The BBC is the leading international broadcaster in Africa reaching a weekly audience of more than 90 million on Radio, TV, Digital (language sites and bbcafrica.com), Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in English, Hausa, Somali, French, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Kiswahili & Arabic. We are committed to broadcasting to and from the continent in a style that meets the demands of our growing audience and as well as our language services, our presence in the region is also defined by our bureaux, special correspondents and bilingual reporters. We are committed to delivering news and information to people across Africa and insights from Africa to audiences around the globe.
As part of the world’s largest broadcaster, the BBC’s Hausa Service broadcasts a daily mix of news and current
affairs programmes through radio, TV and digital (online and mobile) platforms to very large and audiences in West Africa and beyond.
Working as part of our editorial team based in Abuja and adhering to tight deadlines, you’ll write original material
and translate and adapt material swiftly and accurately into Hausa in a style suited to a variety of platforms. You’ll also conduct interviews and reports in both Hausa and English. You’ll need proven recent and relevant journalistic experience with Hausa as your first (or equivalent) language and very good written and spoken English. An excellent microphone voice and strong radio presentation skills in Hausa are also essential together with an in-depth current understanding of African and international current affairs. Strong technology skills and extensive knowledge of online journalism are also required.
Working as part of a team of multi-lingual journalists and reporting to the Abuja Bureau Editor, BBC Hausa Service.
On a daily basis, reporting to Senior Broadcast Journalists as appropriate. Shift work shall be required which will
include nights, weekends and public holidays.
To originate, research, prepare, produce and present compelling and engaging dispatches, packages, interviews, discussions, complete programmes, background, analysis and features for TV, radio, online, mobile and other media platforms. To ensure that any programme material for which you are responsible meets the standards required by the BBC. To work as duty editor for specific broadcasts or periods of time, as required.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
- A working knowledge of Igbo, Yoruba, Pidgin, French or Arabic.
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.
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.
Planning and organisation - able to think ahead in order to establish and 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 clearly 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
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 with a variety of situations, individuals or 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.
Interested and qualified? Go to BBC career website on careerssearch.bbc.co.uk to apply