Open Source Investigator

at Mnemonic
Published April 16, 2022
Location Berlin, Germany
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  

Description

About us
Mnemonic is an international non-profit organisation promoting human rights and accountability through the preservation and verification of open-source digital information.

We are human rights defenders, lawyers, archivists, technologists, and open-source investigators dedicated to preserving, memorialising and adding value to publicly available information related to human rights violations. We use our unique position as a cross-sectorial, cross-disciplinary organisation to help human rights defenders hold power to account.

We are an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. We do not and will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, nationality or citizenship, gender expression or identity, religion, economic background, disability, or sexual orientation.

Project Overview
Mnemonic is setting up the Ukrainian Archive to preserve at-risk open source materials related to the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine, to contribute to verification and tagging of archived content, to conduct investigations into international crimes and human rights violations committed in Ukraine as well as to consolidate open source materials in order to support independent and fair criminal investigations and criminal proceedings at both national and international level. This work will include building the capacity of Ukrainian journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers to contribute to the Ukrainian Archive.

Objectives
Project activities include: collecting and preserving open source materials, verifying open source materials; cataloging and processing open source materials through Mnemonic’s Elfehrest annotation platform; consolidating evidence for accountability purposes. In context of this work, The Ukrainian Archive team will collaborate closely with Ukrainian and international journalists, human rights organisations, advocacy groups and accountability institutions.

The open source investigator of the Ukrainian Archive project will contribute to the monitoring, archiving, verifying, tagging and investigating incidents of human rights violations in Ukraine.

Tasks and deliverables
The open source investigator will support the Mnemonic team in performing the tasks mentioned below and make sure that the activities align with the project’s overall objectives and expected outcome.

Monitor the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine in collaboration with Ukrainian and International organisations;
Archive at risk records and prepare content for verification and analysis;
Verify records to contribute to open source investigations on allegations of violations of international human rights, international humanitarian and international criminal law;Monitor the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine in collaboration with Ukrainian and International organisations;
Processing and Tagging audiovisual content using Mnemonic’s Elfehrest annotation platform and protocols;
Corroborating the archived relevant audiovisual materials, and building an incident database;
Attend open source investigation workshops conducted by Mnemonic’s investigators.
Level of effort and duration
The assignment is expected to take place in the time period from May 2, 2022 to December 31, 2022 for a part-time or full-time position. In consideration of these specifications, the candidate is free to choose the place and time of his/her activity for Mnemonic.

Reporting
The open source investigator will report to the Ukrainian Archive Project Manager.

Terms of payment
Payment will be made monthly, upon submission of approved timesheet and satisfactory report.

Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in Journalism, Law, Media and Communication Science, Political Science or related discipline and 2 years of work experience, OR at least 3 years’ relevant work experience;
Experience in conducting open source human rights investigations;
Experience in using digital verification tools;
Fluency in oral and written English, Ukrainian and Russian;
Excellent writing and editing skills of investigative reports;
Strong knowledge of the Ukrainian context;
Experience working for Ukrainian or international human rights organization is highly desirable;
Strong interpersonal skills are required to work collaboratively with the Ukrainian Archive’s team and its partners.
We offer
A full-time or part-time position for a limited term, 8-month contract, starting May 2022. We hope to extend this position, depending on available funds, organisational needs and performance;
Highly motivated, growing, diverse team;
Annual leave entitlement of 25 days and an additional end of the year break;
Competitive compensation;
Training opportunities;
Work remotely.

How to apply

Please send your CV by email, mentioning in the subject line of the email “Ukrainian Archive” Project Manager application.

 

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