Research Associate – Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM)

Location:  Washington, DC


The IRM is seeking highly organized individuals with strong writing skills to collaborate with the IRM team and carry out research, quality control, review and publication of IRM reports from OGP participating governments. The Research Associate is directly supervised by the IRM Research Manager.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Report production: Track and shepherd quality control and publication processes for international reports in each OGP participating government, including drafting of executive summaries of IRM reports;
  • Recruitment and training: Work with the research manager to hire, contract and train researchers and consultants.
  • Publication: Aid in maintaining and improving the publications process and guidance for IRM reports, including templates.
  • Administration: Assist IRM program staff with payment, contract, and other administrative duties as necessary.
  • Communications: Serve in a coordinating role to aid IRM communications and support OGP communications more broadly. Support IRM report launches and dissemination.
  • Events: Help to coordinate international meetings and conferences;
  • Databases: Maintain general resources such as databases for use by the whole OGP community, as needed;
  • Analysis: Under supervision of the research managers, help provide data analysis of use to the OGP community.


  • Demonstrated interest in public policy or legal issues related to governance, democracy, transparency, accountability, or public participation;
  • Minimum three years of experience; bachelor’s degree in the field related to OGP-relevant themes, master’s degree preferred. 


Strong candidates will demonstrate through their application materials the following

  • Skills:
    • Writing: Strong writing skills, including professional style and mechanics; Attention to detail, including copy-editing and proofreading skills;
    • Research: Experience in policy-relevant research, analysis, and writing;
    • Data: preference shown for candidates with demonstrated data analysis skills (descriptive statistics);
    • Language: High-level proficiency English; speaking and writing fluency in Spanish is required.
  • Personal profile:
    • Time management: History of prioritizing under tight deadlines and manage large amounts of information;
    • Communication: Strong interpersonal communication skills, especially across cultures;


The Research Associate will report to the Research Manager and work collaboratively with other IRM team members, as well as members of other OGP teams.


Occasional International travel may be required.


  • This position is based in Washington, DC.
  • The selected individual must have the legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • Compensation commensurate with experience.
  • Interested candidates should submit an English CV, cover letter and a writing sample through OGP's HR platform.  Finalists will carry out a timed editing and analysis task.
  • Interested candidates should submit materials as soon as possible and no later than October 15, 2018. 


Office is handicapped accessible and located close to public transportation. Work space is open plan and shared with other organizations. Occasional travel may be required to OGP events/meetings via long-haul flights in economy class.

Open Government Partnership is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

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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