Topic Editors

Global Water Forum

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The Global Water Forum is expanding! We currently have four Topic Editor vacancies in:

  • Energy
  • Climate Change (New)
  • Business and Innovation (New)
  • Urban Water

We are looking for postgraduate students and/or professionals with an interest in freshwater issues who are self-motivated, have full professional proficiency in written English, and have keen attention to detail. Experience working with WordPress is desirable but not necessary.


The Topic Editor drives the content of their particular topic, with input from the rest of the Editorial Team. The main task is to source articles from leading researchers and practitioners and then work with authors through the editorial process under the supervision of the Managing and Senior Editors. Articles may be accessible summaries of journal articles, opinion pieces, project-related articles, or unpublished research articles.

The topic editors will report to Julia Talbot-Jones, Managing Editor, and Edoardo Borgomeo, Senior Editor.

Key tasks:

  • Topic Editors aim to source one article per month
  • Review existing GWF articles on topic or region
  • Identify areas or issues to cover
  • Identify people and organisations working in these areas
  • Source articles for publication on GWF
  • Edit sourced articles and/or others sent by GWF Managing and Senior Editor
  • Write an original article for review by GWF Managing and Senior Editor
  • Revise article and publish on site
  • Publish a weekly update or article on GWF’s Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook pages

Other potential activities include editing books, conducting interviews, organising webinars, and developing online courses.


  • Develop writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Opportunity to work with leading freshwater scholars and professionals
  • Experience with a UNESCO-supported organisation
  • Membership of a global network of postgraduate students and water professionals
  • Opportunity to publish articles and edit publications
  • Opportunity to steer the development and growth of the GWF
  • Opportunity to engage with major news outlet and practitioners (e.g. guardian development pros, The Guardian)

Applications should be directed to [email protected] and should consist of:

  1. an email nominating your preferred topic and explaining why you are interested in a Topic Editor role at the GWF;
  2. a CV; and
  3. two 500 word writing samples preferably on a topic related to freshwater.

Closing date for applications is July 25 2016.

All enquiries should be directed to [email protected] or [email protected]