Job Announcement: PWYP International Director

International Director

Publish What You Pay
Open Society Foundation–London

Application Deadline: April 4, 2011

Publish What You Pay (PWYP) is a global network of civil society organizations that are united in their call for extractive industry revenues to form the basis for development and improve the lives of ordinary citizens in resource-rich countries. PWYP undertakes public campaigns and policy advocacy to achieve disclosure of information about extractive industry revenues, contracts and government budgets. 

Since its establishment in 2002, the global network has grown to over 600 member organizations across the world including human rights, development, environmental and faith-based groups. In more than 30 countries, network members have joined forces by creating civil society coalitions for collective action. The priorities of these coalitions reflect the unique national context and the nature of the extractives sector in the country. A great value of the network is the solidarity it provides to civil society operating in difficult environments. Over the years, network members have worked to lift restrictions that have been placed on transparency campaigners and have mobilised support to safeguard the role of civil society in public debate and decision-making around the management of natural resource revenues. As a result, PWYP has opened up spaces, at global, regional and national levels, for civil society to discuss and advocate on issues that a few years ago were considered taboo.

At the international level, PWYP’s advocacy focuses on stock exchange rules, international accounting standards, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), and extractive industry contracts. Key achievements to date include the 2010 US legislation requiring US-listed oil, gas and mining companies to publish what they pay to all governments (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act); European Parliament endorsement of PWYP’s call for a new international accounting standard for extractive industry transparency; and increasing participation of civil society in national discourse on the management and use of natural resource revenues through, for example, the establishment of the EITI.  

The PWYP network is supported by an international secretariat, which is hosted by the Open Society Foundations-London office. The secretariat is funded by a number of non-governmental Organisations.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism.  Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Each foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities.   

Publish What You Pay seeks an international director to lead the strategic development and management of the network. The primary responsibility of the international director will be to develop and institutionalize support to the PWYP network.  Managing a small team (currently two staff in London and one in Ghana) the successful candidate will have extensive experience in strategy development, fundraising and network management. A fixed-term contract of 2 years will be initially offered with the possibility to be renewed.


The first responsibility of the director will be to devise and implement a strategic plan for PWYP for the coming two years, in consultation with the staff and membership. 

  1. Strategic Leadership: Take forward PWYP’s strategy and concretise tactics and targets for the coming two years, drawing upon discussions with national coalitions, leading practitioners and thinkers, donors and other interested parties. This will involve identifying and prioritising opportunities for greatest impact in terms of international and regional advocacy, identifying and addressing gaps in the strategic plan, and a thoughtful reconsideration of PWYP’s own capacity and institutional structure, including a review of the roles and responsibilities of PWYP international staff; Regular communication and coordination with coordinators/directors of PWYP national coalitions and counterparts within the network to ensure shared information and intelligence, coherent messages, common positions, consensus on campaign issues, and effective joint advocacy.
  2. Representation and Advocacy:  Develop an international advocacy strategy for the promotion of revenue and contract transparency in the extractive industries which includes, but not limited to: the EITI, International Accounting Standards, securities market listing requirements (building on the US Dodd-Frank legislation) and other regulations that apply to extractive companies, transnational institutions such as the United Nations and the European Union and the G-20 countries, international financial institutions, export credit agencies and the private sector (including institutional investors); Oversee the implementation of this strategy, in person and through PWYP advocacy staff, through face-to-face lobbying, media work and other public messaging, and co-ordination of advocacy by PWYP members;  Consult on an ongoing basis with PWYP’s global membership, keeping them informed and ensuring that their views feed into PWYP’s international advocacy and that this in turn complements national and regional advocacy priorities; Creating bridges and working relations with other relevant networks and organizations to strengthen the work of PWYP; Participate in the EITI to defend and advance PWYP positions; Provide strategic advice and support to civil society groups engaged with the EITI; Monitor countries’ implementation of the EITI to ensure that civil society is able to fully participate; Influence decision-making and policy development to ensure the global EITI standard is upheld.
  3. Coalition development and support: Grow and/or re-invigorate grass roots and NGO membership globally to advance advocacy objectives, as well as supporting existing members; play a facilitator/mediator role to address any crisis situations within coalitions, including dispute resolution or threats faced by members together with other staff. Oversee development of impact assessment/documentation methods and ongoing assessment of the coalition’s objectives and activities, with support from the staff.
  4. Fundraising and Donor Relations:  Develop and implement a budget and fundraising strategy for PWYP’s new strategic plan; coordinate donor relations and draft proposals with support from staff as necessary.
  5. Line Management: Supervise the work of the two London-based staff and the one Accra-based staff. Liaise with administrative and financial management staff at respective host agencies for effective and efficient staff management and programme administration. Identify human resources gaps, interviewing, and hiring of new staff as necessary. 

During the first six months, the director will report to members of the Management Committee, currently composed of Global Witness, Revenue Watch Institute, the Open Society Foundations, CARE and CAFOD.  The director will help to develop and implement new governance structures.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Minimum 5-7 years experience in a senior management/leadership role in an NGO or network, including line management experience and experience with remote management (desirable);
  • Advanced degree in a related field (e.g. development, political science, finance, law, international relations);
  • Experience in advocacy with a variety of stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, government, international financial institutions, and the private sector) at international level;
  • Experience in fundraising and institutional development;
  • Familiarity with the global extractive industry transparency movement and with the basic structure and operations of the extractive industries and key players;
  • Understanding of coalition dynamics and ability to patiently and diplomatically forge consensus between diverse stakeholders on campaign issues;
  • Fluency in at least one language in addition to English (French and/or Russian would be an advantage);
  • Ability to inspire and persuade;
  • Pro-active, fast-thinker;
  • Effective project management and organisational skills in order to prioritize competing requests, meet deadlines, manage a complex workload and delegate as necessary;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people, situations and languages;
  • Excellent communication, writing, editing and presentation skills;
  • Ability to assimilate and understand complex technical data;
  • Ability to travel internationally approximately 25 percent of the time.

Start Date

May 2011


Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter & CV no later than end of business hours Monday, April 4, 2011 to: including job code in subject line: PWYP-DIR

Due to the large volume of applicants expected – only those candidates selected for interview will receive notification.

No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations/Publish What You Pay are an Equal Opportunity Employer.