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Asia Field Investigator

The Environmental Investigation Agency, a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington DC, is seeking a motivated, organized and committed campaigner to join one of the most dynamic advocacy teams in Washington today. EIA’s Forest Campaign documents and exposes illegal logging, deforestation and associated trade and supports civil society organizations engaged in forest governance reform around the world. EIA uses primary evidence obtained from in-depth research of illegal timber and forest-risk commodity trade flows to push for systemic policy shifts to stem the demand and funding for these illegal activities.

Position description

EIA-US is hiring a talented and highly motivated Asia Field Investigator to support cutting-edge investigations on the illegal destruction and degradation of forests. The investigator will join one of the world’s most effective and creative investigative teams. The investigator will be responsible for preparing, developing, implementing and evaluating investigations in diverse countries and contexts. The investigator will work closely with our game-changing analysts, campaigners, and communication team to bring unprecedented evidence related to major forest crimes to the public.

Main Activities and Responsibilities

  • Design, plan, and execute investigations into forest crimes in Asia and around the world; Innovate new investigative protocols and methods;
  • Write concise and fact-based internal and public documents;
  • Seize the power of social media to share relevant material and generate impacts;
  • Engage with sources, law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and the private sector, as appropriate;
  • Conduct field investigations in diverse countries and regions;

Essential Qualifications

  • At least three years of relevant experience in advocacy, journalism, government, or business, conducting field investigations;
  • Minimum of Bachelor Degree in relevant field;
  • Experience identifying, cultivating and interviewing primary sources for investigative purposes;
  • Experience in field and undercover investigations;
  • Experience using open-source investigative methods;
  • Ability to travel frequently in challenging environments;
  • Detail-oriented, methodic and creative with excellent analytical skills and critical thinking;
  • Ability to work independently and at the same time be a remarkable team player;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform and make decisions under changing and stressful conditions;
  • Proficiency in Japanese, Chinese and/or Vietnamese, including capacity to conduct meetings in these languages;
  • Currently authorized to work legally in the United States on a full time basis.

Desirable Skills

  • Ability to examine and analyze public records and financial documents from an investigative perspective;
  • Prior working experience or knowledge of the forest sector, timber supply chains, and/or agricultural commodities.
  • Experience with database, trade network analysis, or other relevant analytical software programs; or experience with geospatial analysis.
  • Experience tracking financial flows and/or investigating opaque investment systems, etc.
  • Additional language expertise a plus Experience working or traveling abroad.

Compensation and Location

Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience. This position is based in EIA’s office in Washington, DC (United States).

Application

Send cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to hr@eia-global.org with the subject line “Asia Field Investigator” by March 31, 2020.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Due to the large volume of applicants, we are not able to answer emails or phone calls. Applicants must be currently legally authorized to work the United States on a full-time basis, and be able to provide proof of same.

EIA is an equal employment opportunity committed to workforce diversity. All Employment at EIA are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications and business need.

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