Africa Editor

Location: Africa (with a preference for political, economic and media hubs such as Kenya, Nigeria, etc.)
Hours: 4 days (32 hours) per week
Contract type: Fixed term (12 months)
Salary: $2500 per month
Start time: ASAP

Who are we?

China Dialogue Trust is an independent organisation dedicated to advancing climate action by promoting an understanding of climate change and the environment across barriers of language and culture.

For more than 15 years, our work has illuminated both China’s environmental crises and its global environmental footprint. We cover everything from innovations in green technology to the impact of belt-and-road investment to share knowledge and advance solutions.

We are a UK-registered charity headquartered in London, with a team in China, a growing cohort of regional editors across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Gambia, Malawi and Sierra Leone, and a network of expert contributors and partners around the world. China Dialogue Trust researches, writes, commissions, edits and publishes reports and analyses of environmental and climate threats, to stimulate the exchange of information and ideas between readers in diverse geographies.

China Dialogue Trust publishes across four websites:

  • China Dialogue, our flagship site launched in 2006, reports in Chinese and English on environment and climate change, with a focus on China. It attracted over 1.3 million page views in 2021.
  • The Third Pole, in English, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Bengali and Russian, is dedicated to understanding water, climate and the environment across Asia. It attracted over 1 million page views in 2021 and is widely syndicated across the subcontinent.
  • Diálogo Chino, which publishes in English, Spanish and Portuguese, was launched in 2014 and is focused on China’s environmental and social impacts in Latin America. In 2021, it attracted over 930,000 page views.
  • China Dialogue Ocean, which focuses on China’s policies and impacts on the marine environment, which are critical for the global ocean, was launched in 2018. China Dialogue Ocean attracted over 440,000 page views in 2021.

With its expertise and rich experience in communication and public education, China Dialogue Trust raises awareness and makes online and real-world dialogues happen – to promote and support perspectives that increase understanding, and inspire a greater awareness of the planet’s challenges.

The role

China Dialogue Trust (CDT) is seeking an Africa Editor to join its expanding Africa team. The Editor will play a key role in commissioning and editing articles on the most pressing environment and climate issues in Africa, particularly in regards to China’s role on the continent, and help formulate editorial strategy. The Editor will work closely with CDT’s existing regional editors in West and East Africa, the Global China Editor, a network of freelancers across the continent, and with colleagues in London and across our regional hubs.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in reporting and editing, as well as a keen interest in environmental and development issues, China, African and international affairs. They will be proactive, highly organised and self-motivated. We expect the candidate to be well-connected, with relevant professional experience – in journalism, research or policy – and have excellent writing, editing and verbal communications skills, an aptitude for digital technology and a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Main responsibilities

This is an exciting opportunity to form a key part of China Dialogue’s work and join its growing global editorial team.


  • Writing, researching, commissioning and editing East African content for the China Dialogue site;
  • Liaising with China Dialogue editorial teams;
  • Coordinating translation of content and editing translated content;
  • Working with the Production Manager to prepare content for online publication and coordinating over selection of images to accompany content.

Communications and Marketing

  • Developing syndication and content-sharing relationships with regional and vernacular media;
  • Promoting content via social media and other publishing platforms.


  • Liaising with contacts and partners to build a network of contributors and a dedicated readership.

What we are looking for


  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills;
  • Experience of managing stories and freelance reporters, preparing and developing story briefs, providing feedback and editing first drafts;
  • Reporting and/or editing stories on environmental and ocean/fisheries issues, from news and comment to deeper investigative pieces;
  • Experience leading a news room, managing staff and developing reporting strategies;
  • Experience in web publishing, social media and/or digital tools;
  • Strong project management and problem-solving skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to multitask, with strong verbal and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently. This work is remote, and requires a significant amount of communication over email and Zoom, as well as engagement with organisational workflow tools.


  • Interest in or knowledge of African politics and the development agenda;
  • Interest in or knowledge of China and international affairs;
  • A high level of proficiency in English and working knowledge of local languages. Chinese language skills would also be an asset.

How to apply

Please submit the following to [email protected] with ‘Application: Africa Editor’ in the subject line by 9.00am on Tuesday, 20th September:

  • CV with references;
  • Covering letter demonstrating how you fit the role;
  • 2-3 examples of recent, relevant work or clippings;
  • Two article pitches, one of which should be for a multimedia or investigative article.

Applications should be submitted in English. They will be assessed on a rolling basis and early application is recommended.

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