Vacancies at BBC World Service; How to Apply


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Vacancies at BBC World Service; How to Apply

Vacancies at BBC World Service; How to Apply

Jobs at BBC World Service

The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster, broadcasting radio and television news, speech and discussions in 29 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, Internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, FM and MW relays.

Digital Producer, Sport – East Africa (Senior Journalist)

Job Introduction

  • The BBC World Service is undergoing a significant strategic review to become a digital first operation that provides distinctive and original content.
  • In line with this strategy, we are establishing digital production hubs to produce high impact, original journalism for our audiences across the globe.
  • We are looking for a talented and motivated digital producer to research, storyboard, report, present, write, translate, edit and adapt sport news stories or programme material for various audiences and platforms.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • The Senior Journalist (Digital Producer) will generate new and creative treatments for digital and social platforms, particularly in text and video.
  • Present engagingly for news and current affairs websites and social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.
  • Use editorial judgement, creativity and flair to make original and compelling visual content and also produce interesting graphics sequences.
  • Use knowledge of social and other trends to make informed decisions on upcoming stories.

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience

  • A proven track record of creative digital storytelling delivered to deadline.
  • Have an accomplished presentation style for digital platforms, which is fluent, engages the viewer and reflects the BBC values.
  • Extensive knowledge of a variety of sports and issues impacting the industry and sport personalities on the continent
  • Proven ability to use data analytic tools across BBC digital platforms and relevant social media platforms, to take editorial decisions and understand audience behaviour in the target market.
  • Ability to push BBC News content on social media and engage with audiences according to the BBC editorial guidelines.
  • Demonstrable up to date knowledge of the competition and mass media markets in which BBC News operates.

Digital journalist

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • A Journalist on the BBC Digital News team will be expected to write sharp news stories or produce timely digital video – with rigour, context and flair. Tasks could range from jumping on breaking news to chasing leads and interviews to move a story on to researching and writing a sidebar. Journalists will monitor social media, search trends and audience data and use that to improve our storytelling and help us reach new audiences. Journalists will be expected to contribute ideas in editorial meetings around the most useful and creative approaches to our big stories, including the best formats and visual treatments. A key part of the role will be to work closely with BBC colleagues across Africa to ensure the best of their radio, TV and online content is prominent on the news website and relevant social media platforms.

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience
The successful candidate must have:

  • Recent experience of producing accurate, engaging and fast-paced news for digital audiences
  • A track record of generating original ideas and chasing leads to produce impactful stories
  • Strong writing skills
  • A proven understanding of African news, current affairs and social media
  • Familiarity with using social media, search and audience data to improve storytelling and broaden coverage.
  • The ability to come up with angles and approaches to the big stories of the day that will help us reach new and diverse audiences

Job Impact

  • Decision making High level of responsibility and decision making; able to operate alone. No managerial responsibility. May be informally supported by junior staff i.e. Researchers, Coordinators and Assistants. Scope Covers a wide range of journalism activity, producing news content and supporting the production and presentation of programming.

Reporter, Security – East Africa (Senior Journalist)

Job Purpose

  • The BBC World Service is an impartial and independent international news provider, part of BBC News.
  • We are seeking to hire a Security Reporter to provide specialist coverage of a broad range of geopolitical and security themes across Africa.
  • The role entails providing coverage of breaking news stories, major planned stories and longer term investigations.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Break news stories across the continent and provide analysis and context as necessary on a range of security issues and stories
  • Exercise strong editorial judgement to spot emerging trends in Security, verify and break news stories, while meeting deadlines and maintaining the highest BBC editorial standards
  • Produce a wide range of creatively told stories to engage audiences across different linear and digital platforms
  • Identify, develop and package original stories and other content for various BBC platforms
  • Build and maintain regional contacts and provide timely and authoritative coverage developing stories and trends

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience

  • You will be resilient, highly-motivated self-starter, persistent and keen not to take no for an answer, while operating calmly under pressure. You will need to have experience in reporting from hostile environments, and working closely within established security protocols.
  • Bilingual language expertise is essential: A full command and up to date knowledge of a key BBC World Service regional language as first (or equivalent) language as well as complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Extensive knowledge of a range of security and conflict topics, ranging from inter and intra-state conflicts, Islamist activity, cyber security, peacekeeping and conflicts over natural resources, as well as the ability to discern and identify security angles and themes in the broader news and current affairs agenda.
  • Experience in originating, planning, developing and producing engaging digital content on complex political and social issues that will appeal to African and global audiences, particularly among women and young people.
  • A record of live reporting as well as ability to tell stories in an authoritative and engaging style and pace, adapted for different target audiences.

Journalist, Swahili TV

Job Introduction

  • The BBC World Service is undergoing a significant strategic review to become a digital first operation.  This new structure seeks to ensure that the BBC is known for distinctive and original content.
  • BBC Swahili reaches 24.9 million people every week, and has been a trusted source of news for millions in the region and the diaspora for 65 years. The service has evolved over the years and has a strong digital offer on multiple platforms. We are refreshing its flagship TV programme, Dira ya Dunia, to showcase our best journalism, analysis and explanation. The programme will be presented from the continent for the first time to bring it closer to its key audiences.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Generate and produce new and creative treatments for digital, social and linear (TV and Radio) platforms.
  • Ability to originate, plan, develop and produce engaging digital content on complex political and social issues that will appeal to African and global audiences, particularly among women and young people.
  • Conduct research to inform and support production of features, investigations and original journalism.
  • Undertake interviewing and reporting duties, under broad direction in both recorded and live situations, in studio or on location.
  • Use knowledge of social trends across East, Central and the Horn of Africa to make informed decisions on upcoming stories.

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience

  • Fluency in written and oral Swahili, and appreciation and understanding of different language dialects in order to provide clear editorial guidance
  • Demonstrable experience in originating and producing impactful digital first content, including explainers and analysis pieces.
  • Proven experience in breaking news stories as well as producing features, investigations and original journalism about East, Central and Horn of Africa, and global news and current affairs.
  • An understanding of BBC News distinctive news agenda and a wider interest in the digital strategy of the BBC as a whole.
  • Ability to respond to and report on breaking news and to travel, sometimes at short notice

Journalist, East Africa

Job Introduction

  • The BBC World Service is an impartial and independent international news provider, part of BBC News, which delivers radio and TV output in addition to the digital first approach.
  • In line with a new strategy to transition the World Service into a digital first operation that provides distinctive and original content, it is establishing content and production hubs to create high impact, original journalism for its global audiences.
  • We are looking for journalist with plenty of story ideas to contribute to the planning and origination of new angles and stories

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Exercise editorial judgement to spot news stories, meet deadlines and maintain high editorial standards
  • Produce a wide range of creative ideas to engage audiences across different linear and digital platforms
  • Identify, develop and package original stories and other content for various BBC platforms
  • Build and maintain regional contacts and provide timely warning of developing stories and trends

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience

  • Bilingual language expertise is essential: A full command and up to date knowledge of a key world Service regional language as first (or equivalent) language as well as complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to originate, develop and produce engaging digital content on various themes that will appeal to African and global audiences, particularly among women and young people.
  • Thorough understanding of the BBC’s editorial guidelines and values
  • Experience of working in fast-moving news environment.

Method of Application


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