The Open Contracting Partnership is a silo-busting collaboration between government, business, civil society and technologists to transform government contracting and deal-making and drive systemic change using open data and radical transparency. We work across sectors and along the whole process of government contracting to use open data and improved oversight to save governments money and time, deliver better goods and services to citizens, deter corruption and create a better business environment for all.
OCP is a fiscally sponsored organization by the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY) through its Partner Project Program. FCNY provides fiscal, administrative and human resource functions to OCP. We have a team in Washington, DC and staff in other locations worldwide.
About the role
We are looking for a motivated, talented professional to join us as Community and Capacity Building Manager. You will join a savvy, hard-working global team fostering innovation on, and implementation of, open contracting around the world.
Our Community and Capacity Building work aims to equip a community of partners and stakeholders with the knowledge and skills that they need to advocate for, publish or use open contracting data in order to achieve goals like improving competition or deterring corruption that result in better quality services, goods and works for individuals and communities. Working with them to improve their publication and use of data is a key component of our in-country engagements led by our program managers. You will love travelling, supporting and working with partners, and you will ensure we make high-quality interventions that build on good practice in adult learning. On a regular basis, this will involve in-country training on open contracting data for public servants, government vendors and civil society groups; improving our online guidance and exercises for self-study; and working with our internal team and remote OCDS Helpdesk to provide a consistent support experience. This role will involve significant amounts of overseas travel so don’t apply if you are not able to travel frequently and flexibly.
This is a full-time position, working with our small but superb team around the world. The successful candidate will work either at our DC office (Wonder Bread Factory office building) or remotely from an agreed location where they have employment authorization. This role will report to our Director of Data and Engagement who oversees all our support interventions.
We offer opportunities for professional development and travel, an excellent benefits package, and compensation that is commensurate with reputation, experience and location. We also offer a generous matched pension contribution of up to 10% subject to the rules of our pension scheme as set by the policies of our fiscal sponsor (the Fund for the City of New York).
Responsibilities 1. With respect to capacity building, this role will work with partners on the ground to develop technical skills and work on open contracting and open contracting data to affect systemic change. This will involve:
Travel frequently to provide localized, tailored support interventions to build partners’ capacity and confidence to decisively change the status quo through open contracting
Develop, deliver and evaluate in-person and online support interventions on data publication and use:
Work with partners and the team to understand training and learning needs
Research, design and develop content, curricula and learning outcomes to meet those needs
Deliver learning projects and programs, including workshops, training, co-creation events, one-on-one co-working, and webinars
Package & systematize learning and training approaches to data publication & use:
Systematize and expand our approach to capacity building, including opportunities for possible mentorship, incubation, train-the-trainer or certification programs for partners
Explore integration of our training or support programs into wider curricula or support interventions in public contracting through public service colleges, international development institutions, the OECD, the UN, etc.
Work with the whole team to improve the effectiveness of our guidance for: implementing open contracting, using contracting data, developing use cases, and measuring indicators and data quality
Assist the OCDS Helpdesk in answering enquiries from publishers and users of OCDS data, via email or teleconference
2. With respect to community, this role will:
Work with our Senior Advocacy Manager to define opportunities and strategies to grow the Open Contracting community and deepen the engagement of its members
Help organize workshops for international and regional learning and sharing
Lead outreach and community engagement in discussions about the OCDS upgrade process
3. Regularly reflect and review the quality of our support, and publicly communicate on this and communicate stories of engagement and use about open contracting.
4. As part of a small multi-disciplinary team, this role will also support and enrich the broader team’s work, including:
Work with policy and technical teams to integrate capacity and community building concepts and practices into our products and services
Build the team’s capacity to tailor and deliver effective curricula and workshops
Advise program managers on the training and community aspects of a program’s design
We want to be surprised, intrigued and excited by applicants. We expect that you will be an experienced data and development professional.
Ability to travel overseas regularly (for up to two weeks every month)
Deep knowledge of open data, data standards and/or public contracting
Excellent trainer and facilitator
Qualification in a relevant field, or equivalent experience in adult learning, teaching, education or training
Good soft skills to promote strong collaborative relationships with partners
Ability to write engaging content on complex subjects for different audiences
Ability to learn new and complex areas quickly
Excellent written and spoken English
Legal ability to work in the location where based
Experience designing mentorship, incubation and train-the-trainer programs
Experience in leading action learning in the open government space
Fluency in other languages, especially Spanish and French
Personal attributes We are a diverse group of high-performing individuals that together make up an unstoppable team. We are looking for some key characteristics for this essential role:
Is committed to our mission and strategy
Is proactive and focused on delivery and getting things done
Works well independently and as part of a team
Prioritizes well in the face of a complex workload, effectively handling regular deadlines and last-minute requests
Solves problems creatively, finding simple solutions and being open to adapt
Is open to new ideas, to new alliances, to diversity, to sharing, to taking chances
Has impeccable integrity
Has high attention to detail, while being able to see the big picture
Has humility and grace, giving credit to others and fessing up when things didn’t work
Has a sense of fun and joy for the work, and can encourage that from others
We are dedicated to equal employment opportunity and aim to cultivate and sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive team. We really value and prioritize diversity because a range of experiences and perspectives enriches our work and strengthens our ability to address complex challenges.
Please submit us a CV and cover letter and examples of your prior partner support and/or data work.