Freelance work for journalists: Africa Integrity Indicators

Global Integrity is starting its seventh round of research of the Africa Integrity Indicators (AII), an annual project undertaken in partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The project assesses key social, economic, political and anti-corruption mechanisms at the national level in all African countries. Employing an expert assessment methodology, this new round will focus on the practical implementation and enforcement of legal and policy frameworks across various categories, including safety and the rule of law, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.

This effort will require a global team of journalists, researchers and subject matter experts across Africa to conduct original research and gather data that will feed into the Ibrahim Index of African Governance. Please read below for information on the requirements and how to apply.


Who We Are Looking For:

Professionals from the fields of journalism, academia, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector with a proven track record of performing high-quality interviews and desk research, meeting deadlines, and promptly responding to queries as part of a large research team. Interested candidates, including those who have worked with us before, should apply online by visiting

Positions are open until filled.

Project Roles

Lead Researcher: An experienced journalist (preferred) or researcher with proven experience in completing fast-paced and precise desk research, conducting original interviews of key sources, and obtaining other current, hard information to assess social and economic issues. Experience and knowledge of some of the issues assessed by the Africa Integrity Indicators (transparency and accountability, gender, rural sector, etc.) and/or expertise in international development is preferred but not absolutely necessary.

A strong command of English (or French, for French speaking countries) is required. Lead researchers must be working in the country of study, be independent of government (having not served in a government position for at least three years), and have at least five years of relevant professional experience.

Reviewers: Reviewers will play a key role in the data quality control process by reading and providing commentary on the information submitted by the Lead Researcher. They will be asked to provide substantive feedback on indicators’ accuracy, relevance and balance. Knowledge of the issues mentioned above is required. A strong command of English (or French, for French-speaking countries) is also required. There will be two types of Reviewers:

–Country Reviewers: These reviewers are experts in a specific country and have a deep knowledge of the local reality in relation to anti-corruption mechanisms and development issues.

–Functional Reviewers: These reviewers are experts with a deep knowledge of at least one of the core dimensions of the Africa Integrity Indicators mentioned above. Each Functional Reviewer will review a small number of indicators across many countries.

Timing and necessary availability:

Lead Researchers will begin fieldwork in July 2018, will have five weeks to submit answers to 54 indicators (questions), and must be available to promptly clarify any aspect of their research through March 2019.

Reviewers must be available to perform their review of the data between October 2018 and January 2019 and have time to review at short notice and within five (5) days.


All work is compensated. All contributors to the project will be publicly acknowledged (unless they ask otherwise).

Country coverage:

All 54 African countries.  

Who We Are?

Global Integrity is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Global Integrity supports progress toward open and accountable governance in countries and communities around the world. We focus on generating research and data, supporting the work of country-level reformers, and influencing global conversations on open governance.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to bring about change by providing tools to support advances in leadership and governance in Africa. The Foundation helps to define, assess and enhance governance and leadership in Africa using the tools such as the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, the Ibrahim Prize, and others.

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