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Part-Time Anticorruption Research Associate

Description

NRGI is seeking a part-time research associate to provide research, data analysis and other support to its anticorruption research team on the management of extractive sector corruption risks and certain aspects of government anticorruption policy.

Corruption in the oil, gas and mining sectors can undermine incentives to adopt good governance practices and lead to lost revenues and performance failures by public sector officials and government institutions. As part of its ongoing anticorruption research, NRGI seeks to deepen its understanding of the following priority topics:

1) The design and enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

2) Government policies and practices for addressing kleptocracy in resource-rich countries, with a particular focus on the United States

3) Other existing rules, standards and practices for managing corruption risks in extractives sector deals, with a particular focus on due diligence procedures used in transactions between companies and resource-rich governments

Findings from this research will be incorporated into larger research efforts, which NRGI will in turn incorporate into our capacity building and technical assistance offerings to governments, media and civil society actors, or into our anticorruption advocacy work with partner organizations.

The research associate position would ideally be located in New York or London, though a remote position would be considered for the right candidate. NRGI estimates around 20 hours a week of work through the end of 2017, beginning as soon as possible. There is a possibility that the position would be extended into 2018. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

In researching the priority topics, the Research Associate may be asked to:

  • Review, analyze and summarize a range of materials (court filings, other official documents, databases, media reports, etc.).
  • Collect, collate and summarize existing research.
  • Produce bibliographies.
  • Develop data points and datasets on selected issues.
  • Provide additional research and writing support to the anticorruption research team as appropriate. 

NRGI may add, change or remove any of these essential duties and responsibilities at any time over the course of the assignment. 

Education/Experience

Graduate student or recent graduate in a relevant field (e.g. law, economics, political science, international affairs) with a familiarity with related subjects including corruption, natural resource governance, and international development, and demonstrated research skills.

Skills Required

  • Excellent research abilities. Demonstrated experience researching anticorruption policies and practices is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Facility with database management, data analysis and dataset preparation.
  • Competence and experience working independently on research assignments.
  • Legal background preferred but not required.
  • Proficiency in a relevant foreign language (e.g., French, Arabic, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia) preferred but not required.

Duration

Part-time (around 20 hours per week); roughly August 1-December 15, 2017, with a possibility for extension

Compensation

Hourly rate commensurate with experience

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and early submissions are strongly encouraged.

 

 

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