Journalist, Gates Foundation Project (Lagos)

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

Job Introduction

The World Service is partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in an ambitious three-year project to deliver compelling stories across platforms on the theme of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with a specific focus on ten African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Senegal and Tanzania.

The journalist based in Lagos will be expected to travel across the region (pandemic permitting) and/or to remotely to produce compelling stories on the topic in a way that engages African audiences in particular on digital, social and broadcast platforms.  You’ll be working collaboratively as part of a small team in Lagos, Nairobi and London, and with colleagues across the region.

Role Responsibility

This a key role bringing to life issues around water, sanitation and hygiene which make a difference to the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the continent.

To be successful in this role you’ll need to be full of ideas and creative treatments suitable for a variety of outlets and platforms, including digital, social, television and radio.

You will be expected to initiate, gather and produce material for broadcast and digital platforms, routinely self-shooting and editing complete packages ready for broadcast and for reversioning.

You’ll need to be able to work as part of a small team to deliver these stories, and work collaboratively with colleagues to develop and share ideas, oversee scripts and refine storytelling techniques.

From time to time you will be expected to produce other journalists remotely and to edit their scripts and material, delivering their stories as well as self-shot material to a high standard ready for broadcast or publication.  A collaborative approach, and willingness to give and to receive feedback, is essential.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Demonstrable record of initiating, developing, gathering and producing audio and video material for different types of output, including self-shooting and editing routinely.
  • Excellent written and broadcast English. Knowledge of another West African language would be an advantage.
  • Significant recent experience as a journalist, with a good knowledge of production techniques – especially self-shooting and editing - for social and digital platforms, and for broadcast, including television and audio, using a variety of storytelling techniques to engage audiences on different platforms.
  • Experience of working in the field, including in hostile environments.
  • Demonstrates sound editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage and the audience.

Package Description

12 month attachment / fixed term contract

Based in Lagos, Nigeria

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria.

About the Company

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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. 

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