Program Officer

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is an independent, nonprofit 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: www.resourcegovernance.org.

NRGI was born from the merger of the Revenue Watch Institute and the Natural Resource Charter, both of which have a strong history of research, advocacy, capacity building, and advisory work around natural resource governance worldwide. Developing and innovating cost-effective capacity building and advisory programs that are grounded in high-quality policy research and analysis, linked to country-level interventions, represents an organizational priority.

Job Profile

NRGI seeks a full-time program officer for capacity development to manage and further develop NRGI’s flagship educational and capacity building programs targeting NRGI’s primary audiences, which include civil society, media, parliamentarians, government officials, the private sector, and youth.

The program officer will manage NRGI’s “knowledge hub program,” which involves partnerships with universities and think tanks in NRGI’s regions of operation to build partner’s capacity to deliver context-relevant training, analysis, and research. The program is now entering its second phase, which sees a renewed emphasis on action-oriented capacity building that is grounded in solid research and analysis; a commitment to work with reformers in government and parliament as well as accountability actors, youth, and the private sector to facilitate dialogue and collective action, including through training in a multi-stakeholder setting and by carefully selecting composite country teams that can be supported ahead, during, and after training; a desire to leverage ICTs to reach broader audiences, especially youth, in a cost-effective manner; a stronger linkage between the regional hubs and NRGI global and country interventions; and greater hub financial and technical independence from NRGI.

The program officer will be also be responsible for managing NRGI’s flagship global courses with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and the School of Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest, further developing lines of cooperation with these institutions including through placements and stronger linkages with the “hubs.”

In managing these programs, the program officer will work closely with NRGI’s regional and program staff as well as partner institutions. The post will be based in London, UK (a posting in NY will be considered only for outstanding candidates), with regular travel to NRGI’s countries of intervention. The position will report to NRGI’s head of capacity development.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage partnerships with academic institutions and think tanks under the “regional knowledge hub” program. This involves working with NRGI staff and partners to:
    • Finalize solid, incentive-driven multi-year strategies;
    • Provide support in designing and delivering innovative courses or research;
    • Identify and mobilize regional expert and alumni networks;
    • Progressively identify and harness synergies between NRGI and partner work;
    • Leverage additional partnerships for the hubs;
    • Help hubs design and implement a system for the ongoing capturing lessons learnt and impacts using a solid M&E framework; and
    • Facilitate the ongoing exchange of lessons and experiences between partners and between NRGI and partners.
  • In tandem with NRGI’s Africa regional coordinator, develop and deliver a pilot regional course using an innovative country team, multi-stakeholder approach, as a premise to identifying a new hub partner for Anglophone Africa and for showcasing possible capacity building innovations for use by other hubs;
  • Manage NRGI’s global courses. This includes working with NRGI staff and partners to:
    • Select and contract the course convenors and experts;
    • Recruit participants;
    • Design and run the courses;
    • Analyse feed-back and follow-up with the participants;
    • Develop new lines of collaboration such as placements and joint research; and
    • Manage budgets and donors, fundraising as needed.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate NRGI’s overall training practice to distill lessons and identify improvements;
  • Develop material (e.g. factsheets, briefings, videos and case studies) to communicate rationale and impacts of hubs and global courses to a range of external audiences;
  • Research and write briefings, policy papers, and other materials reflecting on best practices and lessons learned for periodic Revenue Watch Institute publication and presentation to international and local audiences;
  • Represent Revenue Watch Institute externally at conferences, and with donors, as asked.
Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in organizational development, social change, international development, economics, public administration, or political economy;
  • Considerable work experience related to capacity building and/or organizational development and managing complex capacity-building programs involving staff and partners in remote locations at multiple levels of intervention (global, regional and national);
  • Familiarity with the latest thinking in the field of capacity development and superior understanding of a host of capacity building approaches (training, mentorship, placements, and other innovative “learning by doing” approaches such as joint research, job shadowing etc.) and how to combine these effectively and strategically to ensure that improved knowledge and skills translate into greater performance at the workplace and ultimately into policy change at the country level;
  • Superior training and facilitation skills. This includes experience in designing, delivering, facilitating and convening workshops, courses and roundtables; extensive knowledge of adult training approaches; and proven track record in the design and delivery of effective, visually engaging presentations, and learning materials;
  • Experience in building the capacity, and facilitating dialogue and joint action, of one or more of NRGI audiences, preferably in a multi-stakeholder setting;
  • Experience in establishing and developing successful partnerships with third party institutions, including universities, policy institutes, think tanks, and civil society organizations, with an emphasis on sharing and transferring knowledge and experiences towards greater ownership and leadership of programs;
  • Experience and tact in coaching and working with experts at different levels of expertise;
  • Experience in M&E of capacity building interventions, with emphasis on learning, tracking of impacts, and cost-effectiveness of interventions;
  • Experience in developing and managing alumni networks highly desirable;
  • Experience in using ICTs for capacity building highly desirable. This includes experience in using/commissioning slide tapes, whiteboard videos, Prezi, and infographics to develop and deliver effective training sessions;
  • Some background or experience in the governance of extractive industries or related fields (public finance, institutional governance, economic development, and macroeconomics) desirable;
  • Knowledge of key organizations and networks active in the field of capacity building and extractive sector governance desirable;
  • Experience in fundraising, especially with organizations focusing at a regional level or on academic institutions an advantage;
  • International experience required.
  • Fluency in English a must; fluency in French, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, and/or Bahasa an asset.

Other Skills Required

  • Superior analytical skills. This includes readiness and demonstrated ability to absorb new technical content and translate it into key messages and material that resonate with non-expert as well as technical audiences;
  • Superior project management skills, including an ability to multi-task, work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget, and reporting;
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office; knowledge of Prezi an advantage;
  • Good listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
  • Pleasant, tactful, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with colleagues, partners, and the general public.
Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, CV/resume, salary requirements, and references by September 1, 2014, to: mpellegrini@resourcegovernance.org. Please include in subject line: NRGI/Program Officer.