Africa Associate

Accra, , GH

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is an independent, non-profit policy institute that promotes 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. NRGI provides the expertise, funding and technical assistance to help countries realize these benefits. Please visit our website for more information:


NRGI seeks a full-time Africa associate with an express focus on promoting transparency and good governance.

In its transparency and accountability work, NRGI seeks to use data disclosures as a means to an end, and aims to link transparency promotion to extractive sector reform priorities in the countries where we work. The Africa associate would help put this approach into action in several countries, chiefly Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia and Nigeria. Activities will include providing technical advice and capacity building to government agencies, multi-stakeholder groups and civil society organizations, creating opportunities for dialogue across civil society, government and the private sector on priority issues, and producing relevant research, analysis and training materials.

The Africa associate will support analysis and advocacy on a range of subject matters, including revenue transparency, contract disclosure, beneficial ownership, revenue management, local content and commodity trading. They will engage with Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) processes, legal reforms, parliamentary review processes, and media and civil society gatherings.

The Africa associate will have a dual reporting line to the Africa deputy director, based in Ghana, and the acting manager of governance programs, based in Washington, D.C. The position will be based in Accra, Ghana, where NRGI’s regional Africa office is located.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide technical advice and analysis to country-level EITI institutions as requested, on topics including the content of future reports, linking the EITI with other governance processes, and report analysis.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of capacity building programs on extractive data disclosures and utilization.
  • Foster relationships and facilitate dialogue across stakeholder groups, including with other EITI supporters.
  • Monitor developments on the ground and exploit opportunities for impact.
  • Support proposal development and grant-making to partner organizations, and provide mentoring and collaboration during implementation.
  • Distil lessons learned from the program, track activities and impact, make suggestions to improve and innovate.
  • Contribute inputs to donor reporting, tracking activity expenditures.

Education/Experience: Minimum bachelor’s degree; preferred master’s or doctoral degree in relevant field (economics, political science, law, public administration, development studies, etc.); and at least three years’ experience in running and managing projects in an international development context.

Skills Required:

  • Experience gathering, processing and analyzing data required, preferably through the conduct of policy research; data management and statistics skills also desirable
  • Understanding of basic dynamics of extractive industries and public finance, as well as issues of transparency and governance, including policy reform processes
  • Experience working in developing countries (Africa preferred)
  • Prior knowledge of EITI and/or related issues, such as beneficial ownership transparency and contract disclosure/analysis; familiarity with international transparency and multi-stakeholder initiatives, or enough relevant knowledge in petroleum and mining sectors and/or public financial management so as to develop this expertise quickly
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to manage several simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to interact and coordinate with a variety of stakeholders – government, civil society, media, parliament
  • Ability to manage a team to coordinate and leverage different competencies
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, writing and analytical skills;
  • Integrity and professional discretion;
  • Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with colleagues and the general public.

Work Location: Accra, Ghana. Candidates must possess the right to work in the location specified.

Start Date: April/May 2017

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

To apply: Please send a writing sample, resume and cover letter to [email protected], with ‘Africa Associate’ in subject line by 14 April 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Only those candidates we are interested in will be contacted.