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 can offer you an important role working on a great mission within an awesome team in a friendly, flexible, fast-moving organization.
We are looking for a motivated, talented professional to join us as our Manager responsible for projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). You will join a savvy, hard-working global team fostering innovation on, and implementation of, open contracting around the world. You will support our EECA country program portfolio across the region, working with our Senior Manager in EECA to provide in-country partners with implementation, advocacy and learning support. You will help to organize and deliver trainings to our partners, engage government actors in open contracting, advocate for transformation in public procurement across the region. You will also help with fundraising, budgeting, logistics, and reporting.
We are looking for a self-starter with superb project management and network building skills. You will be someone who relishes supporting in-country partners across countries in their work to improve the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of public contracting. You will have experience working with government, civil society or companies, delivering policy advice, training and engaging in advocacy campaigns. You should have experience with project management, including familiarity with fundraising, budgets and donor reporting across multiple countries. Ideally, you will have experience working in procurement and on governance. You must be fluent in English and Russian.
The position will be based in EECA Region. We currently have team members in our small headquarters office in Washington DC, as well as in Canada, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Ukraine, and the UK. In addition, we support country partners in over 35 cities and countries across the world.
Implementation: You will support open contracting projects in countries from the EECA region where we seek to demonstrate and assess the impact of open contracting in meeting specific user needs on the ground. In cooperation with the EECA Senior Manager, you will provide implementation assistance to program managers and 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) measuring impact therefrom. This may include organizing meetings and workshops with stakeholders, research and support on advice and advocacy with partners and policy experts, support to technical assessments and assistance, coalition building, etc.
Project Management: You will support the management of projects, implemented in EECA Region. You will be responsible for supporting our EECA Senior Manager in tracking the achievement of program targets across the team, managing implementation budgets, and reporting to donors on progress and financials.
Field-building & learning: You will help convene and foster a strong community of open contracting champions, supporting them to connect with and learn from each other. You will support community outreach events and calls. You will also support tracking, documenting, and sharing about open contracting innovations led by partners as part of our efforts to build a global field of policy and practice on open contracting. You will draft blogs, and support research and guidance development on key issues.
Advocacy: You will help to advocate for open contracting at the highest levels of government, multilateral organisations, businesses and with civil society in the EECA Region to change the status quo. You will participate in relevant conferences, meetings and public events. Together with EECA Senior Manager, you will work with partners in the EECA Region to drive their advocacy and campaign to success converting into clear commitments to change from governments with robust mandates, resources and accountability for progress. Together with the EECA Senior Manager, under leadership of Head of Advocacy, you will proactively identify, develop and leverage productive relationships with key opinion formers and policy makers in the EECA Region, including making sure OCP’s voice is heard on the Regional stage, especially as we move to planning a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event organization and logistical support: One of your key roles will be to support the EECA Senior Manager with the organization of learning events (on- and offline). This will include providing administrative and logistical support, coordinating travel for country partners, facilitating group meetings etc.
We want to be surprised, intrigued and excited by applicants. We expect that the EECA Regional Manager will have demonstrable expertise and a track record of impact in complex, multi-national program management, including:
Experience working on relevant governance issues, such as transparency, accountability, governance of extractive industries or public contracting within the nonprofit, private or public sector.
Strong 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.
Exposure to working with diverse stakeholders, such as government agencies, the private sector or civil society in developing countries.
Experience supporting fundraising and the management of donor-funded projects, project management and donor reporting.
Experience in advocacy on the national and regional level.
Understanding of monitoring, evaluation, and learning approaches.
Ability to generate and deliver clear and persuasive oral and written communications in English and Russian, being technically sound without sounding technical. English and Russian is a must. Another language is a big plus.
Ability to inspire trust, motivate partners to work well together, and design and manage projects in a collaborative manner.
Ability to manage budgets and stay on top of administrative and logistical tasks.
Ability to frequently travel regionally and internationally. We expect that up to 20% of the time will be spent traveling.
Committed to our mission and strategy.
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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We expect to interview and appoint a candidate in October 2020.
Interviews are expected to start on the week of 21 September 2020.