VACANCY: Natural Resource Governance Institute President & CEO

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)’s mission is to secure a future where countries rich in oil, gas and minerals achieve sustainable, inclusive development—one where people receive lasting benefits from extractives, and the negative impacts associated with the sector are minimized. NRGI is an independent, global non-profit organization that works collaboratively to generate and translate knowledge into policy reform in resource-rich countries. NRGI’s work is funded by philanthropic organizations and national governments. With total staff of over 80 and an annual operating budget of $14 million, NRGI have registered offices in Belgium, Ghana, Tanzania, Peru, the US and the UK. There is a further staff presence in Bolivia, Cameroon, Denmark, France, Guinea, Hungary, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Tunisia, Turkey and Uganda.

NRGI’s remit is strategically selective and focused. They work expressly on the extractive sector, guided by the intellectual framework of the Natural Resource Charter. NRGI concentrate on two areas of the sector’s decision chain: getting a good deal and revenue management. Going forward, across these areas, they will address particular aspects and implications of the energy transition and of corruption and state capture. NRGI is seeking candidates for the post of President & CEO. This position affords a unique opportunity to work with the preeminent organization expressly devoted to helping people and countries meet the challenges of natural resource wealth and ensure that the resulting revenues are managed for the benefit of citizens—today and for future generations.

Reporting to the Governing Board, the President & CEO is responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and management operations of NRGI. They will ensure that the organization’s governance and programs are ethical, transparent and aligned with the NRGI’s values and goals.  They will be responsible for managing a complex, global organization with staff in seven countries and projects in more than thirty countries.

NRGI is seeking a leader of stature and recognized authority in global and economic development circles, deeply respected for their contributions to the field, independence of thought, integrity of character, and standing in international policy circles. They will be credible across the nexus of research, policy, and implementation and will demonstrate not only intellectual curiosity and rigor, but also an understanding of how to translate research into policy. In addition, the President must be an able and disciplined manager, able to steer NRGI towards maintaining its strategic focus, delivering on its commitments, and expending its financial and other resources efficiently.

Above all, they must be able to direct, promote and safeguard NRGI’s work and reputation for integrity, impartiality and impactful, evidence-based initiatives and discussions. Qualified candidates will demonstrate the following personal and performance competencies: leadership acumen; setting strategy and achieving results; leadership in the field; evidence-based advocacy and influence; and communication and fundraising skills.

NRGI is committed to promoting diversity in their workforce. Qualified men and women from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

NRGI has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment.

For further information on the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, and how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below.  Please send your application to  When submitting your application, please reference project 2005-013L in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 21 August 2020.

 Please click here for a full Position Specification