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  • Posted on: 6 February, 2017 Deadline: 19 February, 2017
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  • The BBC is the leading international broadcaster in Africa reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 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.

    Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Pidgin Service

     

    Job Reference: BBC/TP/656733/19832
    Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
    Job Category: Journalism
    Business Unit: News: W2020

    Job Description

    • The BBC is looking for a Senior Broadcast Journalist to work across all digital platforms to ensure that the Pidgin Service develops and grows a distinctiveness, character and status in its target area.
    • On a day to day basis, you will contribute creative ideas and inspire the team to produce engaging content.
    • Reporting to the Editor Pidgin Service, you will ensure quality and consistency of timely output.
    • You will be required to occasionally do some field reporting.

    Role Responsibility

    • The BBC World Service is recruiting for an experienced Senior Broadcast Journalist to work across the new Pidgin Service digital output.
    • You will take full editorial responsibility for the timely delivery of the day’s output.
    • Reporting to the Editor, your main responsibilities will include leading on the production, creative and timely distribution of all digital content, videos, and innovative editorial projects to serve our Pidgin audiences whilst adhering to the BBC's editorial guidelines and objectives.
    • Working with the Pidgin team, you will be responsible for coming up with creative and innovative ways in storytelling and implementing them for BBC Pidgin especially for online and social media consumption.
    • You must have work authorisation for Nigeria.

    Required Skills & Experience

    • Fluency and up to date knowledge of Pidgin and the ability to type quickly and accurately.
    • Fluency in English, written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
    • Familiarity with digital news production systems and writing with flare for pictures. An understanding of social media is essential.
    • A willingness to learn to operate new technology systems and to be able to adapt to different working methods.
    • A good knowledge of online journalism techniques.
    • An ability to mentor, lead and inspire a team of journalists to bring out the best in them.
    • A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience engagement.
    • A thorough knowledge and understanding of Nigerian, African and international current affairs.
    • A good broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire the appropriate presentation style is desirable.
    • A willingness to understand and adopt BBC Editorial Guidelines and to abide by BBC Values.
    • Knowledge of the aims, objectives and standards of BBC World Service and Global News.

    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.
    • Ability to take public comments on board and to make appropriate editorial changes to content. 
    • Creative Thinking - able to transform creative ideas into practical reality.
    • Evidence of innovation and the ability to devise creative solutions by developing novel ideas or adapting existing ones in new ways. Evidence of a desire to create beautiful, quality content.
    • 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 clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
    • As well as the ability to motivate and deal sensitively with people who may be working to tight deadlines.
    • 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 the ability to work with other teams in developing tools, features and services.
    • 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.
    • Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks 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.

    Package Description

    • Contract: Continuing.
    • Local terms and conditions apply.
    • Shift work will be required which will include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.
    • Assessment will commence the first week in April

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    Editor, BBC Pidgin Service

     

    Job Reference: BBC/TP/656733/19836
    Department: Pidgin Language Service
    Reports to: Head of West Africa
    Contract Type: Permanent Full Time
    Job Category: Journalism
    Business Unit: News: W2020

    Job Introduction

    • Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and Television migrating from analogue to digital.
    • The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media. Globally, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of 320 million weekly across various platforms.
    • Over the next four years, the BBC World Service will be expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from 6 to 12.
    • Three of the new language services, Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo, will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. They will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences. The BBC is looking for an excellent senior journalist to be the Editor of the Pidgin Language Service to deliver a dynamic range of digital, audio and video content.

    Role Responsibilities

    • You will report to the Head of West Africa and also work closely with other senior editorial figures in BBC World Service. As the Editor, you will provide creative leadership and vision, to maximise the Pidgin language Service’s impact and potential in Nigeria, taking into account the changing media conditions in the target area.
    • You will approve content, ensuring that BBC editorial guidelines are adhered to consistently.
    • You will manage teams and resources, taking responsibility for ensuring that all output is delivered creatively and on schedule.

    Requirements

    • The successful candidate will have substantial experience in a senior journalistic role within a media environment.
    • Fluent in Pidgin and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of delivering output on media platforms.
    • An excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential.
    • You will have recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria.
    • A good appreciation of the media situation in Nigeria and the wider target area, and how it is developing with the ability to anticipate changes in the market is essential.
    • Experience of managing budgets is required. You must have work authorisation for Nigeria.

    Required Skills & Experience:

    • Fluency and up to date knowledge of Pidgin and the ability to type quickly and accurately.
    • Fluency in English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
    • An ability to lead, inspire and manage a team is essential.
    • Familiarity with news production systems and an understanding of social media.
    • A willingness to learn to operate new technology and adapt to different working methods.
    • Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to a young audience.
    • A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and an interest in audience engagement.
    • A thorough knowledge and understanding of Nigerian, African and international current affairs.
    • A good broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire the appropriate presentation style is desirable.
    • A willingness to understand and adopt BBC editorial guidelines and to abide by BBC Values.
    • A thorough knowledge of the aims, objectives and standards of BBC World Service and Global News.

    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. Ability to take public comments on board and to make appropriate editorial changes to content.
    • Creative Thinking - able to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Evidence of innovation and the ability to devise creative solutions by developing novel ideas or adapting existing ones in new ways. Evidence of a desire to create beautiful, quality content.
    • 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. As well as the ability to motivate and deal sensitively with people who may be working to tight deadlines
    • 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 the ability to work with other teams in developing tools, features and services.
    • 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.
    • Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks 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.

    Package Description

    • Contract: Continuing.
    • Local Terms and Conditions Apply.
    • Assessment will commence the first week in April.

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    Digital Technical Producer, BBC Pidgin Service

     

    Job Reference: BBC/TP/656733/19840
    Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
    Job Category: Journalism
    Business Unit: News: W2020Role

    Responsibilities

    • The technical producer will provide a full range of quality technical services for audio, video and text to help put the best content on air in a busy newsroom working to tight deadlines. You must be familiar with the latest digital production equipment.
    • Accountable to the Editor, you will be proactive and be required to perform duties in Radio Studios, Workshops, Edit Suites, and on Computers, as well as on Outside Broadcasts.
    • You will have an excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs. You will have recent experience of living in Nigeria including understanding its complexities.
    • Ability to work under pressure and to react to breaking news is essential.
    • You must have work authorisation for Nigeria.

    Required Skills & Experience

    • The ability to operate technical equipment to meet the artistic, technical and safety requirements for delivering audio, video and text publishing. This includes operating studios, computer equipment, recording and editing systems.
    • To support editorial teams in resolving technical problems when they arise.
    • Recording, ingesting, editing, reproducing and dubbing material, including replay as required by the production staff both in the studio and on the field.
    • To ensure all output publishes correctly, in a timely manner across all platforms for all languages.
    • To operate and programme all types of audio and video equipment. Install, upgrade and maintain software packages, hardware and production equipment, under instruction from IT staff.
    • To take responsibility for the safety of equipment, maintenance schedules, and restocking of hardware or consumables.
    • To undertake all duties and activities in accordance with current BBC Safety Policy. To build a strong relationship with technical departments in London, and the region. 
    • To keep up to date with the newest developments and practices.
    • To maintain excellent communication with colleagues in London and in the region, and ensure the free flow of information and material.
    • To promote an atmosphere of collaboration and respect at all times with colleagues.

    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. Ability to take public comments on board and to make appropriate editorial changes to content.
    • Creative Thinking - able to transform creative ideas into practical reality.  Evidence of innovation and the ability to devise creative solutions by developing novel ideas or adapting existing ones in new ways.
    • Evidence of a desire to create beautiful, quality content.
    • 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. As well as the ability to motivate and deal sensitively with people who may be working to tight deadlines.
    • 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 the ability to work with other teams in developing tools, features and services. 
    • Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks 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. 

    Requirements

    • The Digital technical producer will provide a full range of quality technical services for audio, video and text to help put the best content on air in a busy newsroom working to tight deadlines.You must be familiar with the latest digital production equipment
    • Reporting to the Editor, you will be proactive and be required to perform duties in Radio Studios, Workshops, Edit Suites, and on Computers, as well as on Outside Broadcasts
    • You will have an excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs. You will have recent experience of living in Nigeria including an understanding of its complexities
    • Ability to work under pressure and to react to breaking news is essential
    • You must have work authorisation for Nigeria.

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    Broadcast Journalist, BBC Pidgin Service

     

    Job Reference: BBC/TP/656733/19830
    Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
    Job Category: Journalism
    Business Unit: News: W2020

    Job Introduction

    • Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and Television migrating from analogue to digital.
    • The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media. Globally, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of 320 million across various platforms.
    • Over the next four years, the BBC World Service will be expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from 6 to 12.
    • Three of the new language services, Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo, will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. They will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.
    • We are now looking for excellent Broadcast Journalists with the relevant technical and language skills to join the new Pidgin service.
    • Shift work will be required which will include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.

    Role Responsibility

    • As a BBC Broadcast Journalist you will work creatively across all digital platforms - audio, video and text - to ensure that the Pidgin Service output develops and grows a distinctive character and status in its target area. On a daily basis, you will engage actively with the audience ensuring consistency of output. You will be required occasionally to do some field reporting.
    • The successful candidate will have some experience within a media environment. Fluent in Pidgin and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of delivering creative output online platforms. Knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential. You will have knowledge of and recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria. Ability to work under pressure and to react to breaking news is essential.
    • You must have work authorisation for Nigeria.

    Required Skills & Experience

    • Fluency and up to date knowledge of Pidgin and the ability to type quickly and accurately.
    • Fluency in English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
    • Familiarity with video editing and writing for pictures and understanding social media.
    • Familiarity with news production systems, and a willingness to learn to operate new technology and to be able to adapt to different working methods.
    • Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to a young audience.
    • Familiarity with the internet and an awareness of the potential of new technology.
    • A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience involvement.
    • Familiarity with the region to which the Service broadcasts and an understanding of the region’s history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience.
    • A good knowledge of, and interest in, international current affairs, particularly in so far as they affect the target areas.
    • A good broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire the appropriate presentation style is desirable.
    • A willingness to understand and adopt the editorial aims and policies of BBC and to abide by BBC Values.
    • Knowledge of the aims, objectives and standards of BBC World Service and Global News.

    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. Aability to take public comments on board and to make appropriate editorial changes to content.
    • Creative Thinking - able to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Evidence of innovation and the ability to devise creative solutions by developing novel ideas or adapting existing ones in new ways. Evidence of a desire to create beautiful, quality content.
    • 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. As well as the ability to motivate and deal sensitively with people who may be working to tight deadlines
    • 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 the ability to work with other teams in developing tools, features and services.
    • 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.
    • Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks 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.

    Package Description

    • Contract: Continuing.
    • Local Terms and Conditions apply.
    • Shift work will be required which will include early mornings,late nights, weekends and public holidays.
    • Assessment will commence the first week in April.

    Method of Application

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