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
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.
BBC World Service is recruiting to fill the vacant position below:
Job Title: Multimedia Broadcast Journalist, BBC Hausa
Job Reference: BBC/TP/7209/17809
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Contract Type: Fixed Term – Full Time
Job Category: Journalism
Duration: 12 month fixed term contracts – local salary, terms and conditions
Business Unit: Language Services
- As part of the world’s largest broadcaster, the BBC’s Hausa
Service broadcasts a daily mix of news and current affairs programmes
through radio, TV and digital (online and mobile) platforms to very
large and audiences in West Africa and beyond.
- You’ll need proven recent and relevant journalistic experience
with Hausa as your first (or equivalent) language and very good written
and spoken English.
- An excellent microphone voice and strong radio presentation
skills in Hausa are also essential together with an in-depth current
understanding of African and international current affairs.
- Strong technology skills and extensive knowledge of online journalism are also required.
- Working as part of our editorial team based in Abuja and
adhering to tight deadlines, you’ll write original material and
translate and adapt material swiftly and accurately into Hausa in a
style suited to a variety of platforms. You’ll also conduct interviews
and reports in both Hausa and English.
- Working as part of a team of multi-lingual journalists and
reporting to the Abuja Bureau Editor, BBC Hausa Service. On a daily
basis, reporting to Senior Broadcast Journalists as appropriate. Shift
work shall be required which will include nights, weekends and public
- To originate, research, prepare, produce and present compelling
and engaging dispatches, packages, interviews, discussions, complete
programmes, background, analysis and features for TV, radio, online,
mobile and other media platforms.
- To ensure that any programme material for which you are responsible meets the standards required by the BBC.
- To work as duty editor for specific broadcasts or periods of time, as required.
- 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, as appropriate and
to the required specification whilst maintaining professional
journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and
adhering to the BBC Editorial Guidelines.
- To be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded
programmes. To respond to breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve
- After appropriate training, to be able to use a range of audio
& digital equipment and information technology to research, write,
assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the
highest professional standards.
- After appropriate training, file TV reports in Hausa and English.
- All multi-media broadcast journalists may be required to travel outside Nigeria on reporting trips and assignments.
- All multi-media broadcast journalists may be required to work
with or move to other programme teams on a multimedia and multi-lingual
basis and to have the ability to work across a range of skills and in a
flexible manner, and to carry out these responsibilities in accordance
with BBC Values and the BBC’s overall standards.
- To perform at the microphone with or without a script, conduct
interviews, chair discussions and act as a participant in other
productions, whether live, pre-recorded or on location.
- To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating
material as required. To be able to freshen a story. To be responsible
for thinking through and around editorial problems, developing realistic
alternative strategies and approaches.
- To offer original ideas for items, programmes/series and to
actively contribute to the editorial planning process. To suggest new
angles on existing stories, means of moving the story on, and to put
forward stories not yet covered. To understand the Service’s strategy
and to suggest ideas appropriate to its distinctive style and content.
- To liaise closely with other team members and with contributors,
reporters and stringers. To collaborate constructively with colleagues
in BBC Africa whether in London or abroad, and to advise other parts of
the BBC on target area affairs.
Essential Skills, Knowledge & Experience
- An excellent broadcasting voice and the ability to acquire an appropriate presentation style.
- Good keyboard/computer skills and technically adept. Practical
experience and extensive knowledge of the internet and an understanding
of the potential of digital and social media is essential.
- Educated to degree level or equivalent.
- Proven recent and relevant experience as a journalist.
- Ability to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.
- Ability to also write for different media platforms in Hausa and English.
Knowledge and Experience:
- An outstanding command and up to date knowledge of Hausa language (first or equivalent).
- An excellent knowledge of English including complete
comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to
communicate and write effectively.
- A thorough knowledge and understanding of African news and
current affairs. A good knowledge of and interest in international and
British current affairs, particularly insofar as they affect the target
- Knowledge of the aims, objectives and standards of the BBC World Service.
- Demonstrable interest in and experience of social media.
- Wide and up to date familiarity with the area/s to which the
Hausa Service broadcasts and an in-depth understanding of the areas
history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing
needs of the audience.
- An extensive knowledge of the media situation in the target area and the way it is developing.
- A working knowledge of Igbo, Yoruba, Pidgin, French or Arabic.
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.
- 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.
- Managing relationships and 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.
- Resilience – manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions
in the face of pressure, set backs 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.
- Planning and 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 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
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
Application Deadline 21st September, 2016.