Myanmar Country Analyst

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


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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 is hiring a Country Analyst to support the implementation of NRGI's Myanmar strategy. As part of the country team, the new hire will be actively involved in NRGI's multifaceted engagement with civil society organizations, government institutions and other key stakeholders in the extractive industry as the government embarks on a series of economic and political reforms for improved resource governance where Myanmar citizens realize the long-term benefits of their natural wealth. Working closely with and reporting to the Myanmar country manager, Country Analyst has responsibility to coordinate the ongoing research program, facilitate technical assistance to partner ministries, and project management.

Main responsibilities

Research and policy analysis: Coordinate the design and implementation of NRGI’s research and analysis projects with an eye on the fiscal and non-fiscal governance of extractives; collaborate with NRGI’s subject matter specialists and local research institutions to produce joint publications and/or policy-oriented papers

Coordinate the design and delivery of research and capacity building plans

Support the Myanmar manager in providing technical assistance to the Myanmar government.

Support the Myanmar manager in writing updates and analysis on relevant policies on Myanmar extractives.

Liaise with NRGI global team to conduct research on extractive governance reform pertinent to Myanmar

Coordinate and collaborate with country partners of NRGI to inform the policy choices

Provide policy briefs, policy notes in extractive governance reform to the ministries and oversight actors.

Disseminate research findings to media via various means- blogs, op-ed, articles, etc,

Coordinate with key economic research institutions on extractive governance reform to initiate synergetic intervention in the sector.

Collaborate with Hluttaw Committees on natural resources, public account to inform updated policy choices and reform agendas

Project Management

Providing oversight on research project implementation and acting as expert focal for assigned policy reform area in extractive governance reform

Ensure the preparation and execution of the research project budgets.

Assist country manager in policy monitoring of progress on the development, revision, and implementation of laws and regulations in the oil, gas and mining sectors

Core Requirements

Education and professional experience:

University degree with preference for a master’s degree in law, development studies, political science, public policy, public administration, economics, sociology or related fields

At least five (5) years of directly relevant experience in conducting research or coordinating programs on development , environmental and social governance, public administration, public finance, policy advocacy, or related fields, including experience in research program implementation and/or management

Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities that affect the governance of natural resources in Myanmar, including transparency and accountability, EITI, environmental and human rights protection, poverty, conflict and peace, economic development, fiscal management, and public policy reforms, among others

Ability to initiate productive interaction with the government, civil society or companies through policy dialogue or other platforms

Demonstrated record in coordinating quality research, analysis and capacity building activities with results

Excellent writing and editing skills (shortlisted candidates will be asked to do a writing exercise and share samples of their written products)

Fluency in English and Myanmar Languages


Experience in conducting both collaborative and independent research

Experience in advocacy and running campaign with others

Ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

Capacity to work independently

A team player, integrity and professional discretion

Passionate for social change, including on good resource governance

Key Working Relationships:

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

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

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.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

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

Location: Yangon, Myanmar (with limited travel in country and aboard)

Start date: As soon as possible

How to Apply:

To apply or obtain further information on the required qualifications, skills, and experience for the role, Please submit CV(s) and a covering letter as way of application.  Deadline for applications 3 May 2019.

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.