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Multimedia Broadcast Journalist, Swahili Service (Kiswahili)

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

Job Introduction

The BBC has larger audiences in Africa than anywhere else in the world, through our broadcasts in English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Somali and Kiswahili.  We connect with our audiences through a variety of delivery methods including TV, radio, mobile and online. Our editorial teams are located in London, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and in other countries in Africa. 

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 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

Working as part of our editorial team and adhering to tight deadlines, you’ll be involved in all aspects of multi-media journalism including; presenting, interviewing, translating and writing packages predominantly for radio. You will work to produce engaging content to exceptional standards, demonstrating your knowledge of and passion for our audiences. All of the team are expected to offer ideas for items, programmes/series and online output and to actively contribute to the editorial planning process.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll have complete comprehension of written and spoken Kiswahili and English, coupled with the ability to communicate effectively.  We are particularly keen to hear from candidates with a strong track-record in radio presentation.  As this role will involve presenting our flagship evening radio show, Dira ya Dunia, you should have substantial experience as a broadcaster and as a news reader and a demonstrable social media following.  With recent and relevant journalistic experience you will also have an in-depth understanding of East Africa’s history, politics, social issues and culture.

You will be able to demonstrate your familiarity with our audiences, trends within our marketplace and knowledge of African and international current affairs. You’ll have a thorough awareness of the wider media situation in Africa and the way it is developing and the challenges it poses to the BBC.  

Package Description

Continuing Contract


Location: Nairobi


The closing date for applications is 14th February 2016.   To find out more and apply, please click the button. 


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