BBC World Service Graduate & Exp. Job Vacancies – 8 Positions

BBC, the leading international broadcaster in Africa,  is currently seeking to employ suitable and qualified candidates for the following vacant positions below:

  1. Broadcast Journalist (Digital)
  2. Senior Broadcast Journalist (Social Media), Yoruba
  3. Women Affairs Journalist
  4. Broadcast Journalist (Video), BBC Pidgin
  5. Senior Broadcast Journalist (Social Media), Igbo
  6. Senior Broadcast Journalist (Digital)
  7. Broadcast Journalist (Video), BBC Igbo
  8.  Graduate Multimedia Broadcast Journalist, BBC Hausa

*Job Title: Broadcast Journalist (Digital)

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22142
Location: Lagos
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Department: Africa Hub
Start Date: November 2017
Reports to: Senior Broadcast Journalist Digital
Job Category: Journalism
Business Unit: News: W2020Role

Context

  • 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 Broadcast Journalist 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 a Broadcast Journalist you will join a new multi-disciplinary digital team in Lagos made up of news gatherers , designers, 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)

Job Purpose

  • 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

Key Responsibilities

  • To work as part of the editorial/production team in Lagos for the BBC Africa Digital Innovation Hub 
  • The journalist is expected to have strong writing skills and proven understanding of African news, current affairs, social media and it’s advantageous if the candidate boasts a thematic specialism. 
  • The journalist will be expected to originate, prepare and publish pages of multi-media news, background, analysis, features and video. 
  • A key part of the job will be to work closely with colleagues from BBC Africa, who work in English and other languages, to ensure the best of their radio, TV, online and social content is made available to the African hub and wider BBC and make sure that content conforms to BBC editorial standards. 
  • To produce and commission short-form and long-form digital content 
  • To gather content for digital platforms from the field
  • Contribute to the BBC News website’s Africa desk. The journalist will build on our existing African coverage, including the Africa Live page 
  • To create digital video, write for our website and other social platforms and promote our content in an engaging format with the audience. 
  • They will need to have talent and energy.
  • They will be able to find imaginative and original ways to broaden our agenda and play a full part in discussing how best to cover the day’s news, both with colleagues from Online, BBC Africa and other BBC departments. 
  • To work with graphic designers to produce creative and original graphics sequences which can be shared by other BBC departments 
  • Writing and commissioning news stories, analysis and features on African issues as events dictate, using text, video and audio 
  • Working closely with colleagues from BBC Africa to identify promising story ideas and content, and help adapt it for online audiences where appropriate 
  • Thinking up original ways to tell stories, especially for existing and emerging digital platforms

Required Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Proven text journalism writing and editing skills, using outstanding English
  • Broad knowledge of and interest in African affairs 
  • Ability to produce clean news stories, under the tightest of deadlines 
  • Ability to produce original, richly-illustrated features which demonstrate a deep understanding of the issue 
  • Ability to work within a team, and provide leadership to less experienced colleagues  Good understanding of social media and user generated content, and of different digital platforms and devices 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the BBC’s editorial policy and practice and of the law relating to broadcast and interactive journalism 
  • Proven commitment to equality and diversity and the maintenance of health and safety standards

Competencies
(The term competency refers to the skills, knowledge and core behaviours required to perform a job, or an element of it, successfully. Qualifications usually measure outcomes or what is done, competencies measure how you do it. The interview questions are structured around the role’s core competencies):

  • Editorial Judgement: Makes the right editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage as well as those of the programme departments. 
  • Creative thinking: Translates news and current affairs into high quality coverage through a detailed understanding of the requirements of the BBC News website and possession of the necessary writing, directing and reporting skills. 
  • Managing relationships and team working: Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works cooperatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively. 
  • Subject Knowledge: Demonstrates an expanding knowledge of international news and current events in general and specific areas of expertise in particular, including language skills. Develops increasingly useful and exclusive sources of information.
  •  Analytical Skills: Simplifies complex problems, processes or projects. Identifies causal relationships and constructs frameworks for problem-solving and/or development.  Planning and Organising: Thinks 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 such as deadlines, staffing and resource requirements. 
  • Decision Making: Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of decisions. 
  • Influencing Others: Presents sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Draws from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change. 
  • Communication: The ability 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

Package Description

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

Application Closing Date
3rd July, 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

*Job Title: Senior Broadcast Journalist (Social Media), Yoruba

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22139
Location: Lagos
Reports to: Editor BBC Yourba
Deaprtment: Yoruba
 
Context

  • 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.
  • At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world. BBC Yoruba digital service aims to deliver our journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms. As one of our senior social media journalists you’ll have a crucial role in leading our engagement with the audience. By joining BBC Yoruba, you’ll be a part of the new team including Pidgin 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.

Role Responsibility

  • You must have demonstrable experience of working on social media platforms, along with excellent editorial experience and strong writing skills.
  • You will lead the day-to-day running of the BBC Yoruba social media platforms.
  • The successful candidate will be helping to grow our audience reach and engagement, as well as referrals to our content across all platforms.
  • You will report line to the BBC Yoruba Editor. You will provide best practice guidance for the team’s social media activity, using feedback from performance data to drive success.
  • The Senior Social Media Journalist’s task is to use social media effectively to spot the news as it breaks, curate and cultivate user generated content, identify viral content, develop and manage onsite communities and offsite social presences, with the aim of maximising reach and awareness.
  • You will ensure that the social offer is engaging, coherent, upholds BBC News’s editorial values and further establishes BBC Yoruba as a ground breaking interactive site especially amongst young audiences.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You will have a successful record of working in an online production environment with demonstrable experience and enthusiasm for social media and interactivity, an excellent knowledge of developments in social media and related areas.
  • You’ll have an eye for a good story, the ability to tell digital stories in Yoruba and English and have video editing skills. It would advantageous if your language skills extended to Igbo, Hausa or Pidgin.
  • You must have strong editorial judgment and a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and libel laws.
  • You will have the ability to create new form/short form content from the development of an idea through to editing and publishing and have experience producing content specifically for social platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
  • You must have a self-learner approach to new technologies and an understanding of their potential is essential.

Role Responsibilities

  • To lead and develop a fresh and innovative creative approach to curating, publishing and editing stories for BBC Yoruba social media platforms.
  • To create content for social- videos, online, gifs, pictures, Facebook lives , instagram Stories, etc
  • To manage the interactive offer across all social media platforms.
  • To be up to date with the new trends on social media and react accordingly.
  • Test and provide feedback on new social tools. Provide training where necessary.
  • You’ll be working with colleagues in the regional service but you’ll also be expected to produce stories that have global and pan African appeal
  • Ensure all content published and commissioned adheres to BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and commitment to the editorial aims of BBC News.
  • You’ll be expected to represent your service and can be called on to share regional knowledge across BBC outlets, including on air
  • Contribute to regular service audits with colleagues and stakeholders to review core output

Key Skills/Experience Required:

  • Excellent written and spoken Yoruba language skills
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity for and an in-depth understanding of digital and social media, above all with regard to global journalism.
  • Experience of creating high quality copy and create assets (images, gifs, video) that can be used across social media channels in accordance with channel priorities.
  • An understanding of the broader digital landscape in Africa and a proven interest in keeping up to date with developments in social media.
  • Proven record of using social media effectively to engage audiences
  • Good knowledge of Facebook and Instagram, particularly around posting formats and best practice, engagement and technical issues.
  • Evidence of sound editorial and community judgement as well as an understanding of the power of online communities.
  • Strong editorial judgment and a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and libel laws.
  • Experience of working on youth content
  • Good knowledge of social media optimization, analytics and newsgathering tools used by the BBC
  • The ability to plan and organise time and resources effectively and to manage projects to conclusion according to deadlines.

Competencies
Editorial Judgment:

  • Makes the right editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage as well as those of the programme departments.

Decision Making:

  • Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and take responsibility for the outcomes of the decisions made.

Imagination / Creative Thinking:

  • Translates news and current affairs into high quality programming through a detailed understanding
  • of the requirements of the broadcast media and possession of the necessary writing, directing and reporting skills.

Planning and Organizing:

  • Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.

Resilience:

  • Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by professionalism, commitment, motivation and energy.

Influencing and persuading:

  • Ability 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 behavior change.

Managing Relationships and Team Working:

  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works cooperatively with others to be part of a team.

Application Closing Date
3rd July, 2017.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send:
Click here to apply online

 

*Job Title: Women Affairs Journalist

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22143
Location: Lagos
Department: Africa Hub, BBC World Service
Grade: Local terms & conditions
Reports to: Senior Broadcast Journalist Digital

Context

  • Here the vision is simple- join a new African digital innovation team of multitalented journalists with the mandate to innovate and influence the next generation of African women.
  • 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 Women Affairs Journalist 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 a Women Affairs Journalist 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.

Job Purpose

  • The BBC’s Africa Hub is looking for a creative journalist aware of the emerging and unreported stories about African women. This candidate will have a background creating content that represents and targets African women. As a creative you’re already creating compelling shareable digital content either professionally or in a personal capacity.
  • This candidate must be literate in social media and experienced in content creation for social media, especially Facebook and Instagram.
  • The candidate will play an integral role in brainstorming, creating and executing women’s content. We’re looking for someone who genuinely believes there are many stories about African women to be told who will source, curate and commission content on women’s issues from across Africa.
  • Working with editors, digital TV editors and senior social media journalists from the region and wider BBC the Women Affairs Journalist would be expected to identify, sub and distribute compelling content back to the Africa services and where appropriate to BBC News Online. The journalist will be expected to contribute and occasionally present weekly TV women’s discussion programme.
  • The post holder will report to a Senior Broadcast Journalist for Digital based in Lagos.
  • S/he will be expected to work flexibly as required.

Main Duties

  • To generate, research, produce and edit multi-media journalistic pieces aimed at BBC Africa’s female audience.
  • To suggest ideas about new ways of engaging the female audience; and to put these ideas into practice.
  • To identify compelling digital and TV content and translate into a form suitable for our multiple platforms
  • To think of creative video/digital treatments for some content
  • To present or report live for across digital platforms , TV and radio by providing up to date with the news agenda in the region and understand how it’s playing out in social spaces.
  • To participate in short- and long-term planning, offer new ideas and to suggest new angles on existing stories and to put forward stories not yet covered.
  • To produce and develop women’s blogging network within the Africa
  • To work across platforms (online, social media, TV etc.) and ensure that the female agenda is covered across all of the Service’s output, in a relevant and engaging manner, in adherence to the BBC’s editorial guidelines
  • To sub and curate content to a high standard
  • To commission bloggers/contributors taking editorial responsibility for content.
  • To work with website & social teams to ensure content is well placed and distributed appropriately
  • To be aware of the distinctive news agenda across the BBC
  • To bring ideas to wider planning and editorial meetings.
  • To join or build dedicated communities around the subject and seed content where appropriate.
  • To ensure that on- and off-site conversation with users is of the highest quality, from technical queries to questions about editorial direction.
  • To work with other women’s affairs journalists across regions – identify themes and opportunities for collaboration
  • The ability to travel to gather interviews and material for output.
  • The ability to work flexibly and over weekends may be needed.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • A successful record in working in an online and social media production environment including demonstrable experience and enthusiasm for social media and interactivity
  • Demonstrates an excellent knowledge of developments in social media and related areas.
  • Excellent style and ability to adapt output to different platforms. Ability to engage audience
  • A clear understanding of the needs and profile of the female audience and the ability to translate these into imaginative and compelling content solutions, specifically with reference to social media.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of writing and editing content for publication to high editorial standards.
  • Understanding of the women’s agenda in the target region and in the world.
  • Evidence of sound editorial and community judgement as well as an understanding of the power of online communities.
  • The ability to plan and organise time and resources effectively and to manage projects to conclusion according to deadlines.
  • Demonstrable experience of making content behind or in front of a camera
  • Conceive, shoot, write, edit content for Instagram channels, as well as emerging platforms
  • A good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • The ability to work quickly, accurately and under pressure.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of BBC health & safety procedures.

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.

Package Description

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

Application Closing Date
3rd July, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

*Job Title: Broadcast Journalist (Video), BBC Igbo

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22133
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Business Unit News: W2020
Job Category : Journalism
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time

Job Introduction

  • 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.
  • At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world.
  • BBC Igbo digital service aims to deliver our journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms.
  • As one of our video journalist you’ll have a crucial role in leading our engagement with the audience. By joining BBC Igbo, you’ll be a part of the new team including Yoruba 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.

Role Responsibilities

  • Work with other members of the Igbo and Nigeria team, and the wider BBC Africa newsroom, to identify and produce creative and innovative video news content.
  • To originate innovative formats for BBC Igbo social media posts best suited for each social network, including Facebook and Instagram and optimize these formats using social analytics and then champion the use of successful formats across the team.
  • Re-version BBC material with a mobile audience in mind.
  • To create multimedia content for publication on social media and the BBC Igbo mobile audiences, as appropriate and to the required specification whilst maintaining professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
  • Research, storyboard and produce stories.
  • Create headlines and video teasers to promote our stories and reach to as wide an audience as possible.
  •  To show visual creativity in the use of pictures and graphics to illustrate and explain fast-moving events and complex stories.

The Ideal Candidate

  • A full command and up to date knowledge of written and spoken Igbo
  • Experience of video production, editing and storytelling.
  • Experience of using video editing software similar to Q-edit or FCPX.
  • In depth understanding of digital and social platforms – the BBC’s and others – and the different ways audiences are consuming news in Africa
  • A strong journalistic track record with knowledge of Africa and African affairs.
  • Experience in social-first content production and audience engagement.
  • Wide and up to date familiarity with the area/s to which the Service broadcasts including Africa , Nigeria and West African affairs and an in-depth understanding of the area/s 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.
  • Must be able to demonstrate sense of visual awareness as well as technical aptitude.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety policies and practices.

Package Description

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

Application Closing Date
3rd July, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

*Job Title: Multimedia Broadcast Journalist – BBC Hausa

Job Reference: BBC/TP/623869/22070
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Business Unit News: WSG World Service
Job Category : Journalism
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Division: World Service Group, Languages

Job Description

  • 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

Organization

  • 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.

Job Purpose

  • 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.

Duties

  • To research, report, write, translate, edit or adapt stories or programme material; to find interesting 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 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. 
  • After appropriate training, file TV reports in Hausa and English.
  • 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 multimedia 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.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience
Skills:

  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent. 
  • Proven recent and relevant experience as a journalist.
  • 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 technically adept. Practical experience and extensive knowledge of the internet and an understanding of the potential of digital and social media is essential. 

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 area’s 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. 
  • Demonstrable interest in and experience of social media.

Desirable:

  • A working knowledge of Igbo, Yoruba, Pidgin, French or Arabic.

Compensation

  • 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. 

Application Closing Date
28th June, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

*Job Title: Senior Broadcast Journalist (Social Media), Igbo

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22135
Location: Lagos
Reports to: Editor BBC Igbo
Department: Igbo
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time

Context

  • 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.
  • At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world. BBC Igbo digital service aims to deliver our journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms. As one of our senior social media journalists you’ll have a crucial role in leading our engagement with the audience. By joining BBC Igbo, you’ll be a part of the new team including Pidgin and Yoruba, 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.

Role Responsibility

  • You must have demonstrable experience of working on social media platforms, along with excellent editorial experience and strong writing skills. You will lead the day-to-day running of the BBC Yoruba social media platforms.
  • The successful candidate will be helping to grow our audience reach and engagement, as well as referrals to our content across all platforms. You will report line to the BBC Igbo Editor. You will provide best practice guidance for the team’s social media activity, using feedback from performance data to drive success.
  • The Senior Social Media Journalist’s task is to use social media effectively to spot the news as it breaks, curate and cultivate user generated content, identify viral content, develop and manage onsite communities and offsite social presences, with the aim of maximising reach and awareness.
  • You will ensure that the social offer is engaging, coherent, upholds BBC News’s editorial values and further establishes BBC Igbo as a ground breaking interactive site especially amongst young audiences.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You will have a successful record of working in an online production environment with demonstrable experience and enthusiasm for social media and interactivity, an excellent knowledge of developments in social media and related areas.
  • You’ll have an eye for a good story, the ability to tell digital stories in Igbo and English and have video editing skills. It would advantageous if your language skills extended to Yoruba, Hausa or Pidgin.
  • You must have strong editorial judgment and a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and libel laws.
  • You will have the ability to create new form/short form content from the development of an idea through to editing and publishing and have experience producing content specifically for social platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
  • You must have a self-learner approach to new technologies and an understanding of their potential is essential.

Role Responsibilities

  • To lead and develop a fresh and innovative creative approach to curating, publishing and editing stories for BBC Igbo social media platforms.
  • To create content for social- videos, online, gifs, pictures, Facebook lives , instagram Stories, etc
  • To manage the interactive offer across all social media platforms.
  • To be up to date with the new trends on social media and react accordingly.
  • Test and provide feedback on new social tools. Provide training where necessary.
  • You’ll be working with colleagues in the regional service but you’ll also be expected to produces stories that have global and pan African appeal
  • Ensure all content published and commissioned adheres to BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and commitment to the editorial aims of BBC News.
  • You’ll be expected to represent your service and can be called on to share regional knowledge across BBC outlets, including on air
  • Contribute to regular service audits with colleagues and stakeholders to review core output.

Key Skills/Experience Required:

  • Excellent written and spoken Igbo language skills
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity for and an in-depth understanding of digital and social media, above all with regard to global journalism.
  • Experience of creating high quality copy and create assets (images, gifs, video) that can be used across social media channels in accordance with channel priorities.
  • An understanding of the broader digital landscape in Africa and a proven interest in keeping up to date with developments in social media.
  • Proven record of using social media effectively to engage audiences
  • Good knowledge of Facebook and Instagram, particularly around posting formats and best practice, engagement and technical issues.
  • Evidence of sound editorial and community judgement as well as an understanding of the power of online communities.
  • Strong editorial judgment and a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and libel laws.
  • Experience of working on youth content
  • Good knowledge of social media optimization, analytics and newsgathering tools used by the BBC
  • The ability to plan and organise time and resources effectively and to manage projects to conclusion according to deadlines.

Competencies
Editorial Judgment:

  • Makes the right editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage as well as those of the programme departments.

Decision Making:

  • Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and take responsibility for the outcomes of the decisions made.

Imagination / Creative Thinking:

  • Translates news and current affairs into high quality programming through a detailed understanding of the requirements of the broadcast media and possession of the necessary writing, directing and reporting skills.

Planning and organizing:

  • Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.

Resilience:

  • Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by professionalism, commitment, motivation and energy.

Influencing and Persuading:

  • Ability 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 behavior change.

Managing Relationships and Team Working:

  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works cooperatively with others to be part of a team.

Application Closing Date
3rd July, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

*Job Title: Senior Broadcast Journalist (Digital)

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22144
Location: Lagos
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Job Category: Journalism
Business Unit: News: W2020
Department: BBC Africa (Lagos Hub)
Reports to: Digital Editor (London)
Contract: Continuing

Context

  • Here the vision is simple – Lead a new ambitious African digital innovation team of multitalented journalists and content creators in Lagos
  • 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.
  • You’ll be expected to lead and inspire the new multi-disciplinary digital team in Lagos made up of news journalists, designers, software developers and social media specialists. This team will be working with journalists working across 12 African language services (English, Amharic , Tigrinya, Afan Afaan Oromo, Swahili, Somali, French, Great Lakes , Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa) to create content new forms of digital storytelling and journalism that reaches 111 million people in Africa with particular focus on underserved audiences – such as young and female

About the Team

  • BBC Africa Innovation Hub is a production and development team responsible for creating high impact visual journalism. We’re building an agile, dynamic team to be at the forefront of crafting innovating ways of telling stories digitally for the African mobile audience.
  • The team works with the newly formed television genres programmes, newsgathering, investigations team and language digital services to create data- driven stories, visual storytelling and pilot content that address the data challenges audiences are facing.
  • This team has the remit to explore new innovative use of technologies, with an emphasis on social, mobile and youth audiences.
  • The BBC Africa Innovation Hub aims to generate digital content that meets the BBC high editorial standards and showcase the continent’s best visual journalism.

About the Role

  • You’ll be leading a team of visual journalists (developers, designers, journalists, visual artists, interactive journalists and women’s affairs journalists based in Lagos).
  • You’re a visionary leader in the field of digital media and looking for a new challenge. We’re looking for an individual who has experience in working with multidisciplinary teams to build digital content and products. It’s highly desirable you come from a journalism background and can demonstrate your interest in journalism and storytelling.

Main Duties

  • To work with the digital editor to fully scope the editorial portfolio for the team
  • To be the on ground team lead working to briefs from the Digital Editor with the mandate to inspire and ensure the team is meeting our editorial standards
  • To pitch in and contribute and create digital content
  • You will be receiving and approving with the Digital Editor digital, commissions from daily news teams, planning ,TV, deployments editors Working with the Digital Editor you will be receiving and approving commissions from daily news teams, planning, TV, deployments and editors
  • To work in partnership with editorial colleagues to deliver outstanding, distinctive, multi-platform, interactive and social media content by providing the ways to realiserealise editorial ambitions within operational constraints.
  • To manage innovation and change, and to drive continuous improvement throughout production.
  • Where necessary you will need to; to recruit, train and ddevelop staff new to the platform and ensuring a constant flow of new talent and ideas.
  • Work with the Digital Editor to pilot a series of innovative digital content ideas leading to a long-term impact on the content and services we offer to audiences
  • Accountable for ensuring all necessary rights are acquired for the complete delivery
  • You’ll be expected to represent the team at key editorial meetings
  • Responsible for scheduling content in production
  • To promote greater understanding of digital production processes and workflows across beyond the BBC Africa Innovation Hub
  • Eexplain digital content concepts and ideas to content makers in BBC Africa
  • Ppromote and demonstrate collaborations and partnerships inside and outside the BBC, particularly looking at Universities and Technology hubs across Africa.

Necessary Skills:

  • Clear evidence of experience of telling storytelling on digital platforms
  • Strong digital skills, an excellent understanding of the social media environment,
  • Proven track record of innovation with the ability to lead teams and deliver to deadline
  • To commission digital content and give clear instructions to members of the team as well as producers and reporters.
  • Experience of converting teams and organizations to embrace and implement new digital work practices
  • Proven editorial judgment and flair, able to make sound decisions quickly.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of digital platforms and the different ways African audience consume news
  • In depth understanding of digital analytics and how they can be used to improve output and drive change.
  • Ability to work well with other producers, reporters and teams.
  • Wide range of contacts from across the Africa digital
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety policies and practices.

Competencies

  • Decision Making – Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decisions made.
  • Imagination / Creative Thinking – Translates news and current affairs into high quality programming through a detailed understanding of the requirements of the broadcast media and possession of the necessary writing, directing and reporting skills.
  • Planning and organising – Is 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 requirements.
  • Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Influencing and persuading – Ability 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 cooperatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

Editorial Judgement:

  • Makes the right editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage as well as those of the programme departments.

Application Closing Date
3rd July, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

*Job Title: Broadcast Journalist (video), BBC Pidgin

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22138
Location
: Lagos
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Job Category: Journalism
Division: BBC World Service
Reports to: Pidgin Editor
Working pattern: Continuing Contract

Job Introduction

  • 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.
  • At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world.
  • BBC Pidgin digital service aims to deliver our journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms.
  • As one of our video journalist you’ll have a crucial role in leading our engagement with the audience.
  • By joining BBC Pidgin, you’ll be a part of the new team including 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.
  • You’re creative and versatile journalist, with a strong understanding of what makes good digital video and how video is consumed on digital platforms.
  • We’re looking for producer who is passionate evangelist about digital storytelling.
  • As the digital landscape is changing you would need to be as nimble as the technologies.
  • You will need sound editorial judgement, understanding Africa news agenda, ability to tell complex stories in an engaging way, sharp editing skills and the ability respond to breaking news.
  • You will be adept with technology, quickly pick up new skills and turn ideas into engaging storytelling.
  • All candidates will be expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of digital platforms as well as video editing skills.

Job Purpose

  • To create bespoke optimized content including social media posts, reports, compilations, interviews, discussions, ‘explainers’, features video, photos, infographics and other editorial content for social media networks and on all BBC Pidgin platforms.
  • To ensure that any output material for which the post holder is responsible meets the standards required by the BBC

Main Duties

  • Work with other members of the Pidgin and Nigeria team, and the wider BBC Africa newsroom, to identify and produce creative and innovative video news content.
  • To originate innovative formats for BBC Pidgin social media posts best suited for each social network, including Facebook and Instagram and optimize these formats using social analytics and then champion the use of successful formats across the team.
  • Re-version BBC material with a mobile audience in mind.
  • To create multimedia content for publication on social media and the BBC Pidgin mobile audiences, as appropriate and to the required specification whilst maintaining professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
  • Research, storyboard and produce stories.
  •  Create headlines and video teasers to promote our stories and reach to as wide an audience as possible.
  • Contribute ideas and angles to meetings on how to cover the main news of the day.
  • To show visual creativity in the use of pictures and graphics to illustrate and explain fast-moving events and complex stories.
  • You may be required to travel off base on short reporting trips and assignments.
  • To experiment with emerging tools and platforms.
  • Working to short deadlines for breaking and developing stories.
  • All staff may be required to work with or move to other teams, 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 the BBC’s overall standards and values.
  • The job holder will be expected to work and think collaboratively at all times – both within World Service and across the wider BBC.

Skills and Experience

  • A full command and up to date knowledge of written and spoken Pidgin
  • Experience of video production, editing and storytelling.
  • Experience of using video editing software similar to Q-edit or FCPX.
  • In depth understanding of digital and social platforms – the BBC’s and others – and the different ways audiences are consuming news in Africa
  • A strong journalistic track record with knowledge of Africa and African affairs.
  • Experience in social-first content production and audience engagement.
  • Ability to work well with other producers, reporters and teams.
  • Wide and up to date familiarity with the area/s to which the Service broadcasts including Africa , Nigeria and West African affairs and an in-depth understanding of the area/s 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.
  • Proven editorial judgment and flair, able to make sound decisions quickly.
  • Knowledge of the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and commitment to the editorial aims of BBC News.
  • Must be able to work well and calmly in a live newsroom environment; handle a rapidly changing news agenda, and have the temperament to enjoy the process.
  • Must be able to demonstrate sense of visual awareness as well as technical aptitude.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety policies and practices.

Competencies
Decision Making:

  • Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and take responsibility for the outcomes of the decisions made.

Imagination / Creative Thinking:

  • Translates news and current affairs into high quality video content through a detailed understanding of the requirements of digital and social media and possession of the necessary writing, directing and reporting skills.

Planning and organizing:

  • Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.

Resilience:

  • Can maintain personal effectiveness when managing setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterized by commitment, motivation and energy.

Influencing and persuading:

  • Ability 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 behavior change.

Managing relationships and team working:

  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works cooperatively with others to be part of a team.

Editorial Judgment:

  • Makes the right editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage as well as those of the programme departments.

Application Closing Date
3rd July, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online



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