Technical Advisor, Fiscal Policy and Budget Management Job
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Washington, DC

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Division Global Policy and Advocacy Department Policy Analysis and Financing Location Washington D.C. Foundation Overview Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Group Summary The mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) program is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the Foundation's work in developing countries, build support and resources for its major program and policy objectives, and develop partnerships and alliances that can advance the Foundation's policy objectives nationally and globally. GPA is composed of our international programs in India, China and Africa; our Europe & Middle East team based in London and our US, Canada & Asia-Pacific team based in Washington, DC; a Program Advocacy team; a Charitable Sector Support team; and our Policy Analysis & Financing team (PAF). PAF operates as an in-house policy shop analyzing the major development policy issues affecting the environment in which the Foundation works, proposing Foundation positions or projects on some of those issues, and ultimately working directly with partners to shape the external direction of some of those issues. PAF focuses on aid policy, country financing and the multilateral financing system -- three major systems relevant to achieving the Foundation's mission.

Responsibilities Recent years have witnessed an increasing number of developing countries - particularly in Africa and Asia - experiencing rapid economic growth. This growth and its consequent reduction in access to concessional finance flows, combined with expectations of stagnation in traditional aid, mean now more than ever domestic finances will represent the major source of support for national development priorities.

Against this background, we are looking for an experienced professional to support the Foundation's learning about domestic resource mobilization (DRM) and public financial management (PFM) in Africa and India. The selected individual will provide analysis and advice on the major components of revenue in the Foundation's priority countries, including on the design and administration of tax policy, as well as all PFM areas including the legal, institutional and regulatory framework; management of revenue flows, budget preparation including medium-term frameworks and performance-oriented budgeting; budget execution including expenditure controls; and fiscal reporting including government finance accounting and audit. Familiarity with fiscal frameworks in natural resource-driven economies would be a plus.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a deep understanding of the political and economic dimensions of PFM and DRM, and have a strong network of connections to experts and decision-makers in these fields in Africa and India. He/she will be expected to produce and interpret rigorous technical analytical work but with a clear operational focus.

  • Lead analysis of issues and trends in DRM and PFM for linking domestic resources to sustainable development outcomes, including designing and delivering a learning program for GPA and Foundation leadership on relevant topics in the field;
  • Create a diagnostic tool to understand gaps or opportunities to influence DRM and PFM in order to create more fiscal space for human development, and apply that tool to priority countries including Ethiopia, Nigeria and India
  • Meaningfully contribute to the exploration of a Foundation strategy in the field, including by working closely with our Africa and India offices and potentially including the creation of an external advisory group
  • If relevant, propose a work program including policy research, direct advocacy and some grant-making to achieve specific policy objectives in DRM and PFM
Qualifications -Advanced academic or professional degree in economics, public policy, or a related field
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, ideally in a senior or advisory position within a Ministry of Finance, the IMF or equally relevant institution
  • Experience developing new strategies and/or work programs, from concept phase through option evaluation and execution
  • Extensive experience working in/with Africa; experience in/with India a plus
  • Strong connections with main strategic thinkers in the area of DRM and PFM in Africa and India
  • Experience developing and negotiating institutional policy positions
  • Outstanding team player
  • Excellent writing, research and oral communication skills proven effective with a broad and diverse audience
  • Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of those living in the developing world is a strong requirement, as is a sense of humor and ability to adjust to changing circumstances
  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally
This is a project-based position with a limited employment period, currently estimated as 24 months. The position reports to the Director, Policy Analysis & Financing and can be based in Seattle, WA (preferable) or Washington, DC.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check.

Requisition Number 3795BR

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