NRGI seeks to hire an experienced researcher to answer a questionnaire provided by NRGI for the country of Myanmar with respect to the mining sector for the 2021 Resource Governance Index project. The researcher’s role will involve researching publicly available information on the transparency and accountability of the extractives sector, including government reporting and disclosure practices and information about Myanmar’s legal framework.
- About NRGI and the Resource Governance Index (RGI)
Countries that are rich in oil, gas, and minerals face a critical development challenge. When used well, these resources can create greater prosperity for current and future generations; used poorly, or squandered, they can cause economic instability, social conflict, and lasting environmental damage. NRGI is a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping communities and nations benefit from their countries’ endowments of oil, gas, and minerals. For more information about NRGI, please refer to this short introduction and our 2020-2025 Strategy.
NRGI produces the Resource Governance Index (RGI), a tool for measuring the quality of governance in the oil, gas and mining sectors across a range of countries with considerable oil, gas and/or mineral reserves. The RGI is based on the premise that good governance of natural resources is necessary for the successful development of countries with abundant oil, gas and minerals. It provides a diagnostic tool to help identify good practices as well as shortcomings in governance. The most recent edition of the index is the 2017 Resource Governance Index; you can learn more about the results at www.resourcegovernanceindex.org.
The researcher will be responsible for answering a detailed questionnaire provided by NRGI for the country of Myanmar with respect to the oil and gas sector. In order to complete the RGI questionnaire, the researcher will consult publicly available official documents. The researcher will provide justifications and supporting documents as evidence for their responses to the questionnaire. Once the researcher has completed the questionnaire, peer reviewers will review them for accuracy and consistency. Following peer review, the researcher will be asked to follow-up on specific questions, to provide further evidence or clarifications in response to concerns following the review.
- Deliverables and compensation
Researchers Will Produce The Following Deliverables
- First two sub-components of the questionnaire.
Due date: 6 weeks after contract start, or as agreed with NRGI
Due date: 14 December 2020, or as agreed with NRGI
- Completed revised questionnaire
Due date: 26 February 2021, or as agreed with NRGI
We estimate that the research of a single country-sector questionnaire will take 80 hours of work. It is therefore possible that the questionnaire is done full time in a short time-frame of a few weeks or done part-time over the course of a several months
NRGI will compensate each researcher upon satisfactory performance of the work, assignments and tasks outlined in this Terms of Reference. Please note that researchers will be compensated after satisfactory completion of the work and compensation will not be based on an hourly or daily rate.
It is expected that the researcher will possess the following qualifications:
- Graduate degree in Law, International Affairs, International Development, Political Sciences, Economics, or similar disciplines.
- Demonstrated desk-based research skills.
- Detailed knowledge of the oil and gas sector in Myanmar.
- Familiarity with the movement for greater transparency in the extractives sector, including initiatives led by NRGI, as well as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Publish What You Pay (PWYP), among others.
- Attention to detail; ability to meet deadlines.
- Responsiveness to inquiries and excellent communication skills.
- Independence from government and extractive companies.
- Excellent language skills in Myanmar and English.
For more information or to request a copy of the full Terms of Reference for the consultancy position please email [email protected]
Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and applications will close on 20 September, 2020. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview (on Skype or Zoom) and may then be asked to complete a short 3-question test.