Duration: 9-12 months, with the potential for extension.
About the Open Government Partnership (OGP)
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on improving government transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens. OGP brings together government and civil society champions of reform who believe governments are more effective and credible when they open their doors to public input and oversight.
Since OGP’s launch, its membership has grown from 8 to 74 countries, with hundreds of civil society organizations participating in the OGP process at the country-level. OGP countries represent one third of the world’s population and have made more than 3,000 policy commitments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
The consultant will support the OGP Support Unit’s Asia Pacific Regional team in two areas:
Support Stakeholder outreach and engagement in 14 OGP countries and 3 subnational entities in the region: The consultant will support the regional team in getting traction on priority themes through OGP National Action Plans. Working with the Asia Pacific team, the consultant will help identify new stakeholders (government, civil society, and other partners) and concrete opportunities in OGP countries to drive commitments on these themes. The consultant will support outreach and engagement to priority networks and actors, agreed in conjunction with regional leads. The consultant will also support the regional team in executing country strategies for medium and high priority countries.
Leveraging international events for maximum sustained impact: There are two high-profile events planned in the region in 2018 - a Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia in July and a Regional OGP meeting later in the year, and 1-2 smaller sub-regional events. These events provide a unique platform to foster ambition and innovation, make strategic connections within and across countries, and serve as action-forcing moments if leveraged correctly. The consultant, in collaboration with OGP’s event lead, will support the successful planning and delivery of these events. The consultant will organize strategic sessions, facilitate the participation of key stakeholders, help coordinate logistics on travel and registration, and provide communications support.
Duties and Deliverables:
Stakeholder outreach and engagement:
Support outreach to organizations that could help get traction in key thematic priority areas. This includes research into organizational strategies and priorities to find areas of alignment, identifying appropriate entry points, and following up on engagement opportunities.
Identify networks, platforms, and communications channels for building greater awareness of OGP
Identify and support outreach to organizations that can help support implementation of ambitious commitments in priority countries. This will include working with regional leads to identify resource gaps and match them with appropriate partners for technical or financial assistance.
Support the planning and execution of peer-to-peer learning and exchange webinars and workshops for regional participants.
Collect and disseminate stories on results of OGP commitments and open government initiatives implemented in the region.
Support the planning and execution of high level regional event(s) and associated side events.
Provide logistical, operational, and administrative support for event(s), including the facilitation of travel scholarships.
Support organization of strategic sessions. Support communications with the session organizers and participants. Liaise with session organizers to ensure sessions are dynamic and follow guidelines set by organizers.
Provide general advice and assistance on ensuring that the event(s) meet objectives.
Support post-event follow up with organizers and participants, including evaluation of event successes and failures.
The consultant will split their time 60 % of their time on stakeholder outreach and engagement 40% on events support.
Advanced degree in public administration, politics, international affairs, or relevant field. (Master’s degree preferred);
Three to five years of experience in open government, transparency, accountability, citizen engagement and/or smart use of technology;
Proven track record on project management and producing deliverables on time and budget;
Experience in stakeholder outreach and management with both governments and civil society;
An existing network and credibility within regional networks, ideally working on open government issues;
Experience working on major events, including internationally, desirable;
Able to work as part of a virtual team - proactive in sharing information with team members to update on both progress and setbacks. Highly organized, detail-oriented, ability to consistently meet tight deadlines and adapt to changing project needs;
Experience in projects related to national, regional or international OGP processes.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Highly organized, detail-oriented, ability to consistently meet tight deadlines;
Ability to learn quickly and work independently; resourceful and creative;
Exceptional interpersonal skills, active listener who seeks to truly understand other perspectives;
Strong writing and presentation skills, articulate, persuasive;
Self starter who can work independently, but likes working as part of a (virtual) team, proactive in sharing information with team members to update on both progress and setbacks;
Positive outlook, humble and with and a healthy sense of humor;
Sound judgment, professionalism and integrity;
Ability to patiently and diplomatically forge consensus between diverse stakeholders;
Ability to build strong working relationships across a multicultural virtual team;
Proficiency in English a requirement.
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