Lead UK Investigator, The Sentry


Position: Lead UK Investigator, The Sentry

Location: London, UK

Status:  Contractor

Reports to: Policy Director, The Sentry


Position Summary

The Sentry’s Lead UK Investigator would work closely with The Sentry Policy Director and Sentry team members, including Enough Project policy staff and investigative contractors, to develop, lead, and produce written materials about primary investigations into the financing of conflict in East and Central Africa that intersects with the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union. The Sentry is an investigative initiative launched by Enough in 2015 to counter the financing of conflict and mass atrocities in Africa.  


Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Lead Sentry investigations on conflict and corruption in East and Central Africa that involve a UK or European nexus
  • Develop a deep understanding of financial and legal mechanisms possessed by the UK and European governments that can be deployed to curb corruption and financial crimes in East and Central Africa
  • Help lead advocacy efforts with government, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies in the UK and Europe
  • Help lead engagement with the private sector, including direct outreach to multinational corporations and financial institutions based in the UK and Europe
  • Contribute to the development of investigative and advocacy strategy
  • Contribute to the production of public-facing investigative reports
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts in governments, multinational corporations, financial institutions, news outlets, and civil society organizations that can assist with both investigative and advocacy efforts
  • Travel to coordinate with investigators in other regions


Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Investigative experience, especially focused on financial investigations related to corruption
  • Experience with investigations centered on documentation related to banking, investments, real estate, and similar sectors
  • Experience investigating or analyzing corruption, conflict, and illicit networks in East Africa
  • Experience overseeing and implementing independent research projects
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with and willingness to engage frequently with a range of technological platforms
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, including to high risk environments
  • Ability to multitask
  • Willingness to collaborate
  • Ability to keep calm and work in a fast-paced climate
  • Experience with working remotely as part of a broader team
  • Good humor and general problem-solving skill
  • Organized, disciplined, and proactive
  • Works well under deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  • At least ten years of professional experience, including at least five years of direct investigative experience
  • Expertise in Africa, particularly East and Central Africa


Preferred experience:

  • Master’s degree or other higher degree
  • Demonstrated commitment to peace and human rights consistent with the mission of the Sentry
  • Investigation management experience
  • French or Arabic language skills


Not On Our Watch and Sentry Careers

NOOW and The Sentry are committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The Sentry and Not On Our Watch’s work environments are safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.

This contractor will support The Sentry via their position with Not On Our Watch and will not be employed by the Enough Project of New Venture Fund.

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@thesentry.org. Please reference the title of the position to which you are applying in the email subject line.