SUMMARY The Open Contracting Partnership is a silo-busting collaboration between government, business, civil society and technologists to open up the documents and data behind government contracting and deal-making. We work across sectors and along the whole process of government contracting to use the power of 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.
We are looking for motivated, talented professionals to join us as Consultant Country Project Coordinators in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. You will work with a savvy, hard-working global team fostering innovation on, and implementation of, open contracting in your country. You will help coordinate day-to-day project management, provide support to our in-country partners in their technical and impact evaluation implementation work.
We are looking for consultants with superb project management and network building skills. You will be someone who relishes supporting in-country partners to improve the transparency and accountability of public contracting. You will have experience working across government, civil society and companies and leading high-level engagements. You should have a track record of project management, coordinating budgets and donor reporting. The position will be based in your home country of Chile, Colombia, or Mexico. You need to have a valid work permit for the country where you will be based.
This consultancy offers the opportunity for professional development and in-country travel, with the possibility of some regional travel.
Background We will be supporting three Latin American open contracting champions, Colombia, Chile, and Mexico, to articulate their use cases (better explore why they want to implement open contracting), publish more and better open contracting information data (improve how open contracting is done), and measure the results of open contracting efforts (demonstrate what changed, for whom, and to what degree).
Project Management: You will help coordinate the in-country work performed by local civil society and government partner(s). The program is an exciting opportunity to advance open contracting, and to develop guidance and tools for advancing openness and accountability in this transformational sector. You will be responsible for coordinating the achievement of program targets across local implementers, tracking and reporting spending, and supporting donor reporting on progress and financials.
Implementation and Technical Assistance: You will provide implementation assistance to open contracting champions from governments, civil society and private sector on (i) building sustainable multi-stakeholder reform coalitions for reforms, (ii) implementation of the Open Contracting Data Standard, (iii) data analysis and use, and (iv) developing and executing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for measuring impact therefrom. This will include regular check-ins with local implementers, regular check-ins with the OCP, possible meetings and workshops with stakeholders, advice and advocacy with partners and policy experts, technical assessments and assistance, coalition building, etc.
Field-building & learning: You will help foster a strong community of open contracting champions in the country, supporting them to connect with and learn from each other. You may support community outreach events and calls. You may also be responsible for tracking, documenting, and sharing open contracting innovations led by champions in your country as part of our efforts to build a global field of policy and practice on open contracting. Where appropriate, you may draft blogs and support research and guidance development on key issues.
Logistical support: Provide administrative and logistical support as directed, including budget and expense reporting, coordinating travel for country partners, facilitating meetings, and documenting processes and progress.
Length of Consultancy and Budget The work is expected to be completed on a part-time basis (2-3 days of work per week) through Dec 31st, 2018. We will prioritize proposals whose budget falls under $15,000. There is a possibility to extend this contract for similar work planned for 2019.
Professional Qualifications The consultant will have extensive project or program management experience and be a smart, engaging and outgoing self-starter. You should be able to demonstrate:
A track record of managing donor-funded projects and supporting project management and donor reporting.
Ability to manage budgets and stay on top of administrative and logistical tasks.
Ability to inspire trust, motivate partners to work well together, and design and manage projects in a collaborative manner.
A proven record of success in working with government agencies at all levels, and with the private sector and civil society in both developing and developed countries.
Experience in building private/public and other nontraditional coalitions to produce lasting and meaningful results in countries.
Demonstrated record of innovative leadership on relevant governance issues, such as transparency and accountability, governance of extractive industries, and/or contracting within the nonprofit, private or public sector.
Clear understanding of open data issues and experience in working with partners on implementing data projects that are centered around user needs and the use of data. Knowledge of the Open Contracting Data Standard is a big plus.
Ability to generate and deliver clear and persuasive oral and written communications in Spanish and English, being technically sound without sounding technical.
Ability to travel occasionally locally and nationally, if needed.
Committed to our mission and strategy.
Excellent written and spoken Spanish and English.
Proactive & focussed on delivery and getting tasks done.
Ability to work independently on assignments.
Can prioritize well, effectively handling regular deadlines and last minute requests.
Open to new ideas, new alliances, diversity, sharing, taking chances and new ways to solve problems.
Ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas.
Humility and grace, flexibility, an ability to give credit and recognition to others.
Impeccable integrity and a high energy level.
A sense of fun and joy for your work and the ability to 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 as a range of experiences and perspectives enriches our work and strengthens our ability to address complex challenges.
We are especially keen to hear from candidates from diverse backgrounds as mentioned above. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We expect to interview and appoint a candidate in February 2018.
How to Apply Required Materials
Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) explaining your interest and suitability
Relevant writing samples in English and Spanish (such as blog posts, reports or others)
Evaluation Proposals will be evaluated against four criteria:
Project management experience: 35%
Technical knowledge: 35%
Languages and communication skill: 10%
OCP's open contracting policies for award information In line with our open contracting policy, we will publish contracting information related to this opportunity. Once contracts are awarded, we will publish notices that include: