The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.
We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.
We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.
We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.
Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
The Fiscal Governance Program (FGP) Program is Open Society’s youngest thematic program, launched in 2013 to consolidate existing presidential grants around transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption under a dedicated umbrella, and build on this portfolio with a broader strategy to ensure that public resources are used efficiently, effectively, and accountably to benefit those who need them most. The program works across the public resource chain—from revenue collection to budget allocations to expenditures to service delivery—to promote new global norms, strengthen independent oversight and accountability mechanisms, and increase government capacity to harness public resources for development.
Strategy development and grantmaking for FGP and for developing the connections between FGP and the broader priorities of Open Society. FGP has four broad areas of activity which relate to natural resource governance, public budgets, illicit financial flows/tax, and political finance. This position will focus on tracking all fields where FGP is active to keep program (and Foundations) staff abreast of the latest research, trends, and developments; contributing to ongoing strategic reflection within the program, including identifying new potential partners and/or avenues for possible engagement; and representing the program in external communities of practice around impact and learning in the public resource governance field. Work is carried out under general supervision, in close collaboration with program officers overseeing FGP’s various grantmaking portfolios.
The Open Society Foundations may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.
Research and Learning
- Track and internally report on major field-related developments in key areas of FGP engagement (natural resource governance, budget monitoring, illicit financial flows/effective taxation for development), including maintaining updated field description briefs for each area of FGP engagement in partnership with relevant program officers;
- Track and internally disseminate the latest external learning around the impact and effectiveness of initiatives (civil society, government, donors, etc.) in key areas of FGP engagement, including analyzing any implications for FGP’s current strategy;
- Develop an external knowledge-sharing strategy for relevant analysis and think-pieces initially produced for internal consumption;
- Identify and collect information about new organizations, individuals, and initiatives of interest for program staff to potentially follow up on;
- Help program officers identify and track FGP’s learning goals for each of our portfolios and related grantees, where relevant;
- Manage Open Society’s relationship with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative’s impact and learning “community of practice,” and participate in broader learning and evaluation activities/communities focused on public resource governance;
- Support director in managing internal Foundations-wide Transparency Community calls and engagement, including developing and prepping a medium-term calendar of discussions that reflect community learning interests and needs;
- Provide ongoing independent input into internal grant and portfolio reviews;
- Provide internal research support for the cultivation of new initiatives.
- Stay abreast of developments in the field through research and attendance of conferences and/or meetings, and share this input with the FGP team, and particularly, relevant program officers;
- Write strategy/position papers that provide direction on policy issues impacting the field and/or offer suggestions about strategic program development for FGP, other funders and grantees;
- Perform special assignments, including participation with other Open Society programs and foundation task forces and working groups.
- Travel will be required;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree (BA) from a four-year college or university and five-plus years relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Advanced degree preferred;
- Research experience required;
- Some NGO experience highly desirable;
- Strong background with programs advancing social justice.
- Effectively manage to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget, and reporting;
- Excellent research and writing skills;
- Effectively work as a team member;
- Also able to work independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
- Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills;
- Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office and experience with internet research and database management;
- Excellent listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
- Show discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
- Knowledge of key organizations and networks active in the field;
- Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with colleagues and the general public.
- Willingness to travel internationally.
- Interest in and demonstrated experience around issues of governance and development, with substantial research expertise;
- Familiarity with impact monitoring/evaluation methodologies is also desirable, but not essential;
- Specific experience around natural resources, public financial management, service delivery, and/or corruption issues highly desirable;
- Experience working in developing country contexts highly desirable;
- Non-English language skills desirable.
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements by January 11, 2014, to: email@example.com. Include job code in subject line: PO-FGP.