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The Centre for Information Resilience (CIR) is an independent, non-profit social enterprise dedicated to countering disinformation, exposing human rights abuses, and combating online behaviour harmful to women and minorities.

We work closely with some of the leading organisations, journalists and academics in the disinformation space. 

We pride ourselves on an inclusive, open and flexible working environment.  

Current openings (see below):

 
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Data Visualisation Specialist

The Centre for Information Resilience is a UK-based social enterprise. We use open source investigations to counter disinformation, expose human rights abuses, and combat online harms targeting women and minorities.

We are seeking an outstanding, creative, and ambitious individual to help bring our data and reporting to life for our growing audiences.


This will be a key hire for CIR working across high profile projects, including Afghan Witness and Eyes on Russia. 

Role Description – Data Visualisations Specialist

As a Data Visualisations Specialist, you will work with key project teams spanning the organisation and will be responsible for creating data visualisations that are compelling, informative, and visually engaging, to enhance the impact and effectiveness of our reporting products.


Working alongside a Digital Archivist, your role will utilise your creativity and technical skills to design, develop and deliver high-impact data visualisations utilising open-source information on human rights violations in fragile contexts, with a particular focus on Afghanistan and Ukraine. 

Responsibilities:

  • Leading on the design, development, testing, implementation and support of web-based visual reports and dashboards that utilise primarily Excel-based datasets to deliver high-impact visual products.

  • Working with our Digital Archivist to clean, organise, and analyse datasets and use your programming skills to visualise data for CIR’s external publications, web content, and social media content.

  • Identifying new opportunities to use data visualisation to enhance the team’s reporting products and outputs, such as data charts, graphs and mapping products.

  • Collaborating with our Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) analysts, media team, and project designers to maximise the reach, utility and impact of CIR’s products.

  • Prioritising and managing workloads effectively to deliver across multiple projects.

  • Providing ad-hoc support to project delivery as required.

Experience:

  • Experience in data analytics and demonstrated aptitude with data visualisation software.

  • Experience in data modelling, data scrubbing, and data quality reviews.

  • Experience in eliciting business requirements from stakeholders and translating into working technical solutions.

  • (Desirable) A background in data visualisation journalism 

Knowledge:

  • Strong understanding of data visualisation and data storytelling.

  • Strong working knowledge of data visualisation interfaces and dashboards.

  • Strong working proficiency in Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel.

Skills:

  • A proactive self-starter with strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and technical abilities. You should thrive working under pressure to tight deadlines, often on difficult, conflict-related subjects. 

  • Creative mindset and drive to both develop new products and enhance existing ones. Curiosity and patience to follow leads in the data and think creatively about how to tell a story with data to appeal to audiences. 

  • Strong presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills, with excellent attention to detail.

  • Outstanding written English, and good spoken English, is essential. Additional languages are desirable.  

To apply, send a covering letter along with a CV and any examples of existing work, to jobs@info-res.org, with "Data Visualisation" in the subject line. 

Salary dependent on experience. 

 

Junior Digital Designer

The Centre for Information Resilience is a UK-based social enterprise. We use open source investigations to counter disinformation, expose human rights abuses, and combat online harms targeting women and minorities.

​We are seeking an outstanding, creative, and ambitious individual to help bring our data and reporting to life for our growing audiences.


You’ll be a confident self-starter – we’re looking for a passionate, positive, creative digital native who is not afraid of a challenge and is keen to “muck in” wherever needed. You’ll be curious about digital and design trends, and be enthusiastic about trying new ways to communicate.

Working alongside talented investigators, you will help design static and video content to post on various channels. You will help the communications team explore new platforms to showcase our work, and work with investigators to post engaging, verified information useful to journalists and policymakers. 

You will act as the primary designer for our reports, working with seniors to design impactful templates that can be used across our projects. You’ll also be confident at copywriting, and able to edit reports often under pressure. You’ll also act as our Webmaster, and lead efforts to improve our user experience. 

Requirements

  • Creative mindset and drive to both develop new products and enhance existing ones. Curiosity and patience to think creatively about how to tell a story with data to appeal to audiences. 

  • Experience with Microsoft office, Photoshop, Adobe, and similar 

  • Strong presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills, with excellent attention to detail.

  • Outstanding written English, and good spoken English, is essential. Additional languages are desirable.  

To apply, send a cover letter along with a CV and any examples of existing work, to jobs@info-res.org, with "Junior Digital Designer" in the subject line. 

Salary dependent on experience. 

 

Maltese Counter-disinformation Analyst 

The Centre for Information Resilience is a UK-based social enterprise. We use open source investigations to counter disinformation, expose human rights abuses, and combat online harms targeting women and minorities. 
 
We are seeking an outstanding analyst to help lead high profile investigations into disinformation, hostile state activity and extremism around the Mediterranean. We are looking for an all-rounder who has a strong understanding of everything from the geopolitical context of the region, hostile state tactics, and digital spaces used by extremist entities.  

This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative, ambitious, non-profit organisation. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the first project of its kind in the region, working with global experts in a variety of fields. 

Main Responsibilities 

  • Employ Open-source intelligence (OSINT) and SOCMINT tools, techniques and methodologies to conduct exhaustive research and deliver comprehensive reports. 

  • Gather detailed intelligence using open source and paid services 

  • Analyse gathered intelligence and identify links between key pieces of information 

  • Produce summary reports to highlight key information, links and risks. 


Required Skills 

  • Ability to conduct in-depth research using open source tools and techniques to reveal hidden insights  

  • Excellent investigative skills and a curious mind 

  • Operate in a logical and investigative manner and to pay attention to detail 

  • Outstanding geo and chrono-location skills 

  • Analytical ability to identify links and connections using contextual information 

  • Identify key pieces of information from a wealth of data 

  • Produce high quality reports.  

  • Some experience in data visualisation would be an advantage, but not essential. 

  • A proactive self-starter with strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and technical abilities. You should thrive working under pressure to tight deadlines, often on difficult, conflict-related subjects. 

  • Strong presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills, with excellent attention to detail. 

  • Fluency in Maltese is essential, as is proficiency in written and spoken English. 


Salary dependent on experience. 


Interview/Start Dates 

Immediate 

 
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AFGHAN WITNESS

 

Afghan Witness: OSINT Investigator (Early Career)

The Centre for Information Resilience’s Afghan Witness project independently collects, preserves and verifies information on human rights and current events in Afghanistan. We aim to provide a reliable source of information for international organisations, governments, the media and NGOs, and to raise awareness of the reality of everyday life for Afghans living in the country.


The OSINT Investigator utilises their open-source intelligence (OSINT) and social media intelligence (SOCMINT) investigation skills to conduct research and analysis of open-source information in support of Afghan Witness’s (AW) project objectives. 


As an OSINT & SOCMINT Investigator, you will use your expertise to acquire and analyse information from open sources, extracting key pieces of information to write high-quality narrative reports and project products that are comprehensive, verified, accurate, and placed correctly within the context of Afghan affairs. 


You will work with and support the Investigations Lead, ensuring that your analysis is focused effectively to meet tasking requirements and project priorities. You will help to identify and inform the Media Team of potential content that may be appropriate for release to external audiences (in support of the project’s external engagement objectives), and help with the development of such content where required. 


Joining AW at an early stage in your OSINT career, you will bring an inquisitive mindset and eagerness to hone your skills.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Employ open-source intelligence (OSINT) and social media intelligence (SOCMINT) tools, techniques and methodologies to conduct comprehensive investigations of incidents, events, trends and actors, formatting your findings in a manner suitable for reporting.

  • Conduct research and analysis as directed in support of project reporting objectives, which may include:

    • Weekly investigations

    • Longer-form investigative reports

    • Rapid incident response reports

    • Local sentiment analysis

    • Contributions to tracking products as required

    • Other products as required by project management.

  • Conduct social media monitoring, ensuring that data collection, categorisation, preservation and processing are carried out in accordance with project protocols.

  • Conduct focused research as directed, employing verification techniques such as geolocation and chrono-location.

  • Synthesise your findings into compelling, informative, and engaging narrative reporting that captures key developments and highlights areas of interest.

  • Develop and maintain an awareness of understanding of Afghan affairs, including social, political, security and economic dynamics. 

  • Work collaboratively with fellow investigators.

  • Present investigations in formats appropriate for reports to donors or for publication on social media platforms, ensuring findings, methodology and evidence are communicated clearly and effectively.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and impact of project activities.

  • Provide ad hoc assistance to project delivery as required.


To apply, email your CV and covering letter to jobs@afghanwitness.org with the job title in the subject line. Salary dependent on experience. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

 

Afghan Witness: OSINT Investigator (Uzbek Speaker)

The OSINT Investigator utilises their open-source intelligence (OSINT) and social media intelligence (SOCMINT) investigation skills to conduct research and analysis of open-source information in support of Afghan Witness’s (AW) project objectives. 


As an OSINT & SOCMINT Investigator, you will use your expertise to acquire and analyse information from open sources, extracting key pieces of information to write high-quality narrative reports and project products that are comprehensive, verified, accurate, and placed correctly within the context of Afghan affairs. 


You will help to identify and inform the Media Team of potential content that may be appropriate for release to external audiences (in support of the project’s external engagement objectives) and help with the development of such content where required. 

As a native-level Uzbek speaker, you will assist the team with translations and cultural awareness, using your language skills to investigate specialised sections of the Afghan information environment.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Employ open-source intelligence (OSINT) and social media intelligence (SOCMINT) tools, techniques and methodologies to conduct comprehensive investigations of incidents, events, trends and actors, formatting your findings in a manner suitable for reporting.

  • Conduct research and analysis as directed in support of project reporting objectives, which may include:

    • Weekly investigations

    • Longer-form investigative reports

    • Rapid incident response reports

    • Local sentiment analysis

    • Contributions to tracking products as required

    • Other products as required by project management.

  • Conduct social media monitoring, ensuring that data collection, categorisation, preservation and processing are carried out in accordance with project protocols.

  • Conduct focused research as directed, employing verification techniques such as geolocation and chrono-location.

  • Synthesise your findings into compelling, informative, and engaging narrative reporting that captures key developments and highlights areas of interest.

  • Utilise your language skills to investigate Uzbek-speaking areas of the Afghan information environment, assisting the AW team with translations where necessary.

  • Develop and maintain an awareness of understanding of Afghan affairs, including social, political, security and economic dynamics. 

  • Work collaboratively with fellow investigators.

  • Present investigations in formats appropriate for reports to donors or for publication on social media platforms, ensuring findings, methodology and evidence are communicated clearly and effectively.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and impact of project activities.

  • Provide ad hoc assistance to project delivery as required.

To apply, email your CV and covering letter to jobs@afghanwitness.org with the job title in the subject line. Salary dependent on experience. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

 

Afghan Witness: Media and Engagement Content Creator

The Media and Engagement Content Creator (MECC) is responsible for creating, delivering, quality-assuring and monitoring the impact of Afghan Witness’s (AW) media and external engagement products. Through creative and engaging content, the MECC will present AW’s work to external/public audiences in a way that is compelling, informative and authoritative. The MECC will support AW’s external engagement objectives by building relationships and producing content for media, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, international organisations, and governmental stakeholders. Impartial, innovative and with a flair for story-telling, the successful MECC will play a pivotal role in bringing Afghans’ stories to light.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Researching and writing stories and reports for the Afghan Witness (AW) website; covering a wide range of topics that reflect the current/ongoing news agenda around Afghanistan, as well as the personal stories of Afghans in-country and in exile.

  • Assisting with the day-to-day management of AW social media channels; pitching ideas and drafting posts and tweets in both English and Dari/Pashto.

  • Translating content for Afghan audiences; writing articles in Dari and/or Pashto, as well as editing translated articles/content where required.

  • Interviewing individuals both in-country and within the Afghan diaspora, while taking measures to protect and maintain sources’ anonymity.

  • Producing new stories on a weekly basis and pitching stories in weekly media meetings.  

  • Identifying interesting news hooks and angles within AW’s research and investigations and working on packages that can be pitched to international news outlets.

  • Creating, developing and circulating content to Afghan civil society organisations in support of AW’s information verification capacity-building objectives. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Identify opportunities to improve efficiency and impact of project activities.

  • Provide ad hoc project support as required.

Essential

  • A track record of researching and producing well-written, engaging and thoroughly researched content adapted to a target audience.  

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

  • Fluency in languages spoken in Afghanistan, in particular Persian (Farsi/Dari) and/or Pashto.

  • Excellent research skills and a keen eye for detail.   

  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral.

  • A passion for Afghanistan-related news and affairs and human rights reporting.

Desirable

  • Experience in multimedia journalism, social media, and production of different types of content such as audio, video, and infographic content.

  • A strong network of sources in Afghanistan and within the Afghan diaspora.

To apply, email your CV, two samples of your work (written, audio, and/or visual) and covering letter to jobs@afghanwitness.org with the job title in the subject line. Salary dependent on experience. Only successful applicants will be contacted.​

 

Afghan Witness: Persian (Farsi/Dari) Translator

The Persian Translator provides translation services for Afghan Witness (AW). Working predominantly to support the work of the Media Team, the Translator responds quickly and efficiently to requests to translate material between languages. The Translator ensures that translations accurately convey not just the literal meaning of text, but also the tone, nuance and context of the original work. The Translator will produce final outputs that are clear, intelligible, grammatically correct, and read well. The successful candidate will remain adaptable and flexible, working with the Media Team Lead to effectively manage priorities and competing demands for translation.

As part of the recruitment process, AW will request to see previous examples of your written work in both English and Persian.

This is a part-time position of around 10 working days per month (exact days may vary).


Primary Responsibilities

  • Translate material into the target language to a high standard.

  • Ensure website content is accurate, consistent in style, and free of error.

  • Working with and providing translation support to the Investigations teams. 

  • Producing outputs or translations to a quality and standard suitable for publication, without the need for extensive editing or review.

  • Developing and maintaining an understanding of Afghan affairs, including linguistic, social, cultural and technical developments, in order to ensure that translations are as accurate as possible.

  • Proactively draw attention to material or resources that may be of relevance to the Media Team and AW.


Additional Responsibilities

  • Provide interpretation services, for example during verbal interviews or conversations.

  • Identify opportunities to improve efficiency and impact of project activities.

  • Provide ad hoc project support as required.


Essential 

  • A track record of providing excellent written translation services from English to Persian, ensuring translated copy is original and free from grammatical errors and that it accurately conveys the tone, message and context of the original text.

  • Ability to work quickly and with a short turn-around period, while maintaining high standards. 


Desirable 

  • Experience working in a newsroom environment, ideally with previous experience translating news copy from English to Persian or other languages. 

  • Experience of copy editing (Persian) and online publishing.

  • Familiarity with OSINT and associated technical language.

To apply, email your CV, three samples of written work (must include both English and Persian text) and covering letter to jobs@afghanwitness.org with the job title in the subject line. Salary dependent on experience. Only successful applicants will be contacted.​