The BBC’s 50:50 The Equality Project is a grassroots initiative, started in the BBC’s London newsroom, with the aim of reaching a balance of 50% women contributors across all BBC content. Close to 700 teams in every division of the BBC are now signed up to 50:50, and during the last 50:50 Challenge month in March 2021, 70% of teams featured at least 50% women.
As part of a 50:50 World Service Project, we are building a team to support the language services to achieve 50% women contributors. Each journalism researcher will support a different region to help the relevant editorial and production teams achieve and maintain gender balanced content in the run up to the next 50:50 Challenge Month in March 2022.
As the World Service 50:50 Journalism Researcher for BBC Africa, you will support BBC Africa TV, radio and digital teams to embed the 50:50 workflow. You will sign-up new teams not yet taking part in 50:50 and help existing teams to identify the barriers they are facing in achieving gender balance and possible solutions and tools to overcome those barriers.
You will deliver best practice sessions and, alongside the other World Service 50:50 journalism researchers, devise a 50:50 toolkit of practical measures tailored to the relevant region and language services. You will gather, analyse and report on BBC Africa’s 50:50 data to monitor progress and help improve the representation of women in content and in audience figures.
You will help develop and build a database of women with expertise in a range of subject areas from across the African regions and with the relevant spoken languages. You will source potential women contributors and organise internal and external networking events to promote and expand the 50:50 expert women database. This may also include producing content and using social media effectively to promote these events and the database.
For more information, contact Hewete Haileselassie and Lara Joannides.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a similar capacity and be fluent in English and one of the following Nigerian languages – Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin or Yoruba. You will have strong organisational skills and have the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills is also important to build/maintain relationships when working across multiple teams.
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract until 31/03/2022
Location: Abuja or Lagos, Nigeria
Local terms & conditions will apply.
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