Mongolia Officer

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Background/NRGI Summary:  The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is a nonprofit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the benefit of all.  Improving natural resource governance is one of the most significant development challenges of the decade and will determine the future of 1 billion people globally who live in scarcity in the midst of resource abundance. Countries with non-renewable resource wealth face both a challenge and an opportunity—when used poorly or squandered, non-renewable resource wealth can cause economic instability, social conflict and lasting environmental impacts; used well, they can create prosperity for current and future generations. NRGI is a recognized leader in the field of natural resource governance, helping people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals in order to build a more stable and sustainable future. For more information, please visit

Job Overview/Summary:

NRGI seeks a Mongolia Officer to provide necessary support for NRGI’s work in Mongolia.  The Mongolia Officer is the key person in implementing NRGI’s Country Strategy in Mongolia and will be actively involved in NRGI's work with key stakeholders in the extractive industry, including government, civil society and other oversight institutions. The incumbent will support policy development and implementation in the sector including analysis and development of policies and their enforcement, and engage in capacity development of key stakeholders. The Officer will act as a key liaison for NRGI with different stakeholders including at the local community level, maintain a database of extractives policy documents and other relevant information related to NRGI’s work, and communicate NRGI’s work to public and policy community. The incumbent will report primarily to the Mongolia Manager, and provide necessary support to NRGI’s Mongolia Country Team.

Major Responsibilities:

Program related;

Develop, plan, organize and lead program-related events, specifically training programs, discussions and disseminations;

Work with Mongolia Manager and other staff to develop grant making and capacity building strategies and priorities;

Work with Mongolia Manager to ensure close collaboration with other programs, convene cross-program working groups as needed, to advance research and development and rapid response grant making and capacity building opportunities;

Write and edit program materials including reports, briefs, case studies and blogs;

Acquire and analyze data for program related activities; 

Stay abreast of developments in the field through research and attendance of conferences and/or meetings;

Offer suggestions about strategic program development for funders and grantees;

Perform special assignments, including participation with other programs and foundation task forces and thematic working groups;

Identify joint programming opportunities and efforts with external funders and partners;

Build and establish strategic relationships with line ministries, agencies and other partners, projects and NGO’s.


In conjunction with Mongolia Manager and other staff/consultants, develop grant making and contractor procurement strategies and priorities;

Review and assess potential grantees and contractors and make recommendations to Mongolia Manager;

Organize the procurement of grantees and contractors;

Work with applicants to develop and finalize grant proposals; Review grant proposals and participate in the preparation of recommendations as part of grant dockets preparation process;

Perform site visits of prospective and current grantee organizations and contractors;

Monitor grants and contracts implementation through site visits and review of narrative and financial reports;

Ensure that grantees and contractors submit narrative and financial reports as required under the terms of the contract;

Interact with grantees and contractors and participate in program- and field-related meetings and events;


Manage financial and budget reports to track grant and program spending;

Assist in the planning and developing of annual budgets and preparing quarterly and annual reports;

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Mongolia Manager
Position directly supervises: no line management duties

Indirect Reporting:
Other Internal and/or external contacts: working with other departments and programmes internally, nurturing positive relationships.

Job Requirements:

Demonstrated Knowledge and Experience; At least five years of relevant professional work experience in public, international or non-governmental organizations; Fluency in English and Mongolian, knowledge of other foreign languages an advantage; Experience working on extractive governance issues in Mongolia and international is an advantage; Experience in designing and implementing project related activities;

Skills and Abilities; Effective communicator who know when to use the right communication medium, empathetic, a strong persuader, strong attention to detail, approachable and responsive.  Ability to manage multiple tasks in a time sensitive environment.  Strong event facilitation and capacity building skills; Proficiency in MS Office and other essential computer applications; Ability to periodically travel in country and internationally; Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies in theory and in practice; Proficiency in MS Office and other essential computer applications

Education; University degree, preferably master’s degree in Law, Economics, Public Policy and Administration, Social Sciences or other related fields;

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Working Environment:  Office work environment with ability to periodically travel in country and internationally

Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Start date: Immediately

To apply: Please send a cover letter, CV/resume to by 25 February 2019.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.  Please include in subject line: NRGI/Mongolia Officer

Alignment with NRGI Culture and Mission:

All staff uphold the following organization-wide culture and values:

Commitment to furthering NRGI’s mission and core values of integrity, intellectual rigor, respect for evidence, innovation, strategic selectivity and independence.

Demonstrated ability to be a professional, productive member of a diverse community of people at work, working toward shared goals, with mutual respect and accountability in a fast-paced environment.

Personal qualities of capacity for learning, reflection and self-criticism, humility and sense of humor.

NRGI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NRGI considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, gender, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.