The Third Pole, Assistant Editor - Maternity Cover

London (Central)
Depending on experience
12 Apr 2017
27 Apr 2017
Job Type
Part Time

Hours: 17.5 hours per week

Contract type: 7 months maternity leave cover (with possibility for extension)

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 Beijing, Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka and Karachi on joint editorial projects and themes of mutual interest;
  • planning and coordinating special editorial projects;
  • writing and researching articles and blogs;
  • 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, covering letter and clippings by completing the application form below. Applications should be submitted in English.

Application deadline
: 20 April 2017. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and early applications are encouraged.

Start time: 10 May 2017