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Research Consultant Subcontracting

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) seeks an experienced researcher to conduct a detailed analysis of governance and corruption challenges in extractive industry subcontracting processes.


Subcontracting in the extractive industries remains largely untouched by the good governance movement, yet it is hugely important to all stakeholders. When subcontracting goes awry, it can threaten the smooth running of operations and result in environmental and social mismanagement. It can also drive up costs, reducing company profits and shareholder returns and eating into government tax revenues that would otherwise be available for public expenditure. The absence of public scrutiny around extractive industry subcontracts has provided space for corruption to thrive.


Working closely with NRGI staff, the researcher will produce a detailed background report on governance and corruption challenges in extractive industry subcontracting. The research will cover both private companies and state-owned enterprises.

Key questions guiding the research will include:

  • What does extractive sector subcontracting involve and which areas of subcontracting should be prioritized for greater scrutiny?
  • For identified priority areas, what are the main governance and corruption challenges?
  • How are governments addressing these challenges?
  • How are companies addressing these challenges?
  • If global and/or national standards for improving extractive industry subcontracting need to be developed, what should these be based on and how should they be developed?


A strong grasp of corruption and governance challenges in the extractive industries, a detailed understanding of subcontracting and procurement processes in extractive industry projects, and demonstrated ability to conduct high profile research projects. 

Anticipated length of consultancy:

October 2017 - March 2018


Commensurate with experience.

To apply:

Provide resume, research proposal, brief writing sample (academic papers acceptable) and reference information to through the JazzHR system.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


***No recruiters or agencies, please***

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