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OGP seeks researchers to evaluate progress in countries

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is seeking individuals to carry out research at the national level in 39 countries to assess government progress on implementation of OGP Action Plans.

Background
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 consultation; and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward through theOGP Independent Reporting Mechanism.

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

The IRM works primarily by disseminating annual independent assessment reports for each OGP participating government. Each national progress report will assess the implementation of action plans and progress in fulfilling open government principles, and will develop technical recommendations.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated history of policy-relevant research.
  • National reputation as objective, impartial, and thorough.
  • Track record of producing clear, policy-relevant publications.
  • Ability to facilitate stakeholder dialogues, research, interviews, and institutional analysis.
  • Specific experience working on public policy issues related to governance, transparency, accountability, or public participation more broadly.
  • Experience working with and engaging civil society, the government, and the private sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to solicit, incorporate, and respond to official and public comments on
  • Ability to carry out research within a strict time frame.
  • Demonstrated capacity and willingness to engage broad range of stakeholders in a neutral and objective fashion including high level officials and broad network of civil society actors.
  • Strong English-language or Spanish skills.

Duties

  • Clear regular communication to IRM Program staff in Washington, DC and to International Experts Panel.
  • Attendance of two or more in-person sessions including a training in early 2013.
  • Independent research using focus groups, interviews, and document review.
  • Completion of online research questionnaire.
  • Publication of one national research report including executive summary.
  • Contribution to international synthesis report in mid-2013.

Compensation
OGP will offer honorarium (to include salaries, overheads, and incurred costs) and cover costs of participation outside of country, where applicable.

Decision-making process

  • Interested parties should submit an English (preferred) or Spanish CV to the IRM Program Manager at joseph.foti(at)opengovpartnership.org. Please use the following email title: “OGP IRM Researcher [Your Country]”.
  • Third-party nominations may also be made through the same address. Please confirm with nominees their availability and willingness to participate prior to submission of their name.
  • National researchers for the IRM will be approved by the Independent Experts Panel and IRM program staff, with an opportunity for comment and input by the respective national governments and civil society focal points, where applicable. Each applicant will be weighed against the set of criteria listed above, based on interviews, review of prior work, and references.
  • There is a strong preference for nationals of the country to be evaluated and for those with experience relevant to country action plans.
  • 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.

The call will remain open until close of business, Eastern Standard Time, June 21, 2013.

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