Regional Editor at China Dialogue

Location: West Africa
Position: Regional Editor x 2
Hours: 2 x days per month
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: $200 per day
Start time: ASAP
Application deadline: 10th December 2020. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and early application is recommended. 



China Dialogue Trust seeks two regional editors from West Africa to join its team, one covering Senegal, Mauritania and The Gambia, and another covering Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana. The ideal candidate would have a keen interest and proven track record in environmental issues, China and international affairs. They would be proactive, highly organised and self-motivated, with relevant professional experience – in journalism, research or policy – with excellent writing, editing and verbal communications skills, an aptitude for digital technologies and a high level of accuracy and attention to detail in their work.  


About us

China Dialogue ( disseminates high-quality information and promotes communication on environment and climate change in both Chinese and English. We provide a space for open discussion, with the aim of informing and educating international and Chinese readers, and contributing to building equitable and constructive solutions to global environmental problems.

China Dialogue researches, writes, commissions, edits and publishes bilingual high-quality content that includes extended reports, policy briefs, essays and book reviews on the environment and climate change.  

China is now among the world’s biggest ocean powers: it has the biggest fishing fleet, and maintains the world’s biggest aquaculture industry, and consumes more of the world’s seafood than any other nation. China’s coastal waters and ecosystems are severely impacted by its decades of rapid, unbalanced and unsustainable development. How China will change course and how it cares for the marine environment will be critical in determining the fate of the ocean. China Dialogue Ocean is dedicated to reporting on, analysing, illuminating and helping to resolve the ocean crisis before it is too late.

China Dialogue also works closely with its network of sister websites – The Third Pole, China Dialogue Ocean and Diálogo Chino – cross-publishing relevant material in order to better serve our readerships. In the coming years, we plan 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. 


About the role

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

This position would be expanding our west Africa coverage, and will mainly focus on commissioning content for the China Dialogue Ocean website on fishing and fisheries, and China’s role in the region. Other topics would include wider conservation and biodiversity reporting,  China’s local investments and influence, and the trade, extraction and exploitation of the region’s natural resources.

Essential skills:

  • Excellent 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 in web publishing, social media and/or digital tools; 
  • Strong project management and problem-solving skills; 
  • Flexibility and ability to multitask, verbal and cross-cultural communications skills;
  • Ability to work independently.  

Desirable skills:

  • Interest in or knowledge of China and international affairs; 
  • Chinese language skills.


Main responsibilities


  • writing, researching, commissioning and editing West African  content for the China Dialogue Ocean and China Dialogue site;
  • liaising with China Dialogue editorial teams;
  • coordinating translation of content and editing translated content;
  • working with Production Manager to prepare content for online publication and coordinate 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

Network Building

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


How to apply

Please send the following to [email protected]

  • CV with references;
  • covering letter;
  • 2-3 examples of recent, relevant work or clippings; and
  • two article pitches one of which should be for a  multimedia or investigative article.

Applications should be submitted in English. 

Deadline: 10th December 2020. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and early application is recommended.

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