Program Officer (Government Reforms): Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Project
Training and Technical Assistance Program, International Budget Partnership

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) 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 (Government Reforms) to lead in the development and implementation of IBP's MENA Project strategies for supporting government reforms aimed at enabling civil society engagements in budget policies and processes.  IBP's MENA Project will support work with civil society groups and government offices to increase public access to budget information and citizen engagements in accountable budget-making.  The Program Officer (Government Reforms) will report to the Manager of the Training and Technical Assistance Program, and will be based in Washington DC.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and sustain partnership relations with key reformers in different government offices towards realizing shifts in government budget policy, processes and practice that are more transparent and effectively engage citizens
  • Develop and implement technical support and assistance for government offices working on reforms that push for greater budget transparency and enable and strengthen citizen engagements in these budget processes
  • Provide technical assistance to MENA Project partners from government offices and civil society groups, and design and deliver training modules and presentations on budget transparency and accountable and inclusive budget-making with a focus on the MENA Region
  • Advise civil society partner groups on their engagements with governments on budget transparency and participation issues in relation to their governments, as appropriate
  • Support documentation of stories of change
  • Provide over-all project management support for the various activities of the MENA Project

Skills and requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience of working with governments on reform processes designed to increase citizen participation in policy and service delivery systems in general
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience of working on public finance management reform processes
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience of developing technical assistance and support programs for governments
  • Master's degree in Public Policy or Administration, or equivalent qualification in a relevant field
  • Proficiency in English and Arabic is essential; intermediate proficiency in French desirable
  • Extensive travel required

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 to butler-norris@cbpp.org.  Please put IBP Program Officer (Government Reforms) in the subject area. Resumes will be accepted until the post is filled.

PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS. The Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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