Program Associate

Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)

London, , GB

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 to equip relevant stakeholders with the extractive-specific knowledge and skills to be able to play their role in fostering good natural resource governance.  The Research & Data (R&D) team helps staff and partners to build skills through global and regional capacity development offerings.

The Program Associate will support the implementation of NRGI’s global and regional trainings and online offerings.  NRGI’s global courses include an executive course conducted in partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and an advanced course.  NRGI’s regional knowledge hub program is comprised of partnerships with universities and think tanks in NRGI’s region of operation.  It aims to build partners’ capacity to contribute to policy change.  NRGI’s online courses include massive open online courses (MOOCs) and an online simulation, Petronia.

In supporting these programs, the Program Associate will work closely with NRGI’s regional and program staff as well as partner institutions.  The post will be based in London, UK (a posting in NYC, US will be considered only for outstanding candidates) with possible travel to NRGI’s countries of intervention. 

Major responsibilities:  

Global Courses

  • Course delivery  and logistics: support to course delivery through partner engagement, financial management, selection of participants, coordinating travel arrangements and other logistics.
  • Communications and marketing: support the development and production of internal and public facing communications and marketing materials for the course, including through online platforms.
  • Learning tools: support the development of learning tools and help ensure NRGI applies a cutting-edge approach to resource governance training
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning: support the design and administration of course evaluations and distil, synthesize and analyze findings; gather information on alumni trajectories; and analyze information on participant selection and recruitment.
  • Administration: provide comprehensive administrative support to course programs, as required by the manager.

Regional Knowledge Hubs

  • Courses curriculum and delivery: support to curriculum development and course delivery more broadly
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning: support the implementation of the MEL strategy for regional hubs; document and share lessons learnt; gather information on impact and facilitate shared lessons across hubs
  • Communication and marketing: support the development and production of internal and public facing communication and marketing materials.
  • Impact material: keep track of alumni and develop material (e.g. factsheets, briefings, videos and case studies) to support organizational and donor reporting

Online Learning

  • Outreach strategy: support the communication and marketing of the MOOCs and Petronia
  • Updates to courses/tool content: support the update of content of the MOOCs coordinating with regional and global staff as well as with external partners
  • Course delivery: support the delivery of the courses, in collaboration with staff and partners

Team Core Support

  • Manage internal training repository and assist with shared learning resources
  • Contribute to updates to learning materials
  • Actively contribute in team meetings and to donor reporting
  • Other responsibilities and support to the overall R&D team

Key Working Relationships

Position reports to Capacity Development Learning Specialist
Indirectly reports to: Director of Research & Data

Job Requirements:

Demonstrated knowledge and experience

  • At least 2-3 years experience in an international development and advocacy environment
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with people of diverse backgrounds within a global organization
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Project management skills, including; ability to multi-task, work effectively in a fast paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget and reporting
  • Evidence of provision of on-going remote support to partners.
  • Experience using monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks and documenating project progress and learning. 

    Strongly preferred

    • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field (public administration, political science, economics, international affairs or related fields in the social sciences and humanities).
    • Background knowledge of extractive sector governance issues.
    • Fluency in at least one additional language to English, preferably Arabic, French or Spanish
    • Experience in the development and implementation of online curriculum

    Closing date for applications: Friday 6 March.  Applications should consist of a covering letter and CV, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis up to the closing date.

    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.





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