BBC Africa Jobs – Field Producer at British Broadcasting Corporation

Job Title:              Field Producer, BBC Africa
Organisation: British Broadcasting
Corporation (BBC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: BBC Africa
Regional Deployments Editor
About BBC:
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service
broadcaster headquartered at Broadcasting House in London. The BBC is the
world’s oldest national broadcasting organization and the largest broadcaster
in the world by number of employees. 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 multi-million pound expansion
of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is introducing a wide range of new land
exciting language and regional content to serve African and global audiences.
Job Summary: The Field
Producer will organise, gather, process and deliver multimedia content
responding promptly to news and other relevant editorial developments. The
jobholder should have a thorough understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news
agenda, and of the background and context of events in the region.  They will need to be able to manage time and
handle multiple tasks efficiently, adjusting work priorities as developments
dictate. They will need to be creative in TV and digital storytelling techniques
and interested in developments of new formats and as well as new ways of
gathering and processing material from the field for multiple platforms.
Key Duties and
  • Suggest
    and research stories or story elements for BBC Africa Service and other
    BBC services if requested by the editors/line managers; to find
    contributors and interviewees as well as other sources of material and/or
    actuality, as appropriate and to the required specification, whilst
    maintaining professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality
    and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
  • Offer
    ideas for items in a range of platforms; to suggest and develop special
    projects in Africa and to actively contribute to the editorial planning
  • To
    go on duty trips to gather information for output with a
    correspondent and/or a shoot/edit, or individually, as required.
  • Work
    closely with correspondents from across the BBC, on duty trips and on
    base, ensuring that they are appropriately supported, both editorially and
  • The
    ability to report from the field if needed.
  • Suggest
    new broadcasting formats and techniques for BBC output from Africa.
  • Keep
    abreast with latest developments in storytelling. To encourage
    correspondents and editors to think beyond traditional formats.
  • Organise
    effective coverage from location throughout the region on the basis of
    editorial priorities and programme requirements.
  • Observe
    and carry out any requirement outlined in the BBC News Safety Policy and,
    where necessary, to execute documentation required for risk
    assessment procedures.
  • Prepare
    the prospects for the upcoming day on a daily basis, as well as for
    upcoming weeks and other planning periods, as required.
  • Obtain
    and confirm incoming information as requested by the line manager,
    including by active use of social media for newsgathering purposes.
  • On
    his/her own or upon editor/producer task to search news angles, to verify
    and clarify information, to prepare (also in written form) background
  • Follow
    safety requirements and instructions, especially in relation to
    emergencies; and to report any accidents, dangerous situations or defects
    in safety arrangements.
  • Prepare
    in good time information necessary to accredit personnel, research contact
    numbers and seek appropriate guests for interviews and programmes.
  • Update
    the existing and establish new contacts and sources of information. To
    contribute to and maintain electronic databases of guests of programmes
    and multimedia projects.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • Previous
    exposure and experience of work in a similar position in a news
  • Wide
    and up-to-date familiarity with the target area and an in-depth
    understanding of African history, politics, social issues and culture as
    well as the changing needs of African audiences. Extensive knowledge of
    the media situation in the target area and the way it is developing.
  • Possess
    basic skills of shooting photo and video, and of gathering journalistic
    material through other technical means.
  • Fluent
    in English, both in written and spoken form, ability to communicate
    effectively on a high level.
  • A
    full command and up to date knowledge of stories and issues relating to
    your specific region.
  • The applicant should be a talented and
    experienced field producer with excellent spoken and written English to
    join the Africa Service and work across all platforms.
  • Ability to demonstrate that you are an
    experienced Journalist with creative ideas for TV, digital and radio and
    have a desire to report news in a fair and unbiased way.
  • Broad
    knowledge and understanding of the latest developments in digital
  • Thorough
    knowledge of current affairs and the broadcast environment in the target
    area, including familiarity with official structures and procedures
    pertinent to that environment.
  • Broad
    knowledge and understanding of the needs, platforms and styles of
    the BBC.
  • Ability
    to work unsupervised, managing changing priorities in a fast-moving
    environment, responding promptly and reliably to the requests of your
  • Excellent
    interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate proficiently both in
    written and verbal form with people at all levels.
  • Ability
    to work as part of a team, under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Proficiency
    in IT skills, including Microsoft Office programmes, ENPS, CPS. Practical
    experience and extensive knowledge of the Internet and an
    understanding of the potential of new technology is essential. Eagerness
    to master and use new technologies.
  • Familiarity
    with special equipment including the ability to operate recording, studio,
    photo and video equipment.
  • Broad
    knowledge and understanding of BBC safety procedures in base and on
Personal 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.
  • Commitment to the BBC and the BBC
    Africa strategy
    – demonstrates an interest and willingness to help
    the BBC achieve its objectives in the target area.
  • 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
How to Apply:
All applicants who wish to join the BBC in the aforementioned capacity
are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the link below.
Deadline:  4th October 2017
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