The BBC has larger audiences in Africa than anywhere else in the world, through our broadcasts in English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Somali and Swahili. We connect with our audiences through a variety of delivery methods including TV, radio on FM, shortwave and satellite, and through partnerships with radio stations and mobile-phone operators which had led to BBC Hausa being the lead provider of radio and digital news in Nigeria.
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 radio and online journalism. You’ll also conduct interviews and reports in both Hausa and English. You’ll be involved in all aspects of multimedia journalism including; presenting, interviewing, translating, writing for the web, radio and television in order to produce engaging content to exceptional standards which portrays your knowledge of, and passion for our audiences.
The Ideal Candidate
You’ll have complete comprehension of written and spoken English and Hausa, coupled with the ability to communicate effectively with recent and relevant journalistic experience of and about Africa which will also show in your familiarity with our audiences, trends within our marketplace and knowledge of African and international current affairs. You’ll have a thorough awareness of the media situation in Africa and the way it is developing and the challenges it poses to the BBC. You have a broad knowledge of TV News,. You’ll be aware of the BBC audience and their expectations of output.
You’ll have an excellent broadcasting voice with the ability to write scripts to a variety of audiences and forms of media and must be able to demonstrate a good range of contacts for interview purposes. Underpinning all of these skills will be your flexibility, both in ability to work across platforms but also in working shifts to cover our programming requirements.
To originate, research, prepare, produce and present dispatches, packages, interviews, discussions, complete programmes, background, analysis and features for radio, online, mobile and other media platforms. To ensure that any programme material for which the post holder is responsible meets the standards required by the BBC. To work as duty editor for specific broadcasts or periods of time, as required.
• To research, report, write, translate, edit or adapt stories or programme material; to find contributors and interviewees as well as other sources of material and/or actuality, as appropriate and to the required specification whilst maintaining professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC Editorial Guidelines. To ensure the availability of required production facilities.
• To perform at the microphone with or without a script, conduct interviews, chair discussions and act as a participant in other productions, whether live, pre-recorded or on location.
• To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To be able to freshen a story. To be responsible for thinking through and around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches.
• To offer original ideas for items, programmes/series and to actively contribute to the editorial planning process. To suggest new angles on existing stories, means of moving the story on, and to put forward stories not yet covered. To understand the Service’s strategy and to suggest ideas appropriate to its distinctive style and content.
• To liaise closely with other team members and with contributors, reporters and stringers. To collaborate constructively with colleagues in BBC Africa whether in London or abroad, and to advise other parts of the BBC on target area affairs.
• To be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes. To respond to breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve technical difficulties.
• After appropriate training, to be able to use a range of audio & digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
• All multi-media broadcast journalists may be required to travel outside Nigeria on reporting trips and assignments.
• All multi-media broadcast journalists may be required to work with or move to other programme teams on a multi-media and multi-lingual basis and to have the ability to work across a range of skills and in a flexible manner, and to carry out these responsibilities in accordance with BBC Values and the BBC’s overall standards.
• An excellent broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire an appropriate presentation style.
• Ability to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.
• Ability to also write for different media platforms in Hausa and English.
• Good keyboard/computer skills and the ability to acquire technical skills and to operate technical equipment. Practical experience and extensive knowledge of the internet and an understanding of the potential of digital and social media is essential.
• Educated to degree level or equivalent.
• Proven recent and relevant experience as a journalist.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
• An outstanding command and up to date knowledge of Hausa language (first or equivalent).
• An excellent knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate and write effectively.
• Wide and up to date familiarity with the area/s to which the Hausa Service broadcasts and an in-depth understanding of the areas history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience. An extensive knowledge of the media situation in the target area and the way it is developing.
• A thorough knowledge and understanding of African news and current affairs. A good knowledge of and interest in international and British current affairs, particularly insofar as they affect the target area/s.
• Knowledge of the aims, objectives and standards of the BBC World Service.
- A working knowledge of French or Arabic.
- Knowledge of television production.
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 competitively.
• 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.
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