Senior Journalist, BBC Tigrinya

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

Job Introduction

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.

Africa’s media landscape 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.

BBC Tigrinya is one of the BBC’s newest language services, serving our audiences in Ethiopia and Eritrea.  

The BBC is looking for a Senior Journalist to provide oversight for a range of digital and radio content which will appeal to a young audience.  You will be based in our Nairobi bureau.

Role Responsibility

As a Senior Journalist with the Tigrinya team, you will create content to maximise the BBC World Service’s impact and potential in Africa.  This will involve researching, interviewing original sources and writing reports for radio and digital platforms.

The role will lead the production of output, ensuring material produced is lively, interesting and appeals to the target audience, particularly women and the youth.  The Senior Journalist will be involved in training and day-to-day supervision of journalists and other production staff, as well as managing and assessing performance.  The role will also deputise for the Editor when required. 

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience of working in a senior journalistic role, with a full command of Tigrinya and English (written and spoken).  You will have a full understanding of social media and its challenges in working with breaking news.  First class knowledge of news and current affairs in the Horn of Africa and globally is important.  You will have sound editorial judgement and be able to evidence your experience of creating brilliant content for social media in text, graphic and video formats.  You will support a team of journalists, overseeing their work and helping them learn new skills.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: continuing - local terms and conditions apply
Location: Nairobi

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

About the Company

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Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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