Assistant Editor, BBC Africa Gates Foundation Project

Job Introduction

The World Service has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in an ambitious three-year project to deliver compelling stories across platforms on the theme of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with a specific focus on ten African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Senegal and Tanzania.

We are looking for an Assistant Editor to assist with the day to day editorial responsibilities and management of a team of journalists.

Role Responsibility

This role sits within the BBC Africa Hub and has formal editorial and managerial responsibility for and oversight over the next phase of implementation of the BBC/Gates Foundation partnership.  The successful candidate will be the creative and editorial driver for the project, leading small teams deployed from Nairobi and Lagos, and working collaboratively with other parts of the BBC and freelance contributors, to produce journalism that engages our audiences and delivers impact.

The Ideal Candidate

To succeed in this role you’ll need experience of managing staff remotely and of building a collaborative and supportive team to deliver high-quality journalism that meets the editorial standards of the BBC.

You’ll also need demonstrable experience that you can manage a complex project over time and work effectively and collaboratively with a large number of programmes, platforms and partners, inside and outside the BBC, to deliver reach and impact.

A demonstrable understanding of the practicalities of deploying across Africa, including in high-risk environments, is essential.

Package Description

Contract: Fixed term contract/attachment ending on 31/03/2023

Band: E

Location: This role can be based in London, Lagos or Nairobi

 Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract.  You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year, you will also need permission from your line manager.  You can find out more on our attachments page. 

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK

About the Company

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