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  • Posted: Nov 17, 2020
    Deadline: Not specified
  • (IBTCI) is an international development consulting company providing high quality Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL), Capacity Building & Training, and Knowledge Management, Communications & Outreach Services. IBTCI is focused on meeting the development assistance needs of countries by offering exceptional functional expertise, regional ex...
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    Program Officer, Budget Credibility

    Budget research and analysis:

    • Collaboratively produces papers and briefs on the findings from research and analysis that connects budget credibility challenges with service delivery issues in selected government service delivery areas and immunization spending, including the gender equity dimensions of budget credibility challenges.
    • Supports the identification of relevant research topics and approaches in collaboration with the SPARK Country Manager and the Policy Team Senior Program Officers, and contributes to the tailoring of research methodologies on budget credibility to these issues and the country context.
    • Identifies the necessary data for budget analysis and coordinates with other SPARK team members to ensure data access and validation of relevant budget, spending, and performance data.
    • Contributes to the development of communications products and narratives about the relevance and importance of budget credibility issues for service delivery that are tailored for specific country audiences.

    Government relations and engagement:

    • Supports the SPARK Country Manager and other SPARK team members in identifying relevant government actors for outreach and dissemination of budget credibility research.
    • Fosters constructive dialogue and regular engagement with key government actors.
    • Documents feedback and lessons from engagements with government actors.

    Networking and outreach with civil society and community actors:

    • Supports the SPARK country office team in facilitating conversations with civil society and community actors on the impacts and relevance of budget deviations and other credibility concerns on service delivery outcomes.
    • Identifies relevant data that is collected through service delivery monitoring that can be connected to budget credibility challenges, and supports efforts to strengthen data collection at the community level.

    Event organizing and management:

    • Coordinates regular workshops and meetings to discuss the budget credibility approach and findings with key stakeholders, including government, civil society, media, and international organizations.
    • Organizes event logistics, including sending invitations, identifying dates and venues, coordinating the agenda, and producing background materials.

    Project monitoring, evaluation, and learning:

    • Contributes to the development and implementation of monitoring and data collection activities for the project within the SPARK Results Frameworks.
    • Coordinates activities of learning consultants and global team members.
    • Organizes and participates in regional learning events.

    Other/miscellaneous tasks:

    • Supports additional SPARK and Policy team initiatives as agreed with the Country Manager and Policy Senior Program Officers.
    • Attends relevant SPARK coordination meetings and Policy team meetings.

    Education requirements:

    • Bachelor’s in economics, social sciences, public administration, or a related field; Master’s degree in similar disciplines, strongly preferred
    • Training in data analysis and public financial management is an added advantage

    Experience requirements:

    • At least three years of experience in research and/or advocacy in governance, budget transparency and/or accountability and a high level of familiarity with government budget documents and public finance systems
    • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships and partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including government, civil society, and the media
    • Policy and budget advocacy with both technical and lay actors

    Desired Skills and Attributes:

    • Ability to carry out analysis of budget deviations, using software programs for quantitative analysis and data visualization
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required
    • Organized, detailed-oriented, and proactive team player
    • Highly flexible and adaptable to changing environments and priorities

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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