The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is looking to appoint a dynamic Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program Associate as part of the Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge program (SPARK) in Senegal.
SPARK supports and leverages public engagement around service delivery issues that affect citizens’ lives as an entry point to shaping budget processes and outcomes in the directions of justice, inclusiveness, and democracy. The starting point will be partnerships between IBP country teams and civil society partners (both formal CSOs and organizations and movements led by citizens). These collaborations will be oriented towards a tangible and relevant issue around service delivery. IBP will expose the budgetary reasons for poor service outcomes as well as provide multifaceted support to partners to build capacities to engage in fiscal governance processes, navigate the accountability ecosystem, analyze political dynamics, build wider coalitions and strategize, reflect and learn. The aim being to bolster the agency of these coalitions to shape budget processes and outcomes.
This role will be critical for supporting Senegal team and the overall SPARK program to track and assess progress in a way that informs tactical and strategic decision making.
IBP works to ensure that all people, especially underserved communities, have the right and ability to understand and influence how public money – their money – is raised and spent. IBP is a nonprofit organization fiercely dedicated to ensuring governments use public funds to help those that need it most. In more than 120 countries, we pioneer new approaches to enable oversight of government taxation and spending. IBP is a multi-cultural environment with strong camaraderie among mission driven people.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES of the job include, but are not limited to, the following~
Supports the Senegal country team on all aspects of implementation of SPARK’s planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) system, at both the global and country-level
Supports the Senegal country team, and overall SPARK team, to consolidate data and analysis for periodic country and program level strategic review and reflection
Participates in processes of continuously improving the SPARK Senegal PMEL systems, to ensure that the system captures different types of information in order to improve the efficiency and impact of programming
Supports the development of the annual work plans and annual budgets and collaborates with other colleagues in the DC and country offices to ensure that plans and budgets best contribute to the realization of SPARK program goals and the realization of IBP’s mission
Ensures that all annual plans and budgets are reflected in the SPARK program PMEL systems, and coordinates very closely with the MEL Program Officer from the Strategy and Learning Team (SALT) for SPARK’s contributions to the IBP’s over all PMEL systems
Ensures that all programmatic inputs into the SPARK program PMEL system are correct and clean, and consistent with the established standards for IBP’s overall PMEL system
Assists in the generation of program and institution-wide reports, coordinating closely with IBP’s SALT and Development teams.
Participates in periodic SPARK program review meetings and initiatives to identify process improvements for PMEL and learning protocols, mechanisms and processes, to ensure more effective program delivery
Participates in IBP all staff retreats, as well in all SPARK team meetings
Complies with all administrative and financial protocols, policies and procedures
- Bachelor’s degree in program management, public finance, public policy, public administration, education, social sciences, economics, or a related development field
- Minimum of 2 to 3 years’ experience implementing and supporting PMEL work for multi-country development/governance programs is required
- Minimum of 2 to 3 years’ experience with improving PMEL protocols, mechanisms and processes is required
- Minimum of 2-3 years of working with and reporting on program results frameworks and other similar program planning tools used by different donors supporting international development programs is required
- Previous experience working with social movements and/or working with IBP are highly desired
- Demonstrated familiarity with a diversity of MEL tools and approaches appropriate for governance programming, including short feedback loops and assessing impacts
- Demonstrated familiarity with program planning frameworks, such as theories of change, results frameworks, etc
- Demonstrated ability to analyze, interpret and write about both qualitative and quantitative data on program performance
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement MEL systems.
- Exceptional written, verbal, and analytic skills
- Demonstrated ability to grasp and communicate complex policy ideas and goals of SPARK in clear, accessible, and compelling ways
- Strong skills in identifying potential problems and generating alternative courses of action
- Strong interpersonal skills with clear ability to work collaboratively
- Very high level of organization, and a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
- Intermediate Microsoft Office user, high proficiency with Microsoft Excel
- Proficiency in English desirable but not essential
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to and passion for IBP’s mission
- Highly flexible and adaptable to shifting environments and works well under pressure
- Motivated to learn and willing to contribute to learning initiatives (including process improvements that deliver increased effectiveness and efficiency)
- Professional and reassuring in communications styles with colleagues, partners and vendors/service providers
- Limited domestic or international travel may be required
- Occasional lifting or moving of items that weigh up to 30 lbs. (14 kg)
- Please apply with resume/cv and cover letter stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the role.
- Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at the International Budget Partnership, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.