BBC World Service, as part of BBC News, is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services to serve global audiences. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 394 million across 42 languages. BBC World Service is committed to impartiality, and promotes access to independent and accurate news and provides media literacy training.
Africa Eye is an award winning team of investigative journalists who produce high impact original journalism about Africa for both the African and global audiences of BBC News. As part of our African TV offer, Africa Eye has been a game-changer for journalism in Africa and for holding people in authority to account. It also has become, in some instances, the basis for international calls to action and investigations of human rights abuses by international governments.
We are looking for a talented, motivated and experienced Investigations Editor to lead BBC Africa’s Investigations Unit to produce original, high quality TV and digital documentaries and investigations. The successful candidate will have a track record as a dynamic, creative editorial leader, have a highly developed knowledge of investigative journalism with a range of different approaches including data journalism, FOI and undercover reporting, as well as a wide range of contacts, experience of long and short form film-making, and ideas for increasing impact for the team’s journalism on digital platforms.
The Investigations Editor will lead and manage a team of journalists to commission and develop content and work closely with Africa Service reporters and freelancers ensuring they meet the BBC’s editorial standard and are legally safe.
The Ideal Candidate
- Demonstrable experience of working on the African continent and producing content for both African and global audiences.
- Proven ability of managing complex investigative teams in several parts of the world. Ability to foster creativity and experimentation, shows openness to new ways of doing things.
- Proven ability to think strategically and describe the concept in a way which motivates others towards that goal – able to convert long term aims into short and medium term goals.
- Able to prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, risk, staffing, budgets and resource requirements
- A clear understanding World Service Languages and of the needs and profile of our target audiences across World Service Languages.
- Proven knowledge of best practice in Digital content creation, search and social optimisation including experience in effectively using analytics tools.
Contract type: 12 month attachment / fixed term contract
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.
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