Multi-Media Journalist , BBC Swahili Service Job Opportunities – British Broadcasting Corporation

 Multi-Media Journalist, BBC
Swahili Service
Organisation: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Swahili
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 platforms.
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 location.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Build and maintain
    links with BBC News Online, to enable the efficient production of online
  • 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
  • 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 values.

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 language).
  • 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
  • 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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