Governance Associate

London, , GB

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is an independent, non-profit policy institute that promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Too often natural resource wealth results in corruption and poverty, instead of growth and development. With effective revenue management, citizen engagement and government accountability, natural resource wealth can drive economic growth and development. With offices in resource rich countries around the world, NRGI conducts research, provides expertise and advocates for change. Please visit for more information.

Job description

NRGI seeks to hire a capable and energetic policy advocate to support the organization’s global campaigns to improve transparency and accountability of the financial flows between natural resource companies (oil, gas and mining) and governments around the world as a means to improve natural resource governance and improve the lives of people living in resource-dependent countries. Our global campaigns have yielded important results. Together with collaborators in the global Publish What You Pay coalition, we have successfully secured legislation in the United States, Europe and Canada which requires oil, gas and mining companies to disclose certain payments to governments. Our focus is now on defending these laws in a challenging policy climate; improving the comprehensiveness and accessibility of the information disclosed; and ensuring that the publicly available data from these laws is used by diverse stakeholders to deliver accountability and improved natural resource governance in resource rich countries around the world. In tandem, we seek to improve accountability and governance in the specific area of commodity sales and trading, with a focus on transactions between traders and government entities.

The governance associate will work closely with NRGI’s senior advocacy officer to deliver progress against these objectives, drawing on NRGI’s depth of policy expertise and coordinating with partner organizations. The position is based in London. Some travel is expected.


  • Undertake research and support the development of policy positions and briefings.
  • Support engagement with European and North American governments, companies, international organizations, and the media.
  • Liaise with Publish What You Pay coalitions in the U.S., Canada, Europe and elsewhere as needed through joining regular strategy calls and collaborating on advocacy opportunities.
  • Work with NRGI’s communications team on public messaging and media coverage related to NRGI’s advocacy work.
  • Assist with research and other assignments related to the work of NRGI’s governance team as required.
Payment disclosure regulations and data use
  • Support efforts to avoid the weakening or repeal of mandatory payment disclosure legislation.
  • Support NRGI’s efforts to maintain and enhance current disclosure requirements in Europe.
  • Promote improved accessibility of mandatory disclosure data (i.e., open data formats).
  • Liaise with PWYP national coalitions, PWYP International and other partners on mandatory payment disclosure.
  • Support NRGI’s internal information sharing on mandatory payment disclosure.
  • Support NRGI’s work on analyzing and using payment data for accountability purposes.
Commodities trading transparency
  • Support advocacy efforts to improve home country regulations related to commodity trading transparency, including in Switzerland and the U.K.
  • Contribute to NRGI efforts to advance commodities trading transparency through the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and other international forums.
  • Help deliver programs in several resource rich developing countries on improving transparency and accountability around commodities trading.
  • Undertake work to build the research base on commodities trading governance issues.
Person Specification

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field (economics, political science, law, public administration, development studies).
  • 3-5 years of experience related to research, drafting briefings and collaborating with a range of governmental, corporate and non-governmental stakeholders.
  • 3-5 years of work experience in a relevant field, such as international development, transparency and governance, foreign policy, the energy sector, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and communicate complex information both orally and in writing to a range of audiences.
  • Strong data, research and organizational skills.
  • Ability to liaise with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and work within a team.
  • Familiarity with the global natural resource transparency movement.
  • Familiarity with the basic structure and operations of the extractive and commodity trading industries.
  • A commitment to addressing natural resource governance, particularly in relation to civic space, transparency and accountability.
  • Understanding of the principles and rationale for Open Data (XML, JSON, etc.)
  • Proficiency in a foreign language(s).

Reports to: Senior Advocacy Officer, Governance Team

Location: London

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Contract: 12 months (extension will be considered subject to funding)

Start date: January/February 2017

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, CV/resume, and salary range to [email protected]. Please include “NRGI/Governance Associate” in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: 16 January 2016

Applicants must have permission to work in the U.K.