For our new project 'A Safer World for the Truth', Free Press Unlimited is looking for an experienced Research Coordinator. A professional who will strengthen the investigations unit and coordinate the investigation of a portfolio of cases under the project, covering two or three different countries.

It is our belief that people are entitled to reliable, independent and timely information; and it is media and journalists who provide the public with lifesaving information and facts that help them understand issues defining their daily lives. Our goal is to better protect truth finders by ending the impunity that incites and perpetuates violence against them. Therefore Free Press Unlimited has launched 'A Safer World for the Truth'; a new project to combat impunity for crimes against journalists. Ending impunity is essential to improve the safety of journalists: failing to hold perpetrators to account allows the murder of journalists to continue.

The project consists of the investigation of 10 ‘cold’ cases in which journalists were murdered for doing their job. Through these investigations, new facts and information around the killings will be revealed, paving the way for potential prosecution of the perpetrators at the domestic, regional or international level. The information will also serve to inform advocacy and raise awareness by telling the stories about these journalists through a variety of media productions. Finally, in two years time, a People’s Tribunal will be organised where the results of the investigations will be revealed and perpetrators will be exposed.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Ensure the management of investigations for a portfolio of cold cases of murdered journalists;
  • Develop investigation strategies with support from the Project Lead:
  • Execute desk-research / open source research;
  • Set up and manage local investigation teams /hires local stringers/fixers to collect evidence in project countries;
  • Hire experts and consultants as needed;
  • Coordinate and participate in fact-finding missions;
  • Facilitate workshops;
  • Analyse evidence and draft research findings reports.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Graduate-level degree in journalism, law, or social sciences;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in conducting research on complex human rights issues, including at least 2 years in challenging field locations;
  • Strong experience with crime-related investigative journalism or criminal investigations, or a combination of both;
  • Experience with (remotely) managing and supporting field researchers and/or journalists;
  • Expertise related to the legal framework for crimes against journalists and freedom of expression;
  • Experience with investigative journalism assignments;
  • Experience working for international organisations, international or local NGO’s;
  • Excellent command of English (writing and speaking). Proficiency in French, Spanish is desirable;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to project countries regularly and for several weeks at a time.

Competencies

  • Excellent analysis, research and reporting skills as evidenced by a track record of completed reports and/or publications;
  • Excellent networking, communication, and collaboration skills;
  • Ability to facilitate workshops with diverse groups of participants;
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative while collaborating in a team;
  • Ability to work on sensitive issues, strong inter-cultural communication;
  • Commitment to delivering high-quality results, actively seeking input from peers and experts;
  • Ability to structure, plan and organize multiple tasks and deadlines.

What we offer

A position in a dynamic environment with international colleagues based in the centre of Amsterdam. An appointment for one year, with the possibility of an extension depending on performance and availability of funding, 25 paid holiday days a year (on full-time basis) and 8% holiday allowance. Free Press Unlimited uses fair selection criteria based on equal. opportunities

Interested?

Then we would love to hear from you! Please apply by sending your English CV, short cover letter (both in PDF format) and a relevant English writing sample no later than February 24th, 2020 to Saskia Baas (Project leader) at baas[at] freepressunlimited.org. For questions about the position you can contact Saskia Baas via email: baas[at[freepressunlimited.org. 

If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, we reserve the right to remove the vacancy from our website before that date. Non-EU candidates need to have a valid work permit to be considered for this role. An assessment and screening can be part of the selection process.