The BBC is the leading international broadcaster in Africa reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million on Radio, TV, Digital, 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. We are committed to delivering news and information to people across Africa and insights from Africa to audiences around the globe.
This role will expect you to research, report, write, translate, edit or adapt stories or programme material; to find interesting contributors and interviewees as well as other sources of material and/or actuality. You will perform at the microphone with or without a script, conduct interviews, chair discussions and act as a participant in other productions. You’ll be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required, be able to freshen a story, be responsible for thinking through and around editorial problems and developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches. This position will need you to liaise closely with other team members and with contributors, reporters and stringers, along with collaborating constructively with colleagues in BBC Africa whether in London or abroad, and to advise other parts of the BBC on our target area affairs. You will also be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes, respond to breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve technical difficulties, coupled with filing TV reports in Hausa and English.
You may be required to travel outside Nigeria on reporting trips and assignments.
The Ideal Candidate
This position will need you to have an excellent broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire an appropriate presentation style. You will have the ability to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media and be able to write for different media platforms in Hausa and English. You’ll have good digital skills and technically adept, along with practical experience and a demonstrable interest in digital and social media. This role will require you to have proven recent and relevant paid experience as a journalist, an outstanding command and up to date knowledge of Hausa language and orthography (first or equivalent) and an excellent knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate and write effectively. This role will expect you to have a wide and up to date familiarity with the region to which the Hausa Service broadcasts, and an in-depth understanding of the history, politics, social issues and culture, coupled with an extensive knowledge of the media situation and the way it is developing. More generally you will have a thorough knowledge and understanding of African news and current affairs and a good knowledge of and interest in international and British current affairs, particularly insofar as they affect our target audiences.
Base - Abuja
12 month fixed term contracts - local salary, terms and conditions
Grade - Local Recruit
About the Company
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