Job vacancy

Investigator – Transition Minerals

London, with overseas travel as required. We operate a hybrid working model with two days a week in the office.
Salary range:
Fixed term
June 23, 2024

Be a key influence for a just and equitable energy transition. Be an Investigator in our Transition Minerals campaign.

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.

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.

Contract:             18 months fixed term

About the campaign

The rush for extraction of critical minerals as part of the global green transition has led to questions such as who suffers, who benefits and whose power is being reinforced. Our Transition Minerals campaign focuses on this challenge and how to support its shifts in power.

About the role

As an investigator your high quality, innovative investigations will expose inequities in extracting minerals for the global energy transition. Your work will directly support our goals by making a compelling case for shifts in power.

About you

You will bring your instinct for a compelling story along with your track record in delivering targeted investigations. You will have experience in investigation techniques and processes, from analysing large datasets to working with sensitive sources.

You’ll create and cultivate relationships with internal colleagues, sources and external partners to design and drive investigations that align with campaign goals and amplify the priorities of impacted communities.

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 2 days in the office.


Please send in your CV (max 2 pages) and your responses to the shortlisting questions below to [email protected]  by Midnight 23 June 2024

Shortlisting Questions (max 250 words per question)

1. Describe an example of an investigation that you have worked on, either for an NGO or as a journalist, that has had a real world impact.

2. Describe a time you’ve encountered a major obstacle or difficulty when doing an investigation, and how you went about trying to overcome it.

3. What do you think are the main dangers and opportunities raised by the growing demand for ‘transition minerals’, particularly for communities living in the global south?

To help us track your application please use the following in the subject heading of the email: Investigator – Transition Minerals and please use the following file name protocol for your CV: ‘First Name_Last Name_CV’.


Virtual interviews will be held virtual on 10th & 11th July but if anything changes, we will let you know. You will receive the interview questions 1 week ahead of the interview via email to enable you to prepare.

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.

Equality and Diversity

We would appreciate your participation in completing our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.

Global Witness wants to meet the aims and commitments set out in its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy. This includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010 and building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and candidates in encouraging equality and diversity.  

We need your help and co-operation to enable us to do this, but filling in this form is voluntary. The information provided will be kept confidential and will only be used for monitoring purposes.