Head of East Africa Languages at BBC World Service, May 2017

  dreamjobstz       26.5.17

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Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from six to 12 and investing in modern TV and Digital production facilities.

Three of the new language services, Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya will serve our audiences in Ethiopia and Eritrea. They will be based in Nairobi from where the BBC produces programmes for Kiswahili and Somali speaking audiences.  

The BBC is looking for a creative and progressive leader to coordinate and oversee all editorial activities in East Africa and the Horn of Africa.  

Role Responsibility

As the Head of East Africa you will act as the editorial reference point for WS Languages and programmes serving audiences in East and Horn of Africa.  You will provide dynamic, thoughtful and inspiring editorial leadership and managerial direction to all language service editors for the region as well as jointly line manage TV and Digital video production teams in the region.

In close coordination with the Regional Editor BBC Africa you will provide strategic leadership of the BBC as a whole in the region, ensuring that this is done in accordance with World Service Group strategic priorities and demonstrating value for money.

You will be part of BBC Africa’s senior management and will represent the BBC internally and externally where required.

The Ideal Candidate

A senior and creative leader you will have proven experience of leading sizeable teams through change, motivating and developing them along the journey.  You will have knowledge and understanding of the digital media market in the region and demonstrable senior experience of journalism in the digital field and with strong digital production skills and the ability to spot gaps in the market to develop opportunities for the BBC. 

Fluent spoken and written English and knowledge of any of the BBC’s broadcast languages for East and Horn of Africa is desirable but not mandatory.

Package Description

Job Title: Head of East Africa Languages

Division: World Service Group, Languages

Reports to: Regional Editor, BBC Africa

Base:  Nairobi, Kenya

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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