Thematic Advisor (Media Reform Programme Lead, PRIMED project)

Job Introduction

BBC Media Action is leading a large consortium of media development actors to support local media in three countries to improve the provision of public interest content and defend access to information. We are looking to enhance the programme team in the UK with a Media Reform Programme Lead role to provide specialist technical guidance in media development, capacity development and media systems reform. The post holder will have proven experience in programme making on one hand and a passion for supporting programmes that look at media environments, legal frameworks, regulation and access to information as a human right.

The Media Reform Programme Lead will be a key member of the project implementation team delivering BBC Media Action’s Protecting Independent Media for Effective Development (PRIMED) programme. Reporting to the Head of Programme, PRIMED, the post will provide specialist technical guidance to country programme teams helping them design and implement impactful activities, and will work in close cooperation with UK-based colleagues in research, advisory and policy departments.    

Role Responsibility

  • Provide specialist technical guidance in media development, capacity development and media systems reform to the PRIMED project team and to country- and UK-based teams and partners working on the project.
  • Work with country teams to ensure that project activities are designed and delivered in line with up-to-date evidence and best practice and are aligned with BBC Media Action’s approach to media development.
  • Support country teams in designing project activities that meet project objectives and impact.
  • Support country teams in commissioning key experts and consultants to carry out training and technical support.
  • Support the Head of Programme in managing relationships with donors and consortium partners, particularly in technical areas.
  • Support the Head of Programme to develop reporting outputs (especially connected to FCDO Annual Reviews), particularly related to logframe reporting and other technical areas.
  • Support the Head of Programme and colleagues in research and policy areas to curate and shape a range of policy and learning engagements (conferences, webinars, etc).
  • Represent the project externally, as required.
  • Working closely with the research and advisory teams, provide inputs that support the capture of organisational learning in media development and engage in the evolution of organisational strategies and approaches.
  • Deputise for the Head of Programme as required.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Sound experience, in-depth knowledge and a proven reputation in the field of media reform.
  • Experience leading or directly supporting organisational reform efforts at a media organisation.
  • Strong experience in journalism, programme making or management within a news and current affairs environment, including significant experience at a media organisation in an editorial or strategy role.
  • Substantial experience of collaborative working, with the confidence and proven ability to deal with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate advanced technical concepts in an accessible way to multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrable understanding of media sectors in low and middle income countries, with experience of working in these markets.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Knowledge of media development concepts and techniques, ideally gained through experience of having delivered media development projects (desirable).
  • Experience of working in a complex project context, across multiple countries and with multiple consortium partners (desirable).

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: FTC until September 2023
Location: London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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