Bureau Chief Israel Palestinian Territories

We are seeking an energetic journalist and editorial manager to lead our team in Israel and the Palestinian territories -- one of the most demanding jobs in the region and one of the most rewarding.

Based in Jerusalem, the bureau chief also oversees newsrooms in Ramallah, the Gaza Strip and Tel Aviv.

He or she is responsible for ensuring tight coordination among the offices so that the overall operation delivers multimedia coverage that is vibrant, insightful, balanced and clear across the file, from economics and business news to politics, social issues and the complexities of one of the world's most enduring conflicts.

While the world may wonder if the Israelis and Palestinians will ever find peace, President Trump has made it a priority and regional dynamics mean the story is never far from the spotlight. Besides the machinations of conflict and peace, there are a host of social, religious, political and business stories that top the news agenda, from Israel's hi-tech and cyber economy to Palestinian political infighting, Hamas's troubled rule in Gaza and its ties to Qatar and Iran, and whether Israel will forge some sort of alliance with the Sunni Arab world.

For the bureau chief, balance and accuracy are essential at all times. But so is the ability to highlight nuances that may take a centuries-old story in a new direction, to analyze statements from Washington or Moscow that can have an immediate bearing on developments, and to identify trends in Israeli and Palestinian society that intrigue the world.

Qualifications

The successful candidate must be an accomplished writer and editor who can take the lead on stories or work with correspondents to generate ideas and guide reporting, whether towards breaking news, insights or special reports.

A core responsibility of the bureau chief is to develop and manage multilingual staff drawn from different cultures and who operate across three distinct, and sometimes hostile, jurisdictions. The successful candidate needs to be calm and tough-minded, able to build sources and maintain good relations with a range of officials while also dealing with frequent pressure from the various parties to the conflict. Alongside strong diplomatic and leadership skills, the bureau chief must be constantly aware of staff safety, and work closely with experts across the company to ensure that risks are managed at all times.

Reuters has a high profile in Israel and the Palestinian territories, something the successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining, while finding new and innovative ways to make our coverage stand out, whether for screen clients or media services, where there is constant interest in all facets of Israeli and Palestinian affairs.

Requirements

She/he will have sharp news judgment, and the writing abilities to edit the file.

She/he will have the skills to set the news agenda for political and financial news as well as enterprise.

A track record of delivering a strong multimedia news file

Understands the challenges of leading teams in a multimedia news room

The successful candidate will be calm under pressure, with the maturity and experience to look after staff safety.

She/he will have the confidence to manage relations with both sides, while ensuring Reuters integrity and freedom from bias.

Experience of producing stories in more than one medium an advantage

Previous Reuters Bureau Chief experience is an advantage

Ten years experience in journalism.

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