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Development Manager

Background/NRGI Summary:  The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is a nonprofit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the benefit of all.  Improving natural resource governance is one of the most significant development challenges of the decade and will determine the future of 1 billion people globally who live in scarcity in the midst of resource abundance. Countries with non-renewable resource wealth face both a challenge and an opportunity—when used poorly or squandered, non-renewable resource wealth can cause economic instability, social conflict and lasting environmental impacts; used well, they can create prosperity for current and future generations. NRGI is a recognized leader in the field of natural resource governance, helping people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals in order to build a more stable and sustainable future. For more information, please visit

Job Overview/Summary: NRGI is seeking a Development Manager for our global organization to be based in London with the mandate to help take NRGI development to the next level by expanding our donor base and integrating development into all aspects of the organization. This is a great opportunity for a mid/senior level development professional, well versed in fundraising, grant development and management and communications in the international development space who is looking for an interesting opportunity to support organizational growth and build and implement a development strategy. Ideal candidates will bring strong institutional donor networks, be strategic and creative thinkers, able to proactively take on a significant amount of responsibility and drive work independently under the leadership of the Senior Development Officer and in close coordination with the management team. Candidates should be excellent communicators, self-starters able to augment and manage their own portfolios and confidently and professionally represent NRGI to external stakeholders of various levels of seniority.

The Development Manager will be the Development Team focal point on European based fundraising, including in the UK and support regional fundraising efforts. The post will report to the Senior Development Officer based in New York. The Development Manager will play a key role in driving organizational fund-raising strategies and approaches with a significant emphasis on: proactive identification, solicitation and cultivation of new donors; increased and improved communications to support development (internal and external); and, a focus on capacity building of both regional and country based NRGI staff to support development functions.


Major Responsibilities:

In coordination with the Senior Development Officer, the Development Manager will be responsible for the following:

New donor cultivation: Identify new opportunities for engagement and relationship building with donors and partners. Work with senior management and thematic and country teams across the organization to develop key messages that clearly and effectively communicate NRGI’s work to a broad audience and demonstrate NRGI’s contribution to furthering donor strategic objectives. This includes with newly identified donors as well as opportunities for augmenting current contributions.  Providing stewardship for donors.

Communications and external relations: Coordination with Communications, Program, Finance, and Administrative staff to develop institutional messaging and materials, and customized products (e.g. proposals, budgets, and reports) to clearly articulate NRGI’s work to a wide audience and raise the profile of the organization

Capacity building of NRGI staff to support development: Assist in building the capacity of field staff to identify and build relationships, develop proposals, monitor projects and prepare reports; support writing, editing, formatting and proofreading of proposals and report documents.

Relationship management: Manage an assigned portfolio of donor relationships providing a consistently high level of customer service to donor representatives. Represent NRGI as necessary in meetings with representatives of donor countries and organizations. Liaise with relevant colleagues across the globe to ensure proactive and frequent communication with donors. Prepare briefing materials for senior management and other colleagues for donor engagement.

Grant management: Coordinate with respective program and field departments to prepare high-quality and responsive project proposals, concept papers and project reports.  Ensure that Project Cycle Management (PCM) principles are incorporated into the formulation and implementation of all projects. Monitor the implementation of projects in coordination with Finance, Field, and Program departments and verify adherence to donor requirements

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Senior Development Officer
Position directly supervises: no line management duties

Indirect Reporting:
Other Internal and/or external contacts: working with other departments and programmes internally, nurturing positive relationships.

Internal: Support Service, Research and Data, Legal and Economic, Country Programmes, Communications

External: Official government bodies, DFID, EU officials, INGOs and Think Tanks, Donors, HNWI’s

Job Requirements:

Demonstrated Knowledge and Experience; Development and fundraising capacity preferably within an INGO. Demonstrable and measurable business development, solid networking and confidence to build upon networks.  Demonstrable grant writing and project management experience. 

 Skills and Abilities; Effective communicator who knows when to use the right communication medium, empathetic, a strong persuader, strong attention to detail, approachable and responsive.  Ability to manage multiple tasks in time sensitive environment. 

Education.  Bachelor’s degree in International Relations or similar subject matter preferred.  PRINCE 2 or other project management certification highly desirable.

Alignment with NRGI Culture and Mission:

All staff uphold the following organization-wide culture and values:

Commitment to furthering NRGI’s mission and core values of integrity, intellectual rigor, respect for evidence, innovation, strategic selectivity and independence.

Demonstrated ability to be a professional, productive member of a diverse community of people at work, working toward shared goals, with mutual respect and accountability in a fast-paced environment.

Personal qualities of capacity for learning, reflection and self-criticism, humility and sense of humor.

Working Environment:  Office work environment with some travel at times.

NRGI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NRGI considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, gender, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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


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