The Sentry is a team of policy analysts, regional experts, and financial forensic investigators that follows the money in order to create consequences for those funding and profiting from genocide or other mass atrocities in Africa, and to build leverage for peace. The Sentry currently focuses on the corrupt transnational networks linked to those most responsible for deadly violence in South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the Central African Republic (CAR). The Sentry’s ultimate objective is to alter the incentive structure of those benefiting financially and politically from conflict and mass atrocities. This will lend greater support to broader accountability measures as well as provide leverage to peace and human rights initiatives aimed at ending Africa’s deadliest conflicts. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast in 2016, The Sentry is an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch (NOOW).
We are seeking to fill the full-time, London-based position of Senior Advisor.
The Sentry is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The Sentry’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
The incumbent will serve as The Sentry’s senior subject matter expert in the UK on financial tools of leverage such as economic sanctions, AML/CFT advisories and regulations, civil and criminal law enforcement investigations, and other administrative and legal mechanisms to alter the incentive structure of those benefitting financially and politically from conflict and mass atrocities in the DRC, CAR, South Sudan, and Sudan. The Senior Advisor for the UK will work closely with The Sentry Policy Director and Sentry Director for the UK, as well as other Sentry team members, including Enough Project policy staff and investigative contractors, to develop, lead, and produce policy analysis and written materials focused on policy and law enforcement tools and
approaches that can be deployed by the UK to impede the financing of conflict in, and the laundering of the proceeds of corruption from, East and Central Africa.
Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
- Ensuring effective partnership and relationship building by communicating and managing contact with HMG policymakers (including the FCO, OFSI, and HMT), law enforcement (including the CPS and NCA) and other stakeholders (e.g., financial institutions and civil society counterparts) to influence and contribute to UK policy in support of the use of financial levers of pressure such as sanctions, AML/CFT advisories, civil or criminal actions, or other regulatory or legal actions that target the ties between corruption and mass atrocities in South Sudan, Sudan, the DRC and CAR.
- Providing analysis, reports, and support to The Sentry counterparts on developments within the United Kingdom related to the organization’s priorities, goals and objectives.
- Leading The Sentry’s efforts to build strong new partnerships with HMG policymakers, law enforcement, civil society, financial community, and other relevant stakeholders while strengthening existing relationships in the UK to ensure that The Sentry’s priorities are represented in national-level policy making.
- Developing creative and innovative proposals for both internal and external consideration on the use of financial tools of leverage to dismantle and transform the kleptocracies fueling human rights abuses and mass atrocities in South Sudan, Sudan, the DRC, and CAR.
- Collaborating with The Sentry’s Director for Investigations, Director for Policy & Analysis, and Director for the UK in support of The Sentry’s evidence and typology-driven investigations and to align policy engagement efforts.
- Communicating The Sentry’s positions on key policy issues to both a public audience as well as privately with governmental, financial, and corporate stakeholders.
- Drafting public-facing policy briefs, op-eds, and similar materials on financial pressures and related policy issues; contributes policy material to investigative reports and other publications by The Sentry and The Enough Project.
- In coordination with the Founding Director, contributing to fundraising efforts as needed
- Assisting with The Sentry’s open-source data collection, interviews and field research as needed on investigations and/or policy briefs.
- Carrying out other duties as appropriate for the role, including applying UK policy goals to other key European partners.
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- Hold an advanced degree in a relevant field (including but not limited to public policy, political science, finance, international relations, or economics) with strong academic credentials
- Hold at least 5 years of relevant experience in government, advocacy, or the private sector
- Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with colleagues remotely around the world.
- Hold an advanced understanding of economic sanctions, AML/CTF practices and standards with extensive experience in the fields of illicit finance and corruption.
- Possess an understanding of political systems and relevant policy and civil society institutions across Africa – with a particular focus on East Africa
- Have the ability to handle a fast-paced environment effectively and meet established deadline requirements that may stretch across multiple international time zones.
- Possess strong analytical thinking and critical reasoning skills
- Previous experience in financial investigations preferred but not required.
- Ability to forge strong relationships with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to work independently and yet still be team-oriented
- Proactive, self-motivated, detailed oriented and well-organized
- Demonstrate proactive leadership skills
- Fluency in French or Arabic preferred but not required
- Eligible candidates must have a right to work in the UK.
- Ability to communicate responsively and proactively from home.
Submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Please include “Senior Advisor” in the subject line of your email.
Please submit any applications by October 1st.
Level of Language Proficiency
French and Arabic preferred but not required.
Minimum Education Required