Open Secrets Recent Available Job Opportunity

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28 Sep, 2020

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Research Jobs in South Africa

Open Secrets is a non-profit organisation working on issues of economic crime and its impact on human rights, with a focus on the financial sector in southern Africa. They use investigative research, advocacy and the law to hold those people and institutions, who commit these human rights violations, to account. Open Secrets exposes and builds accountability for private sector economic crimes through investigative research, advocacy, and the law.


Job Title: Researcher – Investigations & Advocacy 
Location: Community House in Salt River, Cape Town.
Employment Type: Full time Position for an initial one-year contract period (prospects for renewal).
Starting Date: Starting November 2020.



  • Undertake detailed, evidence-based investigations into economic crimes that have resulted in human rights violations.
  • Produce investigative reports as well as articles for our website and social media platforms. You will need to write well, dig down into detail and engage in investigative research that at times is risky, but always serves the public interest.
  • Contribute to our advocacy efforts in getting the message out and collaborate closely with our legal team in developing a legal strategy to hold corrupt institutions and individuals to account.
  • Collaboration is key, and we expect you to work closely with our team as well as our civil society partners in South Africa and other countries.


  • Strong work ethic, a focus on detail, exemplary integrity and a commitment to social justice.
  • A committed team player with an inquisitive mind who values collaboration and has an aversion to office politics. If you want to change the way the world works, you’ll fit right in.
  • At least five years’ work experience in investigative research (preferably in the non-profit sector – but we will consider all good people who share our values).
  • Postgraduate studies in a related field such as law, politics, history, or economics preferable.
  • Strong research and writing (English) and command of basic Microsoft Office programmes (Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Historically disadvantaged applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • Eligible to work in South Africa.


  • Submit a covering letter, resume, copy of relevant qualifications, a recent unedited writing sample, and contact details of at least three referees, by 5pm on Monday 5 October 2020.
  • The subject line of your e-mail should clearly state the position you are applying for.
  • Please send your application to: [email protected]
  • Kindly note that applications missing any of the required information will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the outcome of the application process.

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