China Dialogue & The Third Pole, Asia Pacific Editor

21 Dec 2020
07 Jan 2021
Job Type
Full Time

Start time: As soon as possible

Application deadline: 7 January 2021


China Dialogue seeks an experienced editor to join its growing London team and spearhead the development of its coverage of the Asia Pacific region beyond China: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

The ideal candidate would have a keen interest in climate change and the environment in the region, particularly South Asia, the Himalayan region, or Southeast Asia.

The ideal candidate would be proactive, highly organised and self-motivated, with a strong track record in journalism, research or campaigns, with experience of managing investigative research projects, excellent writing, editing and verbal communications skills, an aptitude for digital technologies, a high level of accuracy and attention to detail and the ability to motivate and lead a team.

About us

China Dialogue has a 15-year track record of commissioning and publishing high-quality information, and promoting communication on environment and climate change in Chinese and English and, on our sister sites, a total of eight languages.

We support open discussion, with the aim of informing international and Chinese readers and contributing to equitable and constructive solutions to global environmental problems.

The candidate would also lead the editorial team of The Third Pole, a multilingual website publishing news and analysis about Asia’s climate crisis and its global implications.

The Third Pole takes a regional perspective on the challenges posed by climate change and related issues, with editors based in China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Southeast and Central Asia, as well as a strong network of experts, policymakers and journalists across the region.

China Dialogue also works closely with its other sister websites – China Dialogue Ocean and Diálogo Chino.

Taking a strategic regional perspective of our work in the Asia Pacific, the successful candidate will work to deepen these relationships, drawing on the resources we have established over the past decade to generate new synergies in content, from grassroots reporting to high-level analysis in a truly global dialogue.

China Dialogue is a dynamic, exciting place to work. We are a Four-Day Work Week employer, and offer other benefits including cycle-to-work scheme and investment in an ethical pension scheme.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work for China Dialogue as a key part of its London-based editorial team.

Essential skills:

  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the work of China Dialogue Trust;
  • An understanding of the geo-political context of the Asia-Pacific region 
  • The capacity to lead editorial projects and to foster innovative approaches to knowledge sharing on global environmental problems and climate change;
  • Strategic vision of the role of information and how to deliver for maximum impact;
  • Flexibility and ability to multitask; verbal and cross-cultural communications skills;
  • Interest in or knowledge of Asia and international affairs;
  • Proven interest and literacy in environment and climate change with a particular focus on Asia;
  • Experience in editorial commissioning;
  • Ability to work independently. 

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in investigative long-form, investigative or feature journalism;
  • Experience in research on relevant topics;
  • Multimedia and digital journalism skills;
  • Regional language skills;

Main responsibilities

  • Leading and delivering editorial series for The Third Pole;
  • Developing and funding new editorial projects for The Third Pole;
  • Taking a strategic approach to initiating, developing and implementing original editorial projects for China Dialogue across the Asia Pacific;
  • Planning, researching, commissioning, writing and editing content;
  • Liaising with editorial teams in Beijing, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia on joint editorial projects and themes of mutual interest.
  • Supporting evaluation and reporting on projects

How to apply

Click 'APPLY NOW'. Applications should be submitted in English.

The application deadline is 7 January 2021. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and interviews will be held 14 January 2021 via zoom.

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