Airwars, Senior Investigator - FTC

17 Aug 2020
11 Sep 2020
Job Type
Full Time

London-based civilian casualty monitoring organisation Airwars is looking for an experienced Senior Investigator to join our core team.

Since our founding in 2014, Airwars has helped redefine understanding of civilian harm from the use of wide area effect munitions on the modern battlefield.

Tracking multiple belligerents across five conflict theatres, our expert research team has so far monitored the locally reported deaths of more than 54,000 non combatants - at the same time directly challenging claims of low or no civilian harm from military actions.

Often in partnership with major news organisations, Airwars continues to break stories of international significance - most recently showing that European nations are denying civilian deaths from their own actions in Iraq and Syria, even where US military personnel had determined otherwise.

We also published a major study in 2019, News In Brief, detailing the many challenges of civilian harm coverage for modern newsrooms.

Now, thanks to generous funding from the Reva & David Logan Foundation, Airwars is appointing an experienced full time Senior Investigator to conduct investigations into civilian harm issues.

The supported postholder will author around three major investigations per year, likely in partnership with international media organisations.

The successful applicant will also work with our experienced team, pioneering innovative ways to reach new audiences on the critical issue of civilian harm.

The two year post will be based at our South East London headquarters (Covid-19 permitting.)

Candidates must demonstrate at least five years’ professional experience as a journalist, with at least their two most recent years as a published investigative reporter.

The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate a strong interest in the humanitarian aspects of conflicts; have a solid and relevant contacts list; and be able to start work brimming with achievable ideas.

Key skills required:

  • High quality written and spoken English, and preferably at least one other language.
  • Competence in subbing and editing.
  • Regional knowledge of the Middle East; and North and East Africa - and an understanding of key issues in one or more of the conflict nations we monitor. 
  • A proven record of high quality investigative reporting published at national or international level - preferably conflict-related. 
  • A sound understanding of the critical value of civilian casualty monitoring, and transparency and accountability issues.
  • The post holder will work in partnership with major news organisations. The ability to maintain strict firewalling and confidentiality is therefore a must. 

Click 'APPLY NOW' and send us a detailed cover letter outlining your aspirations for the role; and your current CV including two professional references.  This should be sent no later than 5pm on Friday 11 September 2020.

Airwars strives to be an equal opportunities employer, and welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates from BAME communities; and from refugees able to work full time in the UK.

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