Country Director E Europe & Central Asia

Job Introduction

Overall responsibility for BBC Media Action’s work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Leads the development and implementation of the country strategy. Leads on identifying and bringing in new business in line with the agreed strategic directions, to support BBC Media Action’s diverse portfolio of work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Responsible for leading and supporting a team to develop and deliver projects to agreed targets and objectives, ensuring compliance with BBC editorial standards and BBC Media Action’s policies.

Role Responsibility

Responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide dynamic, inspirational leadership and management to project, research and finance  teams.
  • Provide sound management and editorial leadership to the Eastern Europe and Central Asia team, ensuring any outputs adhere to the BBC editorial standards and ensuring compliance with BBC Media Action’s policies.
  • Identify and bring in new business in line with the agreed strategic directions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
  • Develop and manage effective relationships with funding agencies, stakeholders and partners, including development of new funding opportunities.
  • Manage and develop a diverse team, ensuring that staff are appropriately inducted, trained and developed, and performance is appropriately managed.
  • Represent and be accountable for the organisation and ensure its work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is relevant and appropriate. 

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will have Senior leadership and management experience in the development or media sectors (preferably both) and significant budget management experience, demonstrating effective use of resources and responsibility for large budgets. You will have substantial experience in the management of diverse teams of staff, including recruitment, management, discipline and professional development.

Experience developing and securing international development or media projects, including the ability to develop new project ideas and present these persuasively to potential partners and funders, and write successful proposals is essential.

A record of forming effective relationships with a range of local and international partners, including at the highest levels of government and media, managing effective teamwork between partners and stakeholders, including those with differing agendas will also be required along with proven ability to deliver complex projects to deadlines and within budget, with good record of donor liaison and reporting.

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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