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Managing Editor, Moldovan Service, Chisinau

Open until suitable candidate is identified

Please quote vacancy number: BMLB005-2201


Managing Editor assists the Service Director in managing the daily operations of the Service and its bureau. Based in the bureau, s/he will oversee daily planning of the news coverage across all platforms, will have editorial responsibility for the content of the Service, incl. its video, audio and social production, will supervise the reporters and editors, and ensure that all their output, incl. news and features and related editorial content quality is of industry standard and of interest and relevant to audiences. Managing Editor will also participate in achieving RFE/RL and Service goals and objectives in the assigned areas.

Working alongside editors on day-to-day production, Managing Editor will ensure service’s activities run according to schedule and finished products are of high quality, balanced, carefully edited, and ready for distribution. S/he will develop video and digital programming in correspondence with the Service’s strategic goals and targets and improve Service’s content production from the broadcast regions.



• Coordinates assignments and evaluates work of service staff as well as that of bureau employees and stringers. Trains new staff. Performs other related duties associated with day-to-day operational requirements, as required, incl. performance reviews and management of staff.

• Takes the lead in creating a supportive environment, encouraging initiative, participation, and open communication within the team.

• Participates as required as an RFE/RL’s journalist as suitable to broadcast programs and the press.


• Leads the daily editorial meetings with staff to elicit and identify coverage.

• Coordinates planning with Prague, striving for efficiency in the use of journalistic resources and capacity.

• Maintains RFE/RL's editorial standards of output on all platforms (e.g. radio, TV, site, social and messaging services), ensuring quality and timeliness of all contributions.

• Explores innovative angles for coverage, ensuring relevance to local audiences.

• Develops/provides editorial guidance for and supervises the Service’s online input from the bureau.

• Sets expectations for staff for best practice journalism. Monitors and gives guidance on work in progress, and gives immediate, fair, and constructive feedback to journalists and journalistic support staff. Holds regular evaluations of broadcasts.

• Sets and enforces deadlines and contribution length.

• Monitors the electronic and online media environment in the field of operation in order to ensure suitability of the Service's output to the local media culture.

• Edits, or supervises the editing of, all content as relevant including multimedia.


• Initiates program ideas. Develops and produces original material and compiles and edits scripts from source materials and staff for regularly scheduled, complex programming.

• May develop program line-up and ensures a balanced presentation.

• Works with production staff to obtain best use of production techniques.

• Routinely works on or directs the coverage of special events.

• Explores innovative angles for coverage, ensuring relevance to local audiences.

• May work as correspondent and reporter on assignment, determining focus of reports

• May Conduct or assign interviews, participates in, leads, organizes on-air discussions.

• Directs and monitors the Service’s multimedia content production in line with service content strategy to connect with target audiences.


• S/he will also perform other duties as required for overall management of daily operations, such as statutory legal representation, performing signature rights (signing contracts), various approvals, incl. bank accounts payable approvals, timesheets, and similar.

Performs other related duties as assigned.



• Journalism or related field – degree.

Work Experience:

• Adequate journalistic experience in digital media and/or TV, spanning a minimum of 10 years, with experience working for at least 5 years as a full-time editor, responsible for every aspect of coverage, from assigning and supervising a team of reporters to editing the final product, ideally in an international multimedia organization.

• Proven production and management experience of at least 5 years in a position of a manager with a full responsibility of people management.


·       Considerable knowledge of modern journalistic practices and techniques, in particular of designing and implementing a digital strategy, with defining the target audiences, range of products, delegated responsibilities and distribution strategies, and with creating a digital team, with a goal to produce products attractive to a digital audience.

• Demonstrated ability to deal with conflict, and to work with and through others in a collaborative fashion.

• Demonstrated ability to manage a team, and to motivate others towards the achievement of common goals, while managing limited resources in an efficient manner.

• Demonstrating strong commitment to journalist integrity and objectivity.

• Excellent writing and editing skills in the native language.

• Expertise in news journalism and demonstrated ability to manage ongoing news stories.

• Thorough knowledge of the news needs for Moldova, and neighboring countries. Capable of assessing news reports from multiple news agencies and own sources.

Broad, thorough and detailed knowledge of political, economic, and social situations in the broadcast area as well as international affairs acquired through studies, research, writing, travel, or other relevant experience or exposure.


• Romanian, native language proficiency.

• English language – advanced; fluency in written and spoken English for the smooth functioning of operations and coordination with Prague. Mandatory

• Russian conversational proficiency strongly desired.

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

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