Careers

Careers

Himal Southasian is the region’s pioneering – and now digital – magazine of politics and culture. For over 30 years, the magazine has been covering Southasia, publishing independent journalism and critical writings on the region – originally based in Nepal and recently re-established in Sri Lanka.  After a year of publishing from Colombo, we are looking to expand both our team and our vision for the magazine. We are opening up a series of new positions in our editorial team, seeking interested and dynamic individuals to be a part of imagining and producing the future of the magazine. For a full description of the positions and the internship, please click on the links below.

SENIOR ASSISTANT EDITOR / ASSISTANT EDITOR

RESEARCHER/FACT-CHECKER

INTERN

All the positions and the internship will be based at our office in Hampden Lane, Colombo, and candidates must already possess the right to work in Sri Lanka. Applications for both part- and full-time employment will be considered, although a full-time commitment is preferred.

Please indicate if you would like to be considered for more than one of these positions.  Please also indicate if you would like to be considered for a specific position but also possess skills mentioned for others.

The first deadline for applications is 11:59 pm local time on Sunday 14 July 2019. This is not a closing date – we will remain open to applications. But we are looking to fill these vacancies as soon as possible, subject to the selected candidates’ availability.

About Himal Southasian

Independent, non-nationalist, pan-regionalist – Himal tells Indians and Nepalis about Pakistanis and Afghans, Sri Lankans and Burmese about Tibetans and Maldivians, and the rest of the world about this often-overlooked region. Critical analysis, commentary, opinion, essays and reviews – covering regional trends in politics and economics with the same perspective as culture and history, Himal stories do not stop at national borders, but are followed wherever they lead.

Read why Himal was forced to suspend its operations in Kathmandu, and how it made its successful transition to Colombo.



SENIOR ASSISTANT EDITOR / ASSISTANT EDITOR

Himal Southasian is an editorial operation – our editorial team determines the selection of articles published by the magazine, working closely with a range of contributors around the world to prepare their work for publication. 

Major Responsibilities:

Here follows the range of responsibilities a Himal editor would be expected to perform.  Candidates with less experience will be expected to grow into some aspects of the role with on-the-job training. 

  1. You will edit and turn around full-length article drafts, on a wide range of topics, according to the magazine’s in-house style, with an ability to multitask and work to differing deadlines.
  2. You will fact check articles and other content as required.
  3. You will be involved in researching and developing fresh multimedia content.
  4. You will be involved in all aspects of the magazine’s production: from preparing textual and multimedia content to uploading finalised content on our website and social-media platforms, as well as image selection and proofing.
  5. You will generate ideas and content to increase Himal’s presence and engagement on social-media platforms.
  6. You will generate ideas for and be able to lead on special projects in keeping with Himal’s coverage. 

Requirements:

Essential:

  1. Strong written and spoken English-language skills.
  2. An interest in regional as well as global politics and culture, with an established habit of reading and interaction with media platforms.
  3. Experience in as many as possible of the following: editing, researching, reporting, writing, working in journalism and digital media.
  4. Experience of working with teams in meeting production deadlines.
  5. Experience with online and multimedia platforms and content.

Desirable:

  1. Skills and experience in editing and producing multimedia content (video, podcasts etc) and graphics editing will be a significant advantage.
  2. Over three years of long-form editorial, multimedia or newsroom experience
  3. Candidates with experience working for an academic journal or unusual work/research projects are also encouraged to apply.

Contract Duration: One year with possible extension upon satisfactory performance. The position, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is open from mid-August 2019, subject to the candidate’s availability.

 Salary: LKR 90,000 – 150,000, based on skills, ability, experience and proven performance.  The amount given is prior to all statutory deductions.  Part-time salary will be calculated pro rata.

Job title will also be assigned on determination of skill.

 To apply: Send us your CV, along with 500-600 words describing why you are interested in working at Himal and how your skills and experience fit the job at hand.  Send these documents to careers@himalmag.com under the subject line. APPLICATION FOR EDITORIAL POSITION.

Deadline: There is no final deadline for this post as we will remain open to applications as long as the position is open in part or full.  However, the first round of shortlisting will consider applications submitted by the end of the day 14 July 2019.

Shortlisted candidates can expect to be sent an editing test to complete and return via email.  Candidates who perform well on the edit test will be invited for an interview at the Himal office.  Further tests and interviews may be added. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


RESEARCHER/FACT-CHECKER

Himal Southasian verifies every fact in every article it publishes.  We are looking to hire a dedicated researcher/fact checker to do this job, working with the editorial team and reporting to the Editor.

Major responsibilities:

  1. You will be responsible for finding sources to verify the accuracy of what we publish, across the full range of Himal articles.
  2.  You will be creative in seeking out information from all manner of sources, including journalistic reports in the public domain, documents produced by government and non-government bodies, books/previews available online and academic works – and able to come up with new ideas when none of these produce results.
  3. You will be a fast worker, ensuring the timely fact checking of all the content the team is working on.
  4. You will be a collaborative worker, able to play an active part in the editorial team, assisting the editors with necessary research around any of the articles or projects we’re working on.
  5. You will provide support to other aspects of our publication process as needed.

Requirements before application:

There will be further on-the-job training.

Essential: 

  1. An interest in regional as well as global politics and culture, with an established habit of reading and interaction with media platforms.
  2. Strong written and spoken English-language skills.
  3. An interest in meticulous detail and the ability to exercise sound judgment in your choice of sources and process of verification, in consultation with the editors.
  4. Experience with online searching across different platforms.

Desirable: 

  1. Some experience in digital journalism, editing, reporting, researching or writing will be an advantage.
  2. Candidates with experience working for academic journals or unusual work/ independent research projects are also encouraged to apply.

 Contract Duration: One year with possible extension if performance is satisfactory. The position, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is open from mid-August 2019, subject to the candidate’s availability.

 Salary: LKR 80,000 – 85,000 based on skills, ability, experience and proven performance.  The amount given is prior to all statutory deductions.  Part-time salary will be calculated pro rata.

 To apply: Send us your CV, along with 500-600 words describing why you are interested in working at Himal and how your skills and experience fit the job at hand.  Send these documents to careers@himalmag.com under the subject line FACT CHECKER APPLICATION.

Deadline: There is no final deadline for this post as we will remain open to applications as long as the position is open in part or full.  However, the first round of shortlisting will consider applications submitted by the end of the day 14 July 2019.

Shortlisted candidates can expect a brief interview and a fact-checking test at the Himal office, followed by a further interview on a subsequent date for candidates who perform well on the fact-checking test.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


INTERN

An intern at Himal Southasian can expect to be involved in all aspects of the magazine’s editorial and administrative operations – as needed to support its publication.  An intern will be expected to have a lively interest in politics and culture, and to be a skilled reader and writer in English. Online and multimedia skills will be a major added advantage. He or she should be willing to rise to a range of tasks, alongside all Himal staff. All applicants need to be over 18 years of age and available to work for at least three months (full/part time) from a given start date. Remuneration for the full-time internship is LKR 15,000 per month.

To apply, write to us at careers@himalmag.com with a one-page cover letter telling us why you’d like to be an intern at Himal and why you think you would be good in this role.  If you have a CV, include that, too.