Were Hiring! DPI Mining - Head of Programs and Initiatives
We're Hiring! DPI Mining - Head of Programs and Initiatives
News > We’re Hiring! DPI Mining – Head of Programs and Initiatives
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The Development Partner Institute (DPI Mining) is looking for an outstanding Head of Programs and Initiatives to creatively lead the design and implementation of its Pilots, Programs and Initiatives, with the goal of generating positive socio-economic impact and advancing mining as a global development partner.



The Development Partner Institute for Mining (DPI) is a global coalition of ambitious leaders, committed to maximizing the contribution of mining to economic and social development. We work together, collaboratively, with stakeholders from across the ecosystem to advocate for new ways of operating, sparking multi-stakeholder conversations on the sector’s toughest challenges, preparing and sharing knowledge and research and catalyzing pilots and demonstrations to accelerate the vision of mining as a development partner.

We tackle the sector’s frontier challenges. Our current initiatives include:

Responsible Sourcing: Mine to Consumer: A joint program with the Rockefeller Foundation, it aims to accelerate the adoption of a ‘whole of value chain’ approach to responsible sourcing, in response to increasing societal pressure and the proliferation of global responsible sourcing standards, to achieve a higher level of performance across the mining value chain with communities at the centre.

Mining Research Battlefield: In partnership with Mining Indaba and Business for Development this work aims to launch the first ever platform on which academic institutions propose innovation-led research projects with a focus on accelerating mining as a development partner. Selected proposals will be funded by sponsors and contribute to application of best practice on the ground.

Future Energy: Exploring new business models and energy supply options to meet future energy needs for the prosperity and development of both mines and communities. Pilots to launch in Australia and on the African continent.

Australia - Maximizing Mining’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals in a Post Covid world: In partnership with Hatch, exploring the concept of The Social Value Approach through a series of spark forums with a dedicated Task Force comprised of mining company and other representatives.

Implementation of the Development Partner Framework: Working with mining organizations to demonstrate and evaluate ways in which the development partner approach can be applied.

New opportunity development: Exploring opportunities for country catalysts, especially in Latin America and Anglophone and Francophone Africa.




- Work with the DPI Team – Executive Director, Program Advisers and Marketing Advisers - to deliver on the full suite of active DPI pilots and programs and identify and design future opportunities.

- Lead on the implementation of active programs. This may include designing activity scopes, developing budgets, identifying and fostering relationships with key partners, planning and facilitating events and forums, liaising with stakeholders, managing work and team members, and reporting on progress and outcomes.

- Lead on new opportunity development, geographic and thematic, aligned with the DPI Pathway to Impact.

- Lead the strategic direction of the Pathway to Impact.

- Manage the overall budgeting and resourcing of the Programs team.

- Collaborate with partners and manage external teams where necessary

- Organize and facilitate DPI sessions, as required.

- Support the DPI Board and DPI Executive Director, providing information, data and other input, as required.

- Work with our Marketing team to raise the profile of the DPI amongst key stakeholders, with a focus on the portfolio of programs.

- Undertake fundraising-related activities on behalf of the DPI, as required.

- Represent the DPI at key events and forums.




- Inspired by the mission of the Development Partner Institute

- Program design and implementation experience in mining and/or international development (likely to be a mid-career professional)

- Experience operating at mid-management level, demonstrating strategic and technical oversight

- Relevant undergraduate or Masters’ degree in fields such as international development, international relations, economics, sociology, or anthropology

- Facilitation and presentation skills; confidence communicating to and interest in or experience with large groups

- Strong action- and outcome- bias with commitment to and interest in cultural change or transformation

- Excellent writing, editing and proof-reading skills (in English)

- Have practical mining-related experience in an international context, such as in industry, government, multilateral institutions, or civil society

- Have a track-record of developing and nurturing strong, respectful relationships with a broad range of stakeholders in differing geographical contexts, including developing countries.

- An ability to problem-solve and adapt quickly to new conditions.

- Creative thinking and ability to inspire others

- An openness to learn and evolve your own thinking and approaches

- A get up and go approach, with an awareness of what requires initiative and what requires more senior input

- Highly self-motivated, works effectively both alone and in remote teams

- Flexible

- Experience in the mining sector and /or a deep interest in mining’s role in economic and social transformation

- Professional level French and/or Spanish language (advantageous)

At the DPI we celebrate our diverse team. We welcome applications from those of any age, gender, background, race, ability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.


We offer the opportunity to work flexibly from home, with travel as required, including to developing countries. Attractive reimbursement will be offered to the successful candidate.

We encourage early applications. Please submit a CV and covering letter to hello@dpimining.org before midnight GMT on 3rd November 2021.