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  • Posted on: 14 June, 2017 Deadline: 13 July, 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.

    Junior Designer, Infographics and UX

     

    Job Reference: BBC/TP/672269/22188
    Location: Lagos
    Contract Type: Full Time
    Job Category: Creative Design
    Division: BBC World Service
    Department: Africa Hub
    Reports to: Senior Broadcast Journalist Digital, Lagos Hub

    Context
    Here the vision is simple- Join a new African digital innovation team of multitalented journalists and content creators with the mandate to innovate.The BBC World Service is embarking on an exciting journey with unprecedented investment in digital content for Africa and your role will be critical to us in meeting our ambitions.
    The BBC will be launching a new digital innovation hub in Lagos with the ambition to develop digital journalism in Africa.

    Your role as Junior Designer, Infographics and UX will play a key role in helping our content reach underserved audiences – such as younger, more female and more diverse demographics in Africa.
    We have an exciting opportunity to create new forms of digital storytelling and journalism that reaches 111 million people in Africa.

    As Junior Designer, Infographics and UX you will join a new multi-disciplinary digital team in Lagos made up of news gatherers, data journalists, software developers and social media specialists who will be working with journalists working across 12 language services (English, Amharic , Tigrinya, Afaan Oromo, Swahili, Somali, French, Great Lakes , Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo,Hausa)

    BBC Africa aims to make, explain and connect African and global stories by providing a unique insight into the main stories of the day in original formats.
    The African service digital offer consists of websites, mobile sites and social media with all
    services providing multimedia content in text, video, interactive and audio for radio, online, TV, mobile and social media platforms.

    About the Visual Journalism Team

    • The purpose of the visual journalism team is to unlock the potential of multimedia storytelling across all our platforms desktop, tablet, mobile and TV.
    • By using graphical tools and combining those with an understanding of data and journalistic rigour, the team aims to produce powerful visual explanations that improve understanding of the news.
    • Now we need a Junior Designer, Infographics and UX to join the World Service team, which is a growing part of Visual Journalism. You’ll be working with world-class UX and editorial designers, journalists, technical experts and masters of motion graphics to create amazing digital storytelling experiences, in multiple languages to a global audience.
    • You’ll be at the heart of the action when a story breaks, working closely with senior team members to deliver experiences that resonate across BBC News, wherever and whenever our audience encounters us.
    • You will be collaborating with technical, editorial and product teams from across the BBC to create elegant, delightful experiences that transcend the barriers between old and new media.
    • We are a global brand, our audience is international and we must deliver our designs and user experiences in multiple languages so we can reach all our users.

    Who are we looking for

    • You’ve got a track record of outstanding Infographics and UX work across various different screens, be they mobile, connected TV, tablet or desktop and you’ve got the portfolio to prove it.
    • You might tend towards data visualisation, information graphics and mapping, or layout, colour and typography.
    • Either way you will have skills you can use to create the ideal user experience. Maybe you have even got something special up your sleeve, like you’re an amazing prototype builder, responsive design expert or 3D animator.
    • You will have a keen interest in news and current affairs, a firm grasp on how design can make a story comprehensible, compelling and relevant.
    • You will also be able to pitch your work to people from all sorts of backgrounds.
    • You’re comfortable applying your skills to whatever situation arises, be it a new device or an unfamiliar design package.
    • You’ve got a great degree in design or the equivalent on-the-job experience.

    We like people who are

    • Enthusiastic about what they do and a delight to work with;
    • Focused on accurate, timely delivery and being the first to break the latest news;
    • Motivated and full of ideas;
    • Serious about current affairs;
    • Excited by information design and knowledgeable about the latest developments in technology.

    Day-to-Day Responsibilities

    • Contribute design expertise to project teams made up of journalists, product managers and developers.
    • Communicate conceptual ideas and design decisions to project teams.
    • Collaborate with design colleagues to produce sketched concepts, user journeys, wireframes and navigational prototypes that reflect user needs.
    • Provide designs across multiple screens for projects that deliver coherent user experiences.
    • Ensure accurate data representation and accessible design solutions.
    • Deliver maps, charts, information graphics and branding to support daily output.
    • Develop the visual design and user experience and refine towards a polished design, taking into consideration typography, iconography, layout and brand identity.
    • Prioritise your own workload under guidance of other designers.
    • Deliver information graphics and user experiences that can be easily reworked to accommodate multiple languages.

    Competencies
    You’ll need to be able to do the following:
    Communication:

    • Speak and write outstanding English clearly and concise
    • Be able to present opinions to your peers
    • Use appropriate body language
    • Be proactive when communicating

    Analytical and Creative Thinking:

    • Simplify problems into parts
    • Identify key data needed to support your decisions
    • See a range of potential applications

    Orientation to Learn:

    • Vigorously pursue your own development
    • Always be willing to accept new or extra work to stretch your abilities
    • Mentor/coach less experienced people

    Managing Relations and Teamwork:

    • Build strong internal and external relationships
    • Actively participate in team working
    • Build bridges where none existed before
    • Treat others with courtesy

    Drive for Results:

    • Deliver ahead of expectations
    • Take ownership and accountability
    • Make a sustained effort

    Resilience and Flexibility:

    • Positively embrace new ways of working
    • Challenge the status quo
    • Be consistently positive

    Planning and Organising:

    • Keep track of your own workload and make effective use of your own time
    • Keep appropriate people well informed of plans, progress, etc.

    Package Description

    • Contract - Continuing
    • Local terms and conditions apply

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    Broadcast Journalist (Yoruba)

     

    Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22179
    Location: Lagos
    Department: BBC Yoruba Service
    Reports to: Editor, Yoruba Service
    Package: Local terms and Conditions
    Contract: Continuing
    Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
    Job Category: Journalism

    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, Yoruba, Igbo, and Pidgin, 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 Yoruba service. Shift work will be required which will include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.

    Role Responsibilities

    • As a BBC Broadcast Journalist you will work creatively across all digital platforms - audio, video and text - to ensure that the Yoruba 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 Yoruba and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of delivering creative output on 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.

    Main Duties

    • To create original digital material for all multimedia output (audio, online, and social).
    • To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required.
    • To keep abreast of evolving news stories and emerging trends aimed at the Nigeria audience
    • Must have an awareness of and a keen interest in the needs of young and female audiences
    • To create sharable content with the other Nigeria Language Services and wider BBC outlets.
    • All broadcast journalists with bi lingual skills may be required to work with or move to other Nigeria Language service teams.
    • To perform live across all digital platforms, audio or video with or without a script or in recording sessions, either as Programme Producer, or as a participant in others' productions.
    • To attend editorial meetings and contribute to the commissioning process, looking beyond the daily news agenda to ensure a rich, varied and original coverage across all platforms.
    • All journalists may be required to travel off base on short reporting trips and assignments, as required.
    • To ensure that BBC Editorial guidelines and all relevant legal, contractual and copyright requirements are met, referring upwards in cases of difficulty or doubt.
    • To contribute to other areas of the BBC including BBC News and Online.

    Required Skills & Experience

    • Fluency and up to date knowledge of Yoruba (written and spoken) 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. 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.

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    Digital Technical Producer - Yoruba

     

    Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22180
    Location: Lagos
    Department: BBC Yoruba Language Service
    Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
    Job Category: Journalism
    Business Unit: News: W2020
    Reports to: Editor, Yoruba
    Package: Local terms and conditions apply

    Context

    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, Yoruba, Igbo, and Pidgin, 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 looking for an excellent Digital Technical Producer who on a daily basis will report to the Yoruba Editor and working closely with editorial teams, will provide technical support to produce high quality output across all our digital platforms in all languages. You will be required to occasionally go on trips to support field reporting teams in Lagos/Nigeria or abroad. Shift work will be required which will include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.

    Role & Responsibilities

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Main Duties

    • To work with editorial teams to provide technical direction for daily output
    • To provide technical support to the team daily and including duty trips as required
    • To help ingest material from the field and convert it into the correct format for editing
    • To maintain a log of equipment schedule of servicing and maintenance
    • To provide solutions to technical challenges, to resolve simple technical problems and to report to London any major maintenance problems
    • To participate actively in daily editorial output and to technically translate editorial vision into reality
    • To help train production teams to conduct simple technical tasks
    • To help with editing, mixing and adding special effects to content as required by the Senior Broadcast Journalist.
    • To operate all studio equipment effectively and in a safe manner, complying with BBC Safety Regulations.
    • To be able to identify when problems arise in broadcast-critical systems and be able to work around them where necessary.
    • To understand the pros and cons of electronic audio distribution via the internet/email.
    • To be familiar with audio file formats as used in the digital domain.
    • To identify the best material and alert programmes proactively to the editorial significance of pictures, audio and accompanying copy.
    • To alert news desks and programmes of editorially important incoming audio and video material, using various communications systems.
    • To capture and enter data (known as metadata) relating to the audio and video material and ensuring its accuracy. This data will include copyright information and possible restrictions on usage or re-use.

    Required Skills and 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.
    • Fluency and up to date knowledge of Yoruba and the ability to type quickly and accurately.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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 and motivation.
    • 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.

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    Reporter (Pidgin)

     

    Job Reference BBC/TP/788768/22181
    Location: Abuja
    Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
    Job Category: Journalism

    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 Abuja, 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 a reporter with strong digital journalism and language skills (Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo, as well as English) to work in Abuja. This role involves working irregular hours including weekends and public holidays.

    Role Responsibilities

    • The BBC is looking for an excellent reporter to produce a dynamic range of digital content - audio and video - which will appeal to a young audience.
    • The successful candidate will have some experience of reporting for a digital media organization. Fluent in Pidgin and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of field reporting, delivering creative output for digital and social media platforms.
    • An excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential, including a good understanding of a broad editorial agenda.
    • You will have knowledge of and recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria. You will have good local contacts.
    • Ability to work under pressure and react to breaking news is essential. You must be a self-starter, with a strong ability to work independently.
    • You must have work authorization for Nigeria.

    The Ideal Candidate

    • A full command of Pidgin as first (or equivalent) language is essential. An additional language - Hausa, Yoruba, or Igbo - is desirable.
    • An excellent understanding of written and spoken English for journalism and the ability to communicate effectively.
    • A digital media background and social media journalism experience preferable, you will ideally have a strong screen presence for coverage online and on social media.
    • A good broadcasting voice and presence and the ability to acquire the appropriate presentation style to communicate effectively with listeners in Pidgin and English.
    • Experience of field reporting on political, economic and trending social issues is desirable. So is the ability to demonstrate a good range of contacts for interview purposes.
    • Knowledge of wider regional or international affairs will be an advantage.
    • A good understanding of the needs of a young digitally-savvy audience in the region and an empathy with them is essential.
    • Ability to convey story and programme ideas in an exciting way and to contribute fully to the planning process.
    • A knowledge of and aptitude for, using modern broadcast and recording (audio & video) digital technology.
    • A record of demonstrating good interpersonal skills and an understanding of the importance of working as a part of a team, especially at a distance, as well as working independently.
    • Ability to remain calm under pressure, apply sensible work priorities and pace him/herself through the assignment.

    Package Description

    • Contract: Continuing.
    • Salary: Local Terms and Conditions Apply.

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