Call for IRM National Researchers

 

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is seeking individuals to carry out research at the national level in a variety of countries to assess government progress on implementation of their OGP Action Plans.

Background

The OGP is a partnership of countries that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, promote public accountability, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. To become part of OGP, participating countries must sign a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward through the OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism.

The IRM is a key means by which all stakeholders can monitor progress within participating countries. By tracking and publicizing progress, it promotes strong accountability between member governments and citizens.

The IRM works primarily by conducting independent assessments and reporting for each OGP participating government. Each national progress report assesses the development and implementation of action plans, and develops technical recommendations.

Candidates from the following countries are invited to apply.

  • Indonesia
  • Nigeria
  • Germany

 

Qualifications
To be eligible, the candidate must not have contributed to developing the OGP action plan to be assessed, and must not have been employed by the government anytime in the 12 months preceding application. Candidates currently working for multilateral organizations are not eligible to apply.

The following qualifications are required for consideration:

  • Ability to conduct research, facilitate stakeholder interviews, and institutional analysis across non-profit, public, and private sectors. Experience of conducting monitoring and evaluation strongly preferred.
  • Outstanding level of attention to detail and analytical thinking skills
  • Experience working on public policy issues related to governance, transparency, accountability, and/or public participation is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to solicit, incorporate, and respond to official and public comments.
  • Ability to carry out research and draft reports within a strict time frame, and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to communicate findings in a non-partisan, objective fashion.
  • Ability to commit to the role for a duration of two years. The number of days for this consultancy can vary from 40 to 80+ depending on the length of the action plan to be assessed.
  • Excellent English language writing and speaking skills required, including demonstrated ability to write  concisely about complex governance issues in English for an international audience.
  • Spanish-only speakers will be considered for Latin America.

 

Duties

  • Clear, regular communication with IRM Program staff in Washington, DC and the International Experts Panel.
  • Attendance of in-person or virtual training
  • Conduct independent research using focus groups, interviews, and document review
  • Completion of online and offline research and writing. Subjects covered by research include: action plan development, implementation and early results of the commitments in the action plan, government self-assessment report.
  • Dissemination of findings of the report to national audience.

Compensation

  • OGP will offer payment (to include salaries, overheads, and incurred costs) and cover costs of participation to training outside of country, where applicable).

Decision-making process

  • Interested parties should submit an English (preferred) or Spanish CV to the IRM at IRM@opengovpartnership.org(link sends e-mail), along with three references. Please use the following email title: “OGP IRM Researcher [Your Country]”.
  • Third-party nominations may also be made through the same address. Please confirm with nominees their availability and willingness to participate prior to submission of their name. Where possible, please include their contact information as well.
  • National researchers for the IRM will be approved by the Independent Experts Panel and IRM program staff, with an opportunity for comment and input by the respective national governments and civil society focal points, where applicable. Each applicant will be weighed against the set of criteria listed above, based on interviews, review of prior work, and references.
  • There is a strong preference for nationals of the country to be evaluated and for those with experience relevant to country action plans.
  • 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.
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