Senior Researcher


Inclusive Development International is seeking dynamic and experienced candidates for the role of Senior Researcher to be based in our head office in Asheville, North Carolina. The Senior Researcher will be an integral part of our Follow the Money initiative, our innovative approach to defending human rights and the environment.

Position Description

As part of Inclusive Development International’s research team, the Senior Researcher will conduct follow the money investigations of projects – mines, plantations and power plants – that threaten communities in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Using specialized tools and information sources, the Senior Researcher will uncover and map a project’s investment chain actors – its investors, financiers and buyers – and analyze how affected communities can use this information to better defend their rights. The Senior Researcher will also conduct research on a range of other topics that support Inclusive Development International’s casework and policy campaigns.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Investigate and analyze the investment chains behind harmful projects.
  • Working with Inclusive Development International’s experienced advocates, write reports that synthesize investment chain findings to inform advocacy strategies for affected communities.
  • On occasion, travel to affected areas to present findings to communities.
  • Stay abreast of the latest developments in global finance and supply chains, with a focus on human rights and environmental sustainability.
  • Develop new tools and approaches – including those used in big data and investigative journalism – to strengthen our evolving Follow the Money research methodology.
  • Conduct research to support Inclusive Development International policy campaigns, which seek to strengthen human rights accountability in development finance, mineral supply chains and socially responsible investing.

Qualifications and Attributes

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and attributes:

  • At least three years of experience in investigative/financial journalism, big data/machine learning, or other research field.
  • A graduate degree in journalism, finance, data science or a research-related field.
  • Tenacious, diligent researcher who is willing to uncover every stone in pursuit of information that can change lives.
  • Strong writer who is able to communicate complex topics in a clear and accessible manner.
  • Financial literacy, coding experience, or track record of breaking investigative stories.
  • Experience working on issues related to human rights and the environment in the global economy.
  • A passion for advancing corporate accountability and social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Comfortable working in a global organization that works in multiple countries and cultures.
  • Highly motivated and intellectually curious, with a close attention to detail and a good sense of humor.
  • Fluency in French or Mandarin is highly desirable.
  • Willingness to relocate to Asheville preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Inclusive Development International offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a generous 401k plan, health and life insurance.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application Process

To apply, please send a CV and expression of interest demonstrating your suitability for this position and elaborating on your past experience conducting similar responsibilities to [email protected].

Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2019.

Inclusive Development International offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a generous 401k plan, health and life insurance.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Start date:  May 1, 2019

Inclusive Development International is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or other prohibited category.

We are committed to diversity on our team and strongly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.