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Investigative Editor, MENA

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is seeking to hire an investigative editor to join its team of cross-border investigative journalists and editors. The investigative 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 investigative 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, OCCRP will consider people in a similar time zone. The editor will work closely with OCCRP editors and journalists around the world.

OCCRP is looking for a solid, proven investigative reporter/editor who is fluent in Arabic and English (written and spoken) and who can work efficiently with OCCRP’s 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.

About OCCRP:

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, OCCRP exposes crime and corruption so the public can hold power to account. OCCRP sees a future where organized crime and corruption are drastically reduced and democracy is strengthened. OCCRP’s global team includes editors, researchers, data engineers, security specialists, administrators, technologists, and strategists, each with areas of in-depth expertise.

Job Description:
Responsibilities include:
  • 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.
Person Description:
  • 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.

Location: Applicant to be based in MENA region.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022.

To apply, please click here.

Status: Closed

  • Employment

Organisation: Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Deadline: 30/11/2022

Location: MENA Region


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