Position: Senior Investigator
The Senior Investigator will be responsible for leading The Sentry’s efforts to analyze and disrupt the kleptocratic networks and illicit financial flows linked to mercenary groups operating in Africa and beyond. This includes mapping the operational and power structures of transnational predatory networks and identifying their global financial footprint. It also involves conceptualizing and developing plans for investigations that advance The Sentry’s strategic objectives, revealing systemic challenges, providing scope for policy action, and telling compelling stories.
The Senior Investigator will use open-source investigative methods, find and liaise with sources, conduct interviews, travel to the field (including potentially high-risk destinations, including conflict zones), and analyze complex data sets. The Senior Investigator is expected to have strong investigative methodologies (including open-source intelligence and investigative reporting techniques); understanding of the tools of financial pressure (i.e. anti-money laundering tools, sanctions, asset recovery tools, and legal/criminal justice tools); and writing and presentation skills, including public speaking and media engagement.
– Leadership and Management: The Senior Investigator has responsibility for the overall coordination and management of investigative activities for the project. This includes serving as a point of contact, working with others to identify resources needed to conduct investigations, and working with the Development team to support proposals, reports, and donor engagement.
– Vision and Strategy: The Senior Investigator will develop investigations, collaborate with other Sentry staff and contractors – particularly the Central African Republic, Libya, and Sudan country teams – and assist in the formulation of action plans for reporting and data gathering.
– Assessing and Managing Risk: The Senior Investigator will assess and manage risks related to investigations to ensure that the security of team members, intermediaries, and sources is closely monitored at all stages of the investigation. The Senior Investigator will also identify and evaluate any ethical issues in the investigative and reporting process.
– Catalyzing Impact: As may be appropriate, the Senior Investigator will provide briefings to policymakers, law enforcement, and financial institutions; do interviews with media organizations; and present findings at public events.
– Minimum 10 years of professional experience, including at least 3-5 years of experience related to investigations on mercenaries, transnational criminal networks, and/or conflict and corruption in Africa.
– Strong investigative capabilities, knowledge of network sanctions and other financial tools, and excellent writing and speaking skills.
– Knowledge regarding how intervention by mercenaries has influenced conflict and corruption, including familiarity with the cases of the Central African Republic, Libya, and Sudan.
– Demonstrated commitment to countering the networks enabling war profiteering, kleptocracy, and associated human rights violations.
– English fluency required, Russian proficiency preferred, and working knowledge of Arabic and/or French an asset.
– Detail oriented, meets deadlines, and observes organizational policies and procedures for contracts, legal review, confidentiality, security, and source management.
Salary Range: $100,000 – $120,000
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance; 3% automatic contribution and a 3% employer match on 401(k) contributions; pre-tax transportation benefits; and paid holidays, vacation, personal, sick, and volunteer time off.
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please include “Senior Investigator” in the subject line of your email.
Hiring Statement: The Sentry is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is 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. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
COVID-19 Policy: To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date. This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at [email protected]
About the organization
The Sentry is an investigative and policy organization that seeks to disable multinational predatory networks that benefit from violent conflict, repression, and kleptocracy.
Pull back the curtain on wars, mass atrocities, and other human rights abuses, and you’ll find grand corruption and unchecked greed. These tragedies persist because the perpetrators rarely face meaningful consequences. The Sentry aims to alter the warped incentive structures that continually undermine peace and good governance. Our investigations follow the money as it is laundered from war zones to financial centers around the world. We provide evidence and strategies for governments, banks, and law enforcement to hold the perpetrators and enablers of violence and corruption to account. These efforts provide new leverage for human rights, peace, and anti-corruption efforts.
Launched in 2016, The Sentry produces hard-hitting investigative reports and dossiers on individuals and entities connected to grand corruption and violence. We advocate for the use of tools of financial and legal pressure, including anti-money laundering and illicit finance measures, targeted network sanctions, criminal prosecutions, compliance actions by banks and other private companies, and asset recovery. As a result of our work, money laundering routes have been exposed and shut down, assets have been frozen, travel has been banned, and corrupt networks have been cut off from the international financial system. Through strategic partnerships with governments, global banks, and other private and public organizations, The Sentry has succeeded in creating real consequences for many of the officials and commercial actors perpetuating and profiting from war, mass atrocities, and other human rights abuses.