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April 14, 2011

Job Offer: IBP Program Officer (Francophone Africa) – Open Budget Initiative Program

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is based at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC.  The IBP provides a range of services to help non-profit organizations analyze and influence public budgets in developing and transition countries.  The IBP is seeking a Program Officer (Francophone Africa) to provide support to the Open Budget Initiative (OBI) Program.  The OBI is a research and advocacy program that seeks to increase public access to budget information and inclusive and accountable budget-making.  The Program Officer will report to the OBI Manager, and the Supervisor of IBP’s Open Budget Survey.


  • Provide project management support for the various research activities related to the biennial Open Budget Survey;
  • Provide technical assistance to a network of research institutions in approximately 100 countries to collect and fact-check data on government budgets with a focus on Francophone Africa;
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative social science research and document innovative civil society tactics and strategies to promote budget transparency reforms, and produce case studies and impact assessments;
  • Conduct country assessments and work with IBP partners to develop and implement advocacy strategies to promote budget transparency reforms with a focus on Francophone Africa;
  • Provide technical assistance to partners and in-country peer reviewers, and design and deliver training modules and presentations on budget transparency and accountable and inclusive budget-making with a focus on Francophone Africa;
  • Engage in project management activities such as negotiating and drafting contracts with civil society partners, drafting and proofreading project correspondence, contracts, and documents, maintaining project files and a project deadline tracking system to generate progress reports.     

Skills and requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Public Policy or equivalent course
  • Fluency in French
  • 2 years professional experience conducting social science research
  • 2 years professional experience working on issues related to the Francophone African region
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis using STATA or SPSS

Salary: Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, including two health and dental insurance options, life and long term disability insurance, retirement, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

To apply: Send a resume and cover letter via e-mail tocastro@cbpp.org.  Please put IBP Program Officer (Francophone Africa) in the subject area.


Resumes will be accepted until the close of business of Friday, 29 April 2011.

The Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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