Program Officer, Country Support Program

Position Summary

The Program Officer, CS, role will work closely with and report to the Chief, Country Support.  This role will provide programming & select logistical support relating to the execution of his duties.  This role is based in Brussels, Belgium.

Additionally, this role will 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.

Lastly, the Program Officer, CS, will also support the work of the Country Support team by providing operational and project management support, inclusive of planning and reporting, budgeting work. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Assist the Chief, Country Support (40%)

  • Support the Chief, Country Support with programming support relating the execution of his duties, for example conducting as needed analyses, preparing presentations, writing talking points, blogs, and preparing briefing notes for meetings.
  • Provide select logistical support as needed

Steering Committee Support (30%)

  • Provide strategic support to the civil society members of the Steering Committee and especially to the civil society co-chairs in executing their governance, leadership and civil society engagement responsibilities.
  • Project manage the delivery of documents, reports and other products. This includes developing work plans to meet specific deadlines; scheduling necessary calls and meetings; developing agendas and background documents; presenting information as needed; preparing minutes and action items resulting from meetings and calls; following up and track deliverables.

Support the Country Support Team Operations (30%)

  • Support the Chief, Country Support and Deputy Director Country Support with select operational tasks of the Country Support team, including but not limited to project management, planning, reporting, and budgeting work. 
  • Support the annual individual and team work planning and reporting cycle, including M&E and reporting for donors and quarterly reports.
  • Provide support to the CS team including research, coordination of country visits and events, and execution of other activities as required.
  • Contribute to the overall Country Support Team activities.

Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree in relevant field (e.g. development, political science, or international relations).
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience including at least 3 years either in government or building civil society coalitions, brokering technical cooperation and partnerships and organizing training workshops and events.

Preferred Experience:

  • An existing network and credibility within (global) civil society networks, ideally working on open government issues;
  • Track record working in multi-stakeholder environments or experience in working with governments desirable.
  • Strong track record on working effectively with a range of diverse stakeholders from diverse contexts/cultural backgrounds, including national government, civil society, parliament, private sector.
  • Research and drafting skills for the purpose of sourcing stories, drafting briefings and speaking points, writing blogs, and crafting strategic messages, both for public and internal consumption.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 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;
  • Solid understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks and organizations.
  • High emotional intelligence, able to develop trusting relationships with diverse stakeholders from different backgrounds
  • Positive outlook, humble and with and a healthy sense of humor;
  • Sound judgment, professionalism and integrity;
  • Strong public-speaking skills
  • 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;
  • Fluency in English a requirement; knowledge of French or another language a plus;
  • Ability to travel extensively for work (15-25%).

Details and How to Apply

  • This position is based in Brussel, Belgium. 
  • The selected individual must meet the legal authorization to work in the EU.
  • Compensation commensurate with job requirements and experience
  • Please submit a cover letter and current CV as attachments to (Please add ‘Program Officer, CS to the subject of your email.) Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. The cut off for accepting applications is January 30, 2019.
  • 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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