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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Head of Tax Work

Team: Cross-functional – Will work with IBP country, policy, training, and learning teams
Reports to
: Executive Director
Supervises: Intermediate and junior tax staff, as hired
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Travel: Significant portion of time
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Job Purpose and Summary

This newly-created position will have responsibility for developing and managing a new high priority and cross organizational initiative at the International Budget Partnership (IBP). Based on an in-depth scoping of the field, IBP is looking to establish an initiative that will ensure that developing countries raise the additional resources required to drive development in ways that promote greater equity; and that meaningful opportunities are created by country governments to engage civil society in these decisions.

The program has received start-up support from the Gates Foundation and will focus primarily on building civil society tax analysis and advocacy capacity initially in a small number of developing countries, as well as on persuading international actors and country governments of the benefits of effectively including civil society in tax policy decision-making. This work responds to the growing global consensus of the importance of tax policy for advancing democratic governance, addressing social inequalities, and combating climate change.

This is an opportunity for a tax policy expert and civil society advocate with the vision and ambition to establish a new program in the leading international civil society organization focusing on fiscal accountability. The successful candidate will steer the direction of this new programmatic vision, working across the organization, to ensure that tax policy in developing countries contributes to financial sustainability, equity, and poverty reduction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Author and lead IBP’s strategy for work on tax
  • Ensure that strategic planning and priority setting for the tax initiative best contributes to the realization of IBP’s mission and overall strategy
  • Manage research, training, and advocacy projects that make up the tax initiative, as well as other tax staff
  • Lead outreach and communications with partner NGOs and international institutions working on tax
  • Monitor progress and effectively address challenges encountered during implementation of the tax initiative
  • Work with the Strategy and Learning Team to develop a framework, including a monitoring and evaluation plan, to guide and evaluate the initiative
  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Director in securing further resources needed for IBP to build its tax work
  • Coordinate with all other IBP teams as may be required to advance the impact of the tax initiative across the organization
  • Develop terms of reference for independent contractors required in the implementation of the tax initiative, negotiate and secure approval for these terms of reference, and recruit and manage consultants
  • Oversee the implementation of all grants and awards to IBP for work falling within the priorities of the tax initiative, support the Executive Director with reports to funding partners
  • Support the Executive Director and other IBP leadership in managing relations with the Board of Trustees and external stakeholders, as appropriate
Education
  • Master’s degree in economics, political science or related fields, required.
Experience
  • Global perspective and understanding of tax policy and systems, including in developing countries
  • 8 to 10 years of experience working in the tax field, including time working in civil society and/or government, and international institutions
  • Experience in developing, implementing and managing programs that support civil society organizations to engage and advocate for greater transparency, accountability, and participation in policy decisions
  • At least five years’ experience in designing, managing and executing tax-related policy research
  • Exposure to international and country-based tax actors and networks
Skills
  • Strategic thinker, exceptional analytical and data analysis skills; strong experience in identifying and addressing problems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; high-level ability to communicate effectively with partners, colleagues, consultants, and representatives of government, multilateral organizations, and other donors
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment
  • A high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines and to develop a new area of work
  • Ability to establish, maintain and grow networks
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package required; proficiency with other specialist software applications desirable
Attributes
  • Vision and ambition to build a new initiative in a leading international NGO, specializing in public finance accountability.
  • 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
  • Duties are generally carried out in a normal business office environment – i.e., working while sitting at a desk, at a computer, for extended periods of time
To Apply

Send a cover application letter and resume by email to applications@internationalbudget.org. Please put “Head of Tax Work” in the subject area. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Institutional Giving Manager

Team: Development
Reports to
: Director of Development
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Travel: International and national, as required
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Job Purpose and Summary

Reporting to the Director of Development, this position is an integral member of the Development team and works closely with International Budget Partnership (IBP) program staff to oversee the organization’s fundraising activities among private foundations and government institutional donors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • In close partnership with the Director of Development, take responsibility for developing fundraising and cultivation strategies for assigned prospects and donors. Implements and manages strategies toward the successful management of IBP’s institutional donor portfolio, and contributes to the development of departmental and high-level donor strategies.
  • Help guide strategic engagement of institutional donors, including input into conversations around how and when to engage donors and at what level.
  • Write, edit and coordinate production of concept notes and proposals, ensuring compliance with foundation interests and guidelines and promoting coordination across programs, program operations, and other development staff. Coordinates with Finance & Operations to develop budgets and budget narratives to submit with concept notes and proposals. As required, oversee the work of outside grant writers assisting in the production of proposals.
  • Working collaboratively with Program, Operations and Finance staff, write, edit and oversee the production of all donor reports and other written correspondence with institutional donors as required.
  • Conduct targeted research to identify new institutional prospects, and synthesize opportunities for alignment with goals for organizational and program growth.
  • Working with the Executive Director, Director of Development and key Program staff, ensure excellence in stewardship of IBP’s institutional donors, maintaining and building on existing relationships through regular communications, meetings, briefings and events.
  • Monitor trends in the field and integrate findings into fundraising strategies. Keeps abreast of programmatic developments for application in fundraising strategies and donor relations. Advise program staff on cultivation strategies for foundation donors.
  • Prepare backgrounders and brief members of the executive leadership team for donor/prospect meetings.
  • Manage grants calendar and ensure internal/external deadlines are met, and support broader development and program teams in working towards meeting these deadlines.
  • Represent IBP in relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned
Other Responsibilities
  • Participate in IBP all-staff retreats and in team meetings.
  • Coordinate closely with the IBP Operations team for all administrative and logistical needs.
  • Comply with all IBP administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures.
Education
  • Bachelor’s degree required
Experience
  • Minimum of five years institutional fundraising experience with an international non-profit organization required. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of successfully identifying, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of both private foundation and bilateral government donors.
Knowledge and Skills
  • Language skills – Fluency in English required.
  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrated ability to write in a clear, structured, articulate and persuasive manner.
  • Knowledge of standard development practices and techniques, donor cultivation, donor relationship management, proposal and report writing, and prospect research.
  • Superb research, organizational, project management, time management, and communications skills.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, develop plans for and carry projects through to completion.
  • Ability to successfully interact with donors, program staff, other development officers, and institutional leaders.
  • 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.
  • Has the capability to assess complex situations and make decisions and/or recommendations across departments and functions.
  • Ability to work well independently with minimal supervision while maintaining regular communications with colleagues.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package, required.
  • Experience with donor/CRM databases is a plus.
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
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally and nationally as required.
Physical Demands
  • Duties are generally carried out in a normal business office environment – i.e., working while sitting at a desk, at a computer, for extended periods of time.
To Apply

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

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Development Associate

Team: Development
Reports to
: Director of Development
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Status: Non-Exempt; Full-time
Travel: Minimal
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Job Purpose and Summary

Reporting to the Director of Development, this position will play an important role in supporting the International Budget Partnership’s growing Development team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Prospect research and relationship mapping that supports the development and management of donor portfolios, including individuals and institutional prospects.
  • Provide support to the Executive Director, Director of Development and program directors for donor meetings, including background research and prospect bios.
  • Provide general development writing support, including working with the Director of Development and the Communications team to develop and implement a consistent, engaging donor communications stream.
  • Help to plan and execute small scale donor events, including development of invitation lists, invitations, management of RSVPs, attendee bios and event logistics
  • Ensure that IBP’s CRM database, Salesforce, is up to date and utilized effectively as a moves management tool, supporting the entering and tracking of all action items, donor meeting and call reports, ticklers and deadlines. Ensure that all donations are entered accurately and acknowledged.
  • Assist with the production of high quality proposals, reports and other cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship materials as needed.
Other Responsibilities
  • Participate in the IBP all-staff retreat, and in all team meetings.
  • Coordinate closely with the IBP Operations team for all administrative and logistical needs.
  • Comply with all IBP administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures.
Education
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
Experience
  • 2 – 3 years related work experience required.
Skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Knowledge and experience using donor databases.
  • Previous prospect research experience preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package required.
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
  • Self starter
Physical Demands
  • 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
  • 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 “Development Associate” in the subject area.

This position is based in the Washington, D.C. office.  We will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Accounting Intern

Team: Finance
Reports to
: Senior Accountant
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Status: Intern; Full-time; six-month assignment with possibility of extension
Travel: None required
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Job Purpose and Summary

This internship is an opportunity for a college student to work with the finance team and other International Budget Partnership (IBP) staff. The person filling this role will assist the finance team in various critical reporting and analysis duties. These areas include but are not limited to Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, General Ledger account reconciliations and analyses as well as reporting.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Review payment requests submitted for proper coding, supporting documentation, and proper approvals in accordance with IBP’s policies and procedures.
  • Assist inputting Accounts Payable transactions into the accounting system.
  • Communicate and resolve with staff any issues related to payment requests and credit card statements.
  • Record cash receipts and perform weekly bank reconciliations.
  • Prepare monthly General Ledger account reconciliations.
  • Assist with the preparation and analysis of various finance reports.
  • Maintain files and documentation thoroughly and accurately, in accordance with company policy and accepted accounting practices.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as needed.
Education
  • Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies: Accounting, Finance, Business Operations
Experience
  • Some work experience, desirable
Skills
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to financial detail
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word, advanced Excel and Power Point applications
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
Physical Demands
  • 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
  • The position supports team administrative duties which may require lifting or moving of items that weigh up to 20 lbs
To Apply

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

This position is based in the Washington, D.C. office.  We will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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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 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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