Assistant Editor (Maternity cover)

China Dialogue Trust

£30,000 (pro rata)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract +44 (0)20 7683 2985 Thirza Cummins

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Friday, 31st May 2019  


Assistant Editor (Maternity Cover)
China Dialogue Trust - The Third Pole
Location: Central London
Hours: 14 hours per week
Contract type: Maternity leave cover: 7 months
Salary: £30,000 (Pro Rata)
Application deadline: 31st May 2019
Start Date: 17th June 2019

The Third Pole and chinadialogue are seeking an experienced editor to join our London office. The ideal candidate would be a journalist and editor with a keen interest in environmental issues and special knowledge of the Himalayas and/or water.

The assistant editor will need to be proactive, highly organised and self-motivated, with relevant professional experience paired with excellent writing and verbal communications skills, a high level of accuracy and attention to detail in their work.

About us

The Third Pole supports in-depth, non-partisan and original coverage of all aspects of water in the countries of the Himalayan and the Lancang-Mekong basin, to stimulate informed debate and to promote cooperation on transboundary river management. Over the years, the pioneering online forum,, has established a reputation as the source of accessible, high-quality and balanced material on all aspects of transboundary water in the Himalayan region.

The Third Pole is a project of chinadialogue, which disseminates high-quality information and promotes communication on environment and climate change in both Chinese and English. We provide a space for open discussion, to inform and to contribute to equitable and constructive solutions to global environmental problems. chinadialogue’s primary vehicle is its unique, bilingual web platform, chinadialogue has offices in London, Beijing and Delhi.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to write and edit for, and as a key part of its London-based editorial team. The assistant editor will work closely alongside editors in London, Beijing and across South Asia.

Essential skills:

  • excellent writing, editing and commissioning skills;
  • proven interest in environment and climate change issues;
  • experience in web publishing, social media and use of CMS systems;
  • ability to establish and maintain a network of contacts;
  • strong project management and problem solving skills;
  • ability to work independently.

Desirable skills:

  • knowledge of international water policy;
  • knowledge of South Asia and the Himalayan region;
  • experience/interest in data journalism and mapping.

Main responsibilities:

  • commissioning and editing content;
  • liaising with editorial teams in Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka and Karachi;
  • writing and researching articles;
  • publishing content for online publication and coordinate over selection of images to accompany content;
  • managing social media channels;
  • producing monthly newsletters.

How to apply

Please send a CV with references, a covering letter, and 2-3 examples of recent, relevant work and two article pitches to: by 31st May 2019.

Interviews will be held w/c 3rd June.

Applications should be submitted in English.

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