Open Budget Initiative Quantitative Research Assistant

International Budget Partnership
Washington, DC
Oct 20, 2020
Oct 30, 2020
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Founded in 1997, the International Budget Partnership (IBP) is a nonprofit organization of economists, advocates and policy analysts fiercely dedicated to ensuring governments are responsible stewards of public funds. We connect public financial management practitioners with activists, donors and others in more than 120 countries, working together to pioneer new approaches to enable citizen oversight of government taxation and spending. With the goal of eliminating poverty, 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.The Quantitative Research Assistant will work with the Open Budget Initiative (OBI) team within IBPs Policy and Advocacy pillar. As a Research Assistant on the OBI team, you will be part of the team responsible for implementing IBPs flagship research product, the Open Budget Survey (OBS). The OBI Quantitative Research Assistant will support the OBI team on the implementation of the biennial OBS, including managing the OBS dataset and responding to the teams data analysis needs.The Open Budget Survey is the only objective, comparative, and regular worldwide measure of budget transparency. The OBS assesses the three components of a budget accountability system: public availability of budget information; opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process; and the role and effectiveness of formal oversight institutions. These components are assessed in over 100 countries through a questionnaire of 145 scored indicators that are completed by independent budget experts and reviewed by an anonymous peer reviewer and the national government. The survey is used by activists, donors, and international institutions to understand and influence national budget processes.ESSENTIAL DUTIES of the JOB include, but are not limited to, the following:Contribute significantly to the production of the Open Budget Survey report, including:Conducting quantitative analysis of dataCollecting, categorizing, documenting, and cleaning primary data and secondary data from various sourcesManage the Open Budget Survey datasetSupport the OBI teams data needs, including quantitative analysis of internal and external data setsPerform over-all support functions for the OBS research team, including:Collecting, analyzing and fact-checking of government budget data;Providing support to research partners to help them fulfill their requirements under the OBS project;Identifying and following up with OBS peer and government reviewers;Inputting information from researchers, peer, and government reviewers into the online platform used to collect the survey data;Completing consistency checks and editing final versions of country summaries for the website;Drafting and fact-checking country summaries;Drafting and proofreading project correspondence; andMaintaining project files and the project deadline tracking system.Support the preparation of reports and analyses on budget transparency for governments, international donors, and civil society organizations including conducting background research, creating tables and graphs, and proofreading.Support OBI program events and trainings in methodology and dissemination.Participate and present at IBP Staff and OBI Meetings.Assist with contract and payment paperwork, as needed.EDUCATION:Bachelors degree in economics, international affairs, political science, or public policy with strong quantitative skills, required; Masters degree in similar disciplines, desirableEXPERIENCE:Experience conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis, preferably in public finance, social sciences or related areas.Experience working with civil society, government or academia on budget issues is a plus.SKILLS:Proficiency with Microsoft Office package required.Proficiency with STATA or other software required.Excellent verbal and written communications skills.Demonstrates a high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines.Quick turnaround research skills.High level attention to detail, accuracy, quality and timeliness.Proficiency in English, required; proficiency in French or Spanish, desirableStrong interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment.ATTRIBUTES:Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to and passion for IBPs mission.Highly flexible and adaptable to shifting environments and works well under pressure.Motivated to learn and willing to contribute to learning initiatives.PHYSICAL DEMANDS:Duties are generally carried out in a normal business office environment ie, working at a computer while sitting at a desk for extended periods of time.The position supports occasional event or publication preparation which may require lifting or moving of items that weigh up to 30 lbs.This position is located in our Washington, DC Headquarters locationPlease apply with a cover letter and resume.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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