Current vacancies:

African Energy Live Data Researcher

Location: Based in the UK

It is a requirement that all candidates submit a cover letter of no more than 500 words and a CV


African Energy Live Data (Live Data) is seeking applications for the position of database researcher. Live Data is a brand of Cross-border Information, a UK-based company. It is a subscription-based online platform launched in 2018 containing continuously updated information on power projects across Africa. The data is used to monitor high-level trends as well as to present granular project-level information.

The focus is currently generation projects with information presented on the context and background of the project, ownership and financing, contractors, and offtakers. Live Data is editorially independent and the information it contains is researched using both source-led and open source techniques. More information is available here:

The researcher’s primary responsibilities are:

  • compiling the daily media watch, an email containing brief outlines of news reported over the previous 24 hours and circulated internally
  • following up project-specific news through communication with companies and other primary sources
  • scheduling reminders for key milestones and following up on them
  • updating the database based on information contained in the fortnightly African Energy newsletter
  • an understanding of the dynamics of the power sector, project finance, and doing business in Africa is an advantage

Secondary responsibilities:

  • monitoring the pipeline of projects to ensure that it reflects the reality on the ground
  • inputting data from documents and other resources
  • keeping track of annually produced official documents such as annual reports and regulatory documents and ensuring updated information is incorporated into the database

Possibilities for further development:

  • the role can incorporate elements of writing articles for African Energy and the Live Data website
  • there is scope for advancement into the newsletter or consultancy side of the company or within the Live Data team
  • the researcher may attend our UK-based Africa Investment Exchange events as well as potentially other further events in London

Candidate background

The successful candidate:

  • will be excited by the prospect of trying to uncover information on projects being developed in a difficult and sometimes opaque business environment and creative in their research methods
  • will be enthusiastic about the prospect of being involved with a young and evolving product and interested in contributing ideas
  • will be well organised and able to manage a large number of small tasks
  • will be comfortable communicating with businesses and government officials over the phone, by email, and in person
  • will have excellent written English and the ability to clearly and concisely summarise complicated histories and technical information
  • will have a strong academic background, with a minimum bachelor’s level education in a relevant discipline. Examples might be sustainable development, energy economics or finance, African studies, social science, history or journalism
  • experience in research or journalism, particularly if it relates to the energy industry or Africa, would be a distinct advantage.
  • a working knowledge of French, Portuguese, Swahili, Amharic or Arabic would be an advantage.

Details and remuneration

Starting salary: £20,000-£23,000 dependent on experience

Holidays: 25 days holiday/yr plus UK bank holidays

Work hours: 9am-5pm

Location: Cross-border Information’s head office is in Hastings, in the United Kingdom. The candidate will ideally be located in the Hastings office, although remote working will be considered where the candidate is based in close proximity to London and able to travel regularly to Hastings.

    The role is full-time but part-time might be considered in exceptional circumstances

Application process

  • Candidates should submit a cover letter of no more than 500 words and a CV
  • The cover letter should specify location preference
  • Short-listed candidates will be asked to carry out a brief writing task
  • Candidates successful in the writing task will be invited for interview

Contact: Nick Carn