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  • Posted on: 14 May, 2015 Deadline: 28 May, 2015
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  • BBC Media Action is the international development charity of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), working in over 25 countries across the world. BBC Media Action works in partnership with local media agencies, civil society organisations, and governments to achieve long term development goals. We produce creative media content to inform and engage audiences, and strengthen the media sector by building professional skills and technical capacity.

    This is your chance to be part of. the world's most trusted broadcaster and join a team committed to producing creative, quality, development-driven programmes. BBC Media Action, the international charity arm of the BBC, is seeking talented professionals with the right experience to join our Nigeria team as we launch exciting new projects in 2014 and 2015.

    HEAD OF DRAMA

     

    At present, BBC Media Action in Nigeria addresses issues of neatth and governance through il number of different outputs, including drama programming on radio. We are looking to expand the reach of our drama outputs using digital. mobile and TV platforms while strengthening our current radio productions. To help us co so, we are looking for a dynamic, creative and Inspiring teader to playa lead role as Head of Drama in our production department.

    JOB PURPOSE
    This is a senior role within the production department. Tile Head of Drama will use herinis strong enthusiasm for storytelling, extensive drama production experience. desire to build the skills and capacity of others and passion to positively impact lives to oversee our drama outputs. The Head of Drama will take overall lead of. and act as the creative souncfing board for, all strand teaoers in the Nigeria drama team to facilitate the development of culturally and socially relevant programmes with innovation. style and an approach which leads the industry. Building the creative skilis of our staff to help them grow into creative leaders in their own right is a key responsibility of this job.

    Main Duties will include, but not limited to the following:

    • Take overall responsibility for the planning, production and delivery of our drama outputs. and to develop and maintain systems to ensure we produce high-quality work on time and to budget.
    • Provide creative leadership for the drama production teams. from researching storylines, planrunq the overarching themes for each series and overseeing the scriptwritinq process through recording, post production. final edit and delivery.
    • Supervise. train and mentor the producers and assistant producers of each drama output to enable them to hone the creative skills that will allow them to deliver engaging, high quality programs that appeal to audiences and meet BBC MediaAction project objectives.
    • Working with the Production Manager and Head of Operations, ensure that resources (both human and material) are strategicaHy allocated, scheduled, and shared between different teams to meet the demands of a busy production schedule.
    • Working with the Executive Editor, help identify, recruit, ami retain staff and freelancers to enable us to maintain a creative edge in the industry wtllie continually refreshing ourtalent pool.
    • Working with the Project Management team. ensure that our drama outputs meet overall project goals and objectives.
    • Working with the Executive Editor and others, help lead the expansion or our drama outputs onto digital, mobile and TV platforms.
    • Ensure drama outputs fully comply with SSC Editorial guidelines and values. Work witntne Executive Editor to manage any editorial issues that may arise.
    • Keep fully across programme budgets and spending to ensure they comply with our project donor requirements. and working with the appropriate Project Manager and the Production Manager on issues of budgets and contracts.
    • Explore collaborative opportunities with other parts of the BBC or other Nigerian media as appropriate.
    • With the Executive Editor, ensure that BBC Health and Sarety guidelines are observed on all drama productions, staff are trained and briefed to manage risk Ifl a highly chailenging environment, and support is provided to otners to take appropriate measures to minimize exposure to perceived risks.
    • Advise and support the Executive Editor to manage risk related to production on all the projects.

    Skills, Knowledge and Experience
    Essential:

    • Substantial experience producing drama for radio. TV or other platforms.
    • Highly advanced storytelling and other creative drama skills and instincts. including the demonstrated ability to originate new ideas and see them through production or completion.
    • Demonstrated experience supporting the professional development of staff in creativity, editorial judgement, technical skills and decision-making.
    • Experience of managing and co-ordinating drama production teams to deliver outputs, preferably experience co-ordinating multiple teams simultaneously.
    • Strong editorial decision-making experience and judgement.
    • A passion for drama and other forms of storytelling - and the demonstrated ability to translate that passion into creative, curunq edge programming.
    • Excellent interpersonal leadership and people manaqernentskills. Experience of leading and managing talent and production teams, as well as managing diverse teams.     .
    • Understanding of the latest production-related technology and techniques for radio. TV or digital platforms.
    • Production budget management experience.
    • Knowledge of, or ability to learn. BBC editorial values, aims and objectives.
    • Excellent communication skills in English (verbal and written).

    Desirable:

    • Evidence of experience and skill in using radio. TV or other media platforms to address developmental issues - for example. governance and health.
    • Demonstrated interest in the evolving models of creative communication in a development context.
    • Experience of overseeing a multi-media production project especially using mobile technoloqy,
    • Hausa language skills would be a strong advantage.
    • A degree in Theatre Arts, Mass Communication. Communication Arts, English or the Social Sciences or any other relevant field would be an advantage.

    KEY COMPETENCIES

    • Creative Thinking - able to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
    • Strategic Thinking - can identify a vision aiong with the plans which need to be implemented to meet the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, issues etc. in the short. medium and longer-term.
    • Decision Making - Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made.
    • Planning and organisation - able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others.
    • Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources.
    • Communication - able to get one's message understood ciearly by adopting a range of styles. tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
    • Influencing and persuading - able to present sound and well reasoned arguments to convince others.
    • Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
    • Managing relationships and team working - able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
    • Leadership - able to create a vision and inspire others to reatise it irrespective of circumstances 
    • Developing Others - is able to recognise the potential (managerial, professional, artistic or otherwise) and is willing to foster the development of that potential. Creates a climate in which potential can be reahsed.
    • Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure. set backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
    • Flexibility - adapts and works effectively Witil a variety of situations, individuals cr groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one's own organisation or job requirements.

    Apply to: headdramanigeria@ng.bbcmediaaction.org

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    HEAD OF FACTUAL

     

    At present, BBC Media Action in Nigeria addresses issues of health and governance through a number of different outputs, including factual programming on radio and. TV and a limited social media presence. We are looking to expand our outputs onto dIgital and mobile platforms while strenqtherunq our radio and TV productions. To help us do so, we are looking for a dynamic and inspiring leader to playa lead role as Head of Factual in our production department.

    This is a senior role within the Production Department. The Head of Factual will use her/his strong editorial expertise. extensive programme production experience, creativity, and ability to build the skills and capacity of others to oversee our factual outputs. The Head of Factual will help ensure that our factual outputs are as creative and impactful as possible to help us remain a leader in a dynamic and evolving media market. Working with the Executive Editor, sheihe will ensure systems are in place to support all aspects of the design and delivery outputs, from inception to post-production. She/he will also ensure that deadlines. budgets, and project objectives are met and adhered to. Building the editorial skills of our staff, to allow them to take on progressively greater rcles in making ecrtonat decisions, is a key responsibility otthis job.

    MAIN DUTIES
    Will include, but not limited to the following

    • Provide leadership for the factual production team in Nigeria, especially in the areas of editing decision-making, creativity, technical quality. budgets, delivery deadlines and the overall production process.
    • Actively and enthusiasticaliy support professional development of all team members, especiaily in editorial judgement and oecision-makinq. but also in creativity and technical skills. and create conditior;s that allow staff to learn. practice and develop in these areas.
    • Develop systems and orgaruse regular editorial and team rneehngs to make sure that resources are being strategically allocated, scheduled, and shared between different teams and prorammes.
    • Manage the faclual team to coordinate and creatively influence concept development and pbl~r;,ng for existing outputs and new production.
    • Working with the Executive Editor, help Identify, recruit. and retain staff and freelancers.
    • Ensure factual outputs fully cornplywitn BBC Editorial guidelines and values. Work With the Execcuve Editor to manage any editorial issues that may arise
    • Keep fully across proqramme budgets and spending to ensure they comply with our project donor requirements
    • Working with senior members of the project management department, ensure fadual production staff understand the goals of each of our projects and produce all media outputs to align with project objectives.
    • Explore collaborative opportunities with other parts of the BBC or other Nigerian media as appropriate.
    • With the Executive Editor, ensure that BSC Health and Safety guidelines are observed on all factual productions, staff are trained and bnefed to manage risk in a highly challenging environment, and support is provided to others to take appropriate measures to minimize exposure to perceived risks.
    • Advise and support the Executive Editor to manaqe risk related to production on all the projects.

    Skills, Knowledge and Experience
    Essential:

    • Strong editorial decision-making experience and ability to uphold good journalistic practice, gained through producing your own factual programs and, ideally, overseeing the outputs of others.
    • Experience of managing and co-ordinating factual production teams to deliver several different outputs simultaneously.
    • Demonstrated experience supporting the professional development of staff in editorial judgement and decision-making. creativity and technical skills.
    • Aproven track-record in designing, developing and making factual programmes for radio and/or TV.
    • Proven experience using social media as a platform for del;vering programs or other production output.
    • Excellent interpersonal leadership and people management skills Experience of leading and managing talent and production teams. as well as managing diverse teams.
    • Production budget management experience.
    • Knowledge of, or ability to learn, BBC editorial values. aims and objectives.
    • Understanding of production-related technology and techniques for radio, TV or digital platforms.
    • Excellent communication skills in Engiish (verbal and written).

    Desirable:

    • Evidence of experience and skill in using radio. TV or other media platforms to address developmental issues - ror example, governance and health.
    • Understanding ofthe principles of behaviour/social change communication.
    • Experience of overseeing a multi-media production project especially using mobile technology.
    • Hausa language skills would be a strong advantage.
    • A degree in Journalism, Mass Communication, Communication Arts, English or the Social Sciences or any other relevant field would be an advantage.

    KEY COMPETENCIES
    The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job.

    • Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
    • Editorial Judgement - demonstrates balanced and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of BBC editorial guidelines. target audience, programme and department objectives. Makes the right editorial decisions. taking account of conflicting views where necessary. .
    • Managing relationships - able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
    • Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team. Values individual's differences and demonstrates a commitment to knowledge sharing and informal lea riling, for the benefit of the team.
    • Creative Leadership - Ability to lead a diverse production team, identify and nurture talent, and inspire others to realize an identified vision.
    • Planning and Organization -Able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others; planning of activities taking into aocount all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
    • Developing Others - able to recognise potential (managerial, professional, artistic or otherwise) and is willing to foster the development of that potential. Creates a climate in which potential can be realised.
    • Decision Making - Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible' for the consequences of the decision made.
    • Strategic thinking - Able to identify a vision and create plans (or implementation of that vision to meet the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, and issues in the short, medium and long-term
    • Change Management - Able to understand and anticipate the need for change and to build frameworks for planning and managing the continuous process of change.

    Apply to: headfactual@ng.bbcmediaaction.org

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates should please send in their application/cover letter with a capability statement stating their capability for the job, as well as a detailed curriculum vitae (word document please) with names and addresses of at least 2 professional referees (including their telepone, fax and ernail addresses) not later than 28th May 2015, to the email address under the vacant positions with the position applied for clearly stated on the application letter. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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