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Journalist, BBC Afaan Oromo

Job Introduction

Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and Television migrating from analogue to digital.

The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media.

Three of the new language services;  Afaan Oromo,  Amharic, and Tigrinya serve our audiences in Ethiopia and Eritrea.  They are based in Nairobi from where the BBC produces programmes for Kiswahili and Somali speaking audiences.

The BBC Afaan Oromo Service is looking for a journalist for six month fixed term contract, to deliver a dynamic range of digital and radio content which will appeal to a young audience.

Role Responsibility

As a Journalist with the Afaan Oromo team, you must be fluent in Afaan Oromo. You will also expect to create content to maximise the BBC World Service’s impact and potential in Africa. The role will involve researching, interviewing original sources and writing reports, for the BBC Afaan Oromo's website in a range of formats.  As well as being the first to respond to breaking news stories, you will help to produce and/or present the BBC’s live radio programme and create original and creative content to drive the BBC Facebook page and other social media platforms.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will have recent and relevant experience as a journalist and have a full command and up to date knowledge of written and spoken Afaan Oromo.  A good knowledge of English, both written and spoken is important.  You will be able to create original content with the ability to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style for differing audiences and forms of social media.  Experience of reporting, in the field, on political and economic issues would be advantageous.

Package Description

Contract: attachment / fixed term contract for six months

Local terms and conditions apply

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Due to the length of the contract, we are considering Kenyan nationals only at this point

Any offer of employment is conditional upon you having the right to work in Kenya

About the BBC

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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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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