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Senior Program Officer, Americas

Position Summary

The Senior Program Officer supports civil society, governments and other key actors in using the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to progress reforms on transparency, accountability and participation. This position will be responsible for supporting OGP countries across the Americas region in the development and implementation of high quality, relevant and ambitious OGP action plans.  Additionally, this role will identify and encourage learning between OGP countries, engage thematic and development partners, donors, and regional / and multilateral institutions, and conduct political and strategic analysis to promote open government opportunities in the region.

Key Responsibility Areas

Strategic leadership and analysis (15%)

  • Provide political and strategic analysis and planning, based on research and intelligence gathering from in-country and regional contacts, in order to strengthen the open government agenda in OGP countries, and regionally.

Country support (40%)

  • Provide accurate and timely advice to civil society and governments on the OGP process and requirements. This includes analysing country processes (draft commitments, TORs, working group models, etc)  in order to identify opportunities and provide guidance.
  • Work across SU, engaging SC and other relevant stakeholders to implement the priority country strategies. Work across the Support Unit and with other external stakeholders to develop and deliver annual support strategies to optimise the engagement of OGP countries in the OGP process.
  • Develop strong, high-level working relationships across government, civil society, multilateral institutions, donors, and elsewhere, and encourage their collective engagement to move the process forward.
  • Support strategic communications both during and after the launch of action plans and commitments, working closely with OGP SU communications team.
  • Work with government officials, civil society, multilateral partners and other stakeholders to design and facilitate country visits by OGP Support Unit staff and other key partners (OGP Steering Committee, Envoys, and Ambassadors) in order to boost the national processes and spur greater ambition.
  • Promote the fulfilment of annual country contributions to the OGP Support Unit.

Peer exchange and broker of financial and technical support (25%)

  • Broker technical and financial support to countries developing and implementing their National Action Plans from OGP’s Trust Fund, OGP’s thematic priorities, bilateral and multilateral partners, foundations and other countries with similar experiences.
  • Design interactive in-person trainings using different formats to be delivered at OGP events with the aim of helping to promote learning on emerging best practice of how to implement OGP successfully.
  • Track, document and disseminate examples of peer exchange activities taking place under the OGP umbrella.
  • Work with KLIC and the World Bank in the administration of the OGP Trust Fund.

Strategic events (15%)

  • Lead in the organization of OGP regional events, in coordination with other members at the SU, governments and civil society.
  • Represent OGP at external events, give presentations, network and develop contacts.

Other duties as assigned (5%)

  • Support the development and implementation of the global campaign strategy of the organization.


Education/ Experience

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g. public administration, development, political science, law or international relations);
  • A minimum of 5 years working on governance issues, ideally with a focus on transparency, accountability and open government reform.
  • Experience working in government in a relevant position or regional civil society desirable.
  • Excellent communications skills, including writing, public speaking and facilitating meetings.
  • Familiarity with civil society networks and experts working on governance issues across a range of sectors.
  • Willingness to travel up to 35 percent of the year
  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Self-starter who can work with minimal supervision and like to work as part of a (virtual) team
  • Proactive in sharing information within team members and with partners
  • Detail-oriented, strategic and precise, but with the ability to step back and see the big picture
  • Flexible and creative in the face of obstacles
  • Strategic thinking and leadership
  • Partnership and relationship building
  • Self-directed and resourceful
  • Extremely sound judgment and diplomatic skills, ability to communicate effectively with senior government officials and high-profile civil society leaders
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including relationship building, communication skills, and coaching experience
  • Humility and a healthy sense of humor; calm and poised under pressure
  • Track record working in civil society organizations on open government, transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement
  • Strong track record on working effectively with a range of diverse stakeholders from diverse contexts/cultural backgrounds, including senior level national government, civil society, parliament, funders, international cooperation and/or the private sector;
  • Track record of representing organizations regionally or globally.
  • Demonstrable experience leading on the organization of training workshops and events at a regional and global level;
  • Demonstrable in-country work experience across the region desirable (e.g. lived and worked);
  • Understanding of policy, development and socio- political processes in the Americas

Application Details

  • Salary commensurate with education and experience. OGP compensates competitively with other comparable organizations.
  • The position is based in Washington, DC or other preferred locations.  If located in the US, the selected individual must have the legal authorization to work in the US.
  • Travel up to 35% may be required.
  • Priority consideration given to qualified candidates with the ability to start by November 25, 2019
  • Interested candidates please click here to apply.

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 interests.

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 accommodations 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.