Open-source researcher | Iran

Location:Location: Berlin (preferable) or remote
Deadline:June 17, 2023

About us

Mnemonic is an international non-profit organisation promoting human rights and accountability through the preservation and verification of open-source digital information.

We are an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. We do not and will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, nationality or citizenship, gender expression or identity, religion, economic background, disability, or sexual orientation.

About the Opportunity

We are looking for an Open-Source Researcher to join our Rapid Response Team to work on collecting, preserving, verifying and analysing digital documentation of human rights violation in Iran. The researcher will receive training on open source investigation while working on with Mnemonic.

Description of responsibilities

The Open-source researcher will be responsible for:

  • Monitor the ongoing protests in Iran in collaboration with Iranian and International organisations;
  • Collect and archive at risk open-source materials and prepare content for verification and analysis;
  • Verify archived materials to contribute to open-source investigations on allegations of violations of human rights, international humanitarian, and criminal law;
  • Process and tag audio-visual content using Mnemonic’s Elfehrest annotation platform and protocols;
  • Conduct open-source investigations and comprehensive analysis of the incidents;
  • Work collaboratively with partners and support accountability mechanisms;
  • Analyse archived relevant audio-visual materials, and build an incident database;
  • Develop and implement investigation plan in relation to the support of accountability global efforts;
  • Monitor and update the sources received for archiving;
  • Perform other related duties as required for further development of the project.

Your profile

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in Journalism, Law, Media and Communication, Political Science or related discipline and at least 3 years of relevant work experience;
  • Experience in conducting open-source investigations;
  • Experience in using digital verification tools;
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Farci;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for investigative reports;
  • Strong knowledge of the Iranian context;
  • Professional experience from the Iranian or international human rights organization is highly desirable;
  • Based in Berlin is desirable;
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required to work collaboratively with the Rapid Response team, and its partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both as a team member and independently is required.

We offer:

  • A full-time consultancy position of for 20 expert days per month;
  • Starting date is as soon as possible for a limited term of 9 months from the starting date. With possibility of extension to additional 12 months, subject to availability of funding and satisfactory performance; 
  • Highly motivated, growing and diverse team;
  • Training opportunities;
  • Berlin based office, with option for remote work.

Please send your CV along with a cover letter to hr@mnemonic.org and copy kelly@mnemonic.org before June 17th, 2023, with the subject line of the email Rapid Response - Open-Source Researcher.


Mnemonic is an NGO dedicated to archiving, investigating and memorialising digital information documenting human rights violations and international crimes. Mnemonic also provides trainings, conducts research, engages in content moderation advocacy, and develops tools to support advocacy, justice and accountability.