Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a full-time Deputy Investigative Manager to join their pan-African forensic investigation team at the iLAB. The successful candidate will support iLAB’s Investigations Manager. They will work as part of CfA’s internal iLAB team of forensic researchers, data scientists and OSINT (open source intelligence) investigators, who produce evidence-based dossiers and other actionable evidence for a global audience and for international watchdog media partners.
The iLAB works in support of the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), which is a CfA initiative that brings together the continent’s best muckraking newsrooms to investigate crooked politicians, organised crime and big business. The iLAB spearheads investigations that individual ANCIR newsrooms are unable to tackle on their own. This includes forensic analysis of suspected digital influence operations and disinformation campaigns, as well as toxic content aimed at misleading citizens or triggering social discord or polarisation using hate speech or radicalisation or other techniques . The iLAB also supports partners to investigate transnational organised crime, illicit financial flows and state capture on the continent. The successful candidate will work as part of a multinational and multilingual team across the continent, using digital collaboration tools to create content for a global audience and international media partners.
- Demonstrable investigative skills honed from experience in investigative research, forensic investigations/research, forensic audit, business intelligence, due diligence, asset tracking, compliance, or other investigative professions. CfA will not consider any applicants who has served with government intelligence agencies;
- Technical capabilities in conducting targeted forensic data analysis and digital forensics or open source investigations;
- A minimum of 2 years managing investigative projects, forensic teams or editorial newsrooms, with evidence of successful collaboration/impact, in challenging and/or fast-moving environments;
- A minimum of 2 years project management experience managing several projects at once with high stakes and outputs.
- An understanding of influence operations, including both disinformation and misinformation, as well as digital amplification and viral media techniques would be a benefit.
- An understanding of offshore financial schemes, international money laundering operations, and/or criminal structures would be a bonus.
- Experience of managing or using digital technologies for conducting OSINT investigative research into influence operations and evolving disinformation trends, or alternatively using data-driven network analysis/ named entity recognition tools for analysing PEPs or institutional networks.
- Previous experience working on the digital collaboration tools that CfA uses, ranging from Slack and Google Drive, to Trello would be an advantage.
- Familiarity with mining and handling large datasets would be a plus.
- Ability to speak and write in English and French or Arabic.
- You will work as the deputy iLAB’s investigations manager who will support the iLAB Project Manager in overseeing a fast growing team of forensic researchers and data scientists/analysts who work on clearly defined projects in support of partner newsrooms / watchdog NGOs;
- You will steer project scoping and specification, including developing work plans and budgets, all anchored by the original project conceptualisation or framing that is further fleshed-out during review/ideation sessions, with clear mechanisms for support or guidance and a clear communication structure.
- You will oversee project deliverables to ensure adherence to agreed quality benchmarks and budgets, by facilitating regular progress/prototype reviews at appropriate milestones for stakeholders, and by proactively problem-solving where expectations are not met.
- Where needed, you will manage the day-to-day implementation of projects/partners, based on their work plans and CfA strategic objectives or expectations, with programmatic guidance from the regional manager.
- You will also help generate investigative leads and/or research topics and/or hypotheses, based on digital signals/evidence from public sources, and will help your team scope/plan their research and analysis, with clear data requirements and timelines to produce actionable outputs.
- You will use CfA production tools and methodology to set investigative assignments and deadlines, based on clear hypotheses, and will oversee the day-to-day activities of your team while also coordinating its collaboration with other CfA teams and/or partners, all while ensuring quality control, and monitoring output/impact.
- You will assist in liaising with external CfA partners, including newsrooms and civil society experts, to help them find “the stories in the data”, and will ensure that both senior leadership as well as content teams at these partners are geared to support impactful publication of the iLAB’s investigative research.
- You will proactively problem-solve and iterate on projects, helping the team and project partners find creative solutions for challenges or obstacles, and developing detailed plans for amplifying your team’s work.
P.S: Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Organisation: Code for Africa (CfA)
Location: Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal