Call for consultants – Support to investigative journalism project in East and Southern Africa

Application closing date: 31th March 2023

Start date: ASAP

Duration: ASAP until End of November 2023

Location: remote

Remuneration: between EUR 3.000-4.000, including taxes


  1. Description

CiFAR is carrying out a project to support a vibrant community of investigative journalists from East & Southern African countries and Europe to lead investigations into the theft of state assets and, through their reports, to pressure governments for anti-corruption reform. We will select a cohort of 15 investigative journalists, 10 from ESA and 5 from Western Europe. Participants will be trained to understand the issues involved in global asset theft cases, illicit financial flows (IFF) and asset recovery and develop their skills to investigate and report on these cases. After an online and in presence preliminary training phase, participants will be supported during a mentoring phase in groups, to produce cross-border corruption and IFF stories, for a duration of 6 months. Participants are expected to publish stories after the termination of the mentoring phase.

CiFAR is looking for English-speaking journalists and experts to cooperate as mentors and trainers in cross-border investigations, for a duration of up to 8 months.

In coordination with CiFAR, the journalists will:

  • Help assess the feasibility and potential of the story leads proposed by participants.
  • Mentor and participate to investigations developed in collaboration with participants.
  • Provide at least one online training session on one of the following subjects: legal and financial analysis, OSINT research, data Analysis and Data Visualisation, Storytelling for investigative report, physical safety and online security.

One of the selected journalists will also be invited to meet the trainees upon the launch of the mentoring phase, during an in-person event in Nairobi, Kenya.


  1. Timeframe

 Start: As soon as possible, until end of November 2023


  1. Requirements and eligibility
  • Fluency in oral and written English
  • Mid- to senior career level in investigative journalism, with minimum four years of experience as an investigative journalist, particularly in investigating financial crime
  • Experience in project and financial management of group journalism investigation projects, preferably cross-border
  • Preference will be given to journalists with prior experience and/or understanding of illicit financial flows, asset recovery and corruption cases related to East & Southern Africa
  • Preferably based in and with previous related work in English-speaking African countries
  • Availability to work approximately 1 day a week on the project, with some weeks increased working times close to certain deliverables.


  1. Remuneration

Offers in the range of 3000-4000 EUR will be considered for each position, including taxes and other charges.

The consultant should provide a breakdown of costs, before any VAT or other charges, of estimated costs.


  1. Application

The application should include the following documents:

  • Profile indicating suitability to the consultancy and Curriculum Vitae and proposed methodological approach (1 page)
  • Information about VAT status
  • Financial offer

To apply, please send your application to info@cifar.eu with the subject line “Journalism Support – Investigate East & Southern Africa” by midnight CET 31th March 2023.