Capacity Development Officer (Civic Space)

New York, NY, US

Background/NRGI Summary:  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

Funded by philanthropic organizations and national governments, we are headquartered in New York City with further offices in Accra, Beirut, Jakarta, Lima and London, and staff presence in Bolivia, Cameroon, DRC, Guinea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Tunisia.

Job Overview/Summary: NRGI’s Capacity Development program seeks to equip stakeholders with the extractive-specific knowledge and skills to be able to play their role in fostering good natural resource governance. Capacity development officers help NRGI staff expand and systematize approaches to building capacity with particular stakeholders, through advice on program design, developing stakeholder specific curriculum, and collating experiences of best practice. This Capacity Development Officer: Civic Space (PO) will support the design and management of programs to build the capacity of civil society and the media – and support protecting the space for those actors to work effectively. The post holder will report to the Director of Capacity Development.

NRGI supports civil society through analysis, training, grants and advice to help them more effectively drive policy reform, meaningfully input to national debates and hold governments and companies to account. Following an in-depth review of its decade-long work with civil society, NRGI is creating this new post to align and bolster our support to civil society and the media so that it can better meet the key challenges that resource rich countries face. The first area of work is to systematize and coordinate NRGI’s understanding and responses to constraints on civic space across the organization. This will include developing and implementing a rapid response protocol and finding better ways to leverage our networks to protect civic space, including multi-stakeholder initiatives, the private sector, and civil society coalitions. In addition, this role will help country teams pilot new approaches to work with civil society, including programs that involve civic tech and broader movements. The successful candidate will also help NRGI define and learn from approaches that ensure long-term civil society engagement on resource governance.

In its work with media, NRGI relies on a small team of media development specialists, country program leads, and implementing partners. Together, they work to equip reporters and media houses with the information and skills they need to generate more accurate and timely reporting on extractive issues so as to inform public debates and hold policy makers and the private sector to account. This program officer will oversee the coordination and donor reporting related to our media work. It will also seek to ensure linkages across media and civil society work, particularly as they relate to responses to civic space constraints.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Deeping NRGI’s understanding of civic space constraints for our partners, creating a rapid response protocol for constraints that build on NRGI’s strengths, and ensuring consistent application of that protocol;
  • Developing new ways to leverage our network – including multi-stakeholder initiatives, the private sector, and civil society coalitions – to respond to civic space constraints;
  • Piloting innovative approaches in our work with civil society, especially but not limited to ITC-based efforts such as civic tech monitoring.
  • Progressive updating and monitoring of NRGI civil society principles and media strategy and approaches to increase the effectiveness of our work with this stakeholder group.
  • Providing advice and support to regional and country staff in designing and implementing well thought out interventions that respond to country context, civil society capacity and NRGI policy objectives.
  • Supporting the development of training modules, curricula, manuals and courses that meet the evolving varied needs of civil society (and media), including their knowledge of the resource sectors, as well as their analytical, reporting, advocacy, and communication skills.
  • Distilling lessons and sharing learning within the organization and with the broader network of peers supporting civil society and media in the natural resource governance sector and beyond.
  • Managing narrative and financial reporting to donors.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Director of Capacity Development
Position directly supervises: N/A

Indirect Reporting: N/A
Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: capacity development team, regional staff, program staff

External: partners, donors, advisors

Job Requirements:

Demonstrated Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in running and managing projects in an international development and advocacy that involve civil society and or the media – including support of staff and local partners at a distance, monitoring and evaluation, budget management.
  • Familiarity with broad set of types of civil society actors and roles in setting and informing public debates and holding governments and companies to account.
  • Experience in supporting complex interventions to build the capacity of civil society and/or media in diverse settings including closed political environments.
  • Knowledge of players and initiatives that protect civic space and can rapidly respond to cases of harassments against activists and reporters.
  • Experience in adult learning and teaching/teacher training is desirable.
  • Knowledge of extractive industries’ governance and familiarity with common policy responses to natural resource governance challenges is desirable.

Skills and Abilities

  • Personal commitment to improving the use of, and accountability for, public resources.
  • Ability to combine attention to detail whilst driving towards the overall goals of a program.
  • Collegiate working style with superior interpersonal, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Willingness to travel and experience working and traveling internationally
  • Fluency in at least one additional language to English, preferably French or Spanish, is desirable.


  • Post-graduate degree in a relevant field (public administration, political science, law, economics, international affairs, human rights)

The responsibilities of this role are subject to modifications as required by the needs of the organization.

Working Environment:  Standard official hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday to Friday.  Frequent travel, up to once per month.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Location: New York or London. For exceptional candidates, a posting anywhere NRGI has an office will be considered.

To Apply: Please submit your CV and covering letter by December 4, 2017.  Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.