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Ongoing Recruitment At BBC World Service, November 2017

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is launching a new Sports weekly TV programme and innovative digital sport content alongside existing African Sport output.

We are recruiting to fill the positions below:

 


Job Title: 
Broadcast Journalist (Video), BBC Africa 
Job Reference: BBC/TP/590126/24571
Location: Lagos
Division: BBC World Service
Reports to: Senior Broadcast Journalist (Team Leader)
Grade: Local terms and conditions
Working pattern:  Local Terms & Continuing Contract
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 language TV and websites.
  • To ensure that any output material for which the post holder is responsible meets the standards required by the BBC

Main Duties

  • Re-version BBC material with a mobile audience in mind.
  • To create multimedia content for publication on social media and the BBC Africa mobile audiences and on Africa TV, 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.
  • To originate innovative formats for BBC Africa social media posts best suited for each social network, including Facebook, Twitter, Chat Apps, Instagram and others as required, test and optimize these formats using social analytics and then champion the use of successful formats across the team.
  • 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 fastmoving 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

  • 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 hub broadcasts including an indepth understanding of the area/s history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience.
  • 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

 

 

 

Job Title: Broadcast Journalist (Yoruba)

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22179
Location: Lagos
Department: BBC Yoruba Service
Reports to: Editor, Yoruba Service
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Base: Lagos
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.

Package

  • Contract: continuing
  • Local terms and conditions apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

 

 

Job Title: Senior Broadcast Journalist (Social Media) Pidgin

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22154
Location: Lagos
Department: Pidgin, BBC World Service
Reports to:  Editor BBC Pidgin
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 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 senior social media journalists 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.

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 Pidgin 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 Pidgin 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 Pidgin as a ground breaking interactive site especially amongst young audiences.

Role Responsibilities

  • To lead and develop a fresh and innovative creative approach to curating, publishing and editing stories for BBC Pidgin 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

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 Pidgin and English and have video editing skills. It would advantageous if your language skills extended to Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba.
  • 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 Instagram and Facebook.
  • You must have a self-learner approach to new technologies and an understanding of their potential is essential.

Key Skills/Experience Required

  • Excellent written and spoken Pidgin 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 co-operatively with others to be part of a team.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

 

 

Job Title: Senior Broadcast Journalist (Social Media)
Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22151
Location: Lagos
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Job Category: Journalism
Reports to: Editor BBC Igbo
Department: Igbo

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.

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 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

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.

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 co-operatively with others to be part of a team.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

 

 

Job Title: Senior Broadcast Journalist, Hausa

Job Reference: BBC/TP/590126/24775
Location: Abuja
Grade: Local terms & conditions
Reports to:  Editor Hausa
Working pattern: Continuing Contract

Job Introduction  
At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world. Joining BBC Hausa you’ll be a part of the team for a leading international broadcaster, the BBC World Service, which reaches more than 90 million people in Africa weekly on Radio, TV, Online (language sites and bbcafrica.com), Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in seven languages: Pidgin, English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Somali, and Swahili. BBC Hausa is the lead provider of radio and digital news in Nigeria and for Hausa speakers across the continent and operates the one of Africa’s top Hausa digital sites.

In this role, you’ll be leading the BBC Hausa digital effort. Our strategy has a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences. So we are looking for an experienced senior broadcast journalist to provide the creative leadership and vision needed to deliver a mobile, social and online strategy which ensures that our editorial impact in Africa and beyond remains the best.

Role Responsibility

  • We are looking for a senior broadcast journalist to shape digital editorial development and delivery across all our digital platforms.
  • They’ll be expected to help influence the growth of digital skills and approaches across the BBC Hausa team.
  • Our ambitions are high for BBC Hausa, and that includes expanding our digital footprint globally.
  • You’ll be expected to lead our push in our core market, Nigeria was your role would be based.
  • We expect you to work in close collaboration with our new digital language services Pidgin, Igbo and Yoruba team located in Lagos.
  • Above all else, you’re a journalist. One who finds great stories and content that the world needs to know.
  • In this role, you’ll be expected to retain your news instinct and using your skills at digital storytelling, come up with new ways in which our digital audiences can consume that content.
  • That will, more often than not be a mobile first approach. It will be snappy; it will be on demand, it will be intriguing; without ever losing sight of the authority and presence that a BBC news story carries.
  • We’ll also want you to ensure that your colleagues work in the same way, and truly understand the vision you hold.
  • So influence, authority, creativity and delivery will be essential to your success in this role.
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The Ideal Candidate

  • It goes without saying that you will be an innovator, who is always looking for the next best way that our audiences can consume their media, but you will still need to make sure we are looking after our current digital platforms.
  • How can you visually represent a story in a few pictures?
  • How can you create a quick video that is easy to digest and delivers the facts?
  • You tell us how you can do all that and we’ll give you the tools to make it happen.
  • You will bring demonstrable experience in a previously paid journalist role, as well as first class written and spoken Hausa, English but it would be desirable if you also spoke or had written skills in Yoruba, Igbo or Pidgin.
  • You will need sound editorial judgment, understand the African news agenda with a particular specialist bias towards the West region.
  • Candidates should enjoy working in a busy newsroom and bring plenty of story and treatment ideas to the role

Main Duties

  • BBC Hausa thinks mobile first and you will be expected to use your extensive knowledge about the user experience to deliver exciting, visual journalism.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring we continue to deliver best practice.
  • You will have ideas about the mixture of content, frequency, packaging and discoverability for the mobile audience.
  • You will be expected to produce content that will prove to be sharable for online and social – including text stories, picture stories and videos. In order to do that you will have accurate editing and writing skills in Hausa and also be able to reversion English text into Hausa
  • To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To think through and take a lead around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches for yourself and others.
  • To line manage staff, give regular feedback and engage in their development.
  • The BBC has been one of the global leaders in experimenting with the latest social and digital tools in journalism. We’re looking to you to help us continue our development but also push the innovation further.
  • You’ll be expected to work with the Africa Digital Editor to identify the latest apps, trends and digital story treatments which BBC Hausa should be using.
  • To engage with audiences, often through close collaboration with other teams in BBC Hausa as well as the wider BBC. To make the best use of data in order to drive and inform tactical decisions about the type, format and timing of content produced and posted as well as tracking how content performs.
  • As a senior digital expert to the service, you will be a main point of reference for supporting training needs for your team and the department.
  • To identify or create highly shareable BBC content and compose posts, including pictures and video where relevant, to drive high level engagement, and referral back to BBC Swahili output.
  • To co-ordinate coverage of major events across all output. To be responsible for wider planning and coverage.
  • To liaise with overseas BBC offices and reporters.
  • To offer ideas for stories and items, programmes and series, take a lead in pre-production and planning meetings as required. To suggest new angles and formats on existing stories in order to bring them to life for the audience. To take a lead in tri-media production which includes producing and reversioning material for radio, TV and online.
  • To travel inside and outside the West Africa region at short notice on reporting or field producing trips and assignments.
  • To deputise for the Hausa Editor in their absence as required.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience Required 
We are looking for an exceptional digital journalist who has the following skills, knowledge and experience:-

  • A full command and up to date knowledge of spoken and written Hausa as a first language.
  • A good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Significant recent experience as a digital journalist both in originating ideas and material and in editing the work of others.
  • Excellent news and editorial judgment.
  • Ability to supervise the journalistic work of others and manage staff including assisting in their training and development. A good understanding of how to manage and motivate others.
  • Demonstrable track record of imaginative and advance understanding of social media and mobile platforms.
  • Wide, thorough and up to date familiarity with the target areas and an in-depth understanding of its news and current affairs, history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience.
  • Visual editing experience in either editing video or creating social media content
  • Experience of managing digital communities and the ability to communicate diplomatically with audiences.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the aims of the BBC World Service.
  • Flexibility and willing to learn and work if needed on other media platforms.

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.

Imagination/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.

Strategic Thinking:

  • Can identify a vision along with the plans which need to be implemented to meet the end goal.
  • Evaluates situations, decisions, issues etc. in the short, medium and longer-term.

Planning & 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 & 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 & 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

 

 

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.
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Digital Technical Producer

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22168
Location: Lagos
Department: BBC Igbo Language Service
Reports to: Editor, Igbo
Contract: Continuing
Package: Local terms and conditions apply

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, Igbo, 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.
  • We are looking for an excellent Digital Technical Producer who on a daily basis will report to the Igbo 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 & Required

  • 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 Igbo 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, motivation and energy.
  • Flexibility – adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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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.
  • 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 Igbo platforms.
  • To ensure that any output material for which the post holder is responsible meets the standards required by the BBC.

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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Senior Broadcast Journalist (Planning)

Location: Lagos
Department: BBC Africa
Reports to: West Africa Planning Senior Broadcast Journalist
Package:  Local terms and Conditions
Contract:  Continuing

Job Introduction 
Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and Television migrating from analogue to digital.

The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media. Globally, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of 320 million across various platforms.

Over the next four years, the BBC World Service will be expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from 6 to 12.Three of the new language services, Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo, will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. They will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.

We are now looking for an excellent Planning Broadcast Journalist with strong digital journalism, language and organisational skills to join our planning team.

Overall Purpose of the Job 

  • Planning BJ will help and support the West Africa Planning Senior Broadcast Journalist in the coverage of Nigeria and West Africa stories in the most innovative, cost-effective and relevant manner primarily for Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo.
  • You will support West Africa Planning SBJ by taking responsibility for breaking news coverage and in particular liaising with Service Editors to ensure deployments and sharing of material across the wider BBC. You will also work with West Africa Planning SBJ to plan the production of longer term digital content across the region.
  • You will work with Services Editors to research and plan big interview bids which are relevant to the target area.
  • Planning BJ will support reporters in delivering timely and standout coverage for BBC platforms in Pidgin, Igbo and Yoruba, as well as other languages in West Africa.
  • You will be responsible for setting and managing realistic deadlines.
  • You will have experience within a digital media environment.
  • Fluent in English and at least one of Yoruba, Igbo or Pidgin, you will have experience of delivering creative output. Field reporting experience is an advantage.
  • An excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential; so also a good understanding of a broad editorial agenda.
  • You will have knowledge of and recent experience of living in the target area, and a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria.
  • Ability to work under pressure and react to breaking news is essential.
  • Organisational skills are required.
  • You must have work authorization for Nigeria.

Main Duties

  • To ensure reporters provide daily news coverage and generate strong exclusive, exciting stories that work on digital platforms.
  • To ensure reporters provide longer term coverage of stories in an exciting creative way.
  • Must have an awareness of and a keen interest in the needs of young audiences.
  • 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.
  • To contribute to the daily/weekly/monthly diary of important news and other non-news events in the target area and working with the West Africa Planning SBJ to plan ahead for proper deployment and coverage.
  • To keep abreast of evolving news stories and emerging trends.
  • To ensure material from Nigeria and the region is made available for wider use within BBC Africa and elsewhere.
  • To coordinate coverage of breaking news across BBC outlets.
  • To occasionally do some field reporting as required by the West Africa Planning SBJ.
  • Working with West Africa Planning SBJ, to ensure the safety of reporters and all deployed teams.
  • To have a keen interest in new technologies and the fast-changing media market.
  • To plan and ensure availability and the most efficient use of resources.
  • To develop contacts lists for reporters, contributors and regional experts and to ensure they are up to date.

Knowledge & Experience Required

  • First rate editorial judgement; excellent knowledge/understanding of Nigerian and African news, as well as global stories. A strong interest in social/trending stories is essential
  • Thorough and up-to-date knowledge of Nigeria and West Africa, and an in-depth understanding of Nigeria’s history, politics, social issues and culture.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of international and British news and current affairs, particularly in relation to Africa.
  • Recent experience as a senior journalist, preferably in a digital media and environment and including time spent in a planning function.
  • A full command and up to date knowledge of English and at least one or more other language from among Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo.
  • Familiarity with digital news and social media (including the market, technologies and content) and how to exploit it to maximum effect.
  • Ability to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style, appropriate to different audiences and platforms.
  • Ability to anticipate changes in the market and to plan and guide the BBC’s Nigeria output accordingly.
  • Experience of managing a team.
  • Experience of managing resources.
  • PC literacy, keyboard skills and sufficient technical ability to operate appropriate equipment and software.

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.

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.

Strategic Thinking:

  • Can identify a vision along with the plans which need to be implemented to meet the end goal.
  • Evaluates situations, decisions, issues etc. in the short, medium and longer-term

Planning and organisation:

  • Able to think ahead in order to establish and efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others.
  • 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, 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

Job Title: Broadcast Journalist (Video), BBC Yoruba

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22140
Location: Lagos
Division: BBC World Service
Reports to: Yoruba Editor
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
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 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 video journalist 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.

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 Yoruba 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 Yoruba 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 Yoruba 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 Yoruba
  • 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

Job Title: Senior Broadcast Journalist, Yoruba Service

Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22165
Location: Lagos
Department: BBC Yoruba Language Service
Reports to: Editor, Yoruba Service
Package: Local
Contract: Continuing

Job Introduction

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

Role Responsibility

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

Main Duties

  • To Work closely with the Yoruba Editor and SBJ’s of BBC Pidgin and BBC Igbo to plan output and to ensure maximum collaboration and sharing of content.
  • To use editorial judgement, creativity and flair to make original and compelling digital content.
  • To motivate teams to come up with original content ideas as well as creative digital treatments
  • To keep abreast of evolving (news) stories and emerging trends aimed at the Nigeria audience
  • To maintain and improve in the editorial output and in the working practices of BBC Yoruba and the other BBC Africa Languages.
  • To achieve an effective fusion of BBC Yoruba and BBC Africa’s missions and of the audience’s needs.
  • To ensure all content conforms to the highest standards, are in line with BBC Editorial Guidelines and are suitable for the audience.
  • To encourage and inspire a team of multi-media journalists in the production of lively, interesting and imaginative content, and in maintaining a high level of linguistic and production standards. To help editors with forward planning, devising the rota and other daily staff issues as required.
  • To be involved in building and leading the team. To take part in the recruitment and appraisal process, to integrate new staff, to motivate and supervise members of the team, and to contribute to their training and development
  • To be across new technological developments, to ensure that BBC Yoruba makes the best possible use of its opportunities.
  • To be responsible for thinking through and around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches.
  • To maintain professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
  • To show up to date awareness of the competition and mass media markets in which Languages operate.
  • In the absence of the editor, to deputise, as required, across the range of duties.

Required Skills & Experience

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

Competencies
The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

Editorial Judgement:

  • Demonstrates balanced and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of BBC editorial guidelines, target audience, programme and department objectives.
  • Makes the right editorial decisions, taking account of conflicting views where necessary.
  • Ability to take public comments on board and to make appropriate editorial changes to content.

Creative Thinking:

  • Able to transform creative ideas into practical reality.
  • Evidence of innovation and the ability to devise creative solutions by developing novel ideas or adapting existing ones in new ways.
  • Evidence of a desire to create beautiful, quality content.

Planning and Organisation:

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

Communication:

  • Able to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
  • As well as the ability to motivate and deal sensitively with people who may be working to tight deadlines

Influencing and Persuading:

  • Able to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others.
  • Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.

Managing Relationships and Team Working:

  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
  • Works co-operatively with the ability to work with other teams in developing tools, features and services.

Developing Others:

  • Able to recognise potential (managerial, professional, artistic or otherwise) and is willing to foster the development of that potential.
  • Creates a climate in which potential can be realised.

Resilience:

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

Flexibility:

  • Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups.
  • Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Reporter, Children’s News, Africa TV

Job Reference: BBC/TP/83016/24600
Location: Lagos
Department: BBC Africa Service
Reports to: Editor, Children’s News
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time

Job Summary

  • As part of its new investment in content for Africa, the BBC is launching a new TV and Digital service for children which will explain and help them to make sense of the world they are growing up in. The content will include news stories and features and will tackle issues relevant to young people. We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and creative reporter to join our team and shape BBC Africa’s coverage for young people.
  • The successful candidate will have a strong journalistic background together with lots of ideas for how to engage children in the news
  • A career at the BBC offers you an opportunity to tell stories that can change lives. The aim of BBC Africa is to showcase the diverse ideas and aspirations from across the continent. They will deliver content and will be expected to contribute innovative ideas, drive the creative vision and present the content.

The Job

  • The Reporter will work within BBC Africa’s children’s programming team and will play a rucial role creating engaging, youthful and relevant news and current affairs content from Lagos and the surrounding regions. The Reporter will have fresh, innovative and creative ideas and a clear understanding of how to deliver stories for Africa’s youth.
  • The successful candidate must have:
    • High level spoken and written English and Hausa.
    • A good feel for strong and distinctive stories.
    • Experience of producing content for multi-platform outlets

Responsibilities

  • To compile and present engaging content offering new perspectives and deeper exploration to stories, interviews, profiles and digital content for a youth audience.
  • Originate and report compelling news content reports, either online or for TV that will appeal to our target audience – finding innovative ways of treating them and bringing them to life. To write in a clear and engaging way – helping children make sense of the world they live in.
  • To contribute ideas and pitch original stories with both TV and digital treatments, making sure that they work for online, social and TV platforms.
  • Direct VT’s to a high standard – ensuring all platforms receive distinct and original content.
  • Travel within Lagos and across Africa when required – always working in a flexible, appropriate manner.
  • Ensure all work is carried out in relation to Child Protection policies and Health & Safety guidelines.
  • To originate, select stories and provide expert coverage for broadcast, fully observing BBC Editorial Guidelines.
  • Have a good sense of spotting stories and subjects that would trend or go viral digitally.
  • To act within the framework of overall BBC coverage, especially by Reporters and Producers in the region working for BBC Newsgathering; to maintain co-operative relations and ensure coverage forms part of a coherent overall offer.
  • To alert Editors to breaking news and be ready to file accurate, immediate on-the-spot reports.
  • To be prepared to check and advise against coverage when news agencies or other organisations’ reports are unreliable.
  • To help provide contact numbers, interviewees, set up discussion programmes, and provide other programme material to the BBC.
  • To maintain regular and clear communication with the African Service and BBC Newsgathering teams so that colleagues are briefed on the Reporter’s movements and contact numbers at all times, through the assignment.
  • To carry out all BBC instructions regarding business expenditure including timely and accurate filing of expenses claims.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience Required

  • Substantial previous experience of working in a broadcasting news or factual environment, with strong knowledge of African news and current affairs.
  • Experience of on air reporting and presentation particularly in video to highest standards. Authoritative microphone voice and ability to communicate effectively to listeners and viewers.
  • Excellent reporting and film-making skills – the ability to bring news to children in innovative ways that engage, excite and inspire.
  • Outstanding and fluent spoken and written language skills in English and Hausa and experience in presenting content in those languages.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to create fun, informative news content for children.
  • Demonstrable in depth knowledge of the audience requirements, and a good understanding of youth issues and the media interests of various age groups.
  • First class news judgement and a thorough understanding of BBC Editorial Guidelines, media law and Editorial Policy – particularly in relation to children’s issues.
  • An understanding of the changing broadcast environment and the challenges of the broadband world as it affects children.
  • A knowledge of and aptitude for information technology skills. A demonstrable interest and proven track record in social media.
  • Clear and engaging broadcast voice and ability to communicate effectively to viewers and listeners in Africa.
  • Ability to convey story and programme ideas and to contribute fully to the planning process.
  • Ability to remain calm when working to deadlines, apply sensible work priorities and pace him/herself through assignments.
  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team and to communicate effectively.
  • An understanding of BBC Africa and BBC World Service’s aims and objectives and the programme needs of other parts of the BBC.

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 explain domestic and regional stories to a pan Africa and international audience.
  • 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, 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline  15th November, 2017.

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