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Country Manager, Democratic Republic of Congo, NRGI

 Country Manager, Democratic Republic of Congo, NRGI

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), formerly the Revenue Watch Institute, is a non-profit policy institute that promotes responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. NRGI provides knowledge on extractive industries to governments, parliamentarians, civil society and the media through training, research, and policy analysis. NRGI also provides funding and facilitation of multi-stakeholder engagements in the policy process so as to help countries realize the benefits of their natural resources. For more information about NRGI, please visit www.resourcegovernance.org.

NRGI is seeking a Country Manager for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This position is an exciting and unique opportunity to advance natural resource governance in the country. In line with its ambitious new five- year organization-wide strategy, NRGI has developed a three-year country strategy to foster new programs in DRC. These programs will reflect the organization’s comparative advantage, develop collaborations with the key Congolese actors, and strengthen the execution of our ongoing activities in the country. The DRC Manager will be based in the DRC, preferably Kinshasa.

Position Title: Country Manager

Work Location: Democratic Republic of Congo, preferably Kinshasa

Reports To: Africa Deputy Director

Position Overview

  • The DRC country portfolio includes work with various stakeholders to promote the more effective management of the DRC’s mineral and petroleum resources, including through capacity development, technical assistance and the provision of policy advice to the DRC’s parliament, executive, civil society and media.
  • The DRC Manager will be responsible for leading the evolution of this work through the implementation of a recently developed three-year country strategy.
  • The DRC Manager will coordinate and oversee the implementation of ongoing and new activities related to the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), mining and petroleum legal reforms and the promotion of transparency and accountability in areas including contracts, state-owned companies and others, responding to a changing environment and seizing opportunities as they arise.
  • The DRC Manager will be responsible for ensuring synergies between NRGI and a variety of agents of change in the DRC, including civil society actors, decision-makers in parliament and the government, and international entities.

Principal Functions

  • Facilitate the implementation, and periodic adjustment, of the country strategy with support from other NRGI staff. Organize and co- facilitate NRGI training programs and provide technical assistance to parliamentarians and civil society groups in the DRC, including the development/adaptation and delivery of training modules.
  • Provide technical support for research and analysis related to extractive sector governance.
  • Support NRGI advocacy for the adoption of national and regional standards and best practices around transparency and accountability, and promote the active use of available information by oversight actors. The EITI will feature prominently in this work, building on NRGI’s current EITI engagements in the DRC.
  • Provide networking, strategic and capacity-building support to existing NRGI civil society grantees and partners.
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation of projects, including tracking activity expenditures and monitoring overall program budget, preparing periodical activity reports according to the agreed schedule with donors.
  • Meet with donors and partners for regular updates, and when possible write case studies on lessons learned or impacts for public dissemination.

Internal Relationships

  • The DRC Manager will report directly to the NRGI Africa Deputy Director, and will also work closely with staff based in Africa region; London office and New York NRGI headquarter.

External Relationships

  • The DRC Manager will work across multiple stakeholders, including government, parliament, civil society organizations, media, EITI MSG, partners, donors.

Qualifications

Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree; preferred master’s degree in relevant field (economics, political science, law, public administration, development studies etc.);
  • At least five years’ experience in running and managing projects in an international development context;
  • Experience with different stakeholders - media, government, parliamentary and civil society - including capacity development and network building in low income countries;
  • Proven track record promoting good governance, transparency, accountability and participation in the Africa region;
  • Prior knowledge of the DRC’s extractive sector, governance and transparency context, and public financial management;
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to manage several simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience in conducting project impact monitoring and evaluation.

Competencies:

  • Ability to interact and coordinate with a variety of stakeholders and manage simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to manage a team to coordinate and leverage different competencies;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication, writing and analytical skills;
  • Strong oral presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly, take initiative and to work independently;
  • Integrity and professional discretion;
  • Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with colleagues and the general public.
  • Fluency in English and French

Other Requirements: The position will require travel within the DRC and some international travel.

Challenges

  • DRC is a post conflict country and might present some security concerns in some provinces.
  • NRGI aims at scaling up its resources in the DRC. To start, the country manager will be the only NRGI staff based in country.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

START DATE: As soon as possible

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, CV/resume, and a writing sample (of 3- 5 pages) to jobs@resourcegovernance.org (by May 20, 2015. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Please include in subject line: NRGI/ DRC Country Manager.

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