and to increase usage
  • Increasing the organization’s brand recognition in traditional and social media
  • Fashioning messages for different audiences as needed, including but not limited to parliament, national and county executive officers, politicians, media, civil society and ordinary citizens, and reaching out directly to these audiences with to build relationships and improve communication
  • Editing papers, budget briefs, newsletters, corporate communications, social media posts, and other materials prior to final design and publication, working with the Country Manager and the central Communications team to ensure international quality standards are met
  • Coordinating with graphic designers and printers to ensure high-quality production of communications materials
  • Coordinating, with the support of the project coordinator, the organization’s quarterly newsletter
  • Attending events on behalf of the organization to represent the organization’s perspective and communicate key messages to various stakeholders
  • Participating in trainings, workshops, and other sessions to facilitate learning related to the organization’s training and capacity-building agenda
  • Developing, maintaining, and deepening relationships with media to ensure that the organization’s messages are understood and given weight by traditional media houses and emerging media organizations
  • Supporting communication-related capacity-building interventions for CSO partners and staff, as required
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline
  • At least 3 years of experience in organizational/corporate communications
  • At least 2 years of managing or working with digital communications platforms, including websites, social media, and mass email distribution software
  • At least 2 years of working with civil society, nonprofit, or other public interest organizations
  • Experience in handling print and broadcast media relations, preferred
  • Experience in coordinating graphic design for publication, preferred
  • Basic knowledge of public finance, public policy, economic development or related fields, preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, particularly in writing, but also orally
  • Demonstrated ability to edit, proof, and coordinate the design of high-quality publications and other communications content
  • Ability to synthesize complex and technical findings into simple messages
  • Exceptional attention to detail (grammar, spelling, etc.) in communications
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in Kiswahili
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork
  • Record of a high level of organization in previous work; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package, required; proficiency with other specialist software applications, desirable
Salary

Commensurate with experience, competitive benefits

To apply

If you are interested in applying, please submit the following:

  • an application letter that explains why you are interested in the job and describes your experience in organizational/corporate communications;
  • a resume/CV; and
  • a sample of your writing (about 700-1000 words) that demonstrates your ability to write effectively on topics relevant to this position.

All applications should be sent to applications@internationalbudget.org. Indicate “Communications Officer for IBPK” in the subject area of your email. Closing date for applications is 16 September 2016.

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Country Manager for South Africa

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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 government. IBP-organized advocacy, research, technical assistance, and networking are all integral components of IBP’s work in country.

IBP seeks to appoint a Country Manager for South Africa to lead the country team in Cape Town. The Country Manager will be responsible for implementing IBP’s country strategy for South Africa. Please note that candidates must be eligible for employment in South Africa (e.g., South African citizen or Permanent Resident status).

Main duties and responsibilities include:
  • Leads and directs strategic planning and priority setting for IBP’s country strategy in South Africa
  • 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 IBP country strategy and other IBP in-country work
  • Reaches out to funding in/for the country, as may be designated by IBP Executive Director
  • Ensures that 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 South Africa country office, including all grants from the DC office of IBP
Qualifications:
  • Master’s 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 South Africa
  • 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 South Africa, 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
  • Must be a RSA citizen or have a permanent RSA resident permit
  • 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 South Africa” 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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