The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) seeks an experienced communications consultant for short-term (2-3 months) engagement promoting research findings in its Africa country programmes and support the RGI launch (Resource Governance Index) as a top priority. They will also play a crucial role in deepening NRGI’s impact on governance in resource-rich sub-Saharan countries including DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.
The successful candidates will have: a talent for distilling crystal-clear messages about complex policy issues, a track record of success using social media, and excellent media relations skills.
They will support country and regional teams in developing and executing strategic communications and media outreach. They will apply message discipline and audience identification approaches to produce timely, high-quality informational materials, such as press releases and media advisories, fact sheets, audio visual content and impact stories from the country programs. They will also help develop the capacity of country teams to strategically use communications channels to promote debate on priority policy issues.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Key duties (but not limited to) include:
- Preparation of written materials (press releases, blog posts, op-eds)
- Creation and refinement of targeted media lists
- Media relations (pitching and helping journalists to develop stories)
- Social media planning and programming
- Experience working in the promotion of social science research (e.g., economics, legal, international development).
- We are ideally seeking two consultants: one Anglophone, and one Francophone (with - English proficiency). We will also consider interest from a single, fully bilingual consultant.
The consultant(s) will join a project team including other communications staff as well as researchers.
*All applicants must have the legal right to reside and work in Senegal.
Start date: as soon as possible
For the one billion people living in poverty in resource-rich countries, the oil, gas and mining sectors have failed to deliver on the promise of better quality of life. Instead of fact-based public debate, populist promises dominate many political systems. Corruption and state capture have spread, and democracy is under threat. Those who demand accountability face harassment and violence. The climate crisis looms large and the transition to green energy risks replicating governance misdeeds in the sector. Unless governance improves, half of the world’s poor will live in resource-rich countries by 2030.
The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) 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. Transparency, intelligent data, and capacity building are key tools to delivering impact. Our international staff of more than 90 country and issue experts, lawyers, economists, and governance specialists contribute evidence-based knowledge, advocacy, and technical expertise to make gains for the public good.