United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Editor

Organization: Overseas Development Institute
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 04 Feb 2018



Humanitarian Policy Group

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £33,420 – £39,896 pa

Location: London

Ref: HPG/01/18

The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

About us

ODI (www.odi.org.uk) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

The Humanitarian Policy Group is one of the world’s leading teams working on humanitarian issues. We are dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through a combination of high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate.

We are looking for an Editor to manage the publications process within HPG, ensuring the intellectual rigour and editorial quality of HPG’s publications and increasing the impact of the Group’s research on humanitarian policy and practice. You will ensure quality and consistency across all HPG outputs through accurate and appropriate editing and by ensuring that HPG staff are provided with the writing skills and support they need to create influential publications that reach their target audiences. You will be responsible for substantive and copy editing and proofreading a range of HPG publications, as well as setting and monitoring institutional standards for quality and tone of voice to ensure brand integrity.

You will be an experienced editor, used to translating complex material into plain English without over-simplifying it. You will also have excellent editorial judgement, and will inspire colleagues, including researchers, to have confidence in your judgements. You will have knowledge of the international issues relevant to this field of work, and will relish the opportunity to turn out first-class, well-constructed writing across HPG’s publication formats.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Substantive/development editing, copy editing and proofreading of HPG publications and other editorial products as required.
  • Coach researchers in writing compelling copy for different publications formats, such as policy briefs, executive summaries, op-ed pieces and blogs
  • Manage the development of publications and related products; work with authors and relevant stakeholders to plan and develop outputs from concept note to publication
  • Brief and manage external suppliers, such as editors, printers or designers; advise stakeholders on options and best practice in outsourcing such roles
  • Manage the publications production process with relevant stakeholders – producing production schedules, coordinating deadlines, assigning relevant roles and responsibilities

About you:

  • Educated to at least degree level
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofing skills
  • Significant publications project management and production experience, planning and managing multiple parallel publications and negotiating with senior stakeholders
  • Experience of briefing and managing relationships with external agencies and freelancers, in particular briefing editors, designers and printers
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to manage and prioritise tasks
  • Ability to shape content for different audiences
  • Good knowledge of social media, digital platforms and web content best practice
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise and communicate with colleagues at all levels of seniority and from different cultures
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and under pressure

  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.

Closing date: 04 February 2018

Interview date: Week Commencing 12 February 2018

ODI is an equal opportunities employer Charity Reg. No.228248

How to apply:

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at [www.odi.org.uk/jobs](http://www.odi.org.uk/jobs](http://www.odi.org.uk/jobs)**). If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or email humanresources@odi.org.uk.