Sub Editor via Environment Job UK

The Third Pole

London, , GB

Sub Editor at The Third Pole

Contract type: Until 31st July 2021

Start time: ASAP

Application deadline: 16th March 2020. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.


The Third Pole (…) is seeking a sub editor to join our London office. The ideal candidate would be a meticulous editor with a keen interest in the environment and international affairs, and experience with working with writers whose first language is not English.

The candidate would be a good team player, proactive, highly organised and self-motivated, with relevant professional experience and excellent writing and verbal communications skills, a high level of accuracy and attention to detail and a respect for deadlines.

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 the China Dialogue Trust, 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.

China Dialogue Trust’s primary vehicle is its unique, bilingual web platform, China Dialogue Trust has offices in London, Beijing and staff across South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

About the role

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

Essential skills:

  • A commitment to the work of China Dialogue Trust;
  • Excellent editing and writing skills;
  • Proven interest in environment and climate change issues;
  • Experience in web publishing, social media and use of CMS systems;
  • Strong internal communication and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work independently.

Desirable skills:

  • South Asian language skills;
  • Knowledge of international water policy;
  • Knowledge of South Asia and the Himalayan region.

Main responsibilities:

  • Copy-editing for all types of published content;
  • Coordinating translation of content and editing translated content;
  • Working with the editorial team to prepare content for online publication, to coordinate over selection of related images and to plan article layouts in the content management system (CMS). Familiarity with WordPress preferred;
  • Work with other editors, the Production Assistant and the Social Media and Digital Marketing Officer to develop ideas for high quality visual elements, including charts, gifs, maps and videos, and work with freelance designers to deliver such elements when required;
  • Review and edit content to comply with SEO best practices, include targeted keywords and create relevant article descriptions for search engines.

How to apply:

Please send a CV with references and covering letter: [email protected]

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Applications should be submitted in English.

The application deadline is 16th March 2020. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.