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Editor, BBC Somali

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

Job Introduction

The BBC Somali Service is the pre-eminent international broadcaster in the Somali language with a staff of 30 journalists and reporters based in London, Nairobi, Somalia and America . We offer the most trusted Somali news service to our audiences in the Horn of Africa and across the diaspora.    We will soon be launching TV bulletins to be broadcast five days a week from London adding to our exciting portfolio of radio, digital and social media content.  Please look at our website

To lead the service, we are looking for an experienced editor to provide the creative leadership and vision needed to develop and deliver a service strategy which ensures we maximise our editorial impact in Africa and beyond.

Role Responsibility

Working with BBC Africa’s senior management team, as Editor you will be responsible for the multimedia output for the BBC Somali Service, ensuring the highest possible editorial and production standards whilst also making certain that the needs of our audiences are met.   You will be responsible for the day to day management of staff and resources and to maximise the opportunities for effective collaboration, multilingual working and commitment to digital production.  

As the senior editorial expert on Somali affairs you will distribute materials and expertise throughout the BBC and actively support the coming together of teams within the BBC Africa Hub. With colleagues in London and other African bureaux you’ll help set the agenda for all BBC Africa morning output and support effective communication between the bureaux and London based programmes such as Newsday and Focus on Africa Radio and TV.  

Are you the right candidate?

A successful track record in a news editorial role is essential to this role and you will be able to demonstrate experience of making sound judgements on editorial and political issues.  Fluency in Somali and English are required and you will have the ability to communicate and provide output effectively in both languages. 

You will have excellent people management skills and have a clear and authoritative communication style.  With your thorough and up to date knowledge of news and current affairs in the Horn of Africa, East Africa and the Somali diaspora, you will be aware of the changing needs of the audience and the media environment so that you can shape output accordingly. You will also be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of digital technology and social media.  

Package Description

Local contract and conditions. Based in Nairobi. 


About the BBC

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The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.



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