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Trainee Scheme BBC Africa

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

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service reaches more than 90 million people in Africa weekly on Radio, TV, Online (language sites and, Mobile and Social Media. Our East Africa hub based in Nairobi is our biggest bureau in Africa hosting Amharic, Afaan Oromoo, Tigrinya, Swahili, Somali and Great Lakes Language services as well as digital teams, an innovation hub and a range of TV programmes. 

This opportunity is for three Trainees to join the Nairobi bureau for 12 months to gain the skills and experience needed to be a BBC Journalist.

Role Responsibility

This is a chance to understand BBC news as a journalist, including what it is like working in two languages - English and one other of the Horn of Africa languages, Amharic, Afaan Oromoo or Tigrinya.  You will spend time in the relevant language service within The East Africa Bureau, meeting a range of people, from bilingual reporters, producers, editors, presenters, camera operators to online, digital and social media journalists.

At the end of the 12 months you will have a clear understanding of BBC editorial values and an idea of the wide-ranging journalism that goes on at BBC Africa and other parts of BBC News. Should you complete your traineeship successfully you will be ready to apply for Journalist roles within the BBC and in other media organisations.

There is no guarantee of a job at the end of the scheme.

Are you the right candidate?

You do not need any professional journalism training before you start the scheme but you must be able to a passion and keen your interest for the job.  For example, you may be writing articles for a newspaper, working at a radio station, blogging or vlogging - or creating great social media content.

You will be a creative storyteller who is curious about the world around you and are fascinated by news and current affairs. You will be confident meeting new people and sharing people’s stories with ideas on how we can reach all of our audiences including people who might not normally consume news. 

You will need to be 18 or over by the time the scheme starts

Package Description

Number of Positions: 3

Band: Trainee

Contract: 12 months

Base: Nairobi 

Anticipated Start Date: 1st November 2018

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

About the BBC

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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