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Editor (Co-Production) At The BBC World Service

Date Posted: 24/May/2019
Deadline: 29/May/2019

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic multi-million pound expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is introducing a wide range of new and exciting language and regional content to serve African and global audiences.

Editor (Co-Production) 
 
Job Reference: BBC/TP/788771/39807
Location: Lagos, Nigeria 
Reports to: Head of Partnerships 
Contract: Continuing 
Department: BBC Africa
Job Category: Journalism
Business Unit: News - W2020
Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time

Job Descriptions

  • The following job specification is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work.  It identifies the main requirements of the job, but is not an exhaustive list of duties. In an exciting new partnership, BBC Africa is working with partners Channels TV in Nigeria to  co-produce a lively, weekly current affairs programme for Nigerian audiences. 
  • It will feature an in depth look at strong African stories, look at issues that touch the lives of Nigerians at home and abroad, deliver original storytelling and hard-hitting studio discussions and interviews. All our journalists work across TV, Digital and Social platforms. 
  • The Job We are looking for a creative and motivated Editor to lead the Gist Nigeria team and oversee the new TV programme and digital products for African and in particular Nigerian audiences.
  • You will need to have excellent knowledge of news in Nigeria, pan- African news, global news and an understanding of what audiences are looking for in digital and social media news coverage as well as a real nose for original, creative journalism.  
  • The role will work closely with BBC African News Editor and news specialists across the BBC, both domestic and in global news outlets. 

Main Duties

  • To editorially lead the TV and digital news content for Nigeria and other African countries. 
  • Lead weekly editorial conferences with the partner broadcaster providing a robust editorial defence of the programme content and treatments
  • To lead and motivate a team of journalists to produce high quality content and to encourage original journalism and distinctive, innovative storytelling. 
  • To co-ordinate, plan, guide and inspire all coverage and lead on major news events.
  • To be a key point of liaison with the best possible communication between the BBC and partners and to ensure that editorial and legal guidelines of both broadcasters are met. 
  • Recruit, deploy, lead, manage, train and develop the staf taking responsibility for the professional development reviews and setting clear and achievable objectives
  • Establish a clear and workable forward planning rota to commission and deliver films in a timely and cost efficient mannerWork with the rest of the management team to build an open, collaborative and creative culture. 
  • To manage commissioning and production budgets effectively.
  • To work with BBC News, particularly the Africa TV Editor, the News interactive team and Newsgathering to deliver high quality material.
  • To work with visual journalism and production teams to develop compelling TV and digital formats. 
  • To develop a lively and engaged social media approach to news coverage working very closely with the Languages digital teams. 
  • To ensure that the potential of news is maximized in all African language output, developing new formats and styles.
  • Seek out opportunities for more efficient ways of working in a multiplatform and multilingual environment. 

Required Skills Abilities and Experience

  • Excellent track record of delivering high impact, multiplatform News content for an African audience.
  • The ability to deliver editorial innovation and develop great digital and TV content and stimulate new thinking about news journalism.
  • Experience of leading and managing a team of journalists.
  • Experience of managing budgets and observing tight financial targets. 
  • A solid understanding of major Nigerian, African and international news and how to maximize their potential.
  • Outstanding written and spoken English. Written and spoken Pidgin or Hausa is desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills to establish and develop strong working relationships  with colleagues in numerous BBC departments - BBC African Service, BBC Global News, BBC Language Service and with partners.
  • Strong planning, negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to co-ordinate and plan news coverage from major events.
  • Knowledge of the African media market and the changing needs of the audience. 
  • Thorough knowledge of African News and international current affairs. 
  • Strive for diversity of contributors, in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability and age. 
  • Experience of making sound judgements on matters of editorial sensitivity. 
  • Knowledge and practical experience of weekly and/or daily journalism.
  • A thorough knowledge of all the requirements of the BBC Producer Guidelines and Editorial policies.
  • An understanding of the agendas and requirements of the various BBC News international facing platforms and partners.
  • A high level of editorial awareness and judgement in line with BBC and News Directorate policy.
  • Appreciate and demonstrate the BBC Values.
  • Resilience, determination, ambition, energy and enthusiasm. 

Competencies  
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 judgment - makes the right editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBCs distinctive news agenda.
  • Imagination / creative thinking - translates news and current affairs into high quality video and text content through a detailed understanding of the requirements of digital and social media and possession of the necessary writing, directing and reporting skills.   
  • Decision Making - is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decisions made.  
  • Planning and organising - is able to think ahead in order to establish an 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 requirements.  
  • Resilience - can maintain personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.    
  • Influencing and persuading – the ability 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 behaviour change.    
  • Managing relationships and team working - able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works cooperatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.  
  • Leadership – ability to create a vision and inspire others to realise it irrespective of circumstances
  • Subject knowledge - demonstrates an expanding knowledge of News, online editorial and technological developments and business trends in international news   Analytical skills - simplifies complex problems, processes or projects. Identifies casual relationships and constructs frameworks for problem-solving and/or development.
  • Communication - the ability 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.
  • Developing talent and diversity - coaches others to build on strengths and improve on weakness, gives and listens to regular, honest feedback, grows the BBC’s new leaders, recruits and develops talent from a diverse range of backgrounds, connects with people from all parts of society
  • Flexibility - adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Is 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.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Note: The above job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of t he duties involved.

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