Country Research Manager (Africa), BBC Media Action

Job Introduction

The Country Research Manager will support a programme of work in Africa. The role is key to building capacity within country research teams and in ensuring quality and rigour in the planning, resourcing, implementation, reporting and dissemination of research across the Africa region.

Role Responsibility

  • Experience of generating and presenting research insights to a range of external stakeholders
  • Strong project and programme management skills, including planning, budget and resource management
  • Experience of managing staff including technical research oversight, personal development and developing capacity of other researchers
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, and experience of delivering mixed methods research
  • Experience conducting research to inform and evaluate media and/or international development projects
  • Understanding of safeguarding principles, an ability to mainstream safeguarding practice within project design and development, and a willingness to speak up if you feel something is not right
  • Experience of conducting research in cross-cultural circumstances or with diverse, multi-lingual audiences.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Specialist expertise in digital research techniques
  • Experience working with research teams and/or agencies in developing countries
  • Experience in working in Africa
  • Significant experience in designing and delivering research related to governance topics
  • Significant experience in designing and delivering research related to humanitarian responses
  • Strong experience in communication of research and knowledge management

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: 6 month FTC
Location: London or in another country where we have offices for BBC Media Action ( and if the applicant has the existing right to work in any of these 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.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

About the Company

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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.

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