Senior Journalist, BBC Ukrainian

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

Job Introduction

The Ukrainian Service is one of 42 language services in the BBC World Service. It has a multiplatform website and a large amount of video, interactive and audio content. Most of the team are located in Kyiv, with a few Journalists in London.

The service’s output aims to make international news relevant to the Ukrainian audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on Ukrainian developments. It aims to report in a lively and engaging fashion, and interactivity forms a large part of its content across all platforms.  

Role Responsibility

We are recruiting a Senior Journalist who will be responsible for an area of output, including editorial control, reporting, selection and compilation of material, production, leading teams and planning and implementing effective use of resources.  Working alongside TV, Social Media and Multimedia desks, you'll act as a point of editorial reference for journalists and correspondents, providing editorial leadership as required.  You'll use editorial judgement, creativity and flair to make original and compelling multimedia content.  You'll also offer ideas for daily output and future diary events, suggesting new angles on existing stories and putting forward stories not yet covered. You'll need to understand the BBC Ukrainian strategy and suggest ideas appropriate to its distinctive style and content.

The Ideal Candidate

Candidates must demonstrate fluency in written and spoken Ukrainian and English with the ability to communicate in both languages effectively, including the ability to edit and oversee texts and adapt with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.  You'll also need a high standard of editorial judgement, writing ability and production skills based on substantial broadcast journalism experience.

Package Description

Contract: 12 months

Local terms and conditions apply

Location: Kyiv

Any offer of employment with the BBC is conditional upon you having the right work in Ukraine

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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