Call for consultants – Support to investigative journalism project in West Africa

Application closing date: 26 April 2021

Start date: ASAP

Duration: ASAP until End of December 2021

Location: remote

Remuneration: up to 15,000€

1. Description

CiFAR is planning to start a project to support a vibrant community of investigative journalists from francophone and anglophone West African countries and Europe to lead investigations into the theft of state assets and, through their reports, to pressure governments in West Africa and Europe for anti-corruption reform. Selecting a cohort of 20 investigative journalists, 10 from anglophone and 10 from francophone West African countries, with a particular focus on marginalised voices from asset sending countries, we would support them through a 6-month process to understand the issues involved in global asset theft cases, develop their skills to investigate and report on these cases. To do this, we would bring this group together with 10 English and/or French speaking journalists from European countries that play a particularly important role as countries hiding stolen assets and illicit financial flows. By the end of the project, the two groups would be supported and encouraged to develop initial ideas for stories on public asset theft from both regions.

CiFAR is looking for an organisation based in West Africa to support the implementation of the project.

The partner organisation will support CiFAR with:

  • Identifying journalists to be part of the training programme and promoting the call for participants
  • Identifying experts to conduct training sessions
  • Conducting selected training sessions
  • Supporting mentoring of trainees groups

2. Timeframe

Start: As soon as possible, until end of December 2021

3. Requirements and eligibility

  • Based in a country in West Africa and registered as a private/non-profit entity
  • Extensive experience in conducting training and mentoring programmes supporting investigative journalists in West Africa aimed to uncover corruption and financial crime
  • Record of leading or cooperating on cross-border investigations around corruption and financial crime nationally, regionally and internationally
  • Experience in project and financial management of similar projects
  • Experience with international organisations and INGOs an advantage

4. Remuneration

Offers in the range of € 15,000 will be considered.

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

CiFAR is registered in Germany with the tax number: 27 / 662 / 57629. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that the consultants fill out the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (instructions inside the form) and submit the completed and signed form along with their email application.

The link to the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form is available below.


5. Application

The application should include the following documents

  • Organisation profile indicating suitability to the consultancy
  • Completed VAT form
  • Financial offer

To apply, please send your application to info@cifar.eu with the subject line ‘Project Support West Africa” by midnight CET 26th April 2021.