Eurasia Editor, UK or Remote

Fixed term contract to December 2021 with potential for renewal until December 2023.

Part time, 2.5 days a week. Some international travel may be required, anticipate a maximum of 2 to 3 weeks per year total.

Ideal start date of July or August 2021.

Role Summary

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) is currently seeking a Eurasia Editor for its new Amplify, Verify, Engage (AVE) project (May 2021 – December 2023), funded by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The AVE project operates across Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine, and includes support to local reporters across the region pursuing investigative and analytical pieces in local languages and English.  

English pieces published on IWPR.net will be the primary editorial responsibility of the Eurasia Editor, along with occasional English language pieces on other project-specific platforms (such as CABAR.asia). Reporting to IWPR’s Managing Editor based in London, the Eurasia Editor will provide mentoring and capacity building to local journalists as required, with occasional trips to the field. Expertise in relevant local languages, including Russian, is welcomed.

IWPR’s HQ is based in London, UK, and applicants based there are encouraged. Consideration will be given to those located elsewhere, particularly those based in AVE’s countries of operation, such as Georgia (Tbilisi), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), and Ukraine (Kiev).

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide assistance to AVE’s Regional Directors and IWPR’s Managing Editor at all stages of publication;
  • Provide mentoring and guidance to contributing journalists as needed, including assisting with additional supplementary research;
  • Review, proofread, evaluate and edit English language and translated articles, as well as multimedia productions;
  • Where necessary, coordinate with translators and evaluate English language and translation quality;
  • Assist with additional aspects of publication production, including searching for relevant multimedia components (photo, video, audio, photo-essays);
  • Participate in publications meetings.

To be successful in the role you would probably have:

  • A University Education in a relevant degree (preferably Masters);
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience;
  • A strong journalism background;
  • An understanding of trends in online journalism and social media;
  • Strong research skills in English;
  • Editorial experience for online in different formats, such as news analysis, analytical reporting, commentaries, and multimedia reporting;
  • Computer proficiency in relevant applications;
  • Experience of working within the social and political cultures of AVE’s countries of operation (desirable but not essential);
  • Excellent reading and writing skills in English;
  • A knowledge of one of more of the languages of Central Asia and South Caucasus, and Ukrainian, Moldovan, and Russian, whilst not essential, would be a bonus.

You would also:

  • Operate independently with minimal supervision;
  • Use your initiative to develop topics, and plan publications;
  • Have strong organisational and time management skills;
  • Have strong attention to detail;
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling and coordinating multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Be motivated and results oriented.
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