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ICIJ is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Current opportunities:

Data and Research Editor

We are hiring a data and research editor to join ICIJ’s data and research team. The position will play an integral part in ICIJ’s work and will oversee the work of ICIJ’s multidisciplinary data and research team, providing editorial guidance, leading data and research collaborative efforts and contributing with building the organization’s data and research strategy.

This is a full-time position which can either be based in our office in Washington, D.C., or remotely.

ICIJ’s data and research team helps with finding innovative ways of gathering, processing, and analyzing to contribute to joint reporting efforts for ICIJ investigative projects. The work is central to ICIJ’s collaborative process at different stages of a project, including in the fact-checking phase.

The data and research editor is expected to work closely with other team members and media partners to identify different ways in which data and research work could help answer reporting needs. ICIJ is looking for someone who is not afraid of leading, proposing ideas and collaborating with others, while sometimes dealing with complex data that could involve millions of records in a jumble of file formats.

To work at ICIJ, you will need to be an effective collaborator, willing to work with colleagues and partners in different time zones, departments and languages. Not only will you get to work with some of the world’s best journalists on international investigations, but you’ll also be a valued part of the ICIJ team. We want someone who isn’t afraid to share their ideas and willing to step in where needed.

The team at ICIJ is small but highly ambitious, creative, energetic and passionate about our mission: producing investigative stories that rock the world. We value team-players who are willing to go beyond the duties on their job description to help the organization grow. ICIJ prides itself on supporting career development and nurturing skills to help each employee achieve their full potential.

Your responsibilities and opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the work of ICIJ’s data and research team.
  • Coordinate data and research editorial strategies in communication with other team members.
  • Identify key data and research resources that would help advance reporting efforts. Develop partnerships to get access to these resources.
  • Manage data and research efforts at different stages of ICIJ projects making sure that the team follows high accuracy and ethical standards.
  • Oversee ICIJ’s data and research team efforts to document ICIJ’s data processes and help ensure that the work complies with ICIJ’s ethical rules and standards.
  • Validate and help assess the quality of the data obtained and used for different projects.
  • Help identify story leads and reporting possibilities through public data gathering and analysis.
  • Help with training activities to contribute with the understanding of the data and research used for specific ICIJ projects.

Your skills and experience:


  • At least 7 years of experience as data editor or data journalist.
  • Experience in managing teams and coordinating data driven reporting.
  • Experience in providing editorial guidance to help identify best data analysis and research approaches based on complexity, quality, size and data structure.
  • Experience in cleaning, fact-checking and enhancing data (with programming or spreadsheet softwares).
  • Experience in collaborating on the visualization of data in charts, graphics and interactive applications.
  • Ability to work with structured and unstructured data and research relevant context and documentation linked to it.
  • Writing abilities and excellent communication skills.
  • Good organizational and leadership skills.
  • Fluent in English (speech and writing) required.


  • At least one additional language (among Spanish, French, German, Portuguese).
  • Machine Learning applied to journalism knowledge or practical experience.
  • Ability to take initiative, receive constructive feedback and learn about new technologies.

Hours of work

This is a full-time exempt position (40 hours/week). Due to the international nature of ICIJ work outside of business hours will be required. To work out of ICIJ’s Washington, D.C., office, candidates must be U.S. citizens or be a suitable candidate for a valid work visa in the United States.

To apply: Send your CV with a cover letter and relevant clippings/portfolio to Maryse Sulimma and Fergus Shiel at job@icij.org, subject line “Data and Research Editor.” Applications close September 8, 2023.

Investigative Journalist

ICIJ is seeking an Investigative Journalist to join its team. This journalist will be responsible for researching, writing, and editing independent investigative stories that hold the powerful to account and that uncover broken systems, incisively and in the public interest. It is an opportunity to independently investigate some of the most important topics of our time, to tell stories that bring startling truths to light, to optimize analysis and coverage, and to do so with a fiercely committed, award-winning team.

Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Research, report, write, and edit stories as part of ICIJ’s global investigations.
  • Work collaboratively with ICIJ’s fact-checkers to ensure that the stories comply with ICIJ’s standards.
  • Collaborate closely with others on different stories.
  • Participate on ICIJ’s collaboration platforms.
  • Present at conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in news required.
  • Proven track record in finding stories that have high public interest, including delivering copy on deadline.
  • Fluent in English (speech and writing) required.

Key competencies

  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong sense of integrity, honesty, and ethics
  • Flexible and collaborative work style

Hours of work

This is a full-time exempt position (40 hours/week). Due to the international nature of ICIJ work outside of business hours will be required.

To apply: Send your CV with a cover letter and relevant clippings/portfolio to Maryse Sulimma and Fergus Shiel at job@icij.org, subject line “Investigative Journalist.” Applications close July 21, 2023.

ICIJ Europe Development Director

Strategic engagement and building relationships and profile for ICIJ with key European stakeholders. 

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is seeking a Development Director based in Europe.

ICIJ conducts global investigations that uncover cross-border corruption and holds the powerful to account. Building on the success of projects like Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, FinCEN Files, Luanda Leaks, Pandora Papers, Uber Files, Shadow Diplomats and so many more.

ICIJ is currently scaling up its European donor support, with new funding and partnerships with a number of institutional and large philanthropic donors. This exciting new role will build on and leverage this success and lead ICIJ’s funding and strategic engagement efforts in Europe, to grow and diversify ICIJ’s portfolio of grants. The postholder will lead a newly established Business Development team with an office base in The Hague, Netherlands, which will shape ICIJ’s business development capacity, profile and funding success in Europe.

With a strong portfolio of grants from trusts, foundations and government funding, ICIJ is in a strong position and embarking on a scale up in Europe to access new strategic funding and partnerships.

Reports to: ICIJ Chief Operating Officer

Location: The ICIJ Hague Office (some remote/hybrid working possible)

Salary: Competitive

Contract: Appointment will be on a consultancy basis, initially for 12 months

Hours: 40 hours in a flexible and supportive working environment with options for remote work

This job description and person specification is a statement of requirements at the time of writing and is not contractual or exhaustive. It should not be seen as precluding future changes after appointment to this role and may be amended over time.

To apply: Please send CV (max. three pages) and cover letter (max. two pages) to: job@icij.org

Deadline for submitting applications: May 22, 2023

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role.

Job description

This new role will lead ICIJ’s development efforts for an evolving donor and program portfolio in Europe. Reporting to the U.S.-based Chief Operating Officer, the Development Director will lead a newly established European Business Development team with an ambitious funding and partnership growth strategy.

The recruitment of this role comes at an exciting time for ICIJ, with a new organizational strategy that endeavors to broaden our impact and visibility in global investigative journalism and raise public awareness of issues of global importance including health, corruption, tax evasion, organized crime and much more, and inspire other investigative journalists around the world.

The postholder will be part of ICIJ’s Leadership Team and its senior external representative in Europe.

Job purpose

The purpose of this position is to grow and evolve ICIJ’s portfolio of grants from institutional, trust and foundation donors and build strategic partnerships in Europe.

The postholder will lead a newly established Business Development team in Europe with an office base in The Hague, Netherlands, and directly line manage an EU Grants Coordinator and Grant Writer. Building and managing the team successfully, as well as developing strong working relationships with ICIJ editorial and finance teams in the U.S., will be a key part of the day-to-day duties for this role. The position is a key component of a diversification strategy funded by a number of strategic donors to enable ICIJ to grow its business development capacity and profile in Europe, and ultimately grow its donor portfolio in Europe.

Exploring how to diversify our donor portfolio, build our income base and strengthen our financial sustainability will be key objectives of the Europe Development Director role.

Working relationships

The key relationships of this new role are: ICIJ CEO, ICIJ COO

Key responsibilities

Strategic leadership

  • Work closely with the COO and CEO to develop a funding and engagement strategy that supports our overarching income targets and organizational objectives in Europe with a view to increasing income and building financial sustainability of ICIJ’s European and global programming.
  • Play an active role in developing and contributing to strategy and work-planning processes, bringing expertise on international fundraising to internal strategy and goal-setting.
  • With the COO and CEO, the postholder will develop appropriate annual income targets in line with our existing organizational strategy.
  • Liaising with ICIJ’s Development Director in the U.S., the postholder will focus on expanding our European portfolio of donors, with the aim to have robust and diverse funding portfolios for our work in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Donor engagement 

  • Identify and solicit strategic partner and funding opportunities in Europe.
  • Networking and building strong relationships with EU/bilateral donor offices and key contacts within donor agencies to provide early market intelligence, pre-positioning to ensure ICIJ is part of appropriate grant and contract bid consortia.
  • Personally develop and maintain partnerships and relationships with European philanthropic donors.
  • Build and foster collaborative working and consortia partnerships with media/investigative journalist partners, and networks in the not-for-profit and private sector in Europe.
  • Lead in the implementation of outstanding donor cultivation and retention plans, and ensure streamlined external communication as the organization rolls out its new strategy and priorities.
  • Working within the ICIJ Public Affairs/Marketing team to create a strong organizational profile in Europe, build credibility, enhance reputation and position ICIJ to access institutional and foundation funds.
  • Design and ensure the successful execution of multiyear and annual fundraising plans that protect and grow our impact and ensure adequate funding for ICIJ’s core activities and new programming.

Finance and compliance

  • Prepare and present accurate, ambitious fundraising projections for income for ICIJ programs and core support.
  • Work closely with the ICIJ Finance department on developing efficient processes and ensuring relevant financial information is accurate, up to date and presented well to donors.
  • Oversee adequate monitoring and reporting on KPIs and progress.
  • Oversight and responsibility for monitoring a robust compliance and reporting system for a growing complex funder portfolio.

Team management

  • Manage the EU Grants Coordinator and Grant Writer/consultants to produce high-quality, well-designed donor reports and winning funding proposals to secure and grow the institutional grants portfolio.
  • Develop a new dedicated high-performing funding team in Europe, providing strategic direction and guidance, and ensure professional development opportunities as well as staff wellbeing.


  • Represent the COO/CEO in relevant European networks when required, externally represent ICIJ when necessary and promote ICIJ’s values.
  • Undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required of this role.


This role will be based in The Hague, Netherlands, and will involve occasional travel in Europe and to other ICIJ offices.

Person specification

Experience and knowledge

  • Significant and demonstrable senior experience working in a fundraising role for a charity, INGO, private or public entity (essential).
  • Significant experience developing, managing and delivering on multimillion-dollar income targets and fundraising strategies (essential).
  • Experience managing international teams (of staff and consultants) across borders (essential).
  • Significant experience developing and maintaining donor relationships (essential).
  • Significant experience fundraising in the investigative journalist, free media, human rights and international development sectors (essential).
  • Experience of grant fundraising in an international context (essential).
  • Significant experience of successful donor engagement and acquisition including proposal development for EU, Dutch MoFA, BMZ/GIZ, SIDA, Norad (essential).
  • Significant experience and understanding of philanthropy markets in key European countries (essential).
  • Experience successfully managing processes, systems and compliance for internationally funded NGOs (essential).
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in investigative journalism trends, context, technology and impact (desirable).
  • Experience using fundraising databases and internal information management systems (e.g. Raiser’s Edge, SharePoint) (desirable).
  • Good knowledge of relationship database technology and its application in a fundraising context (desirable).

Key competencies

  • Fluent (CEFR level C2) in English (essential).
  • Fluent (CEFR level C2) in French or German (desirable).
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills (essential).
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team of staff and have effective staff management skills (essential).
  • Ability to operationalize strategies and plan effectively (essential).
  • Comfortable with remote or matrix management and working in a global organization (essential).
  • Commitment to ICIJ’s vision, mission, values, and a working style which reflects these (essential).
  • High-level budgeting, business planning and financial monitoring skills (essential).
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively regarding the long-term development of an organization’s fundraising (essential).
  • Ability to build effective relationships at all levels internally and externally, and proven track record of network building (essential).
  • Ability to produce high-quality written reports on fundraising matters for internal management purposes and for Trustees (essential).
  • Flexible approach to work and highly organized working practices (essential).
  • Ability to travel in Europe to lead on networking and donor engagement efforts (essential).

What we offer

Contract length: One year with a possibility for extension, appointment will be on a full-time consultancy basis.

Duty station: The Hague

Start date: July–August 2023

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to Maryse Sulimma, job@icij.org,  subject line “Europe Development Director.” Applications open until the position is filled.