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Regional Director for Central Asia

Open until best-qualified candidate is selected.

Please quote vacancy number: NWS1158-1902


The Regional Director for Central Asia is responsible for leading the journalistic output and smooth operational functioning of Prague- and bureau-based staff in RFE/RL’s language services for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Reporting to the head of the News Division and working in close collaboration with other senior editorial staff, the Regional Director for Central Asia must uphold the highest standards of journalistic integrity in pursuing RFE/RL’s aim of promoting democratic values via balanced, objective, and fact-based news and information for audiences who have little or no access to independent media in their home countries or regions. In addition to supervising journalistic output and staying abreast of all major news developments, the Regional Director for Central Asia is tasked with advising her/his Language Services on all issues related to budget and staffing, security, training, compliance, ethics, and equipment and infrastructure, and helps to set strategic vision based on market research, data analytics, and company priorities. The Regional Director must also work collaboratively with Technology, Broadcast Operations, Finance, Human Resources and other support divisions to ensure proper coordination on operational issues, infrastructure, and efficient use of existing resources. At a time when the Central Asian region is facing political uncertainty, disinformation, and the rising influence of Russia and China, the Regional Director holds ultimate responsibility for her/his division’s editorial and operational success, by ensuring that Language Services are producing editorially sound, compelling, and mission-oriented content and delivering them on platforms designed for maximum reach and impact.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise RFE/RL’s daily news output in Central Asia, including breaking news, elections and other special events, investigative reporting, and long-term projects.
  • Lead regular editorial meetings with Central Asian Language Service Directors with the aim of ensuring solid reporting and editing with rich regional context and which promotes a commitment to the principles of human rights and the promotion of cross-border and interethnic tolerance. Encourage efficient content- and resource-sharing, robust feedback, and collaborative problem-solving on security and operational issues in some of RFE/RL’s most difficult reporting environments.
  • Work with Editor in Chief and Editorial Board to uphold best journalistic practices, maintain editorial planning calendar, and set programming strategy in collaboration with the Office of the President, Technology, and Finance divisions.
  • Demonstrate competence on all new media platforms with the aim of advising language services on best delivery and production standards. Stay abreast of emerging media trends and potential threats to distribution, particularly in relevant markets.
  • Participate in regular content evaluations for all Central Asian language services. Help set strategic goals for the year ahead with clear action items and measurable standards of success. Liaise with proper divisions to ensure language services are receiving necessary training, equipment, marketing, and security support.
  • Work with individual language services on all questions related to budget, travel, personnel management, training, equipment, workspace, and performance and disciplinary issues.
  • Work with individual language services and Bureau Administration on staffing, infrastructure, and security issues in relevant bureaus. Together with Human Resources and Editor in Chief, provide guidance to Language Service Directors on selection of Bureau Chiefs, Managing Editors, and other senior positions.
  • Foster a collaborative, innovative, and accountable work culture within RFE/RL.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education:
  • Advanced degree (Master’s degree) or comparable work experience in journalism, international relations, or related field. (Mandatory)
  • Work Experience:
  • Broad, thorough, and detailed knowledge of political, economic, and social climate in Central Asia and international affairs, as acquired through studies, research, writing, travel, or other relevant experience. (Mandatory)
  • At least 8-10 years previous journalism/editorial experience in western-standard or independent news outlets, including work in a fast-paced organization with tight deadlines. (Mandatory)
  • At least 5 years prior management experience. (Mandatory)
  • Competence or expertise in new media platforms, including streaming, social media, video and television. (Strongly preferred.)
  • Previous experience working in multicultural or multinational environment, or experience living and working abroad, preferably in relevant RFE/RL target regions.
  • Competencies:
  • Strong communication and leadership skills.
  • Proven capabilities in strategic planning, goal-setting, and defining success through research and market data.
  • Solid commitment to fundamentals of reporting and editing; ability to mentor young journalists who may lack firm grounding in western-standard journalism basics.
  • Supervisory experience in a news organization that includes responsibility for budgeting, managing staff and resources, and organizing workflow and team-building.
  • Languages:
  • Proficiency in at least one Central Asian regional language, as well as Russian.
  • Proficiency in English.

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is an international broadcast organization based in Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic. RFE/RL's programs -- via radio, the Internet, and television -- reach influential people in 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asian nations. RFE/RL's mission is to provide accurate and reliable news and information to domestic audiences in the local language. RFE/RL broadcasts in 26 languages and attracts more than 26 million weekly listeners and online visitors. With more than 400 journalists, 750 freelancers, and 17 local bureaus, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive news operations in the world. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM).

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