National Investment Specialist** At Artisanal Gold Council

Project title:

GEF GOLD Burkina Faso: Contribution toward the elimination of mercury and improvement of the gold supply chain in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector (SAP ID: 160116)**


12 months renewable

Approx. 37.5 hrs/week **

Date required:

As soon as possible

Duty station:**

Burkina Faso


Artisanal Gold Council (AGC)


The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) is a not-for-profit organization based in Victoria, Canada. The AGC is dedicated to improving the opportunities, environment, and health of the millions of people involved in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in the developing world. Led by a multidisciplinary team of experts, the AGC is one of the few agencies in the world that has the sustainable development of the ASGM sector as its core mission.

Established in 2007, the AGC is known for innovation. We develop practical solutions to the challenges of the sector based on our deep field experience in artisanal and small-scale mining communities. The AGC employs an integrated approach to our programs focused on improved practices, governance, health, the environment, gender, markets and livelihoods. Overall, we aim to improve livelihoods and professionalize the ASGM sector to help develop it into a key and sustainable part of the global mining sector.

The AGC is a fast-growing organization that is currently implementing projects in over a dozen countries around the world. For more, visit:


The GEF supported programme “Global Opportunities for the Long-term Development of the ASGM sector (GEF GOLD)” has been designed to address the key issues linked to continued mercury use and provide sustainable development opportunities for the communities involved.

The objective of the proposed project is to expand the elimination of mercury in ASGM operations, facilitate access to finance, and improve the gold supply chain to provide miners in Burkina Faso more direct access to the international market. The project has four components: (i) review of the policy and legal framework supporting the ASGM sector, (ii) development and implementation of a finance mechanism which encourages ASG miners to follow Minamata and OECD compliance processes and leads to mercury free artisanal gold export via official channels, (iii) establishment of vocational training curricula, and (iv) global knowledge management.

The project is expected to demonstrate: 1) a transparent artisanal gold supply chain and increase in gold price for artisanal miners selling through official channels, 2) approved loan applications from the finance mechanism, 3) vocational training institutions adopted ASGM curricula including the installation of a mercury free training system, and 4) project information and knowledge disseminated to all stakeholders.


The National Investment Specialist will be the ambassador of the products/s in their charge in effect serving as a technically versed extension of the project team. As such the National Investment Specialist will work closely with the Project Manager, International Investment Specialist, consultant relations, ASGM chain supply expert and both internal and external distribution channels.

Main Duty



Assessing the feasibility of creating a revolving fund for Burkina Faso according to the original project document

Feasibility assessment completed


Developing and operationalizing a business model for an entity that can host a scalable finance mechanism for artisanal miners in Burkina Faso

Business model developed and operationalized


Building and maintaining project-relevant contact lists

List created


Working closely with the national team and international investment specialist and populating and organizing knowledge of investment products

Knowledge management system populated


Supporting the creation and distribution of clear, concise marketing collateral, research papers, newsletters, and other program materials

Project marketing complete


Developing and organizing workshops on loan application for miners

Workshop modules developed


Developing and organizing workshops for outreach and training to potential investors

Workshop modules developed


Supporting translation requirements, liaising to ensure timely and high-quality translation of all materials

Materials translated


Supporting the planning, implementation, and execution of product knowledge management and communications plans within the project countries

Plans executed


Communicating with in-country partners, stakeholders, government officials, and others

Successful communication with project partners



Regular meetings will be organized among the National Project Team members and stakeholders and, if needed, other AGC staff to ensure that the activities are undertaken in a satisfactory, timely and cost-effective manner. In particular, periodic reporting to the International Investment Specialist as well as the Project Manager are expected.


● Minimum 5 years of industry experience with particular focus on Gold Investments.

● Strong academic credentials with solid quantitative focus, including a degree in Finance, Economics or related fields.

● Willing and able to travel to project sites

● Able to thrive when working remotely, possess strategies for maintaining connections with team

● Excellent writing skills

● Self-motivated; motivated by goals and objectives


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of local languages, especially Mooré, Dioula and Dagara, is an advantage.

How to apply


Expressions of interest in the position should clearly demonstrate how the candidate meets the criteria, be submitted in English and include a CV, cover letter and salary expectations. The position will remain open until a candidate is selected. Applications should be directed to and

To apply to this position please send a cover letter and resume in English, stating the job title in the subject line, to**

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