We're Hiring: Volunteers’ Project Coordinator

(Paid part-time position, 16h per week, temporary contract from April 2021 to January 2022, based in the Netherlands or remotely)


March 12, 2021


Bellingcat is an independent collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists whose use of open source investigative techniques has shed light on a variety of subjects – from the illegal animal trade to state-run assassination programs.

A crucial part of our work is conducted by volunteers, who dedicate their time and skills to support our investigations. Their input has proven invaluable, whether for longer-term investigative projects or for individual verification efforts.


To further expand our work with volunteers, we want to design a dedicated user platform which will allow them to collaborate with each other and Bellingcat’s team of researchers on a wide range of open source investigations. You’ll play a crucial role in enhancing how these two integral parts of our community work together.

You’ll also get to know our volunteer community and help to expand it. In the process, our Volunteer Project Coordinator will help us identify the concrete needs of our volunteer community and find a suitably concrete way to deliver them – whether through new workflows or new digital tools.


  • Design and conduct several open source investigation pilot projects with different volunteer groups.
  • Coordinate enthusiastic volunteers to solve open source investigation challenges faced by Bellingcat researchers.
  • Conduct interviews and surveys with (potential) volunteers and Bellingcat researchers;
  • Evaluate the results of all pilot projects and interviews and translating them into concrete user requirements for a future platform.
  • Define community standards for the use of the volunteer platform and write a concept on how to put them into practice.
  • Collaborate with developers who will build the volunteer platform.


  • Experience with identifying user requirements for software projects and collaborating with software developers.
  • A track record in conducting open source investigations.
  • Experience of working with (digital) volunteers is a strong plus.
  • English language proficiency, additional languages are very welcome.
  • Comfortable working as part of a small team and determining through research, observation and communication, the best next steps for the project.
  • Confident at working independently on challenging projects, but knows when to ask for guidance.
  • Able to balance freedom and flexibility with a high degree of responsibility.


  • Bellingcat is a charitable organisation and remuneration is in line with the salaries range in the non-profit sector. We offer a gross annual salary (including pension and vacation contribution) between 48k and 50k EUR (based on 1 fte) depending on experience.
  • Subject to performance and excellence, we offer a range of additional annual incentives and benefits.
  • This is a paid part-time position, 16h per week, with a temporary contract running from April 2021 to January 2022.
  • You will be able to work from the Netherlands or remotely from your country of residence.
  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to Bellingcat’s innovative and groundbreaking work, which has a global impact.


Please apply before March 31, 2021 by filling out the following questionnaire: https://forms.gle/5R1ykTknsCFYE3UHA. Pre-selected candidates will be invited for an interview which will take place in late March or early April.

If you have any questions or technical issues with our questionnaire, feel free to contact us here.

Bellingcat is committed to a diverse working environment. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, origin, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation. Your formal education is less important to us than your previous work experience in the field.