The Open Contracting Partnership is a silo-busting collaboration between governments, businesses, civil society and technologists, to open up government contracting and deal-making through disclosure, data and engagement so that the huge sums of money involved are spent, honestly, fairly and effectively. We work across sectors and along the whole process of government contracting to use the power of open data to save governments money and time, deliver better goods and services to citizens, prevent corruption and create a better business environment for all.
We do that through: i) smart, targeted global and national advocacy; ii) supporting great implementation of open contracting on the ground; and iii) sharing learning, tools and resources to build a field of best practice.
We are looking for a motivated, talented professional to join us as a Senior Program Associate. You will join a small, savvy, hard-working global team fostering innovation on and implementation of open contracting around the world. You will support every aspect of our mission, from advocacy, to great communications, to local implementation and our global learning about what works.
You will be a flexible, imaginative thinker with international policy making experience, comfortable working across government, civil society and companies, with great project management skills and a flair for public communications.
1) Advocacy and outreach. Lead smart, targeted advocacy aimed at attaining high-level national and international commitments to open contracting, particularly in the Open Government Partnership process, the OECD, the G8 and G20 or in other multilateral and bilateral processes. You will also represent the OCP at relevant events, build relationships with key stakeholders from government, business and civil society.
2) Implementation: Lead open contracting engagements in target countries where we seek to demonstrate and assess the impact of open contracting in meeting specific user needs on the ground. You will provide assistance to open contracting champions and organize workshops and other learning events as needed.
3) Learning and research: Collaborate with the OCP team on tracking, documenting, sharing and learning about wider global open contracting innovations led by partners as part of our efforts to build a global field of policy and practice. You will draft and share appropriate blogs, documents etc on key learning and insights from the work above and lead or support research and analysis projects on key issues.
4) Communications and storytelling: Communicate a boring, technocratic subject like contracting in a compelling, entertaining and humane way, through stories, infographics, videos, social media, etc. Also, you will research, compile and synthesise information as required and draft briefings, blogs and op-eds on open contracting for a variety of audiences.
5) Governance: Assist with cultivating and maintaining fundraising relationships including assisting with funder reports and outreach events.
6) Logistical support: Provide administrative and logistical support to program as directed. As a small team, mundane tasks will sometimes fall to you including booking travel, reconciling expenditure, coordinating calendars, facilitating group meetings etc.
We want to be surprised, intrigued and excited by applicants. We expect that the senior program associate will have 5 to 7 years of professional experience. We are looking for someone with the following profile:
Demonstrated record of innovative leadership on relevant governance issues, such as transparency and accountability, open data, and/or contracting within the nonprofit, private or public sector.
A proven record of success in working with government agencies at all levels, with the private sector, civil society, journalists and technologists, in developing and developed countries. This experience should be linked to developing and implementing public policy advocacy strategies.
Experience in building private/public and other nontraditional coalitions to produce lasting and meaningful results in countries. Experience in working in a range of diverse countries is a plus.
Experience in fundraising and donor reporting and cultivating strategic relationships with funders.
Ability to generate and deliver clear and persuasive oral and written communications in English, being technically sound without sounding technical. Another language is a big plus.
Ability to inspire trust, to motivate partners to work well together, to design and manage projects in a collaborative manner.
Ability to manage budgets, stay on top of administrative and logistical tasks.
Ability to frequently travel internationally.
Ability to legally work in the UK or US.
Passionate commitment to our mission.
Openness to new ideas, new alliances, to diversity, to sharing, to taking chances and to new ways to solve problems.
Ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas.
Intellectual curiosity, coupled with an innovative and entrepreneurial drive.
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.