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Director, Iranian Service, Radio Farda

Open until suitable candidate is identified

Please quote vacancy number: BPE1721-2001

Don’t miss a unique career opportunity working with an exceptional multimedia news organization with broadcast headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic and media professionals from over twenty countries. RFE/RL is seeking a highly-qualified Broadcast Service Director, who takes full line management responsibility for the operations of its Iranian Service – RADIO FARDA. The Broadcast Service Director under the supervision of the Regional Director, sets Service strategy and goals in support of RFE/RL's mission. Is fully responsible for program development and performance management; and has ultimate editorial responsibility for program content and organization. Proficient Farsi and English language knowledge is a must.


Program and content responsibilities:

  • Has ultimate responsibility for editorial content and production standards.
  • Is responsible for programming and production, evaluation of quality of content, and editorial decisions.
  • Plans the daily and weekly radio and television programs, digital and web priorities.
  • Contributes to radio and television broadcasts as required.
  • Follows progress of programs until broadcast. Also, follows development of social media content.
  • Ensures 100% on air, on time broadcast as per schedule.
  • Regularly evaluates content; provides feedback to staff on content and performance.
  • Keeps up with the news and speaks knowledgeably about current events in Iran.


Managerial responsibilities:

  • Manages staff including freelancers (making assignments, coaching, motivating, managing performance, training).
  • Addresses personnel issues (hiring decisions, merit increases, promotions, reassignments, disciplinary problems) with appropriate involvement of the HR Division and the Regional Director.
  • Manages budget of Radio Farda.
  • Delegates and oversees tasks related to stringers, timesheets, vouchers for expenses, and so on.


  • Education in journalism, international relations or related field MA - Master degree preferred
  • Journalism experience of 10+ years and deep knowledge of international relations is a must.
  • Expertise in news journalism and demonstrated ability to manage ongoing news stories.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in television, digital, radio and web journalism.
  • Organization & planning skills at a managerial level, including strategic planning.
  • People management skills including mentoring & coaching.
  • Broad, thorough and detailed knowledge of political, economic, and social conditions and issues in Iran as well as international affairs acquired through studies, research, writing, travel, or other relevant experience or exposure of 10+ years
  • Journalistic team management, leadership experience of 5+ years
  • Strong ability to establish contacts, work with and further develop media affiliates network in international environment and fostering key relationships.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Previous experience working in a multicultural or a multinational environment; or experience living and working abroad, preferably in relevant RFE/RL target regions.
  • Proficient in Farsi and English languages.


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

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Who we are ...

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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