Senior Investigative Editor_Asia

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Asia, Asia

Date Posted November 17, 2022
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Editorial
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Not Specified
Salary Not Specified


Location: Applicant to be based in Asia.

Application Deadline: December 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.

Position overview:

OCCRP is seeking to hire a senior investigative editor to join its 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 editor will be based in Asia and be a citizen or permanent resident of a country in Asia. He or she will liaise closely with OCCRP editors and journalists around the world.

We are looking for a solid, proven investigative editor who is fluent in written and spoken English and Chinese, and who can work efficiently with our partners and independent journalists in Asia.

The ideal candidate will have experience in investigative reporting and some experience in editing and managing teams. He or she will be responsible for developing cross-border investigative stories.

 Job description

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with OCCRP reporters, editors, and fact checkers to produce, coordinate, guide, and edit high-quality investigations on Asia.
  • Working with local media partners and/or freelance journalists to produce, coordinate, guide, investigate and edit high quality investigations.
  • Contributing to special projects and assist with local research as requested by OCCRP network on global investigations/projects.
  • Bringing original story ideas to OCCRP and help source new data.
  • Helping OCCRP seek out and foster new partnerships to further investigative journalism in the region.
  • Recruit new reporters and media outlets for collaboration.
  • Collaborating with the Asia and OCCRP team on training and coaching journalists from inside and outside partner centers in investigative journalism techniques and best practices.
  •  Working to translate and disseminate OCCRP’s investigations in relevant Asian countries and engage local audiences.
  • Working closely with OCCRP’s security team to monitor reporters’ safety and identify and evaluate risks to them.

Person Description


  • Familiarity with organized crime and corruption, as well as other key regional issues across Asia.
  • Investigative journalism experience. The ideal candidate will know how to track down documents and find sources, but also have the ability to understand and see links between 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 and produce often intricate stories to a tight deadline.
  • A strong regional network of contacts, including among journalists, researchers, and sources.
  • Passion, a thick skin, and the temperament to work in occasionally stressful conditions on high-risk stories.
  • Strong communication skills suited to working remotely and coordinating complex stories from start to finish.
  • Ability to collaborate, 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 required or equivalent work.
  • Fluency in Chinese. 
  • Excellent command of English (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:

 To apply, please email to jobs(at)

  • 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 few years.
  • A list of references with contact information.
  • Three pitches for investigative projects.

All applications must be submitted in English. 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)

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