The Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) is an independent not-for-profit spun out of the World Bank in 2015 to open up and transform government contracting and procurement worldwide. We work in over 30 countries, 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.
Latin America has recently consolidated as a global leader in open contracting reforms. We are working in several countries in the region to improve the outcomes of contracted goods, services, and public infrastructure by introducing reforms informed by open government principles and open contracting data analysis. This is complemented by our regional advocacy work, along with a consistent focus on monitoring, evaluation and learning, to document and share what works and doesn’t to drive procurement reform.
The Senior Program Manager for Latin America will work closely with our small team and with government and civil society innovators to deliver our many exciting projects in the region. You will contribute to achieving our impact, progress and data targets, as outlined in our current strategy.
We are starting several new and exciting projects in the region, including several with a focus on emergency procurement and economic recovery following the current pandemic. With Chile being one of our priority countries, we are looking forward to expanding work we have carried out during the past three years to disclose open data of all contracting processes stored in ChileCompra and foster data use among government, civil, academic, media and private users. We expect to document in the next few months how open contracting data analyses have led to measurable improvements in medicine procurement. You will help us advocate for contracting reform and support the implementation of open contracting in the health and infrastructure sectors in Chile, where all efforts are being placed in responding to the pandemic, but which will soon have to face new challenges arising from the new constitutional process as well as the post-covid economic recovery phase, with a clear emphasis on infrastructure spending.
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 a Senior Program Manager for Latin America (with a special focus on Chile). You will join a savvy, hard-working global team fostering innovation on, and implementation of, open contracting around the world. You will support our country program portfolio across Latin America, reporting to our Head of Latin America to provide in-country partners from government, civil society and business with implementation, advocacy and learning support.
Your primary role will be to identify and implement locally relevant best practices to improve procurement outcomes using open contracting strategies, which may include coordinating capacity building efforts, deploying data analysis tools, and building multi-stakeholder coalitions. We want to provide best procurement practices and support our partners to transform procurement, whether from within government, or from civil society, media, academia and the private sector. We intend to connect practitioners to each other and help facilitate peer-learning and support.
We are looking for a self starter and a hard worker with good knowledge of procurement in Latin America. You should have experience working with governments and ideally also with civil society and the private sector in the region and a good understanding of challenges and opportunities that they face in relation to public procurement. You should have experience with project management, including familiarity with budgets and donor reporting across multiple countries.
The position will ideally be based in Santiago de Chile given our opportunities to go deep in the country, but we are also open to other strategic locations in Latin America (you need to have a valid work permit for the country where you will be based).
We offer opportunities for professional development and extensive travel, as well as an excellent benefits package and compensation that is commensurate with reputation, experience and location and a generous matched pension contribution.
Implementation: You will design and manage our country portfolio in Chile, and will support other engagements in our Latin American portfolio. You will help strengthen the capacities and resources of governments, civil society and other relevant organizations in Chile and other countries in Latin America (including academia or companies), to use open contracting data to drive reform and change. You will interact with government agencies and non-government stakeholders to understand contracting issues, and work with them to develop solutions based on open contracting to improve their procurement outcomes. You will support them in building sustainable reform coalitions, and building feedback loops and improving procurement especially in specific sectors (such as infrastructure or health). You will also assist them in designing and leading local advocacy campaigns. If conditions are appropriate, this will involve frequent travel to different countries across the region. Working on projects will also entail donor and budget reporting and tracking.
Guidance: You will help us develop sector-specific guidance for open contracting reform based on our strategy in topics such as infrastructure and health, among others. This will include drafting blog posts and guides, and collaborating with other team members to develop tools that are useful for our partners across the world. You will provide them with actionable answers to their most pressing issues related with contracting, including legislative and regulatory guidance.
Community building & learning: You will help convene and foster a strong community of open contracting champions with civil society, government and business within and across countries in the region and in key cities in other parts of the world. You will strive to build strong relationships with government, civil society and private organizations in the region, link them to each other, and to relevant government and business partners and ensure that OCP’s project, approaches, services and tools meet their needs. You will lead community outreach, capacity building events and calls. You will draft blogs, and support research and guidance development on key issues. From time to time, you will provide administrative and logistical support, coordinating travel for partners, facilitating group meetings, etc..
Professional Qualifications We want to be surprised, intrigued and excited by applicants. We expect that the Senior Program Manager for Latin America will have the following professional qualifications:
Substantial, demonstrable experience of working with government, and ideally civil society or business, in several countries in the region advancing reforms to improve government performance using data. Having experience and deep networks in Chile is a big plus.
Experience working on public contracting, or relevant governance issues such as transparency, accountability, governance of extractive industries.
A proven track record of persuading governments to adopt best practices.
Some 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.
Demonstrable experience in community and network building, facilitating peer-learning and designing and delivering capacity building interventions in Latin America, especially in Chile.
Experience in coordinating donor-funded projects, project management and reporting is a plus.
Ability to generate and deliver clear and persuasive oral and written communications both in English and Spanish, being technically sound without sounding technical. Working knowledge of Portuguese is a big plus.
Ability to frequently travel regionally and internationally. We expect that up to 50% of the time will be spent travelling, if conditions for travel are appropriate.
Ability to inspire trust, motivate partners to work well together, and design and manage projects in a collaborative manner.
Ability to deal with stakeholders with different and often conflicting agendas.
Committed to our mission and strategy.
Proactive & focussed on delivery and getting tasks done.
Ability to work independently on assignments.
Capacity to 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 also have a safeguarding policy that can be found here.
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 by October.