Advisor for Anti-Corruption and Open Government

Washington, DC

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Job Summary

The Advisor for Anti-Corruption and Open Government will provide technical expertise and support for IRI’s programs aimed at fighting corruption and promoting open government, identify and analyze key trends, build external relationships and partnerships, and share expertise, resources and skills Institute-wide. The Advisor will be part of the Center’s Technical Advancement team, reporting to the Deputy Director. In collaboration with other senior leadership, the Advisor will play a key role in developing strategic partnerships as well as representing and increasing awareness of IRI on assigned topics within the government, think tank, non-profit, and private sector communities. The Advisor will contribute to and lead the Center’s involvement in developing innovative and responsive program approaches and tools for the Institute focused on combatting corrupt practices and behaviors and fostering transparent, participatory, and accountable governance.

Position Requirements

  • Graduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.
  • Eight or more years of relevant professional experience related to anti-corruption and open government in government, academia, journalism, or civil society.
  • Proven record designing and implementing anti-corruption and/or open government programs internationally.
  • Proven ability to analyze and develop evidence-based solutions to address vulnerabilities to corruption and/or deficiencies in open government.
  • Strong written and oral communications and presentation skills in English.
  • Ability to effectively direct or participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, other funders, or relevant audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet regional needs.
  • Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations, and familiarity with international NGO interlocutors.
  • Experience identifying complex problems and developing creative solutions.
  • Willingness to travel to remote and sometime difficult countries.
  • Primary Functions & Responsibilities

External Outreach & Thought Leadership

  • Provide technical expertise to IRI partners and donors on issues related to combatting corruption and kleptocracy, including but not limited to: proven and emerging anti-corruption and open government strategies (collective action approaches, public financial management reform, access to information legislation, GovTech and digital tools) and specialized research (including behavioral science applications).
  • Analyze funder trends related to anti-corruption and open government in the DRG sector and lead and support the Institute’s efforts to identify and win new funding from traditional donors and foundations.
  • Proactively engage in outreach and branding opportunities to increase IRI as a thought leader in the anti-corruption and open government community.
  • Publish and/or co-author Op-Ed, academic journal chapters, blogs, and other written articles to demonstrate IRI’s thought leadership and technical areas of expertise.
  • Develop and cultivate strong contacts with key stakeholders in the DRG and international development/foreign policy/think tank community particularly on technical or global areas of IRI’s work assigned.
  • Identify and seek opportunities for him/herself and other IRI staff to participate in global and thematic events and initiatives related to anti-corruption, including speaking events and global conferences.

Internal Engagement & Technical Advice

  • Serves as a subject matter expert on anti-corruption and open government.
  • Measure and analyze funder trends related to anti-corruption and open government in the DRG sector.
  • Provide IRI staff with technical expertise and assistance in developing program ideas and activities for emerging projects on anti-corruption and open government.
  • Lead the collection and development of anti-corruption tools and provide trainings on related programming components for IRI staff and partners.
  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with colleagues across the Institute, particularly Regional Division leadership, and reinforce the Center’s inclusive, collaborative approach to staff across the Institute, and provide technical support to Regional Division staff.
  • Develop and contribute to the development of program ideas and activities for new proposals and current projects for Center-led and Center-supported new proposals.
  • Contribute to the development of messaging across the organization to promote IRI’s mission, technical expertise and programmatic achievements for portfolio assigned.
  • Provide oversight for the management and implementation of any grants/projects assigned and assume fiduciary responsibility for assigned program finances including analysis, budget monitoring and projections in full compliance with IRI and funder requirements.
  • Supervise staff as needed.

Experience Required

8 – 10 years: • Proven record designing and implementing anti-corruption and/or open government programs internationally.• Proven ability to analyze and develop evidence-based solutions to address vulnerabilities to corruption and/or deficiencies in open government.• Strong written and oral communications and presentation skills in English.

Education Required

  • Masters or better in Political Science or related field
  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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