Location: Applicant to be based in MENA region.
Application Deadline: November 30, 2022
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is a growing, global nonprofit media organization that is reinventing investigative journalism for the public good. By developing and equipping a global network of investigative journalists and publishing their stories, we expose crime and corruption so the public can hold power to account. We see a future where organized crime and corruption are drastically reduced and democracy is strengthened. Our global team includes editors, researchers, data engineers, security specialists, administrators, technologists, and strategists, each with areas of in-depth expertise.
OCCRP is seeking to hire an investigative editor to join its team of cross-border investigative journalists and editors. The editor will join the organization’s Middle East and North Africa team and is expected to commission, manage/mentor, and help produce high-quality cross-border investigations that have a real-world impact and directly address the scourge of organized crime and corruption in the region. Critically, the person should be familiar with the high standards of OCCRP. The editor will be preferably based in a country in the Middle East or North Africa, such as Lebanon or Iraq and ideally will be a citizen or permanent resident of one of those countries. However, we will consider people in a similar time zone. The editor will work closely with OCCRP editors and journalists around the world.
We are looking for a solid, proven investigative reporter/editor who is fluent in Arabic and English (written and spoken) and who can work efficiently with our partners and independent journalists from the MENA region.
The ideal candidate has experience in investigative reporting and some experience in editing and managing teams. They will be responsible for developing cross-border investigative stories.
- Work with OCCRP editors, reporters, and fact checkers to produce, coordinate, guide, investigate. and edit high-quality investigations exposing crime and corruption.
- Develop and pitch story ideas from the MENA region, especially in conjunction with local partner organizations and freelance journalists.
- Contribute to special projects and assist with local research as requested by OCCRP network on global investigations/projects.
- Source new data and original datasets.
- Help OCCRP seek out and foster new partnerships to further investigative journalism in the region. Recruit new reporters and media outlets for collaboration.
- Train and coach journalists in investigative journalism techniques and best practices
- Support OCCRP’s efforts to translate and disseminate OCCRP’s investigations across the Middle East and North Africa, and to engage regional audiences.
- Monitor reporters’ safety and identify and evaluate risks to them in addition to creating safety action plans for all risky stories.
- Familiarity with organized crime and corruption and other issues facing the Middle East and North Africa.
- Investigative journalism experience. The candidate should know how to finding documents and using open sources, but also cultivate closed sources and whistleblowers.
- Ability to understand and connect cross-border issues.
- Ability to generate story ideas across the region and assist with reporting.
- Ability to coordinate and lead teams of reporters.
- Ability to propose, commission and manage stories to a successful conclusion and produce often intricate stories to a tight deadline.
- A strong regional network of contacts, including among journalists, researchers and sources.
- Passion and the temperament to work in occasionally stressful conditions on high-risk stories.
- Strong communication skills suited to working remotely and coordinating stories, production, illustrations, and promotion.
- Collaborative with a track record of successful teamwork.
- The highest level of professional judgment and discretion, as well as adherence to applicable law, best practices, and company policies.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work.
- Excellent command of the English language (oral and written).
- 5-7 years of relevant professional experience, ideally in journalism.
- Preference will be given to applicants with at least 5 years of investigative reporting experience. Experience reporting on illicit flows of funds, corruption, and organized crime is strongly preferred.
- High proficiency in investigative work.
- Fluency in basic digital tools.
To apply, please email to jobs[at]occrp.org
- A detailed resume.
- A cover letter explaining why you want to work with OCCRP, what you will add to our organization and what you hope OCCRP will add to your career.
- Samples of three or more investigations published in the past years.
- A list of references with contact information.
- Three pitches for investigative projects. The pitches should explain the scope of the proposed project, why it is important, how the investigation will be reported, and how its claims will be proven.
All applications must be submitted in English. The investigative samples can be in Arabic. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We apologize that we will not be able to reply to any unsuccessful applicants.
As an equal opportunity employer, OCCRP values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, medical conditions, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics. If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process, please contact hr[at]occrp.org