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We are looking for a reporter with excellent spoken and written English and Swahili to join the Africa Service and work across all platforms. You need to demonstrate that you are an experienced Journalist with creative ideas for TV, digital and radio and have a desire to report news in a fair and unbiased way.
A career at the BBC offers you an opportunity to tell stories that can change lives. The aim of BBC Africa is to showcase the diverse ideas and aspirations from across the continent.
To originate, select stories and provide expert news coverage and analysis for broadcast, fully observing BBC Editorial Guidelines.
To pitch original stories with both TV and digital treatments, making sure that they work for online, social and TV platforms.
To act within the framework of overall BBC coverage, especially by Reporters and Producers in the region working for BBC Newsgathering; to maintain co-operative relations and ensure coverage forms part of a coherent overall offer.
To provide a variety of content in English, and where possible in Swahili, often with tight deadlines.
To follow safety requirements and instructions, especially in relation to emergencies; and to report any accidents, dangerous situations or defects in safety arrangements.
To follow the BBC guide on business expenditure, including timely and accurate filing of expenses claims.
The Ideal Candidate
Outstanding language skills of written and spoken English.
Excellent level of written and spoken Swahili is desirable.
Recent and relevant experience as a TV Reporter and/or Journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others. A thorough knowledge of national affairs together with an understanding of international affairs.
Excellent independent and balanced editorial judgement. A thorough familiarity with the region, an in depth knowledge of the audience requirements and a good understanding of youth issues and the media interests of various age groups. A good understanding of digital platforms and the types of content which do well on them. Knowledge of and aptitude for information technology skills. A demonstrable interest and proven track record in social media. Ability to present programmes appropriate to the needs of BBC Africa.
Authoritative microphone voice and ability to communicate effectively to listeners and viewers. Proven skills in filing despatches and ability to produce two-ways and make television and radio packages. Ability to convey story and programme ideas and to contribute fully to the planning process. Ability to learn new skills (technically and editorially) and accept constructive feedback. Ability to remain calm while working to deadlines, apply sensible work priorities and pace throughout assignments.
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