Senior Officer (Tanzania focus)
Background/NRGI Summary: The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is a nonprofit policy institute that promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the benefit of the citizens of resource rich countries. 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 damage; managed well, such wealth can contribute to sustainable 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 www.resourcegovernance.org
NRGI has a staff of over 100, supporting our global advocacy and regional programs in more than 20 countries. NRGI has registered offices in New York, Accra, Beirut, Dar es Salaam, Jakarta, Lima and London as well as representatives in more than a dozen other countries. As a complex and dispersed organization, a strong operational backbone is key to our impact on the ground and to advancing our mission. NRGI launched a new strategic planning process in July 2018.
Reporting to the Africa Co-Director, the Senior Officer will primarily be responsible for leading the work of NRGI’s Tanzania country program. Working alongside the Africa Co-Director, the incumbent in this role would be responsible for monitoring the overall progress of country specific objective, developing key relationships with key stakeholders: policymakers in the government, parliament, civil society and the media. The Senior Office will be part of a small team based in Tanzania office, and will also work closely with Africa regional team colleagues and thematic teams to deliver on the Tanzania objectives. While Tanzania is the primary focus of this post, the post-holder may be required to work on other countries in the Anglophone Africa region as directed by the Regional Director.
- Leads on country strategy and leads the planning and implementation of the country strategy and annual plans, adapting strategy and tactics as needed
- Strategically monitor developments on the ground and identify opportunities for impact through tailoring our program
- Foster relationships with key agents of change ranging from the media, civil society, government and parliament to ensure a demand driven and responsive interventions. Identify the right entry points for our effective technical assistance and advice.
- Manage the country program team, and coordinate Tanzania work with all other relevant managers and teams across NRGI
- Identify and engage internal and external expertise necessary to fill any capacity constraints within the country program team to deliver on specific activities
- Support the development and delivery of targeted training to a variety of stakeholders
- Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues on governance issues
- Support monitoring and evaluation of the country program to distil lessons learnt and share learning within the organization and with implementing partners and donors
- Monitoring the program budget, assisting in drafting financial and donor reports
Input into regional processes
Work on other countries’ programs in the region or on regional-level initiatives as may be directed by the Regional Director from time to time. NOTE: The responsibilities of this role are subject to modifications as may be necessary in response to the changing needs of the organization including but not limited to working on other NRGI countries in the region.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Africa Co-Director
Position directly supervises: All country based/designated staff. Currently the Economist and Program Assistant.
Coordinates internally and externally with:
Internal: Colleagues in other thematic groups working on specific country/regional/global projects
External: Coordinates with partner institutions, external counsel, consultants and vendors
Desired, Skills and Abilities
- The post holder must be a strategic thinker, problem solver with demonstrated ability to take the initiative
- Knowledge of the extractives sector issues in Tanzania. Knowledge of any other resource-rich countries in the region is desirable.
- At least 5 years of relevant work experience of which at least 3 years at mid-management or senior level.
- Experience in conducting political economy analysis to inform the strategic positioning of programs/projects
- Experience in: designing capacity building/training activities; planning, conducting and disseminating research; and providing technical assistance to varied categories of audiences
- Experience of working with state and non-state actors on governance and development issues
- Ability to build relationships with state and non-state actors (i.e. a broad spectrum of civil society, media and private sector)
- Ability to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues
Excellent oral and written communication skills, and an ability to learn fast
- Ability to work well under pressure to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player
- Knowledge of information management systems is preferable
- Fluency in English and Kiswahili language
Work permit/visas: candidates must have evidence of work permit/residency in Tanzania
- Advanced University degree in relevant fields, preferably political science, economics, law, international relations or sociology
Working Environment: Full-time position, official hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; flexibility required when extended hours are needed to meet deliverables.
NRGI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NRGI considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.