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Head of West Africa

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

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from six to 12 and investing in modern TV and Digital production facilities.

Three of the new language services, Igbo, Pidgin and Yoruba will serve our audiences in Nigeria where the BBC already broadcasts in Hausa. 

The BBC is looking for a creative and progressive leader to coordinate and oversee all editorial activities in Nigeria and across French speaking Africa.

Role Responsibility

As the Head of West Africa you will act as the editorial reference point for WS Languages and programmes serving audiences in Nigeria and Francophone Africa.  You will provide dynamic, thoughtful and inspiring editorial leadership and managerial direction to all language service editors in Lagos, Abuja, Dakar and London. as well as jointly line manage TV and Digital video production teams in the region.

In close coordination with the Regional Editor BBC Africa you will provide strategic leadership of the BBC as a whole in the region, ensuring that this is done in accordance with World Service Group strategic priorities and demonstrating value for money.

You will be part of BBC Africa’s senior management and will represent the BBC internally and externally where required

Are you the right candidate?

A senior and creative leader you will have proven experience of leading sizeable teams through change, motivating and developing them along the journey.  You will have knowledge and understanding of the digital media market in the region and demonstrable senior experience of journalism in the digital field and with strong digital production skills and the ability to spot gaps in the market to develop opportunities for the BBC. 

Fluent spoken and written English and knowledge of any of the following languages for Hausa, French, Pidgin, Yoruba or Igbo is desirable but not mandatory.

Package Description

Job Title:      Head of West Africa  

Division:       World Service Group

Reports to:   Regional Editor, BBC Africa

Base:            Lagos, Nigeria

NOTE:          This is a re-advertisement - previous candidates need not apply.

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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