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 www.resourcegovernance.org.
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.
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.
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