The OGP Local Program Lead (The Lead) will be responsible for leading the implementation of an ambitious new strategy for significantly scaling OGP’s efforts to support open local government. The Lead will manage a small team of 2-3 staff and work with members of OGP’s Management team and thematic partners with a highly collaborative approach to develop and execute long and medium-term strategies for the Local program.
In the short-to-medium term, the Lead will be responsible for program strategies and implementation, identifying and recruiting a strong pipeline of local leaders, and overseeing the development of a strong learning and knowledge sharing program and network. In the long term, the Lead will be responsible for increasing OGP’s visibility as a center of excellence for open local government – as an incubator for promising reforms, and as a hub for accessing knowledge resources, subject matter and practitioner support.
The position involves representing OGP with members of OGP’s Steering Committee, current and prospective funders and partners, and mid-to-senior level leaders from local/subnational governments and civil society. The ideal candidate will have experience in leading local open government reform and share attributes of a startup leader with the ability to effectively operate across all levels of organizations, provide vision and direction, fundraising to match growth aspirations, while also being responsible for day-to-day program implementation.