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Correspondent (Jerusalem)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We are currently recruiting for a Correspondent to be based in our Bureau in Jerusalem. You will report to the Middle East Bureaux Editor based in Beirut and the Editor of World Newsgathering.

BBC News brings together Network News and World Service English Regions and Global News’ English and Language Services to serve a large variety of audiences in the UK and around the world on many platforms.

At the heart of this structure, BBC Newsgathering provides outstanding news reports, pictures and audio material to all BBC News programmes and services both in the UK and internationally.  As the world’s largest public broadcaster our content has to be of the highest possible editorial and technical standard, which in turn provides the best value for money for BBC audiences around the world. BBC Newsgathering has to ensure that in the face of increasing competition, we are the world leader in newsgathering and at the forefront of both editorial coverage and technological innovation in broadcasting and digital services.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

Role Responsibility

You will be responsible for covering stories in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank  for TV, radio, online and social media, providing expert coverage and analysis of news topics and events. Reporting live from breaking stories for different areas of output as well as from planned events such as elections, sporting events and summits you will need to be flexible, dynamic and able to navigate the complex politics of the region.  You will be an influencer in shaping and developing the BBC News agenda building on our wide range of contacts and contributors across the Middle East to ensure the widest range of information possible. You will translate complex issues into exciting programming using social media to inform and enhance BBC coverage.

You will be expected to travel at times to other locations in the region, sometimes at short notice, to contribute to our coverage of the Middle East.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have experience as a Reporter/ Journalist including reporting assignments abroad coupled with experience of reporting on live/ breaking news. You will have a thorough understanding of the output of BBC News in the Middle East including political, economic and security developments in the region but you’re also have an interest in culture, technology and sports.   You will have knowledge of the key editorial and audience priorities for the range of global and UK output.  Your judgement will be next to none in news and current affairs with expert skills in writing, recording, editing, interviewing, reporting and presenting.  You will need experience working in hostile and challenging environments.

For further information on the role, please contact: Sara Halfpenny

Package Description

Band: E 

Contract: 6 month attachment/ftc to cover maternity leave

Base: Jerusalem

Interviews are expected to take place in the week of 22nd July 2019.

The successful candidate will be expected to start 28th August 2019.

(The Attachment Policy applies for this role)

The Short Term International Assignment Policy Terms apply for candidates working abroad. Details are attached along with job description.


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