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Multi-Media Broadcast Journalist, BBC Swahili

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

Job Introduction

The BBC Swahili Service is a flagship language service of the BBC World Service, part of the world’s largest public broadcaster.   

The BBC Swahili Service broadcasts the award-winning Dira ya Dunia television and radio programmes, Amka radio breakfast show and English Premier League commentaries, all watched and heard by audiences across East Africa and beyond.  Our editorial teams are located in London, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and we have reporters in other countries in Africa.

At the heart of the service’s exciting output is our hugely successful mobile and desk website,, offering video, interactive and audio content together with links to our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  

Our output aims to make international news relevant to an East African audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on East African developments.  Reporting in a dynamic and compelling fashion is important and interactivity forms a critical part of our content across all platforms.


Role Responsibility

We are recruiting a Multi-Media Journalist to originate, research, prepare, produce and present items, packages, interviews, discussions, complete programmes, background, analysis and features.  You will work across radio, TV, online, mobile and social media and need to ensure that any programme material meets the standards required by the BBC.  You will also work as Duty Editor for specific broadcasts or periods of time, as required.


Are you the right candidate?

You'll need recent and relevant experience as a multi-media broadcast journalist.  A full command and up to date knowledge of Kiswahili (first or equivalent language) is essential along with good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.  You'll need to demonstrate wide and up to date familiarity with East Africa and an in-depth understanding of the areas’ sporting activities and interests, history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience.  You'll need an excellent broadcasting voice and strong presentation skills with the ability to perform at the microphone with flair.  An ability to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media is also essential.

All applicants must have the right to work in Kenya.  This must be evidenced by a Kenyan passport or Kenyan ID card confirming Kenyan nationality. Please note that work permits are not transferrable between employers in Kenya so a current work permit is not evidence of your right to work with any employer other than that stipulated on the work permit.

Package Description

JOB TITLE                               Multi-Media Broadcast Journalist

DEPARTMENT                          BBC Swahili Service

DIVISION                                  World Service Group
REPORTS TO                           Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Swahili Service

LOCATION                               Nairobi, Kenya

GRADE                                     Kenyan Terms & Conditions

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

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

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 


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