BBC Media Action Producer Trainer Jobs in Ethiopia

BBC Media Action Producer Trainer Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 226076

Category: Media and Journalism, Social Sciences and Community, Languages

Location: Addis Ababa

Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)

Salary: As per the scale of the organization

Job Description

BBC Media Action

We are the BBC’s international development charity. We use the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty around the world.

BBC Media Action has been working in Ethiopia since 2001 in the areas of health, resilience, women’s empowerment and livelihoods.

BBC Media Action is part of an international consortium led by Danish Refugee Council (DRC) to deliver a £21 million programme to protect would-be migrants and refugees form unsafe irregular migration through and from the Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia.

Overall Purpose of the Job: The Producer Trainer plays a leading role in the production of BBC Media Action’s radio contents. S/he will work as part of a creative team that produces programmes of high editorial and technical quality in full compliance with the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Producer, the Producer Trainer will create various forms of radio content that is informative, engaging and interesting.

Such contents will include a factual radio show, short-format drama and public service announcements or spots/jingles. Flexibility is a key part of this role, as the Producer Trainer will at times take on other roles such as presenting, reporting; supporting the development of accompanying discussion/facilitation guides; and other duties as directed by the Senior Producer.

The role will be based in Addis Ababa, with frequent travels to the Amhara region.


This role will involve working with radio partner staff and volunteers, as well as with vulnerable youth and adult populations. As such, the role will absolutely require effective working knowledge of safeguarding policies and procedures in relation to protection of children and vulnerable adults.

For the successful candidate, mandatory training will be provided on BBC Media Action’s safeguarding policy and staff code of conduct. A police background check will form part of the recruitment process. BBC Media Action operates a zero-tolerance policy concerning all forms of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people.

Main Duties


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Producer, the Producer Trainer is expected:

  • To produce and present a weekly radio magazine program that meets the editorial and technical quality of the BBC. This includes ensuring familiarity with the program content/topic, contributor/guest profiles, assessing and sub-editing incoming copy, and conducting interviewing and reporting under broad direction in studio or on location.
  • To work with the Senior Producer to narrow down ideas and identify sources and contributors that match topics and stories
  • To write material for engaging program scripts, bulletins and links, exercising editorial judgment and maintaining professional journalistic standards.
  • To originate, research, prepare, produce and present packages, interviews, discussions and complete programs.
  • Support the production of a mini-drama series in Amharic, based on research and developed through BBC Media Action’s approach, maintaining high quality creative and professional standards throughout.
  • Contribute to conceptualising and producing high impact, creative spots (Public Service Announcements) in Amharic.
  • Undertake research to ensure outputs are relevant, relatable and true to life
    Commissioning music, writers, actors and other staff needed as part of production.
  • To contribute to the development of digital media content for broadcast on BBC Media Action’s social media platforms and website.


    Work under the direction of the Senior Producer/Trainer

  • To design and deliver training programs for partners station staff and volunteers
  • To work with production teams to improve the production quality of radio programmes at partner radio stations and increase audience engagement.
  • To Establish and maintain good relationships at all levels with partner stations.


    The Producer Trainer will also:

  • Plan and take responsibility for the efficient use of allocated resources and production budgets
  • Undertake basic budgeting processes and keeping track of expenditure.
  • Diligently log and file all documents relating to programmes such as running orders, scripts and reports, and demonstrate individual authority and leadership in responsible management of shared resources.
  • Play an active role
    in managing administrative and logistical requirements of production including travel, risk assessments and finances.
  • At all times to carry out duties in accordance with BBC editorial guidelines, BBC Health and Safety, and safeguarding policies.

    Reports to:

    Senior Producer


    One year (with possibility of extension)


    Local terms and conditions (Only Ethiopian nationals can apply)

    Job Requirements

    Required knowledge and experience:

  • B.A and two years’ relevant experience, or Diploma and four years’ relevant experience in radio production, drama or equivalent.
  • Extensive production background, preferably in the area of interactive radio and behaviour and social change communication/journalism.
  • Proven ability to analyse and critically evaluate editorial content, identifying strengths and weaknesses in programme content and driving constant improvement in output.
  • Experience working in the field, especially in rural communities
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills.
  • Evidence of imagination and an enthusiasm for generating new ideas, particularly those with the widest possible audience appeal.
  • Fluency in Amharic is essential.
  • Functional written and spoken English.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages and audio editing software and related computer applications
  • Ability to use professional radio production equipment such as sound recorders and accompanying accessories.
  • Experience in training others is desirable.

    Note: This list is not exhaustive. The successful candidate may, from time to time, be required to take on other duties as directed by the Senior Producer or a senior member of staff.

    Key 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.

  • Managing Relationships – has an ability to establish rapport quickly and effectively with new people/contacts. Takes care to maintain and develop existing relationships.

    Works harmoniously with a wide range of people and deals sensitively with contributors, customers and suppliers as well as with colleagues. Understands the demands and pressures on others

  • 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.

    Can identify key influencers in the organisation. Can adopt a range of strategies and styles of influencing depending on circumstances. Constantly develops and expands own sources of influence

  • Developing Others – able to recognise potential (managerial, professional, artistic or otherwise). Willing to foster the development of potential in others. Creates a climate in which potential can be realised.

  • Creative Thinking – able to come up with creative ideas and turn them into compelling and high impact radio. Respectful and collaborative approach to creative ideas of colleagues.

  • Planning and organisation – able to think ahead in order to establish efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Ability to prioritise, taking into account all the relevant issues and factors, such as deadlines, staffing and resources.

  • Teamwork – able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

  • Resilience – can manage emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterized by commitment, motivation and energy.

  • Flexibility – able to adapt and work effectively in 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.

  • Time and Stress Management – good time management and ability to prioritize a heavy workload under pressure.

  • Self-development – able to identify and apply opportunities for learning and development.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants who meet the above requirements should Only send cover letter and CV with three names of reference to (mailto: )/ P.O.Box 29178, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia before OR on October 24, 2019.

    Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities and duties. The BBC is an equal opportunity employer.

    BBC Media Action Producer Trainer Jobs in Ethiopia

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