sharing in governance of extractive industries

Extractives Advisor South Sudan (Cordaid)


Country:                      South Sudan   

Post:                           Extractives Advisor

Duty station:               Juba, South Sudan


Organizational Background

Cordaid believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for a just and sustainable society where every person counts. We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion tear up societies, we connect people and communities. We also stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders, to make a difference where it is most needed. Together with more than 600 partner organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America we structurally improve the living conditions of the poorest and most excluded populations - the bottom billion. Cordaid has been active in South Sudan for more than 20 years, with a strong focus on civil society capacity-building and currently has programmes in the areas of health, disaster response, entrepreneurship, investments, food security, women’s leadership, security & justice, and extractives.


Extractives programme

The objective of Cordaid’s Extractives programme is to ensure that the exploitation of extractives (oil, gas and minerals) contributes positively to local community development, to increase the number of companies operating as responsible corporate citizens and to increase good national and transnational governance of the benefits of extractives. To this end, Cordaid supports local communities and civil society to become informed, legitimate and capacitated partners in negotiations with international oil, gas and mining companies and governments. Our work is centered around four main product areas: contextualization, stakeholder engagement, community development agreements, and monitoring and evaluation. We provide grant management, project management, advocacy, training and education, as well as technical advice and consultancy. Cordaid’s Extractives team works in South Sudan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Colombia.


Responsibilities and tasks


Strategy Development and Technical Advice


  • Play a lead role in the development of strategies on stakeholder engagement and multi-stakeholder dialogue, in particular civil society, government and extractive industry partners;
  • Organize and co-facilitate trainings on relevant extractive issues, incl. stakeholder engagement, revenue transparency and budget monitoring, community development, social, environmental, human rights, conflict impact assessments, community development agreements;
  • Provide technical advice and share information on guidelines, voluntary principles and international standards and best practices on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community development in extractives;
  • Identify, design and/or manage the development of research and advocacy materials to influence decision-makers;
  • Support documentation of human interest stories, lessons learned, best practices and strategic opportunities related to Cordaid / partners’ programmes and projects.


Programme Design, Management and Support


  • Support the development of short-term projects as well as longer-term collaborative programmes with local and international partner organizations;
  • Manage project implementation according to agreed deadlines and budget;
  • Provide regular written/oral program progress updates and collaborate in providing reports to project partners;
  • Track and report project activities/results, and provide quarterly updates to Programme Manager;
  • Carry out other project-related tasks as required and assigned.



Capacity Development


  • Provide technical assistance on extractives and accompany staff of local partner organizations to enable skills-transfer;
  • Support local civil society partners in developing proposals, planning and implementing extractives-related projects;
  • Provide mentoring, project support and related follow-up;
  • Improve learning, linking and coordination to strengthen extractives-related civil society networks.


Networking, Representation and Business Development


  • Provide thought leadership and represent Cordaid in meetings as a spokesperson and advocate on community-oriented extractives management;
  • Build and maintain strategic alliances with South-Sudan based, regional and international NGO coalitions on extractives issues, such as the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition;
  • Explore potential areas for collaboration and mobilize opportunities and resources to co-create new programs with innovative solutions;
  • Translate ideas for advice and collaborative programmes in attractive technical and financial proposals and expressions of interest for bilateral, multilateral organizations and private foundations.


  • Academic degree or equivalent in development, governance, conflict studies, law or related fields;
  • At least 7 years’ relevant work experience, including 3+ years’ experience working on extractives issues;
  • In-depth knowledge of CSR standards and community development best practices in the context of oil, gas and mining developed by relevant (industry) organizations (e.g. ICMM, IPIECA, IFC);
  • Practical experience with providing strategic and technical advice on CSR and community development issues and with facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes;
  • Strong project management, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Experience in working with communities, local civil society organizations, government and extractive industry actors in conflict-affected states in Africa, preferably South Sudan;
  • Willingness to travel up to 50% of the time;
  • Be diplomatic, culturally sensitive, result-oriented, innovative and a strong team player;
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills.


Specifics of duty station

The Extractives Advisor will be based in Juba at the Cordaid South Sudan office, which is staffed by advisors from different thematic programmes. The Extractives Advisor will report to the Cordaid Country Director in Juba, and work closely with other extractives colleagues based in South Sudan (Juba and Malakal) as well as at Cordaid HQ in The Netherlands.


The position is open to both international candidates and South Sudanese nationals. Please note this is a senior-level position, we kindly invite only those candidates to apply who meet the above-mentioned qualifications.


Contract information

Initial contract for 12 months, renewable, with a 2-month probation period. Starting date as soon as possible. We offer a Cordaid contract with a competitive salary and a benefit package which includes comprehensive insurance cover, social security, pension contribution and a travel allowance.


Further information & how to apply

For additional information, please contact Josée van der Beek, Recruiter. Phone: +31 70 3136 300.


Applications including a motivation letter and extensive CV in English, including the contact details of at least three professional references, should be submitted before 29 September 2013. Please note that we accept applications through our website only: www.cordaid.org (>About Us>Working for Cordaid>Vacancy Overview), then select the relevant vacancy, and click on the ‘apply’ button). Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. An assessment might be part of the procedure. This is a re-advertised position; people who applied before and were not selected for interview are kindly requested not to apply again.

Last updated by Jeroen De Zeeuw Aug 30, 2013.


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