Multi-Media Journalist Jobs – British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Swahili Service

Journalist, BBC Swahili Service
Organisation: British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Senior
Broadcast Journalist, BBC Swahili Service
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.
About BBC Swahili Service:
The BBC Swahili Service is a
flagship language service of the BBC World Service, part of the world’s largest
public broadcaster.  The BBC Swahili
Service broadcasts the award-winning Dira ya Dunia Television and Radio
programmes, Amka radio breakfast show and English Premier League commentaries,
all watched and heard by audiences across East Africa and beyond.  Our editorial teams are located in London, Nairobi,
Dar es Salaam and we have reporters in other countries in Africa.  At the heart of the service’s exciting output
is our hugely successful mobile and desk website,, offering
video, interactive and audio content together with links to our Facebook and
Twitter accounts.  Our output aims to
make international news relevant to an East African audience, and bring
international perspectives to bear on East African developments.  Reporting in a dynamic and compelling fashion
is important and interactivity forms a critical part of our content across all
Job Summary: The Multi-Media
Journalist  should be a Producer /
Reporter with a knack for original journalism, an excellent understanding of
regional, British and international News and Current Affairs relevant to our
Swahili audience.  You must have strong
knowledge of Sports in Africa and globally and an ability to create and also
present expert, authoritative and entertaining Sports coverage from and to the
Region.  You will originate research,
prepare, produce and present programs, items, packages, interviews,
discussions, background, analysis and features, for radio, TV, online, mobile
and social media.  You need to ensure
that any programme material for which the post holder is responsible meets the
standards required by the BBC.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • To
    research, report, write, translate, edit, reversion or adapt stories or
    programme material for broadcasting and online publication. To find
    contributors and interviewees as well as other sources of material and/or
    actuality, as appropriate and to the required specification whilst maintaining
    professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair
    dealing and adhering to the BBC Editorial Guidelines. To ensure the availability
    of required production facilities.
  • To
    perform at the microphone with or without a script, edit and voice
    packages, conduct interviews and chair discussions and act as a
    participant in other productions, whether live, pre recorded or on
  • To
    offer ideas for items, programmes/series and online output and to actively
    contribute to the editorial planning process. To suggest new angles on
    existing stories, means of moving the story on, and to put forward stories
    not yet covered.
  • Responsible
    for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To be able
    to freshen, and reversion a story. To be responsible for thinking through
    and around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies
    and approaches.
  • Understand
    the department’s strategy and to suggest ideas appropriate to its
    distinctive style and content.
  • Work
    closely with other team members and with contributors, reporters and stringers.
    To advise other parts of the BBC on issues and themes in our area.
  • Responsible
    for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes. To respond to
    breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve technical difficulties.
  • After
    appropriate training, to be able to use a range of audio & digital
    equipment and information technology software to research, write, assemble,
    edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest
    professional standards.
  • Build
    and maintain links with BBC News Online, to enable the efficient
    production of online content.
  • Responsible
    for efficient use of allocated resources.
  • All
    Multi-Media Journalists may be required to travel outside Tanzania on
    short reporting trips and assignments and to spend longer periods of time
    in the target area.
  • All
    Multi-Media Journalists may be required to work with or move to other
    programme teams on a multi-media basis and to have the ability to work
    across a range of skills and in a flexible manner, and to carry out these
    responsibilities in accordance with the BBC’s overall standards and

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The
    BBC Multi-Media Journalist, BBC Swahili Service job placement should have
    recent and relevant experience as a multi-media broadcast journalist.
  • Excellent
    command and up to date knowledge of Kiswahili (first or equivalent
  • A
    good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and
    spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Wide
    and up to date familiarity with East Africa and an in-depth understanding
    of the areas’ Sporting Activities and Interests, history, politics, social
    issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience. An
    extensive knowledge of the media situation in the target area and the way
    it is developing.
  • A
    good knowledge of, and interest in British and international current
    affairs, particularly insofar as they affect the target areas.
  • An
    excellent broadcasting voice and strong presentation skills with the
    ability to perform at the microphone with flair. Good interviewing skills.
  • Ability
    to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate
    to differing audiences and forms of media.
  • Good
    keyboard/computer skills and the ability to acquire technical skills and
    to operate technical equipment. A demonstrable interest in social media
    and an understanding of the potential of new technology are essential.
  • Knowledge
    of the aims, objectives and standards of the BBC World Service.
  • Knowledge
    of any of Somali, Arabic, French, Hausa, Kirundi or Kinyarwanda.
Personal Competencies:
  • Editorial
    – demonstrates
    balanced and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of the
    BBC Editorial Guidelines, target audience, programme and department
    objectives. Makes the right editorial decisions, taking account of
    conflicting views where necessary.
  • Creative
    – 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 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.
  • Influencing
    and persuading – able to present sound and well reasoned arguments to
    convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in
    a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
  • Managing
    relationships and team working
    – able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a
    range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as
    opposed to working separately or competitively.
  • Resilience
    – manages personal
    effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, set backs or
    when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work
    that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Flexibility – adapts and works effectively with a
    variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and
    appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an
    approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or
    easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.
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:  9th April 2018
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