The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on improving government transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens. OGP brings together government and civil society champions of reform who believe governments are more effective and credible when they open their doors to public input and oversight.
In the five years since OGP’s launch, its membership has grown from 8 to 75 countries, with hundreds of civil society organizations participating in the OGP process at the country-level. OGP countries represent one third of the world’s population and have made more than 2,700 policy commitments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
As part of OGP’s strategic refresh, there is a strong emphasis on supporting the development and implementation of ambitious reforms in OGP National Action Plans, especially those that directly promote citizen-centric governance. This could include thematic areas such as anti-corruption, public service delivery, civic space, and citizen participation in policymaking.
The core piece of this Program Officer role is to work with the cross-organizational thematic team, and in particular the thematic project manager. The thematic team leads on the ambition of OGP to get traction on priority issues through OGP National Action Plans, especially around citizen centric governance and elite capture. Working with the thematic project lead (s)he will work on co-shaping the OGP narrative, help identify new partners to drive commitments on these issues and work with the OGP regional teams to identify concrete opportunities in OGP countries.
The second key element of this role will be to work closely with the civil society members of the Steering Committee, and especially the co-chairs, to enable their strategic leadership role in OGP. (S)he will specifically support them in helping them prepare for the governance and civil society engagement activities.
Finally, the role will consist of working with the Director, Civil Society Engagement, to provide assistance to him in the execution of his duties.
The Civil Society Engagement team is a nimble, international team that aims to broaden and deepen civil society engagement in OGP, both at the national and international level. The active and effective participation of civil society organizations in the Open Government Partnership is crucial to its success.
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Please submit a cover letter, current CV and recent writing sample (link sends e-mail). The deadline to submit is May 20, 2017;
Because of the volume of applications, we will not be able to respond to every applicant. We thank applicants in advance for their expressions of interest.
Open Government Partnership, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
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