IRIN News is hiring an experienced editor to lead our investigative and enterprise coverage.
As the only media organization dedicated solely to reporting on humanitarian crises and the multi-billion-dollar industry that responds to them, we cover the institutions, policies, and practices that shape lives around the world. Our journalists report on how conflict — from Congo to Syria — upends communities and how natural disasters and epidemics, climate change, and political and economic unrest disrupt livelihoods and families. Our work informs policymakers and decisionmakers in government, NGOs, the UN and other international organizations; aid workers in the field; scholars and journalists; and, through re-publication by mainstream media, a globally concerned general audience.
Put simply, the humanitarian sector requires the same scrutiny journalists routinely give to politics, finance, and other multi-billion-dollar businesses. The humanitarian industry has few watchdogs yet touches more and more people; the number of people in need of emergency life-saving aid has more than doubled over the last decade, to 128 million.
We seek a mentor and expert practitioner to guide our small editorial team and wide correspondent network in producing agenda-setting, exclusive investigations and enterprise reports. The investigations & enterprise editor will help us imagine and execute reports that increase transparency in the sector and accountability to those it serves.
We need to acknowledge when politics skews budgets, when aid workers negotiate with tyrants, or when good intentions pave the road to hell. We seek to provide early warnings, on-the-ground assessments of the most visible and the most overlooked crises, and analyses of what went wrong and what can make it right.
The investigative & enterprise editor will join a young organization with a rich legacy. After 19 years as part of the United Nations, IRIN spun off in 2015 to become an independent non-profit newsroom, headquartered in Geneva — a hub for humanitarian policymakers and decisionmakers.
Our investigative work has explored ties between a CIA-linked firm and a sensitive UN agency; pointed to alleged fraud in a UN refugee resettlement program in Sudan; and uncovered a major corruption and governance scandalat a key international NGO. Our enterprise work has included embeds with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and with a separatist militia in Cameroon; scrutiny of EU migration policies from the African side of the Mediterranean; and close looks at countering militancy in the Sahel and the challenges faced by civilians in ‘post-conflict’ Iraq.
We seek an editor with the experience and passion to bring our investigative and enterprise reporting to the next level, and the media industry networks and knowledge to increase its visibility and resonance. That editor will come to us with deep experience producing impactful, multiplatform journalism using both cutting-edge tools and traditional tried-and-true reporting and editing skills. Experience with data-driven journalism and data visualization as well as social and community reporting techniques are musts. Combined with our team’s knowledge of humanitarian policy, practice, and trends, these skills will help us produce even more impactful journalism about lives upended by humanitarian crises around the world.
This is a full-time position reporting to the Geneva-based executive editor. Like much of our decentralized newsroom, the investigations & enterprise editor can be based anywhere in the world, with occasional trips to Geneva. Media hubs like London, New York, Johannesburg, and Hong Kong have obvious benefits, but availability during standard CET business hours is most important. Salary commensurate with experience.
IRIN News is a donor-supported non-profit newsroom, funded by a mix of foundations and governments.
Please send your CV (subject line: Investigations & Enterprise Editor), along with:
A cover letter outlining why this opportunity excites you, how your experience has prepared you for the role, and how this role fits your career trajectory
Four examples of investigative and enterprise coverage you have led, plus brief explanations of your role in the reporting/editing/presentation and how you carried out the projects. At least two examples should be investigative pieces. Pieces on subjects related to our coverage areas are preferred.
A brief pitch for an investigative story you would like to see IRIN News cover and one pitch for an enterprise project. Please explain how this reporting would serve our audience, how it fits into our portfolio of humanitarian coverage, and its timeliness or urgency. Please explain how you would go about reporting and presenting the stories (i.e., please include notes on multimedia, data visualization etc).
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