Research Assistant

London, , GB

NRGI seeks to hire a dynamic and independent individual with excellent research, data and administrative skills relevant to the Resource Governance Index (RGI) project. The position is a five month full-time, fixed term contract. Prior experience in a similar role is essential. We would like to recruit for this role immediately and it is important that the new hire is able to hit the ground running.

The RGI 2017 measures and assess the quality of governance in the oil, gas and mining sectors in 81 resource-rich countries, which together are home to 81 percent of the global population. It is the only international index dedicated to the measurement of governance of extractive resources, and will be published later this year. A full description of the RGI 2013 findings, methodology and country results are available at

The successful candidate will support the delivery and execution of the RGI 2017. In addition to reviewing and fact-checking primary research collected by external consultants, interpreting and analyzing data and contributing to the production of written research findings, the role will also involve administrative duties, including database management.

The role requires some prior knowledge of the extractives sector and is particularly suited to a Masters graduate with prior experience in a data-driven environment, seeking to apply their skills to the world of policy and international development.


The Research Assistant would be responsible for:

  • Reviewing and fact-checking information on extractives governance that has been collected by external consultants in every region of the world
  • Conducting background research on oil, gas and mining sectors
  • Observing and analyzing data and reporting on observations
  • Developing and maintaining a database of contacts and organizations in order to support the dissemination of the RGI 2017 results
  • Providing administrative and logistical support, including assisting with RGI 2017 launch events
  • Providing general assistance to team members, including preparing presentations, summarizing reports, taking minutes and tracking extractives-related external events.

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
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and work towards tight deadlines
    • Strong attention to detail

Proven data skills

  • Experience in research and analysis
  • Inter-personal and teamwork skills
  • General administrative experience
  • Proven experience working in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment
    • Excellent communications skills, including an ability to produce high-quality written materials in English (other languages such as French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian are a plus)
    • Strong MS Office skills, particularly Excel
    • Interest in, and experience working with topics related to international development

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

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

Start Date and duration: As soon as possible, for five months.

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

Closing date for applications: Monday 6 February 2017. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submission is strongly encouraged.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements as soon as possible, to: to [email protected]. Include job code in subject line: RGI/RA-NRGI.

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