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Bureau Chief, Budapest

Open until: March 30 2020

Please quote vacancy number: HUN2345-2001

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (Szabad Europa) is seeking a Bureau Chief for its Budapest bureau. The Bureau Chief, under the supervision of the Hungarian Service Director, will manage all Hungary-based staff and contributors and have operational responsibility for the bureau.

Main responsibilities of position:

  • Provides editorial guidance for and supervises the Service’s online input from the bureau.
  • Leads daily editorial meetings.
  • Coordinates planning with Prague, striving for efficiency in the use of journalistic resources and capacity.
  • Coordinates with the assigned staff to ensure efficient operations of Budapest Bureau.
  • Schedules all staff and sets deadlines as needed to ensure continuation of all Budapest Bureau journalistic activities.
  • Represents RFE/RL in the political and media environment.
  • Develops the team: recruits and motivates staff.
  • Leads the team in making use of suitable new production and delivery methods in line with developing technologies.

Minimum Qualification:

  • University degree in journalism or related field or equivalent training and experience in journalism.
  • Minimum of 7 years' journalism experience and 5 years of management experience are required.
  • Expertise in news journalism and ability to manage ongoing news stories.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in the language of native fluency.
  • Thorough knowledge of the news needs in Hungary.
  • Broad, thorough and detailed knowledge of political, economic, and social situations in Hungary.
  • Excellent knowledge of digital platforms, including social media, and video reporting.
  • Strong commitment to journalist integrity and objectivity.
  • Ability to plan and think strategically
  • Ability to deal with pressure, and to work with and through others in a collaborative fashion.
  • Ability to manage a team, and to motivate others towards the achievement of common goals.
  • Hungarian language at native level is required.
  • Fluent English language knowledge is required.

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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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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