Program Associate, Independent Research Mechanism

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Program Associate, Independent Research Mechanism

February 15, 2019

Job Category: Program/Project

1110 Vermont Avenue NW. Washington, DC 20005

Organization Summary

Open Government Partnership brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations.

To become a member of OGP, participating countries must endorse a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward.

The Open Government Partnership formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States) endorsed the Open Government Declaration and announced their country action plans. Since 2011, 79 OGP participating countries and 20 subnational governments have made over 3,100 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.

Position Summary

The OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. To become part of OGP, participating countries must sign a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public participation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress through the OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM).

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is a key means by which all stakeholders can track progress within OGP participating countries. By tracking and publicizing progress, it promotes strong accountability and dialogue between member governments and citizens.

The IRM works primarily by disseminating reports for each OGP participating government. Each national report assesses the implementation and ambition of action plans, progress in fulfilling open government principles, and provides technical recommendations to improve future action plans.



The program associate works with the IRM Program Director to provide administrative, logistic, recruitment and programmatic strategic support to the IRM.


  • Recruitment and researcher maintenance: work with IRM Deputy Director and Program Senior Officers to hire and process contracts and payments for IRM researchers and consultants.
  • Training: support IRM staff to develop trainings, guidance and template materials for researchers.
  • Monitoring and data analysis: Aid IRM Program Director with monitoring of IRM performance indicators. Provide data analysis support to IRM staff for cross-country, global and regional analysis.
  • Governance and policy: Aid IRM Program Director with the upkeep of IRM policies, procedural guidance and engagement with the IRM’s International Experts Panel and OGP’s Criteria and Standards subcommittee.
  • Events and administration: Help to coordinate logistics for IRM training, meetings and events. Assist IRM program staff with administrative duties as necessary.
  • Some travel may be required.


  • Basic Excel skills required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required; external communications experience a plus.
  • Proficiency in multiple languages highly desirable.
  • Ability to work flexibly and independently on tight timelines.
  • Project management skills highly desirable.
  • Ability to independently lead procurement processes for external vendors.
  • Self-starter who can work independently but likes working as part of a global (virtual) team, proactive in sharing information with team members to update on both progress and setbacks;
  • Active listener with a positive attitude.
  • Problem-solving skills, sound judgment and ability to adapt easily to changes.


  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in similar positions, preferably in the governance field, with a focus on transparency and accountability-related initiatives.
  • Experience with procurement operations and event planning, ideally in an international setting.
  • Demonstrated experience with recruitment and administrative support to research projects. Previous experience working directly on governance-related indices or assessment reports highly desirable.
  • Experience supporting a large number of staff/consultants in dispersed locations to deliver time-sensitive outputs on deadline.

Work Environment

The office is handicapped accessible and located close to public transportation. Workspace is open plan and shared with other organizations. Occasional travel may be required to OGP events/meetings via long-haul flights in economy class.


Open Government Partnership is an “at-will” an equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Duties are generally carried out in a normal business office environment – i.e., working at a computer while sitting at a desk for extended periods of time. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the job.


Application Instructions

  • This position is based in Washington DC
  • The selected individual must have the legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • Preferred start date is asap.
  • Compensation commensurate with level experience and anticipated contribution in the role.
  • Please submit a cover letter and current CV as attachments to Please use the following email title: “OGP IRM Program Associate”. Finalists will carry out a timed written exercise. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. The cut off for accepting applications is February 15, 2019.
  • Because of the volume of applications, we will not be able to respond to every applicant. We thank applicants in advance for their expressions of interest.

Contact Person Name

Lan Nguyen

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