Join the International Budget Partnership (IBP), the world’s leading budget advocacy organization, and you can help truly transform lives by:
- Empowering citizens to play a central role in public budgeting
- Applying your expertise in public finance and building capacity among a diverse and passionate group of civil society organizations
- Leading a new global initiative that advances the field of fiscal governance through learning, innovation and experimentation.
- Make a local and global impact on the world
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) works towards a world where open and accountable public budgets prioritize the needs of poor and vulnerable communities. At the core of this vision are civic organizations in the global south that specialize in budget analysis and advocacy and learn from each other as part of dynamic peer-learning network.
The Head of Training leads the Training, Technical Assistance and Networking (TTAN) team, which develops and provides capacity building and technical assistance to an extensive range of civil society partners working on public budgeting.
Key areas of responsibility
Applied Public Finance expertise: Ensure all capacity building efforts are designed with a deep understanding of budget work (including revenue) and budget systems, particularly in developing countries. Articulate a vision for the work that reflects the political realities underpinning inequitable budget outcomes as well the role civil society can play in a challenging and changing external context.
Strategic Leadership: Head IBP’s “Building the Field” strategy including leading the development of an implementation plan for the next five years with a focus on adaptive programming and robust learning.
- Representation. Represent TTAN on IBP’s Strategic Leadership Group and where necessary in other senior management groups within IBP. Support the Director of Partnership Development to position the needs and views of TTAN across organizational discussions.
- People Management: Provide open, inclusive and enabling leadership and management to all direct reports and lead the establishment and functioning of a high performing, motivated and innovative team. This position manages four additional staff members and may be required to recruit additional staff.
- Capacity building: Lead on the design and oversee the development of capacity building programs for budget work. This includes development of tools and guidance documents as well as technical assistance and peer learning.
- Common Approaches: Support development, evidence and implementation of IBP approaches to our training and technical assistance work. Lead the development and implementation of relevant frameworks and strategies on capacity building and strategic accompaniment in close collaboration with partners and country offices.
- Documentation of good practices and lessons learned: Work with the Strategy and Learning and Communications teams to ensure that good practices and impacts of budget work are documented and shared with internal and external stakeholders.
- Internal coordination: Be externally focused and ensure collaboration with other key initiatives heads as well as staff teams across IBP including through the Partnership Working Group, PMEL working groups and relevant communities of practice.
Your professional and personal profile
We are looking for an individual with a postgraduate degree in a related discipline, such as development economics, international development, political science or public finance. In addition, we expect that you have the following skills and experience:
- Minimum of 8-10 years professional experience in applied public finance, including field experience in developing countries
- Significant experience with civil society advocacy initiatives that required a keen understanding of accountability systems for public resources and the roles that civil society can play in relation to these systems
- Significant experience in training and capacity development using interactive methods appropriate for adult learners and a solid understanding of how to include marginalized groups
- Experience as a senior member of staff of a nonprofit, development, policy or advocacy focused organization
- Experience communicating complex issues simply, both orally and in writing
- Experience in designing capacity building strategies including programmatic guidance and toolkits
- Proven exceptional interpersonal and influencing skills, including relationship building, communication skills and partnership development
- A strong familiarity with international and local civil society networks working on economic justice and development issues
- Fluency in both written and spoken English. Knowledge of Spanish and/or French desirable
In addition, you must be extremely disciplined and self-driven, with the ability to work flexibly and independently on tight deadlines with a wide range of colleagues around the world. You build and maintain effective relationships, with your team, colleagues, organizational partners and supporters alike. You are future oriented, think strategically and on a global scale and you set ambitious and challenging goals for yourself. You take responsibility for your personal development and hold yourself accountable for making decisions and managing resources efficiently.
This position reports to IBP’s Director of Partnership Development.
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