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
  • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or equivalent field, required
  • 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.
  • 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 Please put “OBI Program Officer, Asia” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Communications Consultant: International Budget Partnership Kenya

Status: Consultancy
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
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Scope of Work

The International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) is looking to contract a Communications Consultant to provide communications support for key activities and undertakings for the remainder of 2017. The Consultant will work closely with the IBPK Country Manager, the Senior Technical Advisor, other IBPK members of staff, and relevant staff from the global IBP organization, to complete work in the five task areas detailed below.  The Consultant will be expected to be available through the end of December 2017, and deliver on the tasks below. It is projected that no more than 77 days is required to produce the high quality communications work products detailed in the tasks below. The payment schedule will be based on the tasks’ deliverables to be incorporated into the consulting agreement.

Task One

Develop and implement a strategic communications plan for disseminating key messages from research work produced by IBPK.  This includes research products completed recently (Analysis of Budget Implementation Reports, Cash Flow Analysis) and ongoing or upcoming research products (Public Deliberation work, Analysis of Public Debt, to name a few).  The communications plan will detail the main audience groups, the key messages from the research that need to go out to these audience groups, the timings for getting these messages out, and the main channels for communicating with these audiences.  The Consultant will implement the communications plan once this is approved by IBPK.

Task Two

Draft and implement a strategic communications plan for Equity Week 2017.  IBPK will be implementing Equity Week 2017 in the second half of 2017.  The Consultant will prepare a strategic communications plan for Equity Week 2017, in close coordination with the IBPK Team, and other CSOs and groups that that are co-organizing Equity Week 2017.  The Consultant will also implement this plan.

Task Three

Draft and implement a strategic communications plan for the proper implementation of County Budget and Economic Forums (CBEFs) in 2017 and beyond.  IBPK has been intensively involved in supporting the establishment of fully functioning CBEFs as platforms for public participation in county budget processes.  After the August national elections, county governments are expected to begin constituting, orienting and convening new CBEFs. The communications strategy will identify the key actors involved in the establishing CBEFs at the county level, draft the main messages about their roles, identify how these messages go out to the different actors, and timings and frequency of the communications.

Task Four

Produce content for and monitor IBPK Facebook page and twitter accounts in coordination with other team members.

Task Five

Work to publicize further materials developed by Pesacheck.

The Communications Consultant will:
  • have a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline;
  • have at least 3-5 years of experience in organizational/corporate communications; at least 2 years managing or working with digital communications platforms (including websites, social media and mass email distribution software); and at least 2 years working with civil society, non-profit or public interest groups;
  • have demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English (both written and spoken); able to edit, proof, and coordinate design of high-quality publications and other communications content; and will have exceptional attention to detail in communications (grammar, spelling); high proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications;
  • be able to synthesize complex and technical findings into simple messages; and have the ability to adjust how these messages are conveyed to different audience groups;
  • have strong interpersonal skills and will be able to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and team work; be highly organized and able to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines; and
  • presently reside in Nairobi and possesses all legal permissions to live and work in the county.

If you are interested in this consulting opportunity, please submit the following:  (a) a proposal that explains why you are interested, the relevant experience you have for this consultancy, and your current consulting rates; (b) a resume, indicating references for your work; (c) samples of communications work that you have completed in the last 12 months (may be a communications plan, written materials you developed to implement a communications plan, feature article).

Requested materials should be sent to  Please indicate “IBPK Communications Consultant” in the subject line of your email. Deadline for submissions:  16 July 2017.

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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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