NRGI is seeking a short-term, full-time London-based communications expert to support/design and execute the communications strategy for the Resource Governance Index (RGI) 2017.
The RGI 2017 measures and assesses the quality of governance in the oil, gas and mining sectors in 81 resource-rich countries, accounting for 81 percent of the global population. It is the only international index dedicated to the measurement of governance of extractive resources and will be published in May 2017.
The RGI draws extensively on primary data collection, a valuable investment in original information on the state of governance in resource-rich countries. The data gathering process involves over 150 consultants working in 81 countries around the world. NRGI combines the primary data with statistics provided by highly respected organizations, such as the World Bank, in order to build a comprehensive picture of extractive governance.
As well as providing an overall score and ranking, as a snapshot of the state of resource governance in each country, the RGI also makes available in open data format all underlying data and supporting documentation used to construct the index. This transparency allows users to drill down into the results and identify areas of best practice and room for improvement in key resource governance areas, including licencing, taxation, revenue management and local impact. It also enables specific analysis of governance gaps as a result of three specialized bodies and mechanisms, state-owned enterprises, sovereign wealth funds and subnational revenue sharing, where they exist.
Based on the premise that sound governance of natural resources is necessary for the development of countries with abundant oil, gas and mineral wealth, the overarching purpose of the RGI is to:
- Raise global awareness of the governance deficit in the extractive sector, and the benefits strong governance can have on the lives of people in resource-rich countries.
- Encourage informed global dialogue around standards and desirable practice with regards to extractives governance.
- Ensure better policy choices by governments and parliaments, based on the use of high-quality data, evidence and analysis and an improved understanding of governance issues.
- Produce opportunities for the provision of NRGI technical assistance directly to governments, parliaments and civil society organizations, to strengthen transparency and accountability.
- Further multi-stakeholder dialogue, bringing in the private sector, which can play a central role in improving global and country governance standards.
- Enhance NRGI’s profile as the organization at the forefront of data-driven extractives governance research, through regular use of, and references to, the RGI by governments, policy makers, civil society, researchers/academia, the private sector and the media, as well as other key stakeholders.
The overall objective of the RGI 2017 communications strategy will be to:
- Increase awareness and understanding of the critical challenges associated with, and potential solutions for, improving natural resource governance as identified in the RGI 2017
- Raise NRGI’s profile as a source of expertise and experience and a generator of data and evidence about natural resource governance to respond to these challenges
- Influence policymaking and augment policy dialogue
TERMS OF REFERENCE
- Prepare the RGI 2017 communications strategy that will specify activities and their timeframes, roles and responsibilities of different actors, target audiences and the main communication tools and products to be used during the RGI 2017 dissemination
- Stakeholder analysis
- Oversee publication copyedit and translations
- Coordinate the event planning for the global launch in May 2017
- Coordinate publication of press releases at global, regional, and country levels, possibly working in conjunction with a global public relations firm
- Liaising with media to communicate key messages to defined target audiences and managing media enquiries
- Strategize social media engagement
- Effectively monitor and evaluate various communications tools and activities, to measure the impact on achieving the overall objective
Illustrative deliverables [indicative timeline]
- NRGI 2017 communications strategy [21 March 2017]
- Finalized document content, English [21 April 2017]
- Finalized document content, other languages [20 April 2017]
- Finalized document layouts [14 May 2017]
CONTRACT DURATION AND SPECIFICATION
The expert will be engaged for 4 months beginning 1 March 2017 and will report to the Communications Director, working closely with the RGI team.
- 5 years’ relevant work experience
- Proven track record in the execution of a research or product launch
- Fluent English speaking and writing skills
- Experience of drafting messaging, press releases, comment, presentations
- Demonstrated ability to edit technical materials as well as basic copy-editing skills
- Strong pre-existing contacts with relevant media
- Experience with communicating data-heavy products
- Ability to grasp complex issues quickly and communicate them simply and effectively
- Experience analyzing media coverage
- Ability to prioritize and work under pressure, with excellent time management
- Good understanding of social media
- Determined, enthusiastic and proactive “can do” attitude
- Ability to meet deadlines and deliver to the highest standards first time
- Rigorous attention to detail and accuracy
- Additional languages a plus (French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian)
The contractor will sign a standard fixed-term contract with the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Terms and conditions include confidentiality, no conflicts of interest and that any work product will be intellectual property of NRGI.
Commensurate with experience
Start date and duration
01 March 2017, full-time for a period of 4 months
London (candidates must possess the right to work in the U.K.)
Please send a CV and cover letter ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the following email subject line: “RGI 2017 Communications contractor position”. Note that NRGI will contact only shortlisted individuals. No phone calls please.
About the Natural Resource Governance Institute
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.