We’re hiring! Apply to be our Global Health Editor

Title: Global Health Editor
Reports to: Deputy Editor
Contract: Full time, until December 2025
Location: London based, with a mixture of office and home working
Salary: £50,000-55,000, dependent on experience

About the role

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is looking for a new editor to lead its tenacious, creative and talented Global Health team. Are you the person to lead our team into its next phase, building on three years of award-winning coverage of Covid vaccine inequity, drug supply chains, Big Tobacco and more?

We believe that investigative journalism can be used to drive change by shining a light on the most pressing issues in global health today. Through forensic, inventive and ambitious reporting, we uncover wrongdoing, reveal new data and work with the people most affected to produce journalism that makes a real difference to the world – ultimately by helping improve people’s health.

Impact is at the heart of what the Bureau does. Since the Global Health team formed in 2020 our journalism has helped spark change from a global to community level. For example, our investigation into the cost and availability of medical oxygen across parts of Africa and South America marked a “turning point” in rallying an international response, one expert told us.

We collaborate with communities, civil society organisations, lawyers, legislators and others to ensure our journalism is used by and accessible to those who can benefit from it, or those who should be paying attention. In the past year we’ve worked with young people in Lima to crowdsource data about cigarette advertising, and have produced a Spanish-language comic to take our findings to Mexican migrant farmworkers via WhatsApp.

We’re looking for someone who is full of ideas, able to lead by example and who can get stuck into all stages of the editorial process while also taking a strategic view of the team’s work. This role could particularly suit a mid- or senior-level reporter looking for an opportunity to expand on their editing and leadership skills.

About the Bureau

The Bureau is the UK’s largest independent investigative journalism organisation. It exists to inform the public about the realities of power in today’s world. Our investigations seek to expose systemic wrongs, challenge misinformation and spark change. With no corporate or political agenda, we bring to light serious issues affecting individuals and communities in the UK and around the world. We work strategically and collaboratively to maximise the impact of our reporting and share our findings openly with local, national and international media outlets to reach as many people as possible.

At the heart of the Bureau is its people – its creative, energised and talented team of reporters, data specialists, editors, community organisers, impact producers and organisational support.


• Shape and lead the team’s editorial direction
• Lead a four-person team delivering hard-hitting, impactful investigations – this includes providing pastoral care for your team
• Guide the team’s reporting and ensure that reporting is robust
• Source and deliver major exclusives
• Oversee the team’s impact strategy, including developing how we report with, not on, those affected by the issues we investigate
• Edit copy
• Oversee a rigorous fact-checking and right-of-reply process
• Collaboratively design and deliver innovative output that reaches a broad range of target audiences
• Help deliver our ambitious diversity, equity and inclusion targets in our journalism and more widely in the world
• Manage reporting partnerships with freelancers and other outlets
• Oversee project budgets, with support from the Finance Manager
• Support the Development team in constructing funder applications, reports and budgets. Attend donor meetings when requested
• Represent the Bureau at events and conferences, and in media appearances

You don’t need to tick every box in this ad – we are committed to hiring people with potential. If you feel like you lack some specific experience but have the necessary drive and passion, please don’t be deterred from applying.

You’ll be a good fit if:

• You are ambitious and passionate about the Bureau’s work and values, and are driven to get the best out of people
• You have significant experience in journalism, including reporting and/or managing investigations – i.e. coming up with story ideas and following leads, handling robust evidence/data, developing contacts and protecting vulnerable sources
• You are able to edit copy to a high standard
• You are deeply interested in global health, know who the major players are and know how to develop sources in that space
• You consider how diversity and equity issues are relevant to reporting on many different issues in many different parts of the world, and have ideas about how to address this
• Your leadership style is collaborative and you are excited about the idea of being a facilitative leader for this team. You align with the Bureau’s management values to be open and communicating, developing and solution-focused
• You believe in journalism’s role in making a difference. You think journalism organisations have to take a more active role in ensuring their work is heard and sparks change
• You are full of ideas, including for innovative storytelling, and are willing to take creative risks to try them out
• You are diligent with right-to-reply and legal processes. You should have a good understanding of media law and journalism ethics
• You firmly have the public interest in mind with all your journalism


The Bureau recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements such as flexible hours and hybrid working across our office and remotely. Our core benefits include: access to an employee assistance programme; 25 days annual leave (excluding Christmas break during office closure); and enhanced maternity pay and sick pay. We also provide staff development opportunities and a learning culture.

To apply

Please email an up-to-date CV and covering letter to [email protected]. Please also fill out our Equality Monitoring Form here, which is anonymous, so we can better track who we are reaching. You must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Deadline for applications: 5 April 2023

The Bureau is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and adaptable environment where people are encouraged and supported to do their best work. We encourage applications from those belonging to groups traditionally under-represented in the media. If you have questions about this, please contact [email protected].