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Baku Correspondent, BBC Azeri

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

Job Introduction

BBC Azeri is part of the Europe Hub of BBC World Service. We have a small team based in London and in Azerbaijan.  The Service produces a multimedia website,, which aims to engage an Azeri speaking audience, bringing relevant news focusing on an international, regional and local agenda.  It aims to do this in a lively and engaging fashion through multimedia journalism, including interactivity and social media.


Role Responsibility

You will report on developments in Azerbaijan and the region, from Baku or other locations if required by Azeri Service management.  The Correspondent provides timely, expert and authoritative multimedia news coverage and analysis across the range of BBC News outlets, fully observing the BBC editorial guidelines.  You will work as part of the Azeri Service and advise on news topics and events on a regular basis. 

You will report on all aspects of political, commercial, economic, social and cultural life in Baku which is lively and interesting and readily understandable by a non-specialist audience.  The Correspondent alerts editors to breaking news so you will be ready to file accurate, immediate on the spot reports.  You will research, prepare and present interviews, discussions and analysis for video as required.  Broadcasting material in Azeri and/or English is required.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be able to communicate fluently in Azeri (written and verbal) and have an excellent command of English.  Russian language skills would be desirable.  You will have substantial experience as a Reporter/Journalist including reporting assignments abroad and experience of reporting on live and breaking news.  Exceptional interviewing skills are crucial for this role along with excellent general knowledge of domestic and international current affairs.

You will have a strong understanding of the politics in Azerbaijan and also the cultural, political and economic factors which play a role in this society.  Equally important is being able to come up with innovative and creative approaches to bring the audience to a closer understanding of this region.  Your proven ability to generate original stories and special reports is also required.  A rigorous commitment to impartial reporting, on which the BBC’s reputation depends, is essential.

Package Description

6 month fixed term contract

Local salary, terms and conditions of service

Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Shift work may be required which could include nights, weekends and public holidays.

Successful candidates will be asked to do a written, computerized test.

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 

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