Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) Requires the Services of a Middle East & North Africa Researcher (Application Deadline: 6 August 2023)

Middle East & North Africa Researcher

We are seeking an experienced researcher with extensive knowledge of tracking down public records in the Middle East & North Africa to support our partners and projects in the region. We are looking for someone with a proven track record of doing investigative research and are open to candidates coming from journalism, law, finance or a related field. This is a remote position, but regular calls require you to be in a time zone between UTC and UTC-4, ideally in North Africa or the Middle East.

Middle East & North Africa Researcher
Middle East & North Africa Researcher

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Middle East & North Africa Researcher

Our Research and Data Team is the brainpower behind OCCRP ID, a service that helps investigative journalists in the OCCRP network conduct research quickly and effectively. You will join a team of research and data experts who use a combination of commercial and self-compiled databases, coding skills, as well as publicly available open sources, to help journalists track down people, companies, and assets anywhere in the world and build out data-heavy investigations.


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.


  • Running extensive background checks on people, companies, and their networks.
  • Interpreting corporate, legal, property, and financial documents.
  • Writing comprehensive reports on research findings to be shared with journalists.
  • Responding promptly to research requests from journalists in the OCCRP network.
  • Joining investigative teams to provide research support on long-term investigations, including proactively proposing creative avenues for research.
  • Working closely with other members of the research team, as well as the MENA team, to respond to complex research queries.
  • Identifying ways to obtain information from new sources, specifically in Arabic speaking countries.
  • Periodically training investigative journalists from the region on research techniques and navigating local databases.

Required Skills:

  • Understanding of, and ability to obtain, public records in North Africa and the Middle East region.
  • Fluency in the English and Arabic, written and spoken.
  • Ability to work well with people from a range of countries, languages and backgrounds, online and in person.
  • Ability to express ideas in a clear and concise manner.
  • Persistence and curiosity – you should be someone who enjoys looking for needles in a haystack.
  • Thoroughness and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, while asking for guidance when needed.
  • Computer literacy, with experience using Word, Excel, and Google Docs.

Desirable Skills:

  • Previous experience in research, journalism, law or finance.
  • Basic knowledge of data wrangling and analysis.
  • Understanding of how to track movement and ownership of ships and planes.

How to Apply for the Middle East & North Africa Researcher Position

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to

All applications must be submitted in English. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Whilst we have internal goals to reply to unsuccessful candidates, we regret that the high number of applicants greatly exceeds our capacity to respond to each person. 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. If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process, please contact

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Middle East & North Africa Researcher

Middle East & North Africa Researcher

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