Director of Policy and Programs

Ref: 5192



Role Managed by:

Rahel Kessler

Research Associate

t: +31 202 409 344


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: competitive

Closing Date: 08/08/2021

Formal Interview Date: End of September / beginning of October

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Help Uncover Crimes, Expose Wrongdoing And Hold The Powerful To Account

Bellingcat is an independent collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists using open source tools to probe the most challenging, newsworthy and important subjects – from state assassinations and crimes against humanity, to tracking the use of chemical weapons and the dangers of online disinformation. With staff and contributors in more than 20 countries, Bellingcat operates in a unique field where advanced technology, forensic research, journalism, investigations, transparency and accountability come together. Since its launch in 2014, Bellingcat has broken numerous stories, uncovered a variety of crimes and won many  awards, including the European Press Prize and Germany’s prestigious Nanein Preis.

As the organisation and its exposure have grown, so too have its managerial challenges. The Executive Board, which oversees the day-to-day management of the organisation, would therefore like to expand by adding a  Director of Policy and Programs who would be acting as Chair of the Executive Board. In this position, (s)he will be responsible for further developing the strategy of Bellingcat together with the Executive Board, as well as expanding its collaboration with strategic partners and funders. As one of the public faces of Bellingcat, he or she will enhance Bellingcat’s image through active engagement with various partners, media and the global community. Most importantly, the candidate will demonstrate a genuine alignment with the values and ethos of the organisation and seamlessly integrate into its positive culture and flat structure. 

For this role, Bellingcat is seeking a candidate with a strategic focus and experience in bringing an ambitious start-up to the next level. (S)he will have a thorough understanding of the interconnecting field of open-source research and citizen journalism, its opportunities and challenges, as well as how it relates to and advances (international) justice and accountability. The candidate will have a track record of excellent communication and presentation skills, participatory decision-making style and a wide international network relevant to the work of Bellingcat. 

Full proficiency (both spoken and written) in English is a must. Additional languages and knowledge of legal environments, in particular relation to media law, are an asset.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to quoting reference 5192. The deadline for applications is 9 am CET time on the 9th of August.

The salary is competitive within the sector and commensurate with the experience required. Bellingcat welcomes applications from candidates globally. The position can be based remotely, but regular travel to the Netherlands is required.

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