Deputy Editor (Maternity Cover) for The Third Pole

Location: Central London
 24 hours per week (75% FTE of 4 day working week)
Contract type: Temporary – Maternity cover: March 2022 – March 2023
Salary: £36,028.75 FTE
Application deadline: 9am on 21st January, 2022. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and early applications are encouraged.
How to apply: Please send a CV with references, covering letter and clippings to: [email protected]


The Third Pole is 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 South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and/or the Himalayas, and/or climate or water.

The 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

China Dialogue Trust is a London-headquartered charity that disseminates high-quality information and promotes communication on environment and climate change across multiple languages on our websites, China Dialogue, China Dialogue Ocean, The Third Pole and Dialogo Chino. We provide a space for open discussion, to inform and to contribute to equitable and constructive solutions to global environmental problems.

The Third Pole supports in-depth, non-partisan and original coverage of water, climate and nature across the countries of the Himalayas and the basins of Himalayan rivers, from Central Asia to the Mekong basin. Our aim is to bridge boundaries of communication and promote cooperation across borders and disciplines with high-quality, on the ground reporting on t shared environmental challenges. We maximise our reach by publishing in English, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Bengali and Russian, and encouraging free republication of our content. Over the years, The Third Pole has established a reputation as the source of accessible, high-quality and balanced material on transboundary environmental challenges in the Himalayan region.

About the role

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

Essential skills:

  • excellent writing, editing and commissioning skills;
  • proven interest in the environment and climate change issues;
  • experience in web publishing;
  • 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, climate and/or biodiversity policy;
  • knowledge of South, Central and Southeast Asia and the Himalayan region.

Main responsibilities:

  • commissioning and editing content;
  • liaising with editorial teams in india, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand;
  • writing and researching articles;
  • publishing content for online publication and coordinating over selection of images to accompany content;
  • contributing to project management and administration;
  • producing fortnightly newsletters

How to apply:

Please send a CV with references (max two pages), covering letter (max one page), at least two recent and relevant examples of your writing, and two story pitches, one with multimedia elements to: [email protected]

The story pitches should be around 100 words, relating to water, climate and/or nature in South, Central or Southeast Asia. The topics should ideally address transboundary environmental challenges or issues that are of broad relevance across the region. Applications should be submitted in English.

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