International Budget Partnership – Program Officer, Budget Credibility (Kenya).

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International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK), in line with our global program strategy, the Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge (SPARK) Initiative, seeks to support and leverage public engagement around service delivery issues that affect citizens’ lives as an entry point to shaping budget policy and processes in the direction of inclusion, justice, and democracy. IBPK supports the strengthening of collective citizen action through our program partners. This includes building their capacity to undertake campaigns that aim to address specific service delivery gaps that they would like to change. IBPK ensures that the campaigns supported are anchored on solid evidence and target the right actors who can improve the prioritized public services at both the national and county level.

International Budget Partnership (IBP) Kenya is an affiliate to the International Budget Partnership Inc. Established in 1997, the International Budget Partnership (IBP) collaborates with civil society organizations in countries worldwide to use budget analysis and advocacy as a tool to improve governance and reduce poverty. In addition to its support of civil society efforts within countries to improve budget policies and implementation, IBP and its partners conduct research and advocacy at national and international levels to improve budget transparency, participation, and accountability.

Under the supervision of the IBP Kenya Country Manager and Policy Senior Programs Officer, the Program Officer will work collaboratively with all other IBPK and IBP team colleagues to ensure Kenya’s IBP strategy’s successful implementation. At its core is the support of poor and marginalized persons to effect change and impact their lives by ensuring that public resources match their and other public priorities. This is by building civil society capacity, focusing on analyzing public budgets to expose and unblock service delivery gaps affecting the poor and marginalized in Kenya communities.

The Program Officer, Budget Credibility position will support the three-year Budget Credibility project from November 2020 through July 2023. The Budget Credibility project is an innovative research and public engagement effort aimed at addressing the challenges that countries face in implementing their budgets. Budget credibility is an important issue for public accountability for government budgets and understanding whether governments uphold their commitments and explain when they deviate from these commitments. When budgets are not implemented as planned, spending priorities can shift, deficits may exceed projections, and critical services may be compromised. Moreover, governments consistently deviating from their budgets risk an erosion of public trust. The goals of the project are to: (i) Expand our understanding of the causes and impacts of budget deviations on service delivery within target countries; (ii) Raise awareness of the problem with country governments and at the global level; and (iii) Promote reforms that remove bottlenecks and improve spending on service delivery at the country level. The project will be jointly implemented by IBP’s Policy Team and the IBP Kenya Team. In Kenya, the Program Officer will have the primary responsibility for delivering on the budget credibility workplan activities under the supervision of the IBP Kenya Country Manager, in collaboration with the Policy Team Senior Program Officer and other country team members.

Primary Responsibilities

Though itemized below, it is worth mentioning that work in IBP and IBP Kenya, as guided by our country strategy and relevant workplans, is collaborative, all rounded, and multifaceted. Thus, staff members lead and follow different tasks and responsibilities, but the entire team adds value to the specific work. The goal is to draw on the team members competencies for collective and individual success.

Budget Research And Analysis

  • Collaboratively produces papers and briefs on research and analysis findings that connect 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 identifying relevant research topics and approaches in collaboration with the Country Manager and the Policy Team Senior Program Officer and contributes to tailoring 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 developing communications products and narratives about the relevance and importance of budget credibility issues for service delivery tailored to specific country audiences.

Government Relations And Engagement

  • Collaboratively works with the country team and especially the advocacy officer in:
  • Identifying relevant government actors for outreach and dissemination of budget credibility research.
  • Fostering constructive dialogue and regular engagement with key government actors.
  • Documenting 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.
  • Supports collaborative engagement with CSO to build evidence and materials for capacity building to facilitate local knowledge on budget credibility challenges for sustainability.

Event Organizing And Management

  • With support from the Operations Officer undertake:
  • Coordinating regular workshops and meetings to discuss the budget credibility approach and findings with key stakeholders, including government, civil society, media, and international organizations.
  • Organizing event logistics, including sending invitations, identifying dates and venues, coordinating the agenda, and producing background materials.

Project monitoring, evaluation, and learning:

  • IBP Kenya and IBP are on a deliberate journey of ensuring we closely monitor, evaluate, learn, and report on our work. This is part of our global focus as a learning organization. We have an external consultant supporting our regular reflection and learning from an Action Research methodology. This area of responsibility is collaborative and will be in support of the Action Researcher and Capacity Building and Learning Officer (Kenya) in:
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of monitoring and data collection activities for the project within the Country Results Frameworks.
  • Coordinating 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 degree in economics, social sciences, public administration, or a related field
  • 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

Desired Knowledge And Skills

  • Ability to carry out analysis of budget deviations, using software programs for quantitative analysis and data visualization.
  • Working knowledge of public finance management in Kenya
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment
  • Demonstrates a very high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
  • Detail-oriented and flexible, including the ability to work remotely
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to changing environments and priorities
  • Fluent in written and spoken Kiswahili and English; able to communicate effectively with citizens, partners, consultants, and vendors, as appropriate
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office package required

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This is a fixed term position with an expected completion date of July 2023.

Please apply with a cover letter and resume/CV. Include the following detail in your cover letter:

  • In your interaction with IBP work, what has excited you most in terms of our approach?
  • Tell us about any relevant skills you already have on public finance analysis or facilitating public discussions on budgets in Kenya?

Applications will be accepted until 25th November 2020 at 17:00 local time

IBP is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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