Cameroon Nationals: Africa Regional Program Assistant

Yaounde, , CM

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 seeks to hire Africa Regional Program Associate, to work with and support the Africa Regional CO-Director for Francophone Africa, and with special emphasis in helping with the support to the Francophone Africa extractives Industries knowledge hub ( FAEIKH) known in French as Centre d’Excellence pour la gouvernance des industries extractives en Afrique francophone (CEGIEAF) located in Yaoundé, Cameroon. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to assisting with project management; grants management and administration; budget monitoring and reporting; research and analysis; capacity development and training; communication with partners and NRGI staff; prepare presentations and briefs on resource governance matters; and assist with the preparation of materials for high-level meetings, events and outreach activities. The Africa Program Assistant will be located in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with some flexibility to move to another location where NRGI is present.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Support the management of regional projects, including ensuring deadlines are met, budgets are adhered to, plans are effectively communicated, reports are produced on time, and project management tools are kept up to date;

  • Provide support to solicit, edit and evaluate grant proposals, including providing follow-up with grantees and potential grantees, review grantees report;

  • Monitor current developments in extractives industries in the region 
    Compile and synthesize news and information on extractives in the region on a regular basis and circulate to staff as appropriate;

  • Prepare  activities report for the organization and donors

  • Attend events as needed and prepares summaries

  • Write briefing memos; reports on forums, symposia, and conferences; 
    Provide logistical support to coordinate NRGI sponsored meetings, conferences and workshops;

  • Provide general administrative support to the  Director, including but not limited to preparing expense reports, assisting with outgoing correspondence, proofreading and editing, maintaining a file system.

    Other specific responsibilities related to the FAEIKH include:

  • Support the organization of the summer school;

  • Support the organization of multi-stakeholders platform and conferences;

  • Support the  Monitoring, evaluation, and learning  of  hub program;

  • Follow up with the hub alumni and produce memos on post-training achievement; 
    Support the implementation of the mentoring program.

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

Demonstrated Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Proven knowledge and expertise in Africa issues and familiarity with the natural resource government  issues and movement;
  • Experience working with key stakeholders in the region, including civil society, media, parliamentarian, companies, private sector, or government;​
  • Experience in projects management​;
  • Experience and competence to undertake research assignments with modest supervision

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent research and analytical skills;​
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills​
  • Works well under pressure to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment, as a team player​
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills​
  • Proficiency  in English and French;​
  • Integrity and professional discretion;


  • University degree in social science, economics, law , development studies to Master’s level​
  • Alignment with NRGI Culture and Mission

Working Environment:  Full-time position, official hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; flexibility required when extended hours are needed to meet deliverables.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Cameroon