The Environmental Investigation Agency, a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington DC, with thirty years of triggering and affecting systemic change to protect the Earth’s environment. Over the last three decades, EIA has established a unique paradigm of methods – including pioneering the use of undercover investigations and audio and video recordings – to expose environmental crime and drive change. 

EIA is seeking a motivated and committed China Media and Policy to join one of the most dynamic advocacy teams in Washington today. 

Position description
As a member of the Forest Campaign Team, the China Media and Policy Analyst will dedicate their energy and talents to the planning, execution and evaluation of EIA’s China-related campaigns and research. Their goals, fully aligned with EIA’s vision and priorities, will be to halt illegal logging, other illegal deforestation and related crimes, triggering changes in the international markets to support law enforcement, greater transparency, and improved forest governance globally. A portion of their work will be participating in the collection, analysis and use of key evidence, serving EIA’s game-changing campaigns. Reporting directly to the Asia Policy Specialist, the analyst will work in close coordination with the members of the Forest Team, articulating targeted strategies and a multi-continent vision.

Main Activities and Responsibilities

Working in close collaboration with the Asia Policy Specialist and other Forest Team members, the China Media and Policy Analyst will be responsible for developing and implementing innovative strategies to halt illegal logging and other illicit deforestation to improve policies and enforcement in the East Asia region, and positively impact forest governance globally. The Analyst will achieve this by 1) conducting policy research and analysis 2) conducting outreach to relevant stakeholders; and 3) crafting and disseminating communications for a variety of Chinese audiences. 

The Analyst will:

  • Understand China’s legislative process and regulatory instruments, be able to communicate that understanding to non-Chinese colleagues, and use that understanding to help shape EIA’s China strategy; 
  • Stay abreast of Chinese policy developments in sectors relevant to deforestation, e.g. logging and timber trade, commodity extraction, environmental protections, and overseas trade and investment, and identify opportunities to advance EIA goals; 
  • Research and prepare briefing materials on the latest policy and market developments in China;
  • Be familiar with the Chinese media landscape and a wide diversity of outlets including social media, mainstream newspapers and magazines, and government-issued white papers; 
  • Draft communications in fluent Chinese intended for a variety of audiences;
  • Think creatively about how EIA can reach a wide non-expert Chinese audience with its messages; 
  • Draft posts on a regular basis for EIA’s Chinese social media accounts to maximize audience engagement and retention;
  • Identify new potential partners for EIA China work, and initiate and maintain contact with them, (e.g. journalist, academics, and civil society organizations);
  • Be comfortable engaging with Chinese partners, stakeholders, and policy makers in emails, phone calls, and/or face-to-face meetings, in professional, fluent Chinese.

Essential Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor Degree in relevant field of environmental policy, business, economics, and political sciences.
  • At least three years of experience in environmental policy, political science, business, finance, economics, supply chain management, procurement and/or international trade policy, journalism, or  data communications
  • Fluent, professional verbal and written Mandarin Chinese
  • Strong research and analytical skills, and comfort with basic data manipulation
  • Strong demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular a collaborative and cooperative approach to work, as well as an ability to network and to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of actors, across a variety of settings
  • Close attention to detail

Desirable Skills

  • Experience creating data visualizations and audio/visual/multimedia content for web-based platforms
  • Experience in journalism, photojournalism, or documentary filmmaking
  • Experience working in China, willingness to outreach to civil society organizations and/or rural communities
  • Willingness to travel frequently to diverse environments (urban, rural)
  • Proficiency using a variety of image, video, and/or photo-editing software
  • Experience working with journalists and media to advance international campaign objectives
  • Track record of creating and maintaining dynamic, multi-media social media campaign
  • Strong language skills in verbal and written Japanese, Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish, French, or other languages a plus


Send cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and two brief writing samples with subject line “China Media and Policy Analyst Position” to: Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Due to the large volume of applicants, we are not able to answer emails or phone calls.

Applicants must be currently legally authorized to work the United States on a full-time basis, and be able to provide proof of same.

EIA is an equal employment opportunity committed to workforce diversity. All Employment at EIA are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications and business need.

This position is available immediately. Closing Date for applications: February 29, 2020