Date:Jun 14, 2015
Bureau Chief, Afghanistan and Pakistan
We are looking for a top-notch journalist and a calm, even-headed leader to head our bureaus in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This role, expected to be based in Islamabad, is a challenging assignment, but can also be one of the most fulfilling jobs in journalism.
Both Pakistan and Afghanistan are going through especially difficult periods, with far-reaching consequences for regional and global security. Strategic U.S. ally Pakistan is a highly unpredictable country, which is often at the top of the world news schedule. Afghanistan, meanwhile, is facing an uncertain future as foreign troops withdraw from the country and fledgling Afghan forces face a growing threat from Taliban, leaving many to fear that the country will sink back into civil war.
We are looking for someone with extensive experience as a senior correspondent and manager in conflict zones to take charge of this huge and exciting story. The Bureau Chief will need excellent leadership skills and a keen sense of responsibility for staff safety, working closely with the South Asia Bureau Chief and General Manager to ensure that risk is carefully managed at all times.
The right candidate will have strong news judgment, a flair for writing compelling copy, and a strong commitment to staying ahead of the competition, by breaking news and producing, innovative, enterprise journalism. They should be able to respond to big breaking news with smart, quick trunks and follow-up plans, as well as conceptualize and frame deeper investigative pieces that explain what’s going on there to a global audience.
He/she will lead a team of international and local staffers and stringers across text, pictures and TV, working in a hostile environment that requires a cool head, stamina and a sense of humour. The Bureau Chief will be expected to work closely with the senior television producer and senior photographer to ensure the bureau produces outstanding multimedia stories.
Candidates with experience in Pakistan or Afghanistan will have a strong advantage. Frequent travel to Kabul will be required. Experience working in hostile environments is a requirement. The successful candidate will remain meticulous when it comes handling security; able to juggle a range of issues, from making sure reporters are delivering while not taking too many risks to dealing with threats from militant groups.
– Proven track record as a newsroom leader, idea generator, writer and editor
– Well organized and able to manage speed, breaking news and insight
– Ability to understand multi-media needs
– Ability to work with a local business, be able to deal with local authorities
– Must have experience dealing with and managing in a hostile environment