Location: Applicant to be based in Colombia, although we will consider other Latin American countries.
Application Deadline: May 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 a regional South American editor to join their team of cross-border investigative journalists and editors. The editor will be expected to commission, manage, and help produce high-quality investigations that have a real-world impact and directly address the scourge of organized crime and corruption on the continent. Critically, the person should be familiar with the high standards of OCCRP. The regional editor will be located in South America and be a citizen or permanent resident of that region. They will also liaise closely with the rest of OCCRP’s Latin American team, as well as OCCRP editors and journalists around the world. This is a full-time position.
We are looking for a solid, proven investigative editor who is Spanish speaker native and fluent in English who can work efficiently with our partners and independent journalists from Latin America.
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 the Latin American and OCCRP reporters, editors and fact checkers to produce, coordinate, guide, investigate and edit high-quality investigations
- Work with local partner organizations, freelance journalists, civil society groups to produce, coordinate, guide, investigate and edit high quality investigations
- Contribute to special projects and assist with local research as requested by OCCRP network on global investigations/projects
- Bring and pitch story ideas
- Source new data and original datasets
- Be in permanent contact with partner organizations, freelance journalists, civil society groups, sources across to region
- Assisting the Latin American and OCCRP team to seek out and foster new partnerships to further investigative journalism in the region, recruit new reporters and media outlets for collaboration.
- Collaborating with the Latin American and OCCRP team on training and coaching journalists from inside and outside partner centers in investigative journalism techniques and best practices
- Support the Latin American team efforts to translate and disseminate OCCRP’s investigations; Support the Latin American team efforts to engage regional audiences.
- Work with the Latin American and OCCRP team to 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 issues
- Investigative journalism experience. Capacity of finding documents and sources but also the ability to understand and connect cross border issues
- Ability to generate story ideas across the region
- Ability to coordinate, lead and put together teams of reporters. Ability to propose, commission and manage stories to a successful conclusion
- High proficiency in writing and editing in Spanish. Produce often intricate stories to a tight deadline. Able to write a compelling narrative from complex investigative material
- Oral and written skills in Portuguese is a plus.
- A strong regional network of contacts, including among journalists, researchers and sources
- Demonstrate passion, thick skin and the temperament to work in occasionally stressful conditions on high-risk stories
- Possess strong communication skills suited to working remotely and coordinating stories, production, illustrations, and promotion
- Collaborative with a track record of successful teamwork
- Able to apply the highest level of professional judgment and discretion, as well as adherence to applicable law, best practices, and company policies
- Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent work
- Native Spanish speaker
- Excellent command of the English language (oral and written skills)
- At least 3 years of reporting experience in illicit funding and cross-border corruption
- 3-5 years of relevant professional experience, ideally in media development, anti-corruption, transparency, open data, or international development
- High proficiency in writing and editing
- Fluency in basic digital tools
- Preference will be given to applicants with five or more years of experience as an editor and/or senior investigative reporter
To apply, please email to jobs[at]occrp.org:
- A detailed resume
- A cover letter explaining why you want to work with OCCRP and what you will add to our organization
- Samples of three or more investigations published in the past years
- A list of references with contact information
- Three pitches for investigative projects
All applications must be submitted in English. The investigative samples can be in Spanish. 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.