Inclusive Development International
  • 44000-56000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health Insurance, Paid Time Off, Sick Time, Parental Leave, Retirement Plan

Position Announcement: Research Associate

Start Date: August 2022

Location: Asheville, NC (preferred) or Remote in North America

Status: Full-time

Compensation: $44,000 - $56,000 per year plus benefits

About Inclusive Development International

Inclusive Development International works to advance social, economic, and environmental justice by supporting communities around the world to defend their human rights and environment in the face of harmful corporate activities. Learn more at:

About the Position

Inclusive Development International is seeking dynamic and experienced candidates for the role of Research Associate. The Research Associate will be an integral part of Inclusive Development International's Follow the Money initiative, our innovative approach to defending human rights and the environment in the face of harmful investment projects. Proficiency in Spanish and English is required for this position.

Position Description

As part of Inclusive Development International's research team, the Research Associate will conduct investment and supply chain investigations of projects in the mining, agriculture and power sectors that threaten the rights of communities in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and beyond. Using specialized tools and information sources, the Research Associate will uncover and map the investors, financiers and buyers behind these projects - and analyze how affected communities can use this information to better defend their rights. The Research Associate will also conduct research on a range of other topics to support Inclusive Development International's casework and policy advocacy. The Research Associate will also train civil society organizations in the Global South on the Follow the Money research methodology.

Principle Responsibilities

  • Investigate and analyze the investment chains behind harmful projects.
  • Work with IDI's experienced advocates and write reports that synthesize investment chain findings to inform advocacy strategies for affected communities.
  • On occasion, travel internationally to conduct Follow the Money training workshops and/or to present findings to local partners.
  • Stay abreast of the latest developments in global finance and supply chains, with a focus on human rights and environmental sustainability.
  • Develop new tools and approaches - including those used in big data and investigative journalism - to strengthen our evolving Follow the Money research methodology.
  • Conduct research to support Inclusive Development International policy campaigns, which seek to strengthen human rights accountability in development finance, mineral supply chains and socially responsible investing.

Key selection criteria

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and attributes:

  • At least two years of experience in investigative or financial journalism, data science, or other research field. Experience working on issues related to human rights and the environment in the global economy.
  • An undergraduate degree in journalism, finance, data science, or a research-related field (or equivalent experience).
  • Proficiency in English/Spanish.
  • Strong writer in English who is able to communicate complex topics in a clear and accessible manner.
  • Tenacity and willingness to uncover every stone in pursuit of information that can change lives.
  • A passion for advancing corporate accountability and asocial economic and environmental justice.
  • Comfortable working in a global organization that works in multiple countries and cultures.


Typical working hours will be 10 am - 6 pm Monday-Friday in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone.

Compensation and Benefits

Inclusive Development International offers a salary range of $44,000 - $56,000 for this role and a generous benefits package including paid time off, retirement plan, medical insurance, and paid parental leave.

Application Instructions:

Candidates will be required to submit each of the following with their application:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing the key selection criteria (maximum 2 pages)
  • 2 writing samples (in English) demonstrating ability to describe complex topics in a clear, accessible manner

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a short research and writing test as part of our selection process.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Posting may close without notice.

We value diversity on our team and believe that a more diverse team is a more effective team. Inclusive Development International strongly encourages people of color, Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, adults of all ages, and all qualified persons to apply for our open options.

Inclusive Development International is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class or other characteristics protected by law.

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