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Senior Program Officer, Tax Equity (Ghana)

International Budget Partnership (IBP)

International Budget Partnership (IBP)

Operations
Accra, Ghana
Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2023
International Budget Partnership (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.
IBP is implementing a tax equity initiative in Africa that is supporting civil society organizations to operate in the field of tax. The project kicked off in year 2021 in two pilot countries of Africa – Senegal and Nigeria. From 2023, the tax equity initiative is further expanding to two additional countries of Tanzania and Ghana.
Although there has been a dramatic growth in civil society organizations utilizing information to analyze and influence public budgets in recent years, scrutiny of government revenues, although emerging, has been slower on the uptake. With an initial development grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and a further grant from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), this project will promote a more political approach to increasing domestic revenue by strengthening civic actors to advocate for equitable tax policy and administration, thereby putting pressure on governments to raise revenue in a way that promotes rather than exacerbates inequality. Ultimately it will mean that lower income groups will have a louder public voice in tax debates and limit the ability of powerful interests to disproportionately influence tax decisions, reshaping the social contract.
IBP seeks a Senior Program Officer (SPO) to support the tax equity pilot in Ghana. This newly created position will have responsibility for working with the IBP Country Manager for Nigeria (who heads the Africa Tax Equity Initiative), the IBP global tax team, as well as other IBP staff to implement all components of the program and be responsible for coordinating key activities with internal IBP and external resource persons.
This is an opportunity for a person with tax policy expertise and a passion for civil society advocacy that is motivated by the ambition to make quality contribution to a new program in the leading international civil society organization focusing on fiscal accountability. Working with the Head of the Africa Tax Equity Initiative, the global tax team, and other staff, the Senior Program Officer of this new programmatic vision, will work collaboratively to ensure that tax policy in Ghana contributes to financial sustainability, equity, and poverty reduction.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES of the JOB include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reporting directly to the Head of the Africa Tax Equity Initiative, the SPO will work with the IBP global tax team, as well as other IBP colleagues to further develop and refine IBP’s tax work strategy for Ghana, in line with IBP’s overall mission and strategy
  • Coordinate research, training, and advocacy projects that make up the tax equity initiative, in liaison with the Head of the Africa Tax Equity Initiative and other tax team members
  • Lead outreach and communications with partner NGOs and other groups working on tax
  • Monitor progress and effectively address challenges encountered during implementation of the tax initiative
  • Work with the Head of the Africa Tax Equity Initiative, IBP global tax team, and Development team in securing further resources needed for IBP to expand and consolidate its tax work
  • Partner with all relevant country-level Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) teams, as well as the Strategy and Learning Teams (SALT) in Washington DC to establish an appropriate framework to monitor progress and learn from the initiative
  • Coordinate with all other IBP teams as may be required to advance the impact of the tax initiative across the organization
  • Develop terms of reference for independent contractors required in the implementation of the tax equity initiative, negotiate and secure approval for these terms of reference, and recruit and manage consultants
  • Oversee the implementation of all grants and awards to IBP for work falling within the priorities of the tax equity initiative and engagements in Ghana, and support the Head of the Africa Tax Equity Initiative with reports to funding partners.

EDUCATION:

  • Master's degree in economics, political science, public policy management or related fields is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, public policy management or related fields may be considered where candidate shows sound and sustained practical work experience in civil society tax advocacy.

EXPERIENCE:

  • 5 – 8 years of experience working in the tax field, including substantial time working in civil society.
  • Experience in implementing and managing programs that support civil society organizations to engage and advocate for greater transparency, accountability, and participation in policy decisions.
  • At least five years’ experience in policy research, training, or network building, preferably in the tax field.
  • Exposure to country-based, regional, and/or international tax actors and networks
  • Understanding of the political economy nuances of public financial management in Ghana.

SKILLS:

  • Strategic thinker, focused on identifying and addressing problems.
  • Strong, tested managerial skills, with capability to manage multiple projects and teams simultaneously, efficiently, and on time.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; high-level ability to communicate effectively with partners, colleagues, consultants, and representatives of government, multilateral organizations, and other donors.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in and contribute to a culture of collaboration and teamwork in a diverse work environment.
  • A high level of organization; a strong ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines and to develop a new area of work.
  • Ability to establish, maintain and grow networks.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office package required; proficiency with other specialist software applications desirable.

ATTRIBUTES:

  • Passion and deep commitment to build civil society capacity for tax policy and advocacy.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and passion for IBP’s mission.
  • Commitment to high quality work, efficiency, and timeliness.
  • Flexible and able to adapt 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 – i.e., working while sitting at a desk, at a computer, for extended periods of time
  • Significant local (and sometimes regional) travel required.
This is a full-time position with an initial 2-year term, with an option for further extension.
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.
Please apply with a resume (less than 5 pages) and cover letter - clearly stating your suitability for this position.