Call for Applications: TAI Student Fellowship – Fall 2017
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TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY INITIATIVE (TAI)

The Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI) is a collaborative of leading funders of global transparency and accountability programming. We are committed to development through empowering citizens to hold their governing institutions to account. We seek to galvanize support for ambitious new ideas and promote more impactful funding, building on the momentum of the thriving global transparency and accountability movement.

Building on successes to date, which include playing a key role in the establishment and implementation of the Open Government Partnership and helping bridge communities of technologists, data scientists and transparency researchers and activists, TAI has an exciting new strategy focused on scaling donor impact. The members (Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, Open Society Foundations, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the UK’s Department for International Development, and the MacArthur Foundation) are aligning efforts around shared priorities, including pursuing more transparent, equitable and inclusive tax systems and informing and empowering citizens and governments with data. TAI is a platform to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration, and foster a culture of learning among both donors and practitioners.

POSITION PROFILE

As TAI shifts from strategy development to implementation, we are seeking students from the Washington DCarea to join our team as fellows for approximately 15 hours per week this fall semester (September to December 2017). Fellows will have a diverse and evolving range of responsibilities, flowing directly from the team’s emerging needs. As TAI maintains a lean team, fellows will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution TAI’s work and the transparency agenda. For example, fellows will play a key role in developing the content of our new website, lead on certain donor outreach and engagement through online mediums, support workshop design and execution (including logistics), and author material on TAI program areas.

Strong candidates will have exceptional interpersonal skills, strong communication skills and experience, good research skills and enjoy working collaboratively. While our team is small, TAI has a broad reach: we work closely alongside our donor members and are based in the OpenGov Hub, a co-working community of over 35 organizations dedicated to transparency, accountability, and civic engagement. Fellows will have the opportunity to continuously engage with this network to positively inform their work and to develop a nuanced perspective of the governance sector. Ideally, fellows will also share our passion to build vibrant citizen-state relationships around the world and thrive in a fast-paced “start-up” environment.

TAI offers a $1,000 stipend for the semester for this position.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send an email briefly outlining your interest in the role together with your CV/resume to Lauren Keevill, Program Officer via lkeevill@transparency-initiative.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.