BBC Media Action, Senior Thematic Advisor (Resilience & Humanitarian Response)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international charity. We support the independent media essential to democracy and development; and support people facing insecurity, inequality and poverty with information they can trust – to protect health, bridge divides and challenge prejudice. With our partners, we reach millions through creative communication and trusted media, helping people have their say, understand their rights, responsibilities and each other, and take action to transform their own lives.

This post will provide leadership to further BBC Media Action’s strategies and support on the area of Resilience and Humanitarian Response with an emphasis on Economic Development. In the role you will bring knowledge, expertise and leadership on how media and communication can best support individuals, households and communities to improve resilience in a development context and help people cope in humanitarian crises.

Role Responsibility

As a Senior Thematic Advisor, you will work to improve the quality of projects that BBC Media Action delivers by developing and articulating evidence-based strategies and approaches and providing expert advice on how the organisation can be innovative and achieve impact on economic security and opportunity. You will work closely with BBC Media Action teams to improve the quality of project delivery across areas that improve resilience, particularly on economic development.

You will play a lead role identifying and engaging with influential external stakeholders about the potential of media and communication in these areas.  This will involve representing BBC Media Action externally (through high-level meetings and public presentations), forging relationships with major external partners, stakeholders and funding bodies and supporting business development to articulate BBC Media Action’s offer.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have:

  • It will be a particular advantage if you have knowledge, understanding and experience of how media and communication can achieve impact in economic development with an approach sensitive to climate change and the environment, the impact of COVID and related restrictions, and among marginalised groups, including women and girls, young people, and migrants.
  • Extensive experience of working with media and communication for development among individuals, households and communities. 

  • Strong understanding of the international development system, particularly in relation to marginalised groups.

  • Knowledge and understanding of how media and communication can achieve impact on resilience and humanitarian response outcomes.

  • Capacity to exercise intellectual leadership on resilience and humanitarian response and experience of engaging with relevant external research, practice and policy agendas at a high level, linking these creatively to the programming and thinking of BBC Media Action.

  • Extensive contacts and high-level networking ability within the fields of resilience and humanitarian response.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Part Time (18 Hours)

The role will be based in one of BBC Media Action’s offices in Africa, Asia or London. Current BBC Media Action offices are in the following cities. The role could be based in any of these cities, subject to the prevailing security situation at the time of appointment. Abuja, Addis Ababa, Dar Es Salaam, Delhi, Dhaka, Freetown, Hargeisa, Jakarta, Juba, Kabul, Kathmandu, London, Lusaka, Nairobi, Phnom Penh, Tunis, Yangon.

Applications are welcome from anyone with the existing right to work in any of those countries. The successful applicant will be employed and based in their home country, with salary set according to BBC Media Action’s pay scales in that country.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

The role may involve working with groups of vulnerable children and adults. For the successful candidate, mandatory training will be provided on BBC Media Action’s safeguarding policy and staff code of conduct. A DBS or other appropriate background check (depending on the country of residence) will form part of the recruitment process. BBC Media Action operates a zero-tolerance policy concerning all forms of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people.

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.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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