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.

We are currently seeking applications for the following positions. To stay informed of upcoming opportunities, subscribe to our newsletter here.

Open Budget Initiative Intern

Reports to: Open Budget Survey Supervisor and Open Budget Initiative Senior Technical Advisor
Status: Hourly, Part-time (16 – 24 hours per week)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Travel:  None required
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The Open Budget Initiative Intern supports the research and communications support on 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.

Main duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Edit and update, under the supervision of the Senior Technical Advisor and relevant Program Officer, the Budget Library which is the IBP’s online repository for budget documents collected during various rounds of the Open Budget Survey.
  • Assist in validating data collected during the 2017 Open Budget Survey.
  • Assists the Senior Technical Advisor in preparing training material.
  • 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 economics, international affairs, political science, and/or public policy or currently enrolled in the last year of university pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong 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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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


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.


Commensurate with experience, very competitive benefits.

To apply:

Send a cover application letter and resume by email to Please put “Country Manager for Kenya” 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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