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EED - European Endowment for Democracy

Chief Adviser (Creative Content Support Fund)

EED - European Endowment for Democracy

Kiev, Ukraine

The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) in Brussels is recruiting a Chief Adviser to assist the EED in setting up a new independent media initiative called the Creative Content Support Fund (Content Fund in short). The Fund has the support of and is backed financially by a number of European governments.

The Content Fund is a project currently hosted by EED to offer grants for the creation and circulation of distinctive, innovative, entertaining and informative TV and Video content in the Russian language – including the development of new ideas, formats, voices, audiences, skills, platforms and talent working in the Eastern Partnership and beyond. It seeks to bring plurality and balance to the Russian language media space.

The Chief Adviser will report directly to the EED Executive Director. A successful candidate will be proposed a full time employment contract for a fixed term until the Content Fund is established and becomes operational. Following a successful launch of the Content Fund, the Chief Adviser will be transferred to and assume the duties of CEO of the Fund. The initial contract will be subject to Belgian law. Contractual details as CEO of the Fund will be established in due course.

The planned permanent working location is Kyiv with regular visits to Brussels. Occasional travel across the region of the Eastern Partnership and beyond is envisaged.

The role of the CEO is to lead the day to day activities of the Fund, to develop its operations, to manage a small Secretariat, to oversee the distribution of grants and the monitoring and evaluation of media projects, to be responsible for all key budgets of the Fund, and to work with and report regularly to its governing bodies.

The successful candidate will have the following key experience, skills, qualities and attributes:

  1. Leadership – an inclusive leadership style. Working with the governing bodies, you will need to set a clear vision for the organisation and its values, which will inspire confidence among donors and independent media platforms. Experience of a leadership role within a medium sized media organisation or creative NGO is essential;
  2. Management – you will responsible for developing and implementing the financial and operational strategy of the organisation, and accountable to the governing bodies for the Funds budgets and projects. You will need to recruit and lead a small Secretariat for the day to day running of the Fund. You will have 5 + years experience managing media operations, including staff, budgets and projects. You will have demonstrable experience in recruiting staff, in working with third party producers or distributors, and in co-operating with stakeholders across disciplines and territories. Experience of working in business development, and/or the public sector or an NGO is desirable;
  3. Media experience – The role requires an understanding of the production and distribution of popular and high quality TV and Digital content. You will have a passion for TV and Video production and distribution, and a track record of producing or distributing distinctive and innovative media content. Experience of commissioning, developing, producing or distributing content for TV, VOD or the Web in one of the following genres is desirable: factual, documentary, social reality, lifestyle, entertainment, comedy, drama;
  4. Local knowledge – The Fund’s operational offices will be based in Ukraine, and the Fund activities will cover the countries of the Eastern Partnership and other Russian speaking countries of the former Soviet Union. The role requires a good working knowledge of the media landscape in these regions, including an understanding of the main TV and video distribution channels, their strengths and weaknesses. An understanding of the audiences for Russian language content, and a knowledge of the cultural and regulatory influences on the media in the region is desirable. Knowledge of grant-making cycle, including contractual, financial and administrative processes, as well as experience with and working knowledge of donors operating in the region is highly desirable. Speaking Russian, as well as English, is a prerequisite;
  5. Personal Qualities – the successful candidate will need to be flexible and resilient, able to travel widely in the region and work long and irregular hours as required. You must be able to work with multiple stakeholders, and understand political and business pressures. This role has a public profile, and the successful candidate will have strong presentation skills, and able to become powerful defender and passionate advocate of plurality in the Russian language media sphere.

Expected net level of monthly remuneration is up to €4500 depending on experience and individual circumstances.

Should you meet the required expertise above please submit your CV (Europass format preferred) including a cover letter the reasons for applying and contact information for two referees. Applications should be made online on EED's website: https://www.democracyendowment.eu/chief-adviser-support-fund/.

After successfully submitting your application you will receive an automatic email confirming receipt of your application. In addition, please send a copy of your CV as an attachment to email address to vacancies@democracyendowment.eu, with “Content Fund” in the subject line.

The application deadline is Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 12 midnight Brussels time.

All applications will be kept on file but candidates will only be contacted if shortlisted. The information provided in the applications is subject to EU legislation on protection of personal data and confidentiality of information.

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