The Senior Program Officer supports civil society, governments and other key actors in using the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to progress reforms on transparency, accountability, and participation. This position will be responsible for supporting OGP countries across the Americas region in the development and implementation of high quality, relevant and ambitious OGP action plans. Additionally, this role will identify and encourage learning between OGP countries, engage thematic and development partners, donors, and regional / and multilateral institutions, and conduct political and strategic analysis to promote open government opportunities in the region.
Key Responsibility Areas
Strategic leadership and analysis (15%)
Provide political and strategic analysis and planning, based on research and intelligence gathering from in-country and regional contacts, in order to strengthen the open government agenda in OGP countries, and regionally.
Country support (40%)
Provide accurate and timely advice to civil society and governments on the OGP process and requirements. This includes analyzing country processes (draft commitments, TORs, working group models, etc) in order to identify opportunities and provide guidance.
Work across SU, engaging SC and other relevant stakeholders to implement the priority country strategies. Work across the Support Unit and with other external stakeholders to develop and deliver annual support strategies to optimize the engagement of OGP countries in the OGP process.
Develop strong, high-level working relationships across government, civil society, multilateral institutions, donors, and elsewhere, and encourage their collective engagement to move the process forward.
Support strategic communications both during and after the launch of action plans and commitments, working closely with OGP SU communications team.
Work with government officials, civil society, multilateral partners and other stakeholders to design and facilitate country visits by OGP Support Unit staff and other key partners (OGP Steering Committee, Envoys, and Ambassadors) in order to boost the national processes and spur greater ambition.
Promote the fulfillment of annual country contributions to the OGP Support Unit.
Peer exchange and broker of financial and technical support (25%)
Broker technical and financial support to countries developing and implementing their National Action Plans from OGPs Trust Fund, OGPs thematic priorities, bilateral and multilateral partners, foundations and other countries with similar experiences.
Design interactive in-person training using different formats to be delivered at OGP events with the aim of helping to promote learning on emerging best practices of how to implement OGP successfully.
Track, document and disseminate examples of peer exchange activities taking place under the OGP umbrella.
Work with KLIC and the World Bank in the administration of the OGP Trust Fund.
Strategic events (15%)
Lead in the organization of OGP regional events, in coordination with other members at the SU, governments and civil society.
Represent OGP at external events, give presentations, network and develop contacts.
Other duties as assigned (5%)
Support the development and implementation of the global campaign strategy of the organization.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Salary commensurate with education and experience. OGP compensates competitively with other comparable organizations.
The position is based in Washington, DC or other preferred locations. If located in the US, the selected individual must have legal authorization to work in the US.
Travel up to 35% may be required.
Priority consideration is given to qualified candidates with the ability to start by November 25, 2019
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