Program Officer, Thematic Priorities

Position summary

Open Government Partnership is increasingly being used by its 79 national and 20 local members to catalyze reforms that ensure accountability and responsiveness in thematic sectors like anti-corruption, public service delivery, among others. Drawing on OGP’s strategic refresh and the Paris Declaration, the Steering Committee endorsed thematic priorities for the Partnership to advance - an effort coordinated by the Support Unit.

The OGP Support Unit is looking to hire a Program Officer, Thematic Engagement who will support the cross-team efforts to mobilize coalitions, strengthen partnerships, provide knowledge resources and technical support to OGP governments, civil society and other stakeholders who leverage OGP to advance reforms in priority thematic sectors.

The Program Officer will be responsible for coordinating internally across all teams responsible for deliverables on thematic priorities, and externally with key partners and other stakeholders who can help OGP deliver more effective support to advance thematic reforms at the national and local level. S/he will support development of agenda and content for OGP-led events and OGP’s engagement at key partner-led events that will help advance OGP’s thematic priorities. S/he will report to the Manager, Thematic Priorities who will be the overall lead on OGP’s strategy on thematic priorities, coordination and accountability across different teams, and delivery of thematic priorities goals set out in the work plan.

Support execution of strategy on thematic priorities (15%)

  • Support the Manager, Thematic Priorities to develop and execute strategy on thematic engagement, in collaboration with all Support Unit teams.
  • Own the delivery of specific thematic sectors, within the larger set of thematic priorities, and engage with partners and across the Support Unit to drive it forward.

Strengthen partnerships to support uptake of thematic priorities in OGP action plans (40%)

  • Coordinate outreach to new thematic partners and strengthen relationships with existing partners on a subset of priority themes (eg. public service delivery), bringing in relevant Support Unit colleagues where helpful.  
  • Support the Country Support Team to identify opportunities in OGP members (national and local) to support delivery of commitments on a subset of thematic priorities, initiating connections between government officials or country-based civil society and expert partners, and facilitating timely follow up.
  • Identify key networks and communications channels for building greater awareness of OGP in relevant thematic communities.
  • Support planning and execution of online and in-person events with partners (Introduction webinars, side meetings at partner events, webinars on priority themes, write blogs, etc).

Coordinate with SU colleagues and SC members on thematic engagement (25%)

  • Global Summit - In a global summit year, collaborate with the organizing team of the OGP Global Summit to develop and execute an agenda for the OGP Global Summit that strengthens OGP’s positioning on thematic priorities
  • Thematic events - Support SU colleagues to deliver on priority regional and sub-regional events focusing on thematic priorities
  • Trust Fund - Coordinate with the KLIC team to support the delivery of grants awarded under the thematic window of the OGP Trust Fund, a new funding mechanism which helps to support thematic partners.
  • Knowledge management and communications - Work with the the KLIC, Flagship Report Initiative, and Comms teams to support strategic dissemination of OGP material - data, stories, etc to relevant partners, country stakeholders, and the OGP SU Country Support team related to priority themes.

Program Coordination (20%)

  • Support the Manager, Thematic Priorities, to document program deliverables, analysis of OGP material related to thematic priorities, updates to donors and other relevant program information.
  • Prepare briefing material and slide decks on thematic priorities and the program, including for use by the Management Team and Senior Leadership Team for strategic and fundraising conversations.

Education/ Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field (e.g. development, public policy or international relations); graduate degree desirable.
  • At least 3 years-experience post undergraduate degree, including experience working with civil society organizations and/or government, preferably on issues related to open government or thematic sectors like public service delivery
  • Experience working on issues related to open government, transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement and government responsiveness is desirable
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders, across government, civil society and other communities.
  • Experience and track record of working effectively with partners and colleagues from diverse contexts, cultural backgrounds, with different communication styles, etc.
  • Writing and communication skills for crafting strong messages to partners, governments, colleagues.
  • Experience of working with remote teams, coordinating and working across departments and across topics.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Self-starter who can work independently, but likes working as part of a (virtual) team
  • Proactive in sharing information within team members and with partners
  • Practical understanding of how open government approaches can advance reforms in thematic sectors
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Sound judgment, professionalism and integrity;
  • Good writing, presentation, and analysis skills, articulate;
  • Experience working in multi-stakeholder environments or experience in working with governments;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with comfort working across languages, cultures, timezones, communication channels, etc.;
  • Ability to build strong working relationships across a multicultural virtual team;
  • Fluency in English is a requirement; working knowledge of another language a strong plus;
  • Ability to travel for work (20-25%).

Other details:

  • Salary commensurate with education and experience. OGP compensates competitively with other organizations in the Washington DC region.
  • The position is based in London, United Kingdom. The selected individual must have the legal authorization to work in the United Kingdom. In exceptional cases, other locations may be considered.
  • Travel up to 25% may be required.
  • Interested candidates should submit an English CV and cover letter to  Please use the following email title: “OGP PO Thematic Priorities”.
  • Priority consideration given to qualified candidates with the ability to start by March 1, 2019
  • Interested candidates must submit materials by November 30, 2018.
  • 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.
  • The Open Government Partnership, is an equal opportunity employer. We 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. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). 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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