Senior Director of Thematic Programs

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Natural Resource Governance Institute

New York, Washington DC, or London

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Role Managed by:

Michael Livesey

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6251


Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit Practice

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 02/10/2017

Formal Interview Date: November 2017

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

The Senior Director of Thematic Programs role is a new and unique opportunity. The Senior Director will report to the COO, and will contribute to NRGI’s broader organizational strategy and development as a member of the newly restructured Management Team, alongside the CEO, COO, CFO, and two other Senior Directors covering Regional Programs and Learning & Program Design. The Senior Director of Thematic Programs will play a pivotal role in leading NRGI’s work to improve natural resource governance globally through overseeing our Governance Program, Legal & Economic Program and Research & Data department, as well as representing NRGI internationally.

In this leadership position, the Senior Director of Thematic Programs will have a major role identifying and cultivating partnerships internationally, developing strategic relationships with a range of actors to ensure NRGI stays at the cutting edge of reform efforts. Working with our expert and high performing staff, the role will also involve providing intellectual leadership on extractives, research, data and analysis. The role also involves building, developing and managing a diverse and diffuse team to progress the work of NRGI.

We are seeking an outstanding individual to take on this exciting new position. The successful candidate will bring proven research skills, strong writing skills, and technical knowledge of the area of extractives, and a demonstrable ability to contribute to policy analysis and research. S/he will be an inspirational and strategic leader with the ability to build relationships across a variety of stakeholder groups. Perhaps most importantly, s/he will be deeply committed and passionate about helping individuals and governments to realize the benefits of their countries’ natural resources.