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ICIJ seeks a data & research editor

July 26, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

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.

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.

To apply: Send your CV with a cover letter and relevant clippings/portfolio to Maryse Sulimma and Fergus Shiel at, subject line “Data and Research Editor.” Applications close July 31, 2023.

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