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Subject: Bank Information Center job opening [based in Washington, D.C.]
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009
From: "Alvin Carlos" <acarlos@bicusa.org>

Bank Information Center

BIC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for the protection of rights, participation, transparency, and public accountability in the governance and operations of the World Bank, regional development banks, and IMF.

Europe and Central Asia Program Manager

Job Description

The Bank Information Center (BIC) partners with civil society actors in developing and transition countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs) to promote social and economic justice and ecological sustainability. BIC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for the protection of rights, informed participation, transparency, and public accountability in the governance and operations of the World Bank, regional development banks, and the IMF.

We are looking for an experienced, coalition-oriented advocate who believes in promoting transparency and accountability in the energy/extractives sector to enhance development effectiveness. S/he will take the lead in strengthening the capacity of civil society groups in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries in understanding and influencing IFI involvement in their countries.

Since 1995, BIC has been working on IFI reform and project monitoring in the Europe and Central Asia region in various capacities, including information provision, critical analysis, and campaign support to communities and local civil society organizations (CSOs). BIC works closely with civil society groups in the region to monitor projects of the IFIs and advocate for socially and environmentally more sustainable policies at the institutions. BIC is currently focused on advocating for (i) a stronger disclosure policy at the World Bank, (ii) improvements in IFC’s social and environmental standards, with emphasis on its impact on extractive industries, and (iii) increased World Bank support for low-carbon energy finance in developing countries.

The Program Manager will be based in Washington, DC and will report to the Executive Director.


1) Program Management

Manage BIC’s program on Europe and Central Asia, including the development and implementation of work plans and budgets, supervision of junior staff and consultants, timely donor deliverables submission, and coordination with other BIC programs.

2) Outreach and Capacity Building

Strengthen/initiate relationships with NGOs and networks in the region, as well as relevant academics, policy-makers, and the press.

Conduct/manage in-country trainings/meetings with civil society actors in Europe/Central Asia (with focus on Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) to help them understand and influence World Bank Group policies and projects.

Provide information, analysis, and advocacy support to partner organizations involved in monitoring and advocating improvements in IFI projects and policies.

Support professional development exchanges of local actors with BIC and help link local activists with regional/international civil society groups and expert networks.

3) Analysis and Advocacy

· Develop and strengthen relationships with officials in the international financial institutions and U.S. Government involved in designing, approving, and implementing development policy and projects in the ECA region.

· Advocate for institutional reform at the World Bank Group, with emphasis on transparency, accountability, and participation in the hydropower/extractives sector.

· Provide leadership on advocating revenue and contract transparency policies and practices of the World Bank Group in the hydropower/extractives sector.

· Write or supervise the writing of analytical briefings on a periodic basis.


At least 7 years experience in the development or environment fields working for or collaborating with NGOs or social movements, with at least 3 years experience with organizations in Central Asia.

Significant experience in campaigning, advocacy, and program management.

Graduate-level degree in relevant social science field such as political science, Russian studies, environmental science, international relations, or economics.

Thorough understanding of international development issues and specifically the role and activities of international financial institutions

Excellent communications, organizational, analytical, and writing skills

Ability to communicate effectively in Russian is strongly preferred.

Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time


Salary will be commensurate with experience. BIC offers outstanding benefits including generous annual leave with pay, fully covered health insurance, and a friendly work atmosphere in an international team.


Send a cover letter and resume/CV to jobs@bicusa.org or by fax to 202-737-1155. Write “ECA Program Manager” on the subject heading. Qualified candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.

BIC is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, or sexual orientation. To learn more about BIC, visit our website at www.bicusa.org.

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