Program Manager for Latin America

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Position Type


Telework Eligibility


Clearance Required


Estimated Salary

Up to $65k /yr

Physical Work Location:

The position will ideally be based in Mexico City, Bogota or Santiago, but we are also open to other strategic locations in Latin America (you need to have a valid work permit for the country where you will be based). We currently have team members in Washington DC, in Canada, Colombia, Lithuania, Mexico, and the UK. In addition, we support country partners in over 35 cities and countries across the world, many of which are in Latin America.


Position description:

We are looking for a motivated, talented professional to join us as our Program Manager for Latin America. You will join a savvy, hard-working global team fostering innovation on, and implementation of, open contracting around the world. You will support our country program portfolio across Latin America, reporting to our Senior Program Manager for Latin America to provide in-country partners from government, civil society and business with implementation, advocacy and learning support. We will also shortly be recruiting for a Spanish-speaking technical open data role too.

We are looking for a self starter with superb community building skills. You will be someone who relishes supporting civil society and other local partners across countries in Latin America in their work to improve the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of public contracting. You should have experience working with civil society and ideally also with government and private companies in the region and a good understanding of challenges and opportunities that they face. Ideally you should have experience with project management, including familiarity with budgets and donor reporting across multiple countries.

Why is this role important?

A key focus of this role will be on community building. We want to connect practitioners to each other and help facilitate peer-learning and support. At the same time, as an organization, we want to be a trusted and effective partner in the region who understands the needs, opportunities and constraints of local efforts. You will help us to build the needed relationships, approaches and tools to fulfill these ambitions.

Once hired, you will:

  • Community Building & Learning: You will help convene and foster a strong community of open contracting champions with civil society, government and business within and across countries in the region. Your key role will be to build strong relationship with civil society organizations in the region, link them to each other, and to relevant government and business partners and ensure that OCP’s project, approaches, services and tools meet their needs. You will lead community outreach, capacity building events and calls. You will draft blogs, and support research and guidance development on key issues.

  • Implementation: You will help strengthen the capacities and resources of civil society and other relevant organizations, for example academia or companies, to use open contracting data for driving reform and change. You will support them in building sustainable reform coalitions and building feedback loops. You will also assist them in designing and leading local advocacy campaigns. This will involve frequent travel to different countries across the regions. Working on projects will also entail donor and budget reporting and tracking.

  • Advocacy: You will coordinate regional advocacy engagements to make the normative shift to open contracting in the region. You will represent OCP and advocate on its behalf at regional meetings. This might also include developing advocacy statements and letters and securing buy in from players across the regions.

  • Event organization and logistical support: As a small team, we all pitch in when needed and you will report to the Senior Program Manager for Latin America with the organization of learning events focused on civil society, data use, coalition building, etc. This might include providing administrative and logistical support, coordinating travel for partners, facilitating group meetings etc.

What do we offer?

We offer opportunities for professional development and extensive travel.

We offer an excellent benefits package and compensation that is commensurate with reputation, experience and location (up to US$65,000) and a generous matched pension contribution.

Minimum requirements:

We want to be surprised, intrigued and excited by applicants. We expect that the Program Manager for Latin America will have the following professional qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience working with civil society and ideally government or business in several countries in the region.

  • Experience working on relevant governance issues, such as transparency, accountability, governance of extractive industries or public contracting within the nonprofit, private or public sector.

  • Some understanding of open data issues and experience in working with partners on implementing data projects that are centered around user needs and the use of data. Knowledge of the Open Contracting Data Standard is a big plus.

  • Experience in community and network building, facilitating peer-learning and designing and delivering capacity building interventions are a must.

  • Experience in coordinating donor-funded projects, project management and reporting is a plus.

  • Ability to generate and deliver clear and persuasive oral and written communications both in English and Spanish, being technically sound without sounding technical. Working knowledge of Portuguese is a big plus.

  • Ability to frequently travel regionally and internationally. We expect that up to 50% of the time will be spent travelling.

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This company is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.