Myanmar Associate

Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) helps people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals. We do this through technical advice, advocacy, applied research, policy analysis, and capacity development. We work with innovative agents of change within government ministries, civil society, the media, legislatures, the private sector, and international institutions to promote accountable and effective governance in the extractive industries. For more information, please see


NRGI is hiring a Myanmar associate to support the implementation of NRGI’s 2015-2018 Myanmar strategy. As part of the country team, the new hire will be actively involved in NRGI’s multifaceted engagement with the civil society organizations, government institutions and other key stakeholders in the extractive industry as the government, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), embarks on a series of economic and political reforms for improved resource governance in which Myanmar citizens realize the long-term benefits of their natural wealth. The associate’s main responsibilities are in research and communications. S/he will report to the Myanmar manager.

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
  • External communications: Support the design, implementation and review of Myanmar’s communications plan. With local and global audiences in mind, the approach and products follow the four-pillars of NRGI’s communications model:
    • content generation (e.g., producing policy briefs and think pieces linked with research publications)
    • data visualization and design (e.g., upgrading presentation materials that improve the use of data and other visual aids)
    • technology and social media (e.g., providing Myanmar country updates using NRGI’s website, Twitter and Facebook accounts)
    • o outreach (e.g., supporting stakeholder trainings and maintaining contact with key media outlets; consolidating NRGI’s material for public events)
  • Policy monitoring: Support the Myanmar manager to monitor progress and disseminate timely information on the development, revision, and implementation of laws and regulations in the oil, gas and mining sectors to assist the public for their meaningful engagement in the revision and roll-out of such policies.

Secondary responsibilities

  • Represent NRGI in conferences and workshops as appropriate.
  • Conduct research missions as needed and present mission reports to the Myanmar manager.

Core requirements

  • Education and professional experience:
    • University degree with preference for a master’s degree in law, development studies, political science, journalism, economics, sociology or related fields
    • At least three years of directly relevant experience in development programs, environmental and social governance, public administration, public finance, policy advocacy, journalism or related fields
  • Familiarity with the challenges facing the economic governance of natural resources in Myanmar that include, but are not limited to, transparency and accountability, environmental and human rights protection, poverty, conflict and peace, economic development, fiscal management, and public policy reforms, among others
  • Demonstrated record in producing quality research and analysis (shortlisted candidates will be asked to share samples of their written products)
  • Strong skills in research design, data analysis, and editing
  • Experience in various forms of external communications that advance advocacy
  • Fluency or excellent command of English (written and verbal); some proficiency of Myanmar language(s) a plus.


  • Experience in organizing training and running campaign with others an advantage
  • Ability to interact with the government, civil society or companies through policy dialogue or other platforms
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • A team player with integrity and professional discretion
  • Passionate for social change, including on good natural resource governance

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

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

START DATE: June 2017 or earlier

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, CV/resume, and salary range to [email protected] by 17 March. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Please include NRGI/ Myanmar Associate (New) in the subject line.