Senior Journalist Team Manager, Africa Digital 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. It was announced in November 2016 that The BBC World Service will start broadcasting in Igbo, Nigerian Pidgin, Yoruba and Amharic among others in its biggest expansion since the 1940s. The World Service reached 210 million people a week (TV, radio and online) on average in 2015. The English-language service broadcasts 24 hours a day.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Journalist Team Manager to join our digital hub in Nairobi to lead and develop our multi-disciplinary digital team.

Role Responsibility

Your role is to lead and inspire a multi-disciplinary digital journalism team based in Nairobi, made up of news journalists, designers, software developers and social media specialists.  The team works across 12 African language services including English, Amharic, Tigrinya, Afaan Oromo, Swahili, Somali, French, Great Lakes, Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa.  The aim is to create original and innovative content, new forms of digital storytelling and journalism that reaches 111 million people in Africa.  There is a particular focus on underserved audiences, including young and female audiences.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in a senior journalistic role with in-depth knowledge of African news and international current affairs.  You will be a skilled team leader who understands how to create an inclusive workplace.  Experience of managing budgets and observing tight financial targets is important.  A full command of English (written and spoken) is essential.  A track record of accuracy and impartiality and sound editorial judgement is important.  You must have excellent knowledge of digital analytics, Africa’s digital market and how they can be used to improve output and drive change.  Experience in either visual journalism, medium and long-form digital video production and features and investigations would be a distinct advantage.

Package Description

Contract: continuing

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment is conditional upon you having the right to work in Kenya

Please submit your CV and application questions in English

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.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual’s unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.


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