Temporary Research Assistant

London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is a non-profit policy institute that promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Working in over thirty resource-rich countries, NRGI pursues this goal through research, advocacy, capacity development programs, and technical advice to governments and civil society actors. Explore the site for more information. 


NRGI seeks to hire a talented and dynamic individual with excellent administrative and research skills relevant to the Resource Governance Index (RGI) project. The position is a 6-week full-time, fixed term contract ending on 16 December 2016. The successful candidate will have some prior experience in a similar role handling administrative tasks such as processing consultant invoices and capable of reviewing and fact-checking research correctly. We need to fill this job immediately, so it is important for the new hire to hit the ground running.

The successful candidate will support the delivery and execution of the Resource Governance Index 2017. In addition to administrative duties, the role will also involve contributions to reviewing and fact-checking primary research collected by external consultants. The role would be particularly suited to a recent Masters graduate with some prior experience and seeking to apply their skills to the world of policy and international development.

The RGI assesses the quality of oil, gas and mining sector governance in 81 resource rich-countries. The 2013 edition assessed 58 countries which together produce 80 percent of the world’s petroleum, 90 percent of diamonds and 80 percent of copper. For each country, researchers collected primary data about three components of governance (the Legal and Institutional Setting, Reporting Practices, and Safeguards and Quality Controls) and a fourth component (the broader Enabling Environment) was created using secondary data. A full description of the RGI 2013 findings, methodology and country results are available at www.resourcegovernance.org/rgi.

As detailed below, the research assistant would contribute to the production of the RGI as a flagship product of the organization.


The Research Assistant would be responsible for:

Supporting the Resource Governance Index project, which will include:

  • Review and fact-checking of questionnaires;
  • Help with administrative tasks related to the project;
  • Assist the team where necessary.

Required and Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree (Bachelors or Masters) in a relevant field (economics, political science, development studies, law or international relations);
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Strong research, inter-personal and organizational skills;
  • General administrative experience;
  • Excellent communications skills, including an ability to produce high-quality written materials;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Interest in and experience working with topics relating to international development

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Work Hours: Full-time position, hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Location: London (candidates must possess the right to work in the U.K.)

To apply:

Please email resume and cover letter with any salary requirements by end of 26 October 2016 to [email protected]. Include job code in subject line: RGI/RA-NRGI.

Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submission is strongly encouraged.

Due to the large number of applications that we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.