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We currently have the following opportunities

SHORT-TERM CONSULTANCY – expert research into illicit financial flows in Africa

An important area of Corruption Watch’s work is in research and advocacy of the fiscal transparency space on a national, regional and international level. Central to this is research work of illicit financial flows through the lens of corruption and development in Africa.

Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are a major development challenge for African countries. In the last decades, tax revenues in the continent have increased. Nonetheless, the fiscal capacity of most African governments remains low compared to countries in the Global North. The unlawful outflow of billions of dollars from Africa is a major obstacle to the development of a more effective and just fiscal systems.

Corruption Watch seeks to appoint a short-term consultant to research and analyse IFFs related to corruption, tax evasion and tax avoidance, and for the analysis of the risk factors which facilitate IFFs across African countries.

Through the European Union Rallying Efforts to Accelerate Progress (REAP) project, a research methodology has been created which leads to:

  1. the production of synthetic indicators referring to the threats and vulnerabilities related to IFFs;
  2. an assessment of the mechanisms used to move IFFs across countries and regions.

The aim of the methodology is to enable the production of these synthetic indicators and a greater understanding of IFFs from Africa. This methodology will help civil society as well as national and international stakeholders in raising awareness on the impact of IFFs on inequality, from a regional and global perspective. As such, the methodology will help in pushing for policy actions and transparency reforms with the long-term view to reducing income and wealth inequalities in Africa.

This call for consultancy is to therefore implement the research methodology by engaging in quantitative, qualitative, and case-study analyses, focusing on three risk dimensions which emerged as relevant from previous analysis of IFFs:

  1. institutional and structural vulnerabilities of the country, including the spread of corruption, institutional accountability and the rule of law;
  2. the vulnerability posed by the degree in which business ownership structures might be exploited to facilitate IFFs across countries;
  3.  the vulnerability related to the role of a country in the international financial and commercial networks.

The consultant will report directly to the project manager.

The consultancy work will commence on 1 June 2022 until 31 August 2022. No travel is expected as part of this consultancy. The consultant will complete this assignment from their primary place of work.

Please download the consultancy brief for complete information on terms of reference, key deliverables, and minimum requirements.

If you are interested in a dynamic team committed to exposing corruption, advancing human rights, and improving the environment for whistle-blowers, then this opportunity may be for you.  Interested applicant should send the following to admin@corruptionwatch.org.za with the subject line “IFFs Consultancy”:

  •  An expression of interest clearly stating your qualifications, and interest in the research and suitability for the consultancy (not longer than 5 pages),
  • Cost of the consultancy,
  • Updated CV, with three (3) contactable references.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Wednesday, 4 May 2022, after which it will be rolling for consideration until we find a suitable candidate.

LEGAL INTERNS AND EXTERNS – please note that the positions below are being offered on a rolling basis, meaning that while there is no closing date, we will select from the applications as and when required.


As part of CW’s mandate, we are committed to strengthening the criminal justice system, including efforts to address financial crime; the refinement of our planning and procurement systems; and supporting and strengthening the ability of private and public bodies to better detect and address corruption in their spheres of operation.

CW is looking for interns to work in our offices in Johannesburg, South Africa. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but applicants are encouraged to get their application in as soon as possible, indicating dates of availability. Interns will work at CW ’s offices under the supervision of one of our legal and investigations unit members.

Responsibilities may include legal research and writing, including international and comparative law research; factual research on specific legal cases and fact-checking legal filings; assisting in ongoing investigations into reports of corruption; and assisting staff in organising conferences and seminars.

Please note that the position is unpaid.


  • Interest in human rights issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent research skills including online sources;
  • Well-organised, self-motivated and reliable.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a detailed CV and an unedited writing sample to admin@corruptionwatch.org.za, with the subject line “Legal Internship”.


CW is looking for externs – full time students who can dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to research and general assistance to CW. Externs will generally work from home, with occasional meetings with the CW legal and investigations unit. This work may include legal research and writing, including international and comparative law research; and factual research on specific legal cases.

Externships are designed to give students practical experience of working in litigation, without the time and financial difficulties full-time internships create. Working with CW ’s legal and investigations unit provides students with exposure to litigation at domestic courts as well as to regional and international human rights mechanisms, and will help broaden your understanding of the strategies lawyers involved in such cases adopt. However, our externships require dedication and hard work, and we expect high standards of work from our externs.

Preferred applicants:

  • All law students who already have an undergraduate degree;
  • Interest in corruption, political and human rights issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent research skills including online sources;
  • Well-organised, self-motivated and reliable.

Interested applicants should send a one-page letter of interest, a detailed CV, an unedited writing sample and a two-page answer to the research question to admin@corruptionwatch.org.za, with the subject line “Legal Externship”.

Research question: In your opinion how does corruption impact on human rights and how can the law be used to mitigate and/or combat these impacts?

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