*Closes 31st August*
The NI Open Government Network was established in 2014 as an alliance of individual citizens, activists and representatives of community and voluntary organisations. The Network’s aim is to contribute to delivering more open, transparent and accountable government that empowers citizens to shape decisions that impact on their lives. Our work is primarily focused on using the platform and mechanism of the Open Government Partnership to achieve this aim.
The Open Government Partnership is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. This partnership now includes 77 participating countries, 76 local governments and thousands of civil society organisations. Both the UK (since 2011) and Ireland (since 2013) are members of OGP. In 2020, Northern Ireland joined OGP as a member in its own right through the OGP’s sub-national scheme OGP Local. The key mechanism within OGP is that every two years members must co-create a new set of reforms with civil society and submit these to OGP. The commitments are also monitored by civil society during implementation and achievements are reviewed by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism.
The NI OGN is the recognised civil society body under the OGP, engaging with the NI Executive and civil service to develop and secure open government commitments. We are affiliated with the wider UK Open Government Network which liaises with the UK Government in relation to the UK National Action Plan under the OGP.
About the role
The Board of Directors of NI Open Government Network (NIOGN) is currently inviting expressions of interest from suitable individuals to join the Board as Treasurer, an office bearer role alongside the Chair and the Secretary.
The Board provides strategic leadership to the organisation, ensuring it is well run and delivering the outcomes for which it has been set up. The Treasurer will proactively work to provide financial oversight to NIOGN and fulfil a crucial governance function and legal obligation.
The Treasurer is one of three office bearers on the NIOGN Board of Directors and they are responsible for financial oversight of the operations of NIOGN, working closely with other members of the Board to safeguard the organisation’s finances. In summary, the Treasurer is responsible for:
- General financial oversight
- Funding, fundraising
- Financial planning and budgeting
- Financial reporting
- Banking, book keeping and record keeping
- Control of fixed assets and stock
Given these responsibilities, the Treasurer typically acts as an information and reference point for the Chair and other Board members: clarifying financial implications of proposals; confirming legal requirements; outlining the current financial status; and retrieving relevant documentation.
Who are we looking for?
Someone who is interested in and passionate about the principles, values and operational work of NIOGN and with a desire to support better outcomes for society. They understand that their role is vital to the sustainability and growth of the network.
Skills & Experience:
We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who has experience in the following areas:
- Leadership & strategic planning
- Governance & legal requirements
- Financial control and budgeting.
In addition to the specific experience above, interested people should possess any of the following:
- Political awareness and interest in accountability and transparency of government
- Interest in democratic processes
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work on own initiative
- Team worker and strong collaborator
- Passionate about positive societal change and social justice
- Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up.
NIOGN is committed to diversity and inclusion. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from those currently underrepresented on the Board; especially ethnic minorities, women, persons with a disability and those aged 18-30. NIOGN seeks to create an accessible and inclusive environment, and to make reasonable adjustments to the needs of our team.
As a Treasurer with the NIOGN you will be part of a team committed to working with government and politicians on securing, implementing, and monitoring commitments to Open Government through the Local and National Action Plans.
Whilst the time commitment for the Treasurer is low, there are opportunities to support the broader work of the network to engage with civic society to increase understanding of democratic processes, the work of central and local government and of the NI Civil Service.
Closing Date Wednesday / 31 August 2022 5:00pm