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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):

 

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. 

 
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Senior Open Source Analyst

We are seeking an outstanding analyst to help lead high profile investigations into human rights incidents, hostile state activity and conflict trends. We are looking for a talented analyst, with particularly strong geo and chrono-location skills. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative, ambitious, non-profit organisation. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved with a number of the very exciting, high profile and interesting projects, working with global experts in a variety of fields, including media and news teams. 

This role is advertised as a full-time position, but we welcome applications from candidates looking for short term and part-time commitments. 

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 specialist open source tools and techniques to reveal hidden insights on individuals and companies 

  • 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.

Outstanding written English, and good spoken English, is essential. 

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

Salary dependent on experience. 

 
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AFGHAN WITNESS

 

Civil Society Organisation Relationship Manager & Communications Specialist

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 CSO Relationship Manager and Communications Specialist (CSORM&CS) will take ownership of and develop the relationships between Afghan Witness (AW) and our external partners and stakeholders. Reporting to and supporting the project’s Engagement Lead, you will proactively and creatively build, maintain and develop the collaborations that enable AW to protect and support Afghanistan’s information environment and continue to bring human rights abuses to light. As a Communications Specialist, you will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications that enable CSOs to build resilience against disinformation, misinformation, and extremist influence. 

Roles and Responsibilities will include:


  • Drive Afghan Witness’s efforts to encourage and increase the integrity of information in Afghanistan’s information environment by using AW products to build and strengthen our partnerships and collaborations 

  • Acting as a professional, trustworthy and reliable interface between AW and our partner organisations 

  • Understand stakeholders’ needs and translate them into technical requirements for potential AW products 

  • Employ strategic messaging to promote the importance and benefits of information verification with influential domestic and international stakeholders 

  • Identify and develop opportunities for beneficial mutual cooperation, such as through training, data-sharing, or other collaborative partnerships 

  • Work with AW’s analytical and media teams to identify opportunities to use AW’s existing products more effectively, and develop new ones to meet stakeholder needs 

  • Maintain and manage AW’s ‘engagement database’ to track AW’s stakeholder relationships 

  • Assist with the organisation of events, such as seminars, lectures and presentations 

  • Provide ad hoc support to project delivery as required. 

Essential 

  • Excellent spoken and written English language skills 

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management ‘soft’ skills 

  • Strong organisational and time-management skills, with an ability to manage multiple stakeholders, relationships and competing priorities. 

Desirable 

  • Proficiency in languages and dialects spoken in Afghanistan (Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Uzbek) 

  • Knowledge of Afghan history, culture and politics 

  • Experience of brand/reputation management 

  • Experience of organising public events, seminars and presentations, in both on- and offline formats 

  • Experience of public communications, such as social media content production or journalism.

We are a friendly, committed team, determined to make a positive difference to the people of Afghanistan. 

CIR offers a diverse, flexible working environment. We are committed to empowering our staff and a supportive environment. 

To apply, email jobs@afghanwitness.org with a covering letter and CV. Salary will depend on experience.