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Chief Bureau Engineer, Dushanbe

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Please quote vacancy number: BTAB016-2101


RFE/RL's Tajik service and Bureau Engineering team is looking for a professional and experienced Chief Bureau Engineer to support effective operations of the bureau in Dushanbe.

Reporting to Manager, Field/Bureau Engineering in Prague and coordinating Engineering activities with the Bureau Chief/Service Director, the Chief Bureau Engineer is responsible for a variety of tasks associated with maintenance of Bureau information technology and multimedia equipment, including its day-to-day maintenance, troubleshooting, upgrades, user support, security, disaster recovery and data backups, as well as for the bureau basic facility infrastructure (i.e., utilities).

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Provides full technological support to the Language Service, and is familiar with its content. The support may include overtime and late shift work, and discussing / agreeing on daily priorities between News and Technology, as well as coordinating on potential security risks.
  • Installs, tests, operates and maintains hardware, network, communication/telephone systems, software, electric power supply and HVAC in the Bureau.
  • Ensures high availability of all ENG (Electronic News Gathering) equipment by maintaining and operating digital and analog multi-media equipment such as studio consoles, recorders, NLE’s (Non-Linear Editors) such as digital audio & video workstations, still and video cameras, and other equipment, to ensure that programs are of a high audio and visual quality.
  • Records, processes and transmits audio and video material for broadcasting as directed.
  • Administers local email and IT systems such as anti-virus programs within professional guidelines and ensures that all software licenses are legal and up-to-date.
  • Performs local User Support/Help Desk functions, and provides training to the Bureau staff on information and broadcast technology, as needed.
  • Makes sure the Prague TOC (Technical Operations Center) is informed of the operational status of the bureau on a regular basis, reports technical deficiencies and problems in a timely manner, and suggests the speediest and most cost-effective solutions.
  • Ensures successful implementation and compliance with Standard Operating Procedures and all safety regulations, and uses Industry Best Practices when performing duties and tasks assigned.
  • Is responsible for monitoring basic facility infrastructure in the bureau, especially pertaining to issues such as life safety.
  • Observes and reports on the status of electrical systems (properly wired, well-grounded, no exposed cables, burn marks, etc), backup power systems such as a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) and generator, structural integrity (identify and report water leaks, cracks in the foundation or walls/ceilings, roof, etc), and any other bureau infrastructure issue that may arise.
  • Cooperates closely with the Bureau Administrator and Prague-based supervisor in terms of issuing requisitions for technology and multimedia equipment and ongoing technical operations maintenance;
  • Keeps abreast of relevant technical developments;
  • Interfaces with local telecommunications and IT companies as necessary;
  • Assists the Bureau with expert knowledge in maintaining, in terms of technology, the output’s competitiveness in the local media environment;
  • Contributes to creating and maintaining a positive work environment;
    Performs other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATION:
Education:
  • Completed secondary (high school) education;  
  • Specialized training in maintaining modern radio/TV equipment (or equivalent professional experience);
  • Certification of formal education and/or proof of equivalent professional experience.
Work Experience:
  • Five years minimum required;
  • Experience with maintaining digital and analog ENG (Electronic News Gathering) equipment. 
Competencies:
  • Skill set and experience to be able to maintain IT systems (hardware & software);
  • Experience with networking techniques;
  • Knowledge of telecommunications systems, familiarity with VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) and MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) technology is a plus;
  • Knowledge of power systems, including UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supplies) and backup power generation equipment;
Languages:
  • Working speaking, reading, and writing ability in English (to communicate with colleagues from Prague)
  • Tajik language native level, Russian language ability when relevant.

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

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Candidates for these positions must reside within commuting distance of the specified city, or be willing to relocate there at their own expense. Salaries for employees in RFE/RL's broadcast regions are competitive, based on prevailing local conditions. Employee benefits in RFE/RL's broadcast regions are in accordance with the local labor law specific to the country.
Note: In response to changing operational requirements, RFE/RL retains the discretion not to make an appointment, or to modify the job specifications for a particular vacancy.


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