Investigations Officer

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 19

Position description

Investigations Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, Deadline: 10/19/2018

The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, we strive to secure legal remedies for human rights abuses, and promote effective enforcement of the rule of law. Our efforts focus on accountability for international crimes, racial discrimination and statelessness, criminal justice reform, abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, the promotion of freedom of information and expression, and combating high-level corruption. We recognize that changes in laws and institutions are incomplete without changes in how people think about the law's relevance to their daily life, and collaborate with a community of dedicated and skillful human rights advocates across the globe, part of a justice movement that reflects the diversity of the world it inhabits. Our staff is based in Abuja, Brussels, The Hague, London, Mexico City, New York, Paris, Santo Domingo, and Washington, D.C.

The Justice Initiative's anticorruption work focuses on the use of strategic litigation, with an emphasis on civil-society supported prosecution, to bring accountability to perpetrators and facilitators of high-level corruption, particularly in the field of resource-related extraction in developing countries. We work to demonstrate that a legal challenge to grand corruption is practically feasible by bringing model cases for litigation, disseminating the lessons learned, and developing and testing new legal tools as well as innovative applications for existing legal methodologies and theories. We also work to strengthen the anticorruption field by providing and encouraging political and other support for prosecutors and courts, publishing and distributing toolkits and other materials focused on accountability and deterrence, and creating strong relationships with other governmental and non-governmental oganizations focused on anticorruption.
Job profile

The Investigations Officer will manage the Justice Initiative's anticorruption investigation work as a part of the Justice Initiative's Anticorruption team, particularly including identifying leads and developing and delivering high-quality, compelling, reader-friendly investigations, and collaborating with the Anticorruption team to prepare resulting cases for litigation and/or presentation to law enforcement authorities, and/or engaging in other forms of legal and public advocacy. The Investigations Officer will work with a high degree of autonomy, contributing to the Anticorruption team's work in developing and implementing projects chiefly, but not exclusively, criminal corruption cases related to grand corruption in sub-Saharan Africa and/or the Eurasia region. The ideal candidate will
  • have seven or more years of experience working in law enforcement investigation, investigative business journalism, professional private investigation/corporate intelligence, or similar fields, with a strong track record in investigating complex cross-border financial crime, including forensic financial analysis;
  • have experience leading and/or working in complex team investigation projects;
  • have fluency or strong practical competency in French, Spanish, Portuguese and/or Russian; and
  • have a demonstrably strong commitment to advancing accountability for high-level corruption, and, more broadly, to defending human rights and strengthening the rule of law.

Investigative experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or Eurasia will be an advantage; as will legal training and/or experience, particularly litigation, in relevant areas. Suitable candidates of migrant or minority background and those from regions or communities strongly affected by high-level corruption are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position will be for a term of three years, subject to possible extension by the Justice Initiative

Essential responsibilities and duties will include:

  • Identifying potential leads and pursuing them through research, documentation and analysis of complex facts reflecting suspected money laundering, fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, bribery and/or other forms of high-level corruption, particularly involving multiple jurisdictions;
  • Managing projects that include staff within/outside OSF, which may be regional or global in nature;
  • Building relationships with institutional officials, particularly, prosecutors and police investigators, and with civil society partners, affected communities, journalists, and OSF colleagues working on related issues that advance the objectives of the Anticorruption team;
  • Assisting the Justice Initiative in designing and supporting advocacy campaigns arising from the organization's work and targeted at local or national institutions and governments and regional and international institutions;
  • Organizing and conducting trainings for OSF colleagues, civil society, institutions and officials on relevant substantive areas, skills and good practice;
  • Drafting and editing reports, briefing notes, blogs, and formal submissions as required;
  • Undertaking administrative tasks to support project activities as described above;
  • Traveling as required.

Candidate Profile

  • Project management skills, including the ability to exercise effective and inclusive leadership within a complex team investigation;
  • 7 -10 years of progressively responsible experience in a situation relevant to the duties of this role, including experience collaborating with and managing diverse multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong analytical and research, data analysis, and data management skills including familiarity with open source and commercially available databases, registries, search tools and other technologies customarily used in complex financial investigations; and experience in analyzing financial documents;
  • Experience undertaking research, documentation and analysis of complex facts reflecting suspected money laundering, fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, bribery and/or other forms of high-level corruption, particularly involving multiple jurisdictions;
  • Strategic planning and implementation skills;
  • Ability to interact and develop strong relationships with a wide range of actors from diverse cultural, geographic, economic, political, and social contexts;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; including ability to prepare clear and attractive investigation reports or narratives targeted to different audiences ranging from OSF colleagues to law enforcement, civil society partners, affected communities and the public;
  • Ability to connect with a wide variety of constituencies and colleagues as well as work independently, with a high degree of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Strong networking and convening skills;
  • Ability to work with a decentralized team and to travel frequently;
  • Ability to draw on lessons-learnt from experience and to innovate; sensitivity to local context and ability to listen effectively;
  • Ability to prioritize and make timely decisions;
  • Skill and passion for breaking new ground through document and data analysis in combination with developing human relationships, including facility in identifying and cold calling potential information sources;
  • Fluency (oral and written) in English is required; ability to work in French, Spanish, Portuguese and/or Russian is highly desirable.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
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