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The BBC, is the leading international broadcaster in Africa reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million on Radio, TV, Digital (language sites and bbcafrica.com), Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in English, Hausa, Somali, French, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Kiswahili & Arabic. We are committed to broadcasting to and from the continent in a style that meets the demands of our growing audience and as well as our language services, our presence in the region is also defined by our bureaux, special correspondents and bilingual reporters.

SENIOR BROADCAST JOURNALIST, HAUSA

Job Reference: BBC/TP/590126/24775
 
Grade: Local terms & conditions
Reports to:  Editor Hausa
Working pattern: Continuing Contract   

JOB INTRODUCTION 
At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world. Joining BBC Hausa you’ll be a part of the team for a leading international broadcaster, the BBC World Service, which reaches more than 90 million people in Africa weekly on Radio, TV, Online (language sites and bbcafrica.com), Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in seven languages: Pidgin, English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Somali, and Swahili. BBC Hausa is the lead provider of radio and digital news in Nigeria and for Hausa speakers across the continent and operates the one of Africa’s top Hausa digital sites. 

In this role, you’ll be leading the BBC Hausa digital effort. Our strategy has a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences. So we are looking for an experienced senior broadcast journalist to provide the creative leadership and vision needed to deliver a mobile, social and online strategy which ensures that our editorial impact in Africa and beyond remains the best.   

ROLE RESPONSIBILITY
We are looking for a senior broadcast journalist to shape digital editorial development and delivery across all our digital platforms. They’ll be expected to help influence the growth of digital skills and approaches across the BBC Hausa team.
Our ambitions are high for BBC Hausa, and that includes expanding our digital footprint globally.
You’ll be expected to lead our push in our core market, Nigeria was your role would be based.  We expect you to work in close collaboration with our new digital language services Pidgin, Igbo and Yoruba team located in Lagos.
Above all else, you’re a journalist. One who finds great stories and content that the world needs to know.
In this role, you’ll be expected to retain your news instinct and using your skills at digital storytelling, come up with new ways in which our digital audiences can consume that content.
That will, more often than not be a mobile first approach. It will be snappy; it will be on demand, it will be intriguing; without ever losing sight of the authority and presence that a BBC news story carries.
We’ll also want you to ensure that your colleagues work in the same way, and truly understand the vision you hold. So influence, authority, creativity and delivery will be essential to your success in this role.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
It goes without saying that you will be an innovator, who is always looking for the next best way that our audiences can consume their media, but you will still need to make sure we are looking after our current digital platforms. How can you visually represent a story in a few pictures? How can you create a quick video that is easy to digest and delivers the facts? You tell us how you can do all that and we’ll give you the tools to make it happen.
You will bring demonstrable experience in a previously paid journalist role, as well as first class written and spoken Hausa, English but it would be desirable if you also spoke or had written skills in Yoruba, Igbo or Pidgin.
You will need sound editorial judgment, understand the African news agenda with a particular spe...t bias towards the West region. Candidates should enjoy working in a busy newsroom and bring plenty of story and treatment ideas to the role

MAIN DUTIES

BBC Hausa thinks mobile first and you will be expected to use your extensive knowledge about the user experience to deliver exciting, visual journalism.
You will be responsible for ensuring we continue to deliver best practice. You will have ideas about the mixture of content, frequency, packaging and discoverability for the mobile audience.
You will be expected to produce content that will prove to be sharable for online and social - including text stories, picture stories and videos. In order to do that you will have accurate editing and writing skills in Hausa and also be able to reversion English text into Hausa
To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To think through and take a lead around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches for yourself and others.
To line manage staff, give regular feedback and engage in their development.
The BBC has been one of the global leaders in experimenting with the latest social and digital tools in journalism. We’re looking to you to help us continue our development but also push the innovation further.
You’ll be expected to work with the Africa Digital Editor to identify the latest apps, trends and digital story treatments which BBC Hausa should be using.
To engage with audiences, often through close collaboration with other teams in BBC Hausa as well as the wider BBC.
To make the best use of data in order to drive and inform tactical decisions about the type, format and timing of content produced and posted as well as tracking how content performs.
As a senior digital expert to the service, you will be a main point of reference for supporting training needs for your team and the department.
To identify or create highly shareable BBC content and compose posts, including pictures and video where relevant, to drive high level engagement, and referral back to BBC Swahili output.
To co-ordinate coverage of major events across all output. To be responsible for wider planning and coverage.
To liaise with overseas BBC offices and reporters.
To offer ideas for stories and items, programmes and series, take a lead in pre-production and planning meetings as required.
To suggest new angles and formats on existing stories in order to bring them to life for the audience.
To take a lead in tri-media production which includes producing and reversioning material for radio, TV and online.
To travel inside and outside the West Africa region at short notice on reporting or field producing trips and assignments.
To deputise for the Hausa Editor in their absence as required.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
We are looking for an exceptional digital journalist who has the following skills, knowledge and experience:
A full command and up to date knowledge of spoken and written Hausa as a first language. A good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
Significant recent experience as a digital journalist both in originating ideas and material and in editing the work of others.
Excellent news and editorial judgment.
Ability to supervise the journalistic work of others and manage staff including assisting in their training and development. A good understanding of how to manage and motivate others.
Demonstrable track record of imaginative and advance understanding of social media and mobile platforms.
Wide, thorough and up to date familiarity with the target areas and an in-depth understanding of its news and current affairs, history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience.
Visual editing experience in either editing video or creating social media content.
Experience of managing digital communities and the ability to communicate diplomatically with audiences.
Understanding and appreciation of the aims of the BBC World Service.
Flexibility and willing to learn and work if needed on other media platforms.

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.
Imagination/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.
Strategic Thinking:

Can identify a vision along with the plans which need to be implemented to meet the end goal.
Evaluates situations, decisions, issues etc. in the short, medium and longer-term.
Planning & 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 & 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 & 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.

SENIOR BROADCAST JOURNALIST, YORUBA SERVICE


Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22165
Location: Lagos
Department: BBC Yoruba Language Service 
Reports to: Editor, Yoruba Service 
Package: Local
Contract: Continuing

JOB INTRODUCTION
Over the next four years, the BBC World Service will be expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from 6 to 12.
Three of the new language services, Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa.
They will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.
The BBC is looking for a Senior Broadcast Journalist to work across all digital platforms to ensure that the Yoruba Service develops and grows a distinctiveness, character and status in its target area.
On a day to day basis, you will contribute creative ideas and inspire the team to produce engaging content. Reporting to the Editor Yoruba Service, you will ensure quality and consistency of timely output.
You will be required to occasionally do some field reporting.
Shift work will be required which will include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITY
The BBC World Service is recruiting for an experienced Senior Broadcast Journalist to work across the new Yoruba Service digital output.
You will take full editorial responsibility for the timely delivery of the day’s output.
Reporting to the Editor, your main responsibilities will include leading on the production, creative and timely distribution of all digital content, videos, and innovative editorial projects to serve our Yoruba audiences whilst adhering to the BBC's editorial guidelines and objectives.
Working with the Yoruba team, you will be responsible for coming up with creative and innovative ways in storytelling and implementing them for BBC Yoruba especially for online and social media consumption.
You must have work authorisation for Nigeria.

MAIN DUTIES
To Work closely with the Yoruba Editor and SBJ’s of BBC Pidgin and BBC Igbo to plan output and to ensure maximum collaboration and sharing of content.
To use editorial judgement, creativity and flair to make original and compelling digital content.
To motivate teams to come up with original content ideas as well as creative digital treatments
To keep a--- of evolving (news) stories and emerging trends aimed at the Nigeria audience
To maintain and improve in the editorial output and in the working practices of BBC Yoruba and the other BBC Africa Languages.
To achieve an effective fusion of BBC Yoruba and BBC Africa’s missions and of the audience’s needs.
To ensure all content conforms to the highest standards, are in line with BBC Editorial Guidelines and are suitable for the audience.
To encourage and inspire a team of multi-media journalists in the production of lively, interesting and imaginative content, and in maintaining a high level of linguistic and production standards. To help editors with forward planning, devising the rota and other daily staff issues as required.
To be involved in building and leading the team. To take part in the recruitment and appraisal process, to integrate new staff, to motivate and supervise members of the team, and to contribute to their training and development
To be across new technological developments, to ensure that BBC Yoruba makes the best possible use of its opportunities.
To be responsible for thinking through and around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches.
To maintain professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
To show up to date awareness of the competition and mass media markets in which Languages operate.
In the absence of the editor, to deputise, as required, across the range of duties.

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
Fluency and up to date knowledge of Yoruba and the ability to type quickly and accurately.
Fluency in English, written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
Familiarity with digital news production systems and writing with flare for pictures. An understanding of social media is essential.
A willingness to learn to operate new technology systems and to be able to adapt to different working methods.
A good knowledge of online journalism techniques.
An ability to mentor, lead and inspire a team of journalists to bring out the best in them.
A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience engagement.
A thorough knowledge and understanding of Nigerian, African and international current affairs.
A good broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire the appropriate presentation style is desirable.
A willingness to understand and adopt BBC Editorial Guidelines and to abide by BBC Values.
Knowledge of the aims, objectives and standards of BBC World Service and Global News.
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:

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.
Ability to take public comments on board and to make appropriate editorial changes to content.
Creative Thinking:

Able to transform creative ideas into practical reality.
Evidence of innovation and the ability to devise creative solutions by developing novel ideas or adapting existing ones in new ways.
Evidence of a desire to create beautiful, quality content.
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.
As well as the ability to motivate and deal sensitively with people who may be working to tight deadlines
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 the ability to work with other teams in developing tools, features and services.
Developing Others:

Able to recognise potential (managerial, professional, artistic or otherwise) and is willing to foster the development of that potential.
Creates a climate in which potential can be realised.
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 requirements.

TO APPLY
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SENIOR BROADCAST JOURNALIST, HAUSA
SENIOR BROADCAST JOURNALIST, YORUBA SERVICE

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DUE DATE: 20 November, 2017

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