Organization: Natural Resource Governance Institute

Location: New York, NY

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Countries that are rich in oil, gas, and mineral wealth 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. The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)’s mission – and passion – is to capitalize on these opportunities and surmount the challenges that more than one billion people in resource rich countries face.

NRGI is a high-impact, international non-governmental organization dedicated to helping communities and nations benefit from their countries’ endowments of oil, gas, and minerals. With a global reach across more than twenty countries, NRGI uses research, data, and analysis, as the evidence base for our training, technical assistance, grant-making, brokering dialogue and convening change actors. NRGI partners with global as well as national influencers and leaders within governments, non-governmental organizations, media, legislatures, the private sector, and international institutions to increase accountable and effective governance.

With an $18M budget, NRGI has a highly skilled staff of nearly 100 global and country experts in over ten countries, including lawyers, economists, and governance and data specialists. Headquartered in New York, NRGI offices are also in Accra, Beirut, Lima, Dar es Salaam, Jakarta, London, and Washington DC, and further staff are in regional and country offices across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

NRGI, the product of a merger between Revenue Watch Institute and the Natural Resource Charter has built a reputation over the past decade as a leader and change maker in the field of governance. NRGI is implementing a new leadership team, in which the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a critical position supporting NRGI’s growth and maturation.

This is a full-time position located in New York, NY. For more information, please visit

Candidate Profile

The CFO will play a strategic leadership role in NRGI’s growth and development.  S/he will manage the support services team, will advise the President/CEO, the COO and NRGI leadership team, the Governing Board and its Audit and Finance Committee on matters relating to financial strategy and status, risk management and compliance and long-term planning.  In addition, the CFO will provide management oversight and ensure the quality and continual improvement of NRGI’s financial operations and systems, including budgeting, accounting, cash management, auditing, donor reporting, and contracts and grant management. Importantly, the CFO will also have oversight of administration, including issues related to risk management, legal and compliance, IT, and human resources.

Responsibilities of the Chief Financial Officer include but are not limited to:

Strategic Thinking and Organizational Leadership

  • Play a key role in NRGI’s leadership team, ensuring cost effectiveness and efficiency in addressing issues related to organizational growth and development and delivery of our strategy.
  • Advise the President/CEO, COO and leadership team and Governing Board members on financial and organizational effectiveness matters; lead and implement the development assessment of risks and the implications of decisions and long-term plans.
  • Provide strategic guidance and leadership regarding the policies, processes and systems necessary to manage the organization’s global financial and administrative operations in an effective and efficient manner.

Financial Management

  • Manage all financial operations of the organization including tax, accounting, bank relationships, treasury, cash management, payroll, forecasting, and risk management activities to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • Foster a collaborative working relationship across the organization to ensure effective budget preparation, monitoring of budget variances and linking actual results back to strategic priorities established by the NRGI’s Governing Board and leadership team.
  • Work in partnership with fundraising and development staff to ensure responsible tracking of funds raised and spent and to develop a fundraising strategy that will appropriately diversify funding sources and respond to organizational needs.
  • Prepare timely and accurate financial reports for the executive management team, the Governing Board and its Audit and Finance Committee.
  • Lead audit preparations and manage the ongoing relationship with the external auditors to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements in the U.S., UK, and other countries.

Oversight of Support Services

  • Lead the development and implementation of a global IT strategy and oversee development and use of IT systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Oversee compliance with policies and procedures to ensure alignment with best practices and organizational values.
  • Oversee grant-making and contractual agreements, including development of policies, processes and systems to manage risk and compliance.
  • In tandem with the Chief Operating Officer, oversee global human resources, including the development of policies and procedures, remuneration and pay philosophy and annual pay review.
  • Lead review of staff safety and security assessment, and implementation of appropriate standard operating procedures.
  • Oversee general office administration ensuring a responsive organizational backbone across global locations.


Demonstrated Expertise

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and expertise in designing financial management strategies, ensuring responsive IT, HR, development, and compliance support, and bringing energy, initiative and resourcefulness to strengthen NRGI’s organizational backbone.
  • Demonstrated fiduciary experience, commitment and in-depth knowledge of accounting rules including those specifically focused on non-profit organizations, IRS and international regulations relating to public charities, and experience managing government and private foundation grants.
  • Ability to strategically analyze global financial data, both at an overall organizational level as well as the detailed project/program levels and communicate that data to inform organizational strategy and development.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to develop positive and productive relationships and decisively build buy-in across the organization.
  • A track record of improving processes across both finance and administration, bringing greater efficiency and effectiveness to a global and dispersed organization and leveraging technology as appropriate.
  • Strong and proven organizational and leadership skills contributing to a broader leadership team and organizational vision; comfortable with a high level of visibility, responsibility and accountability.
  • Strong manager with emphasis on team building, staff empowerment and career development, with emphasis on timely delivery, attention to detail, and prioritizing work flow to meet critical deadlines.

Education and Professional Experience

  • Relevant undergraduate degree in business, finance or accounting required; a CPA, MBA or equivalent advanced professional degree strongly preferred.
  • 10-15 years of hands-on experience in finance or accounting management, including 5-7 years of in-depth financial management experience working with or for the international non-profit sector and in a leadership role.

Personal Qualities

  • Impeccable ethical standards coupled with respect for, and commitment to, the mission and values of the organization.
  • Highly effective collaborator with peers, supervisors, and directly reporting staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a professional, productive member of a diverse community working toward shared goals, with mutual respect and accountability in a fast-paced environment.
  • Capacity for learning, reflection and self-criticism, humility, and sense of humor.
  • Professional, diplomatic demeanor with the ability to represent a global organization.
  • Pro-active, innovative, resourceful and thoughtful approach to problem-solving.
  • Strong organizational, strategic thinking and process-oriented skills and deep attention to detail.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.


Natural Resource Governance Institute has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

Natural Resource Governance Institute is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit