Senior Journalist - Bilingual Reporter

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

Job Introduction

BBC Afrique is part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the world’s largest public broadcaster. In Africa, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of more than 90 million people on Radio, TV, Digital, Mobile and Social Media. We currently broadcast to Africa in English, Hausa, French, Somali, Swahili, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Kiswahili and Arabic.

BBC Afrique produces a wide range of radio and digital content with an emphasis on regional and international current affairs. Our coverage includes breaking news, sports, arts, health, business and features. We challenge decision makers to discuss the issues that affect the daily lives of Africans.

Role Responsibility

The bilingual reporter will play a crucial role providing timely, expert and authoritative coverage of news and current affairs in Yaounde and the francophone Africa region. You will file across platforms (TV, digital and radio) in both French and English. You will suggest and research stories or story elements for BBC Africa Service and other BBC services if requested by the editors/line managers; to find contributors and interviewees as well as other sources of material and/or actuality, as appropriate and to the required specification, whilst maintaining professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines. 

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable background in a journalistic role with previous experience in a similar capacity. Fluency in English and French (written and spoken) is essential as you will be required to broadcast on air for both languages. You will also have knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa and will be required to travel, sometimes at short notice and/or to areas which can be hostile environments. You will have a full understanding of what works on TV, radio and digital platforms that appeal to an African audience with a proven track record of coming up with creative ideas and delivering them.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Cameroon, Yaounde.

This position is on local terms and conditions. The candidate must have and maintain the right to work in Yaounde.


About the Company

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