Senior Journalist Reporter, Gates Foundation Project (Lagos)

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

Job Introduction

The World Service is partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in an ambitious three-year project to deliver compelling stories across platforms on the theme of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with a specific focus on ten African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Senegal and Tanzania.

The reporter, based in Lagos, will be expected to travel across the region (pandemic permitting) and/or to remotely produce compelling stories on the topic in a way that engages African audiences in particular on digital, social and broadcast platforms.  You’ll be working collaboratively as part of a small team linking Lagos, Nairobi and London, and with colleagues across the region.

Role Responsibility

You'll be responsible for originating and producing stories which may include scripting, editing, outputting, filming and presenting content across a range of BBC output or generating exciting ideas and original newsgathering.

This a key role bringing to life issues around water, sanitation and hygiene which make a difference to the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the continent, and which the pandemic has brought centre stage.

To be successful in this role you’ll need to be full of ideas and creative treatments. You’ll need to be able to work as part of a small team to deliver these stories, and work collaboratively with colleagues to develop and share ideas, and refine storytelling techniques.

You’ll be expected to generate and report on your own stories, taking responsibility for risk assessments, budgets and editorial compliance.  You will also be expected to collaborate with and support other members of the team and colleagues, for example by overseeing scripts and treatments to ensure a high editorial and creative standard.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Extensive experience of working in Africa and an in-depth understanding of its history, politics, social issues and culture, as well as the changing needs of the audience.
  • Excellent written and broadcast English. Knowledge of another West African language would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrable experience of field reporting related to the themes of water, sanitation and/or health.
  • Demonstrable experience of producing successful digital content for social and digital platforms, and for broadcast, including hands-on technical production skills.
  • A solid understanding of the BBC’s editorial guidelines and BBC values, especially as they relate to external partnerships.

Package Description

12 month attachment / fixed term contract

Based in Lagos, Nigeria

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria.

About the Company

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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. 

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