Senior Investigator, Forests Newsroom

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Play a central role in protecting climate critical forests, join us as a Senior Investigator.

Location: London with overseas travel as required.  Global Witness currently operates a hybrid working model and staff are expected to work from our London office 40% of their time.

About Global Witness

Our goal is a more sustainable, just and equal planet where humanity is propelled forward, away from the toxic practices of the past. This means fossil fuels staying in the ground, climate-critical forests standing tall and those on the frontline fighting the climate crisis, who defend our planet, are protected from persecution and attacks.

We want justice for those disproportionately affected by the climate crisis: people in the global south, indigenous communities and communities of colour, women and younger generations. And that the necessary energy transition is done equitably and with the interests of those groups in mind.

To do this we have to stand up to the corporate drivers of the climate crisis – the fossil fuel companies that continue to extract and burn when the science is telling us to stop, the global banks financing deforestation and the businesses that turn a blind eye, or worse are complicit in, attacks on defenders. This also includes targeting the role of big tech companies that are allowing misinformation and hate to be spread in the increasingly online world.

For us to succeed, we need to embody the principles we fight for. Global Witness strives for cohesion, solidarity, and inclusion as only together can we protect one another and the planet to build a better and more just future.

About the campaign

Global Witness’ forest campaign seeks to highlight the role of international banks and asset managers in providing the financing that helps drive tropical forest destruction. We want to make investments in deforestation as reputationally toxic as investments in fossil fuels.

The Forest Newsroom will collaborate with established media outlets and journalists and work in coalition with campaigning allies and influencers to change and amplify the public narrative around deforestation financing.

About the role

This is an exciting role leading a newly established Forests Newsroom, creating media output highlighting the role of financial institutions in deforestation and the need for regulation.

You will win high profile coverage by working with your team to spot story opportunities and identifying creative ways to deliver our messages using our quick-turnaround investigations which support our strategy and capture the imagination of key audiences.

Working for us

Global Witness has a talented team of people worldwide with offices in London, Washington DC, and Brussels. We aim to be a diverse and inclusive place to work. We value new perspectives, original ideas, and different ways of working. We believe that diverse views and experiences improve the way we do our work. We do our best to make our jobs accessible to all regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, or identity.

We offer an excellent benefits package including a competitive salary and 25 days annual leave (excl. Bank Holidays). We also offer healthcare insurance, wellbeing days and policies to support you during key life events.

This role is based in London and therefore to be considered you must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK. We are working under a hybrid working model which requires at least 40% of our time in the office.


Please send in your CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter (max 2 pages) telling us how you meet the person specification to by 21 May 2023 9am BST.

Please use the following in the subject heading of the email: Forests Newsroom Senior Investigator and the following file name for your CV and cover letter: First name_last name_CV and First name_last name_coverletter

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make any reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend any interview, please let us know.

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