Country Manager

Conakry, , GN

Background/NRGI Summary:  The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is a nonprofit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the benefit of all.  Improving natural resource governance is one of the most significant development challenges of the decade and will determine the future of 1 billion people globally who live in scarcity in the midst of resource abundance. Countries with non-renewable resource wealth face both a challenge and an opportunity—when used poorly or squandered, non-renewable resource wealth can cause economic instability, social conflict, and lasting environmental impacts; used well, they can create prosperity for current and future generations. NRGI is a recognized leader in the field of natural resource governance, helping people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals in order to build a more stable and sustainable future. For more information, please visit

Job Overview/Summary:

NRGI is seeking a country manager for Guinea. This position is an exciting and unique opportunity to advance natural resource governance in the country. In line with its ambitions to promote good governance of oil, gas, and minerals for the benefit of resource-rich countries and their citizens, NRGI has supported mining sector reforms in Guinea for a decade. We are looking for a talented individual to take NRGI’s programs in the country to the next stage. These programs will be based on NRGI core areas of expertise, develop collaborations with key actors in Guinea, and strengthen the execution of our ongoing activities. The position requires on the one hand to coordinate the country strategy implementation, and on the other hand to actively contribute to economic research, technical assistance and capacity building activities in Guinea. The country manager will be based in Conakry, Guinea, and will be part of both the organization’s Francophone Africa and Legal & Economic teams, reporting to both the Francophone Africa Regional Director and the Manager of Regional Economists. The country manager will also manage NRGI staff in Conakry and coordinate with other colleagues in the regional and global offices.

Position Overview

  • The Guinea country manager will be responsible for leading and overseeing the implementation of NRGI’s country strategy. NRGI’s country strategy aims to promote a more effective management of Guinea’s mineral and petroleum resources through capacity development and technical assistance to government officials, parliamentarians, civil society activists, and reporters.
  • The country manager will oversee ongoing programs related to mining reforms, including the promotion of transparency and accountability, the economic analysis of mining projects, the development of a sector strategy, the monitoring of mining contracts, the implementation of mining code provisions, the development of responsible state-owned companies and the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
  • The country manager will work with colleagues to respond rapidly to a changing environment and seize new opportunities as they arise.
  • The country manager will ensure synergies between NRGI and a variety of partners in Guinea, including civil society actors, decision-makers in parliament and the government, and international entities (NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organizations, etc.).
  • The country manager will lead and manage NRGI’s small team in Conakry and liaise with partner and support organizations.
  • The country manager will directly contribute to research, analysis, and training on economic issues in the mining sector, including regarding the collection, management, and distribution of mining revenue. 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation and periodic adjustment of NRGI’s country strategy;
  • Support NRGI advocacy for the adoption of national and regional standards and best practices on transparency and accountability in the mining sector;
  • Lead periodic monitoring and evaluation of the Guinea program;
  • Supervise NRGI staff in Guinea;
  • Conduct policy analysis and provide technical assistance to government officials and parliamentarians, to inform decisions about policy and legislation related to the management of natural resources;
  • Generate country-level economic research on mining issues, including on:
    • Fiscal regimes and revenue collection; 
    • Macroeconomic frameworks; 
    • Revenue distribution; 
    • Economic diversification;
  • Organize and facilitate trainings on related topics for government officials, parliamentarians, media and civil society groups;

  • Build networks with relevant government officials, parliamentarians, media and civil society groups, as well as development partners, and represent NRGI in the country.

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

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Africa Co-Director 
Position directly supervises:  Africa/Guinea Officer

Indirect Reporting: Senior Economic Analyst

Internal: Part of the Francophone Africa Team and the Legal and Economics Team

External:  n/a

Job requirements:

Demonstrated Knowledge and Experience

  • At least seven years of experience in running and managing programs in an international development context;
  • Oral and written fluency in both English and French.
  • Professional experience related to public finance, institutional governance, economic development, macroeconomics and/or large investments in infrastructure or natural resource projects in developing countries;
  • Experience working with different stakeholders – government, media, parliament and/or civil society – including capacity development and network building;
  • Demonstrated program management skills;
  • Strong commitment to promoting good governance, transparency, accountability and democratic participation; 

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Professional or academic familiarity with the policies for and special challenges faced by petroleum and mineral-rich countries;
  • Familiarity with the regulatory implementation of economic and fiscal policy;
  • Professional experience in West Africa;
  • Prior knowledge of Guinea’s mining sector;
  • Knowledge of key organizations and networks active in the field;
  • Experience in conducting project impact monitoring and evaluation

Education:  Master’s degree in relevant field (economics, finance, public administration, political economy, political science, law, public administration, development studies, etc.)

Working Environment:  Full-time position, flexibility required when extended hours are needed to meet deliverables.

Application Deadline:  Application deadline is 15 January 2018. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so candidates are encouraged to apply early.