The Cell Norbert Zongo for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) is a ground-breaking project for data-based cross-border investigations in West Africa. One of its missions is to fund and coordinate regional cross-border investigations to contribute in the fight against corruption, organized crime, human rights violations, and terrorism at the same time promoting good governance practices and strengthening the abilities of local journalists through training, mentoring, grants, networking, legal advice.

CENOZO was officially recognized by the Government of Burkina Faso on 23 June 2016, and will be headquartered at the National Press Centre Norbert Zongo, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Given to internal restructuring, CENOZO is launching an international call for applications for the recruitment of a Coordinator to start in January.

A description of each position is available here below.

Applications should include: (1) a letter of motivation to the President of CENOZO Board of Directors, (2) a detailed curriculum vitae, and (3) three reference contacts to confirm the information provided in the CV.

Applications must be submitted by email ( or ).

The deadline for applications is 5 December 2018.


Coordinator of the Cell Norbert Zongo for Investigative Journalism in West Africa

Duty station: National Press Centre Norbert Zongo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Duration: 12 months (renewable depending on satisfactory performance and availability of funds)


  • Coordinate a team of investigative journalists constituting across the region.
  • Develop CENOZO annual work plans and programmes;
  • Coordinate the implementation of all activities organized by CENOZO;
  • Supervise the preparations of the meetings of the Board of Directors and the General Assembly of CENOZO;
  • Execute the decisions taken at these meetings;
  • Ensure the compliance of CENOZO with all the national and local laws and regulations of Burkina Faso;
  • Stimulate the increase of CENOZO members throughout West Africa;
  • Ensure that all CENOZO members fulfill their obligations;
  • Supervise annual budgets and financial statements;
  • Coordinate the preparation of all the documents necessary for the smooth running of CENOZO meetings and activities;
  • Ensure the preparation of all CENOZO official letters and exchanges with its members and partners;
  • Seek and mobilize additional resources for CENOZO;
  • Develop new technical and financial partnerships with CENOZO;
  • Ensure communication on CENOZO activities;
  • Advise CENOZO Board of Directors on any communication matters related to CENOZO;
  • Ensure regular communication with CENOZO members;
  • Increase the visibility of CENOZO to the general public;
  • Provide all required technical support to the activities of the staff of CENOZO Permanent Secretariat;
  • Contribute to the reflection on the priority activities of CENOZO and stimulate innovation in the implementation of its activities;
  • Any other tasks entrusted by the Board of Directors.

Competencies and qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of journalism in West Africa, preferably with practical experience in investigative journalism;
  • Professional experience in the management of human and/or financial resources of at least 3 years;
  • Familiarity with the programming tools used by international development agencies;
  • A passion for professional and independent journalism;
  • A degree in journalism or equivalent;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • A perfect command of French and English. Proficiency in the Portuguese or other national languages of the West African region is an asset.

Service conditions:

The Coordinator will receive a fixed-term employment contract under the employment legislation of Burkina Faso.