The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international, voluntary effort to improve government performance, encourage civic participation and enhance government responsiveness to people. OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee composed of governments and civil society organizations in equal numbers, a unique model that embodies the goal of civic participation. In its first three years, OGP has grown from 8 to almost 90 participating countries and subnational entities, each of which works with civil society partners to develop and implement an OGP action plan. These action plans include concrete commitments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. OGP has also established an Independent Reporting Mechanism to periodically track country progress against commitments, thereby promoting greater accountability at the country level.
About the OGP Support Unit:
The Support Unit supports participating entities and civil society organisations, as well as the Steering Committee and the broader partnership to advance the goals of the Open Government Partnership. Recognizing the significant growth of OGP and the relatively small size of our team, we work closely with the Steering Committee to outline clear strategic priorities and cultivate high-impact partnerships to achieve these goals. Each member of the Support Unit team juggles multiple, diverse tasks, ranging from high-level diplomatic outreach to the nuts and bolts of organizing meetings. While being extremely sensitive to the diplomacy required in a multi-stakeholder initiative, the team strives to remain accessible, nimble and innovative, in keeping with the goals of the Partnership. As OGP shifts its strategic focus from growth to implementation, we are increasing our capacity to provide direct support to OGP participating entities and to facilitate peer learning across the Partnership.
We are looking for a resourceful individual with strong experience and understanding of the governance field to serve as a Europe Senior Program Officer at the OGP Support Unit. The candidate should have knowledge of the inner workings of government - including the ability to interface with senior-level government officials - and also strong experience working with and building relationships with civil society actors in the region.
The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for a portfolio of approximately 10 European countries. The exact countries are yet to be determined, and will be chosen based on the skills and experience of the chosen candidate, alongside that of existing staff
S/he will support both governments and civil society organisations participating in OGP to develop and implement high quality, relevant and ambitious OGP action plans. S/he will identify and encourage learning between OGP countries, and build relationships with donors, multilateral organisations and other actors working in the governance field. The Senior Program Officer will lead in building and maintaining interest and excitement about OGP among all stakeholder groups.
The Senior Program Officer should be extremely politically savvy, patient, and persistent. This work will require careful review of technical documents, relationship management, and thoughtful follow-up with busy government officials and civil society organisations.
Desired Skills and Attributes:
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