BBC Assistant Editor - Africa TV - Jobs in Kenya

BBC Assistant Editor - Africa TV - Jobs in Kenya


Job Title:
  • TV Programmes Assistant Editor

    Department:
  • BBC Africa

    Location:
  • Nairobi, Kenya

    Reports to:
  • Africa TV Programmes Editor

    Context

    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 a historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa,
    the BBC World Service has launched a range of programmes and digital content that go
    beyond the hard news agenda to include Discussions and Women’s programmes, Health, Sport,
    Business and factual content for African audiences.

    The Job

  • We are looking for a creative Assistant Editor to lead, inspire and manage BBC Africa teams to
    produce informative and engaging TV and digital content to the highest editorial and production
    standards .
  • Reporting to the Programmes Editor Africa TV, you will work across the weekly TV
    programme portfolio to deliver original digital video content for African audiences.
  • You will
    editorially lead BBC Africa's discussions and factual coverage, including Factfinder, The She Word,
    Sport and Life Clinic to ensure the greatest impact for the BBC both internally and externally.
  • You
    will ensure that output adheres to production budgets and delivers best possible value for money.
  • You will have excellent contacts and a real nose for original creative journalism and broadcast
    innovation.
  • It's a multimedia role but substantial experience in long and short form TV programme
    making is required to push the boundaries of video production. The role will work closely with BBC
    editors, producers and journalists from across Africa, and globally.
  • It is essential you have excellent command of spoken and written English. Fluency in either Swahili
    or French is desirable.

    Main Duties
  • To editorially lead and shape the delivery of discussions and factual programmes and content
    for African audiences.
  • To oversee and manage all aspects of production and journalism and lead on major stories.
  • To ensure that teams fully understand BBC Editorial Guidelines and that output adheres to
    them.
  • To manage commissioning and production budgets effectively and seek to ensure best value
    for money.
  • To be a key point of liaison with other BBC teams on all matters of factual content and
    discussions programmes in Africa.
  • To create impact for Africa TV across the BBC by encouraging original journalism and
    distinctive, innovative content.
  • To liaise with Planning and production teams to maximise roll out and impact of Africa TV
    content across the BBC
  • To work with visual journalism and production teams to develop compelling TV and
    digital formats.
  • To promote the sharing of ideas, material, information and contacts across African
    language services and with World Service English.
  • To seek out opportunities for more efficient ways of working in a multiplatform and
    multilingual environment.
  • To recruit, deploy, lead, manage, train and develop the staff.
  • To work with the rest of the management team to build an open, collaborative and creative
    culture.

    Required Skills Abilities and Experience
  • A demonstrable knowledge of delivering factual magazine and discussions programmes.
  • Excellent contacts and the ability to explain and deconstruct information for audiences.
  • Excellent track record of editorial leadership and delivering high impact, creative,
    multiplatform video and TV content for an African audience.
  • Experience of leading and managing a team of journalists or content-makers.
  • A thorough knowledge of all the requirements of the BBC Producer Guidelines and Editorial,
    Legal and Rights policies.
  • A high level of editorial awareness and judgement in line with BBC and News Directorate policy.
  • Experience of managing budgets and observing tight financial targets.
  • Knowledge of the African media market and the changing needs of the audience.
  • Establish and develop strong working relationships with colleagues in the African Service,
    Global News, BBC News, and across Language hubs.
  • Strong planning, negotiation and
    influencing skills and the ability to plan and shape coverage
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of African and international current affairs.
  • Strive for diversity of contributors, in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability and age.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of weekly and/or daily journalism.
  • Appreciate and demonstrate the BBC Values.
  • Resilience, determination, ambition, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • Fluency in another African language is
    desirable.

    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 judgment - makes the right editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda.
  • Imagination / creative thinking - translates news and current affairs into high quality video and
    text content through a detailed understanding of the requirements of digital and social media and
    possession of the necessary writing, directing and reporting skills.
  • Decision Making - is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for
    the consequences of the decisions made.
  • Planning and organising - is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate
    course of action for self and others.
  • Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the
    relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
  • Resilience - can maintain personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure,
    setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations.
  • Can demonstrate an approach to work that
    is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Influencing and persuading – the ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to
    convince others.
  • Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in
    agreement or behaviour change.
  • Managing relationships and team working - able to build and maintain effective working
    relationships with a range of people.
  • Works cooperatively with others to be part of a team, as
    opposed to working separately or competitively.
  • Leadership – ability to create a vision and inspire others to realise it irrespective of circumstances
  • Subject knowledge - demonstrates an expanding knowledge of health and lifestyle, online
    editorial and technological developments and health and lifestyle trends in international news
  • Analytical skills - simplifies complex problems, processes or projects. Identifies casual
    relationships and constructs frameworks for problem-solving and/or development.
  • Communication - the ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles,
    tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
  • Developing talent and diversity - coaches others to build on strengths and improve on weakness,
    gives and listens to regular, honest feedback, grows the BBC’s new leaders, recruits and develops
    talent from a diverse range of backgrounds, connects with people from all parts of society
  • Flexibility - adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Is 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
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 20th July 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; BBC Assistant Editor - Africa TV - Jobs in Kenya

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