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 position. To stay informed of upcoming opportunities, subscribe to our newsletter here.


SPARK Program Officer

Reports to: Director of Country Strategies
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Travel: Limited
Download job description »

Job Purpose and Summary

The SPARK Program Officer supports the effective implementation of the SPARK Program. SPARK – Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge – is IBP’s latest multi-year multi-country program that is being implemented in seven countries of Africa and Asia:  South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, India and Indonesia. The SPARK program is funded by a consortium of bilateral organizations and private foundations committed to realizing greater public accountability in the use of public resources.

The SPARK Program Officer will report to the Director of Country Strategies and will be located in Washington DC, with limited international travel required.

Duties and Responsibilities

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

Program Implementation and Operational Support

Responsible for supporting IBP’s implementation of SPARK from the DC office as well as in the different country offices. To this end, the Program Officer is expected to:

  • Participate in annual planning and prioritizing processes for the SPARK program, contribute to the annual budget exercises, and collaborate with other colleagues in the SPARK team to ensure that the program best contributes to the realization of IBP’s mission;
  • Coordinate with other IBP colleagues to ensure that country offices receive the technical assistance and support that they require;
  • Support the SPARK team in DC to pace the implementation of annual plans, and monitor all aspects of implementation;
  • Contribute to all efforts by the SPARK team to report on the progress of implementation of the program to all of the SPARK stakeholders (donors, IBP Board, IBP, SPARK Country teams, and other partners), which includes drafting sections of SPARK reports as required or requested;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with all other IBP teams as required to document and evaluate the implementation of the SPARK program, including participating in periodic review meetings and other learning initiatives that contribute to more nimble and adaptive program planning for SPARK;
  • Collaborate with other IBP colleagues for other related IBP priority activities, other IBP in-country work, and other related IBP advocacy initiatives;
  • Help to ensure good communication channels by coordinating responses as required from IBP DC units to country offices and vice versa; and
  • Draft internal communications and external correspondence where appropriate.

Grant Management Coordination and Support

Coordinates the Sub-grants and Contract requirements of the SPARK program with all other units of IBP.  To this end, the Program Officer is expected to:

  • Coordinate closely with and assist SPARK colleagues, in both country offices and in DC, to finalize narrative and budget grant proposals from partners;
  • Work with partners and IBP colleagues to secure all required approvals for all grant proposals received from partners;
  • Coordinate closely with and assist IBP country colleagues to develop clear and acceptable terms of reference, schedules for submission of outputs, and payments, for all consultant services to be contracted;
  • Ensure that all pre-award checks and activities are completed, as may be required or requested, within the prescribed schedule for sub-grant recipients and consultants, including, as applicable, questionnaires, due diligence, and risk assessments;
  • Create a monthly report from the IBP central database to update the status of all sub-grants and contracts;
  • Work closely with the IBP Operations Team for instances to process approved amendments to sub-grants and contracts;
  • Coordinate with the IBP Operations Team to implement and train the SPARK team on new and revised processes, templates, checklists and other tools related to the responsibilities of Grants and Contracts; and
  • Contribute to preparation and maintenance of finance and operations policies, procedures, and workflows related to sub-grant and contract management.
Other Responsibilities

As part of the larger IBP organization, the Program Officer will be expected to:

  • Participate in on-going professional development activities;
  • Participate in IBP all-staff retreats, and in all SPARK team meetings;
  • Support other SPARK team colleagues to ensure that IBP protocols and standards of providing support and assistance to partners are consistently applied across the SPARK program;
  • Coordinate closely with the IBP Operations team for all administrative and logistical needs; and
  • Comply with all administrative protocols, policies and procedures.
  • Supports the Director of Country Strategies on all aspects of implementation of SPARK’s planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) system, at both the global and country-level.
  • Supports country teams, and overall SPARK team, to consolidate data and analysis for periodic country and program level strategic review and reflection.
  • Participates in processes of continuously improving the SPARK PPMEL systems, to ensure that the system captures different types of information in order to improve the efficiency and impact of programming.
  • Supports the development of the annual work plans and annual budgets, and collaborates with other colleagues in the DC and country offices to ensure that plans and budgets best contribute to the realization of SPARK program goals and the realization of IBP’s
  • Ensures that all annual plans and budgets are reflected in the SPARK program PMEL systems, and coordinates very closely with the MEL Program Officer from the Strategy and Learning Team (SALT) for SPARK’s contributions to the IBP’s over all PMEL systems.
  • Coordinates with all SPARK Country offices for specific training and support needed to implement and maintain the SPARK program PMEL system.
  • Ensures that all programmatic inputs into the SPARK program PMEL system are correct and clean, and consistent with the established standards for IBP’s overall PMEL system.
  • Assists in the generation of program and institution-wide reports, coordinating closely with IBP’s SALT and Development teams.
  • Assists and supports the processes of more fully developing and strengthening the strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and learning systems and processes within IBP.
  • Participates in periodic SPARK program review meetings and initiatives to identify process improvements for PMEL and learning protocols, mechanisms and processes, to ensure more effective program delivery.
  • Manage and modify the existing database to align with SPARK program PMEL system.
Education
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
Relevant Experience

Essential:

  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years’ experience implementing and supporting PMEL work for multi-country development/governance programs.
  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years’ experience with improving PMEL protocols, mechanisms and processes.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of working with and reporting on program results frameworks and other similar program planning tools used by different donors supporting international development programs.

Preferred:

  • Experience in analysis of and advocacy around public budgets or public finance
  • Experience in grant management
Skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to communicate effectively with partners, consultants and vendors, as appropriate.
  • Strong skills in identifying potential problems and generating alternative contingency plans.
  • 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 very high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented and flexible.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office package required.
  • Proficiency with CRM software applications, preferably Salesforce, desirable.
  • Proficiency in languages relevant to the SPARK countries, 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 very well under pressure.
  • Highly motivated to learn and willing to contribute to learning initiatives (including process improvements that deliver increased program effectiveness and efficiency).
  • Professional and reassuring in communication style with colleagues, partners, and vendors.
Physical Demands
  • International travel may be required
  • Duties are generally carried out in a normal business office environment – i.e., working at a computer while sitting at a desk for extended periods of time
To Apply

SRI Executive has been retained by International Budget Partnership tto conduct a search for a suitably qualified individual to undertake the position of SPARK Program Officer. If this position is of interest to you and you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word on or before February 23rd 2018, to Ms. Lea Vercoustre LVercoustre@sri-executive.com and please reference ‘6997‘ in the subject line.

Download job description »

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Back to top


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Program Officer

Reports to: Director of Country Strategies
Supervises: Consultants and other service suppliers, as required
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Travel: Limited
Download job description »

Job Purpose and Summary

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is looking to appoint a dynamic monitoring, evaluation and learning program officer as part of a new multi-year multi-donor supported program called the Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge (SPARK).

SPARK will support and leverage public engagement around service delivery issues that affect citizens’ lives as an entry point to shaping budget processes and outcomes in the directions of justice, inclusiveness and democracy. The starting point will be partnerships between IBP country teams and civil society partners (both formal CSOs and organizations and movements led by citizens). These collaborations will be oriented towards a tangible and relevant issue around service delivery.  IBP will expose the budgetary reasons for poor service outcomes as well as provide multifaceted support to partners to build capacities to engage in fiscal governance processes, navigate the accountability ecosystem, analyze political dynamics, build wider coalitions and strategize, reflect and learn.  The aim being to bolster the agency of these coalitions to shape budget processes and outcomes.

This role will be critical for supporting up to seven country teams and the overall SPARK program to track and assess progress in a way that informs tactical and strategic decision making.

Essential Duties
  • Supports the Director of Country Strategies on all aspects of implementation of SPARK’s planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) system, at both the global and country-level.
  • Supports country teams, and overall SPARK team, to consolidate data and analysis for periodic country and program level strategic review and reflection.
  • Participates in processes of continuously improving the SPARK PPMEL systems, to ensure that the system captures different types of information in order to improve the efficiency and impact of programming.
  • Supports the development of the annual work plans and annual budgets, and collaborates with other colleagues in the DC and country offices to ensure that plans and budgets best contribute to the realization of SPARK program goals and the realization of IBP’s
  • Ensures that all annual plans and budgets are reflected in the SPARK program PMEL systems, and coordinates very closely with the MEL Program Officer from the Strategy and Learning Team (SALT) for SPARK’s contributions to the IBP’s over all PMEL systems.
  • Coordinates with all SPARK Country offices for specific training and support needed to implement and maintain the SPARK program PMEL system.
  • Ensures that all programmatic inputs into the SPARK program PMEL system are correct and clean, and consistent with the established standards for IBP’s overall PMEL system.
  • Assists in the generation of program and institution-wide reports, coordinating closely with IBP’s SALT and Development teams.
  • Assists and supports the processes of more fully developing and strengthening the strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and learning systems and processes within IBP.
  • Participates in periodic SPARK program review meetings and initiatives to identify process improvements for PMEL and learning protocols, mechanisms and processes, to ensure more effective program delivery.
  • Manage and modify the existing database to align with SPARK program PMEL system.
Other Responsibilities
  • Participates in IBP all Staff retreats, as well in all SPARK team meetings
  • Coordinates closely with the IBP Operations Team for all administrative and logistical needs
  • Complies with all administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures
Education
  • Essential: Bachelor’s degree in program management, public finance, public policy, public administration, education, social sciences, economics, or a related development field.
  • Preferred: Master’s degree in relevant field.
Experience

Essential:

  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years’ experience implementing and supporting PMEL work for multi-country development/governance programs.
  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years’ experience with improving PMEL protocols, mechanisms and processes.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of working with and reporting on program results frameworks and other similar program planning tools used by different donors supporting international development programs.

Preferred:

  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in developing PMEL systems in governance/open government field.
  • At least one year of working on PMEL at the field unit level.
Skills
  • Demonstrated familiarity with a diversity of MEL tools and approaches appropriate for governance programming, including short feedback loops and assessing impacts.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with program planning frameworks, such as theories of change, results frameworks, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, interpret and write about both qualitative and quantitative data on program performance
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement MEL systems
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and analytic skills
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp and communicate complex policy ideas and goals of SPARK in clear, accessible, and compelling ways
  • Strong skills in identifying potential problems and generating alternative courses of action
  • Strong interpersonal skills with clear ability to work collaboratively, especially between central office and decentralized field staff
  • Very high level of organization, and a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office user, high proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Proficiency in French desirable but not essential.
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 (including process improvements that deliver increased effectiveness and efficiency)
  • Professional and reassuring in communications styles with colleagues, partners and vendors/service providers
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 weight up to 30 lbs.
To Apply

SRI Executive has been retained by International Budget Partnership to conduct a search for a suitably qualified individual to undertake the position of MEL Program Officer.  If this position is of interest to you and you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your resume and a supporting cover letter in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Carol Salvador-Mallari at cmallari@sri-executive.com on or before February 12th, 2018.

Download job description »

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Back to top


Research Analyst

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is seeking to appoint a Research Analyst who will primarily support the Budget Credibility research and advocacy project, which begins in January 2018. The Budget Credibility project is an innovative research collaboration aimed at learning more about the challenges that countries face in implementing their budgets. Deviations from budget may result in reductions in financing for key government priorities with little justification, but little research has been done in this area. This project will look at the  revelence of these deviations, and, for the first time at the global level, the degree to which governments justify them, and their implications for the distribution of resources.

The project will involve collecting and analyzing data in partnership with country-based researchers from IBP’s network, as well as desk-based research, interviews, and country case studies. In addition to assessing the extent of the credibility problem, the project aims to understand how transparent governments are about their credibility challenges, and the quality of the public reasons they use to justify changes in the budget. Finally, the project will aim to understand the allocative or distributional consequences of variances from budget. The findings from the research will be used to build a global community of practice among those in the public finance field concerned with
these issues and to support advocacy.

Essential Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Work with the Head of Research and other members of the Research Unit to conceptualize analysis of budget credibility, building on analysis of Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) scores and Open Budget Index (OBI) conducted in 2017.
  • Work with partners in 30-40 countries to collect and analyze budget data and narratives to assess the extent of the credibility challenge and how governments report on and justify their challenges.
  • Build and manage a dataset that consolidates country credibility data and can be analyzed for reports, possibly drawing on BOOST data as well as other data to be collected through the project.
  • Work with the Head of Research and Senior Research Fellow to carry out analysis of the allocative or distributional consequences of credibility across countries.
  • Support other researchers, such as country case study authors, with additional research for the project.
  • Extend the analysis of public reasons from the credibility project to the formulation and approval stages of the budget by collecting and analyzing similar information in budget formulation and approval documents.
  • Working closely with the Head of Research and Senior Research Fellow, draft reports and papers emerging from the analysis of budget credibility and related areas.
  • Work with the Communications team, Research Unit, and community of practice participants to disseminate findings from the research generated by this project.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Supports other related research projects as needed
  • Supports the Project Coordinator in organizing meetings logistics for the reference group or community of practice, as well as developing agenda and content for those meetings
  • Participates and presents at in IBP Staff and Research Meetings
  • Provides support to research partners to help them fulfill their requirements under the Credibility project
Required Experience and Qualifications:

Education:

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent experience in a relevant field, required

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis, preferably in public finance, social sciences or related areas
  • Experience drafting reports and/or writing policy or academic papers
  • Experience working with civil society, government or academia on budget issues is a plus
  • Ability to read and interpret national government budget documents
  • Ability to carry out basic analysis of budget variances
  • Ability to use statistical software to carry out quantitative cross-sectional and time-series analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; high-level ability to communicate effectively with partners, colleagues, consultants, and representatives of government and other multilateral organizations
  • Demonstrates a high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, while maintaining regular and frequent communication with other colleagues geographically dispersed
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package, required; proficiency with STATA or other statistical software, required
  • Proficiency in English, required; Proficiency in French and other languages, desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the sensitivity for building relationships and alliances across different groups, and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment.
How to apply:

Send a cover application letter and resume by email to applications@internationalbudget.org. Please put “Research Analyst” in the subject area.

Applications will be accepted until 7 February 2018.

Download job description »

Back to top


Project Coordinator

Download job description »

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is seeking to appoint a Project Coordinator, who will primarily support the Budget Credibility research and advocacy project, which begins in January 2018.  The Budget Credibility project is an innovative research collaboration aimed at learning more about the challenges that countries face in implementing their budgets.  Deviations from budget may result in reductions in financing for key government priorities with little justification, but little research has been done in this area.  This project will look at the prevalence of these deviations, and, for the first time at the global level, the degree to which governments justify them, and their implications for the distribution of resources.

The project involves collecting and analyzing data in partnership with country-based researchers from IBP’s network, as well as desk-based research, interviews and country case studies (to be carried out by other researchers).  In addition to assessing the extent of the credibility problem, the project aims to understand how transparent governments are about their credibility challenges, and the quality of the public reasons they use to justify changes in the budget.  Finally, the project will aim to understand the allocative or distributional consequences of variances from budget.  The findings from the research will be used to build a global community of practice among those in the public finance field concerned with these issues and to support advocacy.  The Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the activities of an international reference group to guide the research, coordinating and supporting the country partners who will collect and submit data to IBP, and helping to build and coordinate a global community of practice around credibility.

Essential Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Work with the Head of Research and other members of the Research Unit to set up and coordinate a Reference Group to guide the credibility research under the project.
  • Coordinate country partners in 30-40 countries as they collect and analyze budget data and then submit this data to IBP in a timely fashion, ensuring that it is of the quality necessary for successful completion of the project.
  • Coordinate procurement of other researchers for this project, such as country case study authors, to ensure that they are contracted, properly briefed and can deliver high quality products on time.
  • In collaboration with Research unit, create, expand, and coordinate a community of practice consisting of donors, civil society and others concerned about budget credibility.
  • Work with the Communications team and others to identify key audiences for this work as well as creative ways to disseminate findings from the research generated by this project.
  • Develop information packages in collaboration with Communications and other materials that can be shared with various stakeholders to raise the profile of this work.
  • Represent the IBP from time to time in meetings where credibility issues are being discussed.
  • Keep the Head of Research apprised of the progress of each aspect of the overall Budget Credibility project, identifying challenges and proposing solutions for discussion.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Work closely with IBP’s Events, Communications, and Operations team to ensure that all logistics and contracts associated with this project are properly managed and executed.
  • Work with the Head of Research, Senior Research Fellow and the Research Analyst to ensure that quality of deliverables from other parties is up to IBP’s standards and participate in interventions as necessary to achieve this.
  • Support coordination of other related research projects, such as extended work on public reasons beyond credibility, as needed and as time allows under the supervision of the Head of Research.
  • Participates and presents at in IBP Staff and Research Meetings.
Required Experience and Qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience coordinating large-scale efforts for networks, movements, partnerships or other types of collaboration, preferably in the non-profit sector
  • Experience working with civil society organizations from middle and low-income countries desired
  • Experience working with civil society, government or academia on budget issues is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; high-level ability to communicate effectively with partners, colleagues, consultants, and representatives of government and other multilateral organizations
  • Demonstrates a high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, while maintaining regular and frequent communication with other colleagues geographically dispersed
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package, required;
  • Proficiency in English, required; proficiency in French and other languages, desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the sensitivity for building relationships and alliances across different groups, and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment.
How to apply:

Send a cover application letter and resume by email to applications@internationalbudget.org. Please put “Project Coordinator” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until 7 February 2018.

Download job description »

Back to top


Country Manager for Nigeria

Download job description »

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is looking to appoint a dynamic political strategist with a strong understanding of fiscal governance, a proven ability to engage and support effective civil society led campaigns and a deep understanding of the country’s political dynamics and broader accountability ecosystem to lead and oversee the implementation of its program strategy in Nigeria.  This exciting opportunity is a chance to effect change and impact lives by ensuring that public resources match public priorities.

Opportunity

The Country Manager for Nigeria will be part of a new multi-year multi-donor supported initiative called the Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge (SPARK). Nigeria is one of seven priority countries where this program will be implemented and this position will spearhead the planning and implementation of the country strategy.

Through deep and sustained engagements within the country, IBP seeks to strengthen initiatives from civil society partners – both formal CSOs and organizations and movements led by citizens – aimed at improving fiscal governance and service delivery outcomes. This may include supporting pro-reform actors to strengthen the enabling environment for civil society engagements, or to release timely and relevant information that is requested and required for more effective citizen campaigns. It may also include direct engagements or other indirect support for accountability actors and mechanisms relevant to campaign issues or their root causes. Finally, it could also include producing evidence or narratives that support the efforts of citizen campaigns. This opportunity comes at a critical time as public budgeting has emerged as the central global challenge of the 21st century.

The culture of this global organization with a diverse workforce of approximately 45 mission-driven staff worldwide is one which welcomes innovation and creative ideas to bring new solutions.  IBP is a cutting edge, passionate and devoted organization which admires people who can bring new ideas to the table. Individuals who enjoy growing and have this desire to change things will see this position as a wonderful opportunity to contribute to their mission and really make a change. IBP’s culture is about flexibility and adaptability, teamwork and valuing employees and their family, a friendly and apolitical environment where ideas for improvement are welcomed.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:

Strategy and Learning

  • Leads strategic planning and priority setting in a manner that ensures that the IBP’s work in Nigeria best contributes to the realization of IBP’s mission and over-all strategy.
  • Leads and directs the implementation of the IBP’s in -country strategy, including identifying the key program partners, and planning and providing the optimum mix of support that partners require to increase the impact of their strategic engagement.
  • Oversees and facilitates planning, monitoring and evaluation, and learning processes that feed into adaptive country program strategies at country level in accordance with overall SPARK and IBP frameworks and processes, and in collaboration with SPARK and Strategy and Learning (SALT) teams.
  • Collaborates with SPARK action research partner institutions and in-country researchers to ensure action research is embedded in program activities and learning processes.

Networking and Partnerships Development

  • Maintains current knowledge of public financial management and broader civil society space, governance and political economy issues within the country.
  • Identifies and cultivates opportunities for new partnerships and forms of engagement.
  • Represents IBP at the national, and where appropriate the regional level.
  • Manages relations with partners in -country, including facilitating linkages between and among grantees, broader civil society partners and other key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Ensures that partners are provided with analytical support, technical assistance and learning facilitation in a timely manner. This includes workshops and meetings with program partners and technical advice for designing and completing technical and political analysis needed to strengthen their campaigning and engagement efforts

Financial and People Management

  • Supports partners in the processes of applying for, and overseeing the use of their SPARK grant resources, as appropriate and/or required.
  • Manages and monitors the annual budget for the Nigeria country strategy and conducts outreach for potential donor partners in/for the country, as may be designated by the Executive Director, to explore, negotiate, and secure funding support required to implement the IBP country strategy.
  • Leads and directs the work of in-country consultants, as appropriate, to undertake the effective implementation of the country strategy, including engagement with government actors, media, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensures that the strategy reflects IBP’s shared values in all aspects of the work, and that colleagues and consultants perform their duties and functions in a collaborative, effective and supportive team environment.
Other Responsibilities
  • Participates in IBP all-staff retreats, and in all Spark Team meetings.
  • Develops terms of reference for independent contractors required in the implementation of the IBP country strategy, negotiates and secures approval for these terms of reference, and recruits and manages consultants for the IBP country strategy as appropriate.
  • Supports the Director of Country Strategies in managing all awards to IBP that support work in the country, whether for SPARK or other activities under the country strategy, including narratives for proposals, reports, and other communication materials as required.
  • Implements and complies with IBP administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures.
Required Experience and Qualifications

Education

The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in Public Finance Management, Public Administration, Public Management, Public Health, Social Sciences or another relevant subject. Equivalent experience in a relevant field combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.

Relevant Experience 

  • Minimum 6 – 8 years of experience in fiscal governance, government budgeting or public policy, or related development field, in Nigeria.
  • Extensive experience working with and supporting civil society engagement, including providing technical assistance and support around public budgets, political economy and service delivery campaigns.
  • Proven effective networker and convener within civil society and government circles in country.
  • Experience in working/collaborating with government, oversight institutions, and the media.
  • Experience in managing adaptive program implementation, including leading and directing program team, managing program budgets and grant funding to civil society organizations, and proactively coordinating with other work units of a larger organization.
  • Exceptional written and verbal English skills; additional languages are an advantage.
Core Competencies

Political and Analytical Skills

Strategic thinker, superior political analytical skills; and strong experience in identifying and addressing challenges that relate to the successful positioning of CSO partners in the country context. This includes:

  • Deep understanding of the complexities of power and political dynamics in the country and how they relate to exclusionary fiscal governance and inequitable service delivery outcomes
  • Ability to constantly read and interpret the environment for opportunities that will advance IBP’s country strategy priorities in general, and the initiatives of CSO partners directed at realizing budget impacts and outcomes in particular
  • Ability to creatively adjust and refine IBP’s country strategy as may be required to take advantage of openings in the environment
  • Ability to advise CSO partners on effective strategies for campaigns and engagements, based on extensive knowledge of both successful and less successful approaches and experiences
  • Ability to identify potential problems and formulate alternative courses of action

Capacity Building and Engagement

Extensive experience in building capacity of CSOs and supporting CSO and citizen engagement in fiscal governance processes and issues. This includes:

  • Ability to support CSO partners in strengthening their own analytical and strategic capacities needed for their campaigns and other engagements.
  • Ability to engage with membership-based and grassroots organizations (unions, cooperatives, social movements) around service delivery and public resources issues.

Relationship Management

Strong interpersonal skills, including the sensitivity for building relationships and alliances across different groups, and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment. This includes:

  • Ability to establish, support, and grow networks of CSOs, including CSO networks for specific service sectors or issues, as well as multi-stakeholder networks where CSOs actively engage
  • Ability to effectively facilitate the connections between CSOs partners, and their networks, and other accountability actors from government, oversight institutions, the media, and other CSOs
  • Ability to support CSO partners gain the skills to build and strengthen relationships with other accountability actors

Leadership and Management Skills

Extensive management experience, covering the key areas of grant management, managing implementation of advocacy, research and networking undertakings, and managing staff and budgets. This includes:

  • Ability to effectively oversee the administration of grant awards to CSO partners
  • Ability to plan, execute and manage budgets for the country program
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; high-level ability to communicate effectively with partners, colleagues, consultants, and representatives of government and other multilateral organizations
  • Demonstrates a high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, while maintaining regular and frequent communication with other colleagues geographically dispersed
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package, required; proficiency with other specialist software applications, desirable
  • Proficiency in language relevant to the country is required
Personal 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 very well under pressure
  • Motivated to learn and willing to contribute to learning initiatives 
Physical Demands
  • In-country travel may be extensive at times, more limited travel internationally
Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. IBP offers a generous vacation and leave program and competitive benefits. Candidates must be eligible to work in Nigeria.

How to Apply

SRI Executive has been retained by International Budget Partnership to conduct a search for a suitably qualified individual to undertake the position of Country Manager, Nigeria.  If this position is of interest to you and you wish to be considered for this position, please either apply online here or forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Ms. Lea Vercoustre-Kutleša, Senior Researcher at SRI Executive at lvercoustre@sri-executive.com on or before December 6th, 2017.

Download job description »

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Back to top


Country Manager for India

Download job description »

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is looking to appoint a dynamic political strategist with a strong understanding of fiscal governance, a proven ability to engage and support effective civil society led campaigns and a deep understanding of the country’s political dynamics and broader accountability ecosystem to lead and oversee the implementation of its program strategy in India. This exciting opportunity is a chance to effect change and impact lives by ensuring that public resources match public priorities.

Opportunity

The Country Manager for India will be part of a new multi-year multi-donor supported initiative called the Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge (SPARK). India is one of seven priority countries where this program will be implemented and this position will spearhead the planning and implementation of the country strategy.

Through deep and sustained engagements within the country, IBP seeks to strengthen initiatives from civil society partners – both formal CSOs and organizations and movements led by citizens – aimed at improving fiscal governance and service delivery outcomes. This may include supporting pro-reform actors to strengthen the enabling environment for civil society engagements, or to release timely and relevant information that is requested and required for more effective citizen campaigns. It may also include direct engagements or other indirect support for accountability actors and mechanisms relevant to campaign issues or their root causes. Finally, it could also include producing evidence or narratives that support the efforts of citizen campaigns. This opportunity comes at a critical time as public budgeting has emerged as the central global challenge of the 21st century.

The culture of this global organization with a diverse workforce of approximately 45 mission-driven staff worldwide is one which welcomes innovation and creative ideas to bring new solutions. IBP is a cutting edge, passionate and devoted organization which admires people who can bring new ideas to the table. Individuals who enjoy growing and have this desire to change things will see this position as a wonderful opportunity to contribute to their mission and really make a change. IBP’s culture is about flexibility and adaptability, teamwork and valuing employees and their family, a friendly and apolitical environment where ideas for improvement are welcomed.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:

Strategy and Learning

  • Leads strategic planning and priority setting in a manner that ensures that the IBP’s work in India best contributes to the realization of IBP’s mission and over-all strategy.
  • Leads and directs the implementation of the IBP’s in -country strategy, including identifying the key program partners, and planning and providing the optimum mix of support that partners require to increase the impact of their strategic engagement.
  • Oversees and facilitates planning, monitoring and evaluation, and learning processes that feed into adaptive country program strategies at country level in accordance with overall SPARK and IBP frameworks and processes, and in collaboration with SPARK and Strategy and Learning (SALT) teams.
  • Collaborates with SPARK action research partner institutions and in-country researchers to ensure action research is embedded in program activities and learning processes.

Networking and Partnerships Development

  • Maintains current knowledge of public financial management and broader civil society space, governance and political economy issues within the country.
  • Identifies and cultivates opportunities for new partnerships and forms of engagement.
  • Represents IBP at the national, and where appropriate the regional level.
  • Manages relations with partners in-country, including facilitating linkages between and among grantees, broader civil society partners and other key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Ensures that partners are provided with analytical support, technical assistance and learning facilitation in a timely manner. This includes workshops and meetings with program partners and technical advice for designing and completing technical and political analysis needed to strengthen their campaigning and engagement efforts.

Financial and People Management

  • Supports partners in the processes of applying for, and overseeing the use of their SPARK grant resources, as appropriate and/or required.
  • Manages and monitors the annual budget for the India country strategy and conducts outreach for potential donor partners in/for the country, as may be designated by the Executive Director, to explore, negotiate, and secure funding support required to implement the IBP country strategy.
  • Leads and directs the work of in-country consultants, as appropriate, to undertake the effective implementation of the country strategy, including engagement with government actors, media, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensures that the strategy reflects IBP’s shared values in all aspects of the work, and that colleagues and consultants perform their duties and functions in a collaborative, effective and supportive team environment.
Other Responsibilities 
  • Participates in IBP all-staff retreats, and in all Spark Team meetings.
  • Develops terms of reference for independent contractors required in the implementation of the IBP country strategy, negotiates and secures approval for these terms of reference, and recruits and manages consultants for the IBP country strategy as appropriate.
  • Supports the Director of Country Strategies in managing all awards to IBP that support work in the country, whether for SPARK or other activities under the country strategy, including narratives for proposals, reports, and other communication materials as required.
  • Implements and complies with IBP administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures.
Required Experience and Qualifications

Education

The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in Public Finance Management, Public Administration, Public Management, Public Health, Social Sciences or another relevant subject. Equivalent experience in a relevant field combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.

Relevant Experience

  • Minimum 6 – 8 years of experience in fiscal governance, government budgeting or public policy, or related development field, in India.
  • Extensive experience working with and supporting civil society engagement, including providing technical assistance and support around public budgets, political economy and service delivery campaigns.
  • Proven effective networker and convener within civil society and government circles in country.
  • Experience in working/collaborating with government, oversight institutions, and the media.
  • Experience in managing adaptive program implementation, including leading and directing program team, managing program budgets and grant funding to civil society organizations, and proactively coordinating with other work units of a larger organization.
  • Fluency in English and Hindi (writing, reading, and speaking) required. An additional regional language fluency is desirable.
Core Competencies

Political and Analytical Skills

Strategic thinker, superior political analytical skills; and strong experience in identifying and addressing challenges that relate to the successful positioning of CSO partners in the country context. This includes:

  • Deep understanding of the complexities of power and political dynamics in the country and how they relate to exclusionary fiscal governance and inequitable service delivery outcomes
  • Ability to constantly read and interpret the environment for opportunities that will advance IBP’s country strategy priorities in general, and the initiatives of CSO partners directed at realizing budget impacts and outcomes in particular
  • Ability to creatively adjust and refine IBP’s country strategy as may be required to take advantage of openings in the environment
  • Ability to advise CSO partners on effective strategies for campaigns and engagements, based on extensive knowledge of both successful and less successful approaches and experiences
  • Ability to identify potential problems and formulate alternative courses of action

Capacity Building and Engagement

Extensive experience in building capacity of CSOs and supporting CSO and citizen engagement in fiscal governance processes and issues.  This includes:

  • Ability to support CSO partners in strengthening their own analytical and strategic capacities needed for their campaigns and other engagements.
  • Ability to engage with membership-based and grassroots organizations (unions, cooperatives, social movements) around service delivery and public resources issues.

Relationship Management

Strong interpersonal skills, including the sensitivity for building relationships and alliances across different groups, and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment.  This includes:

  • Ability to establish, support, and grow networks of CSOs, including CSO networks for specific service sectors or issues, as well as multi-stakeholder networks where CSOs actively engage
  • Ability to effectively facilitate the connections between CSOs partners, and their networks, and other accountability actors from government, oversight institutions, the media, and other CSOs
  • Ability to support CSO partners gain the skills to build and strengthen relationships with other accountability actors

Leadership and Management Skills

Extensive management experience, covering the key areas of grant management, managing implementation of advocacy, research and networking undertakings, and managing staff and budgets.  This includes:

  • Ability to effectively oversee the administration of grant awards to CSO partners
  • Ability to plan, execute and manage budgets for the country program
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; high-level ability to communicate effectively with partners, colleagues, consultants, and representatives of government and other multilateral organizations
  • Demonstrates a high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, while maintaining regular and frequent communication with other colleagues geographically dispersed
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package, required; proficiency with other specialist software applications, desirable
  • Proficiency in language(s) relevant to the country is required
Personal 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 very well under pressure
  • Motivated to learn and willing to contribute to learning initiatives
Physical Demands
  • In-country travel may be extensive at times, more limited travel internationally
Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. IBP offers a generous vacation and leave program and competitive benefits. Candidates must be eligible to work in India.

How to Apply

SRI Executive has been retained by International Budget Partnership to conduct a search for a suitably qualified individual to undertake the position of Country Manager, India.  If this position is of interest to you and you wish to be considered for this position, please apply online here or forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Ms. Lea Vercoustre-Kutleša, Senior Researcher at SRI Executive at lvercoustre@sri-executive.com on or before December 6th, 2017.

Download job description »

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Back to top


Capacity Building/Training Program Officer

Team: Training, Technical Assistance and Networking (TTAN)
Reports to
: Manager for Training, Technical Assistance and Networking (TTAN)
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Travel: Moderate
Download job description »

Job Purpose and Summary

The Program Officer will work as part of the 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 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

The Program Officer will be expected to:

  • 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 negotiating 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 the 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 negotiating 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 assist with the evaluation of the same.
  • Conceptualize, develop and monitor training initiatives; develops 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 Manager for Training, Technical Assistance, and Networking (TTAN).
  • Facilitate relations with capacity building partners of IBP, including through representing 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
  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years’ experience conceptualizing and implementing 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
Knowledge and Skills
  • Language skills – Fluency to English required; 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 may be extensive at times
  • 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 “Capacity Building Training Program Officer” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Download job description »

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Back to top


Open Budget Initiative Intern

Team: Open Budget Initiative (OBI)
Reports to
: Open Budget Survey Supervisor
Status: Paid Hourly, Full-time (40 hours per week)
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Download job description »

Job Purpose and Summary

The Intern supports the research and communications 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.

Essential Duties
  • Edit the narrative responses provided by researchers in the Open Budget Survey questionnaires for clarity and grammar.
  • Assist in editing and fact-checking the Open Budget Survey country summary reports.
  • 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.
Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English literature, international affairs, political science, communications, and/or public policy.
Skills
  • Native English speaker.
  • Excellent 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.
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.org. Please put “Open Budget Initiative Intern” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Download job description »

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Back to top


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. 

Back to top