Polling Specialist, Middle East and North Africa
The Reuters Polls team in Bengaluru is seeking a Polling Specialist to break new ground covering key economies in the Middle East and North Africa.
This exciting new role is aimed at building from the ground up proprietary surveys of both established and rapidly-expanding economies in the region, collecting forecasts mainly on economic indicators and policy decisions for GCC countries and a host of others. We are seeking a senior candidate to fill this role, preferably with a degree in economics and a solid understanding of financial markets. He or she needs to be a proven self-starter, capable of working independently and keen to take on what has historically been a very challenging area for sourcing.
Fluency in Arabic and cultural knowledge about the region will be a real asset to succeed, which will require frequent independent work on Sundays, as well as coordination with local reporters, the Senior Correspondent for Reuters Polls for sub-Saharan Africa and the wider global team. While there is a source base to start with, this will be a demanding role that will require tangible evidence of quick successes on sourcing and will broaden further down the road into a more journalistic role once the basic Reuters Polls product is established and running smoothly. The Polling Specialist MENA will also work with the central Bengaluru Reuters Polls team as required to contribute to the main product.
The Polling Specialist - Middle East and North Africa will:
• Identify market moving economic events to conduct polls on
• Plan and coordinate global poll packages effectively
• Lead regular discussions on subjects in the domain with the global team
• Develop strong relations with key sources already established and expand the source lists to ensure the participants that matter most are always present on key polls
• Develop strong links with reporters and editors globally
• Develop sector specialization through research, networking etc.;
• Be innovative and flexible in providing coverage by suggesting improvements, challenging accepted norms and introducing new ways of storytelling
The Polling Specialist MENA will report to Rahul Karunakar, Editor in Charge, Reuters Polls in Bengaluru.
We will require a c.v. along with a cover letter with stated goals and experience that makes you the best candidate for this role.
The closing date for applications is April 29, 2018
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