Multi-Media Journalist, BBC Swahili Service

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 looking for a Producer / Reporter with a knack for original journalism, an excellent understanding of regional, British and international News and Current Affairs relevant to our Swahili audience.  You must have strong knowledge of Sports in Africa and globally and an ability to create and also present expert, authoritative and entertaining Sports coverage from and to the Region.  You will originate research, prepare, produce and present programs, items, packages, interviews, discussions, background, analysis and features, for radio, TV, online, mobile and social media.  You need to ensure that any programme material for which the post holder is responsible meets the standards required by the BBC.

The Ideal 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.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing (local terms and conditions)

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very 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.

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