Guinea Program Officer

  • Added Date: Monday, 28 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 25 February 2019

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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 program officer to support its work in the Republic of Guinea with non-State actors. The Guinea country portfolio includes work with various stakeholders to promote the more effective management of the Guinea's mineral and petroleum resources, including through capacity development, technical assistance and the provision of policy advice to the Guinea's civil society organizations, journalists and other agents of change and through support to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process. This position is a unique opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of actors in the extractive industries, to facilitate dialogue, and to improve good governance in the natural resource sector. The program officer will be part of the organization’s Francophone Africa team, reporting to the Guinea country manager also based in Conakry, and collaborating with other regional and global colleagues.

Major Responsibilities:

  • The program officer's primary responsibility will be to support the implementation of the NRGI country strategy in Guinea with various agents of change, including civil society organizations and journalists, ensuring synergies and identifying new opportunities;
  • In addition, the program officer will engage with EITI processes and other transparency and accountability initiatives;
  • The program officer will work closely with the country manager who leads work with the government and is responsible for the overall consistency in NRGI’s programs in Guinea, and will provide programmatic and administrative support to the country program while cooperating with NRGI’s partners..

Principal Functions

  • Participate in the implementation, and periodic adjustment, of the country strategy. Organize and co-facilitate NRGI training programs and provide technical assistance to civil society organizations and platforms in Guinea, including the development, adaptation and delivery of training modules. This will involve leveraging NRGI and external expertise;
  • Link transparency promotion through EITI to the extractive sector reform priorities in Guinea by providing technical advice and capacity building to the EITI secretariat, multi-stakeholder group and civil society organizations, creating opportunities for dialogue across civil society, government and the private sector on priority issues, and producing relevant publications, analysis and training materials;
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with oversight groups, donors, national and international NGOs, industry representatives and other actors interested in the governance of the extractive industries in Guinea;
  • Collect and share information on the political, economic and social developments in Guinea, and identify opportunities for engagement.
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation of NRGI projects, including tracking activity expenditures and monitoring the overall program budget, and preparing periodical activity reports according to agreed schedules with donors;
  • Contribute to internal and external communications, sharing lessons learned and strategies employed to benefit NRGI and the field more broadly;
  • Support any other activity within the Guinea portfolio.

Job Requirements:

  • Master's degree in a relevant field (economics, political science, law, public administration, development studies);
  • At least five years' experience in designing and managing projects in an international development context;
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders - private sector, government, journalists, and civil society organizations (prior experience with stakeholders in Guinea a plus);
  • Experience designing and delivering trainings, and network-building, especially in Africa;
  • Knowledge of the extractive sector, transparency initiatives such as EITI, governance and development issues, particularly in Francophone Africa;
  • Experience managing complex projects in a variety of political contexts;
  • Integrity and professional discretion;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • Fluency in English and French;
  • Extensive computer and organizational skills, including close attention to detail.

Alignment with NRGI Culture and Mission:

All staff uphold the following organization-wide culture and values:

Commitment to furthering NRGI’s mission and core values of integrity, intellectual rigor, respect for evidence, innovation, strategic selectivity and independence.

Demonstrated ability to be a professional, productive member of a diverse community of people at work, working toward shared goals, with mutual respect and accountability in a fast-paced environment.

Personal qualities of capacity for learning, reflection and self-criticism, humility and sense of humor.

Working Environment: Standard work office environment, based in our Conakry office. Willingness and ability to travel internationally and within Conakry and Africa

Applications are reviewed on a rolling a basis with a final submission deadline of February 25, 2019.

Start Date: April 2019 .

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.

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