Europe Senior Program Officer, OGP Support Unit

(Closed, 18 January 2018)

About the Open Government Partnership (OGP)

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.

Position description:

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.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide orientation to European government officials on the OGP process and requirements;
  • Cultivate strong working relations with high level and working level government points of contact, incentivising and building support for OGP;
  • Broker technical and financial support to countries developing and implementing their National Action Plans;
  • Ensure that civil society in OGP countries is well-informed and better equipped to participate in the national OGP process by providing information, sharing experiences, making connections and advising on strategy;
  • Broker exchanges among governments and civil society organisations participating in OGP to foster learning;
  • Contribute to or lead on OGP events in the region, as well as participate in outreach and learning activities at third-party events;
  • Maintain good working relations with key regional coalitions/networks, as well as international actors in the region (e.g. funders, multi-laterals) to coordinate on OGP efforts;
  • Work with two other Europe Senior Program Officers and other teams within the OGP Support Unit to regularly exchange information, design and implement and overall strategy for Europe;

Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in relevant field (e.g. development, political science, public administration, or international relations etc.);
  • A minimum of 6 years experience, including a minimum of 4 years working within government;
  • Work experience building civil society coalitions, brokering technical cooperation and partnerships, and organizing training workshops and events is also desirable;
  • An existing network and credibility within the governance field and track record on open government, transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement;
  • Familiarity with technology for transparency, accountability and participation initiatives highly desirable.
  • Excellent communications skills, including writing, public speaking and facilitating meetings - with a variety of stakeholders at a broad range of seniority   
  • Ability to travel extensively for work (30-40%)
  • Must be fluent in English. Additional fluency in other European languages is highly desirable.

Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Self starter who can work independently, but likes working as part of a (virtual) team, proactive in sharing information with team members to update on both progress and setbacks;
  • Positive outlook, humble and with a healthy sense of humor;
  • Sound judgment, professionalism and integrity;
  • Strong writing and presentation skills, articulate, persuasive;
  • Track record working in multi-stakeholder environments or experience in working with governments;
  • Ability to patiently and diplomatically forge consensus between diverse stakeholders on strategic advocacy issues;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, active listener who seeks to truly understand other perspectives;
  • Networker;
  • Ability to build strong working relationships across a multicultural virtual team.

Details and How to Apply

  • This position is based in Europe. OGP has a presence in London, Brussels and Berlin.  
  • Candidate must have an EU/UK work permit.
  • Preferred start date is asap.
  • Compensation commensurate with experience.
  • Please submit a cover letter and current CV as attachments to jobs@opengovpartnership.org no later than 17 January 2018 (midnight CET).  Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible.
  • 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.

Questions

Please address any questions to jobs@opengovpartnership.org.

The Open Government Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

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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