BBC World Service Jobs 2018… Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates for BBC World Service Jobs 2018. Eligible candidates are advised to apply before deadline as application submitted before deadline will not be accepted.
The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster
on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320
million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC
World Service is launching a new Sports weekly TV programme and innovative
digital sport content alongside existing African Sport output.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Deployment Editor
Job Reference: BBC/TP/653414/33835
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Job Category: Journalism
Business Unit: News – W2020 – Africa
Reports to: Regional Planning Editor
Grade: Local terms and conditions
- The BBC is an international multimedia
broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global
audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC
Africa, the BBC World Service is launching new current affairs and news
programmes and innovative digital services to work alongside existing African
- We are looking for a talented, motivated and
experienced Senior Journalist to lead daily Language Service news deployments
in Africa. Working closely and collaboratively with the African Planning/
Editorial teams in both London and across Africa, the Deployments Editor will
deliver the best service for BBC audiences.
- BBC Africa’s expansion aims to increase the
impact of BBC journalism and strengthen the BBC’s international offer to
- To ensure the most effective deployment on
stories and specials for all African Language Service platforms and to deliver
the very best journalism to African audiences as well as to the wider BBC.
- To manage Language Service Reporters, Field
producers and Shoot Edits for News in multiple locations ensuring appropriate
training, development and performance feedback. To be responsible for the
safety and risk assessment of each of their deployments.
- The significant WS Language Service presence
in the region offers opportunities and challenges ahead, with the expectation
of editorial co-operation and integration on all levels. The editor will be
expected to play a key role in drawing the teams together to work for the
benefit of all audiences.
- The Deployments Editor will be a key member of
the senior team and will work with the Africa Planning Editor and Language
Service Editors to maintain high editorial standards, as well as making sure
content is within the BBC brand. They will contribute to the overall strategy
and direction of BBC Africa’s output on News and current affairs.
- To ensure breaking news in Africa is covered
appropriately, swiftly with the maximum impact and relevance for audiences and
- To manage deployments – primarily in West
Africa — and ensure provision of high quality material for the new portfolio of
“2020” TV content.
- To be responsible for Language Service
developments and working with the Newsgathering Africa Bureau Editor to ensure
BBC’s deployments in Africa work as efficiently and effectively as possible for
the whole of BBC News.
- To liaise with colleagues across BBC News, in
particular Africa, to the benefit of respective audiences.
- To devise, develop and deliver Language
Service deployments to achieve high impact journalism across all Africa Service
platforms and the wider BBC.
- Lead, manage and motivate Language Service
reporters, producers, shoot edits and others in improving the range and quality
- Be strategic, creative and influential in
shaping and developing BBC’s news agenda.
- To understand the risk and value in
deployments and make effective decisions often in breaking news deployments.
- To ensure the safety of deployed reporters,
producers and shoot edits, providing safety and risk assessments (including
hostile risk assessments) and to deputise for high risk point of contact when
- To have expertise and detailed knowledge of
African news, politics, business, sport and current affairs stories across
Africa and an awareness of developments and trends. To be able to brief and
advise editorial/production colleagues both in London and in the field on
relevant topics and events.
- To lead the Africa Service newsgathering
teams, managing rotas and staff and ensuring best use of resources, and
following BBC procedures and standards.
- To liaise with senior Africa Service editorial
staff on deployments, stories, series and editorial projects
- To help integrate planning and deployments
with WS Regions and develop mutually beneficial use of technical, production
and on-air talent.
- To ensure that content meets the highest of
BBC brand and editorial standards.
- To make sure that Africa language teams work
collaboratively and with the wider BBC.
- To be calm and communicate well, even when
- To have an editorial oversight in
collaboration with Africa Service news teams and Central Language structures in
- To work closely with the Africa Planning
Editor and Africa output editors to ensure the right stories are covered in an
effective way and to maintain clear and regular communication.
- To liaise with, and get advice from the
Planning Editor (Languages) and the Newsgathering Bureaux Editor about big and
high impact content.
- To ensure the commissioning of new and
innovative digital and TV content which is shareable across African languages
and the rest of the BBC.
- To work closely with Language Service editors
to develop talent, editorial themes and content.
- To ensure a high level of fast, accurate,
engaging and fair journalism from across the region.
- To represent the BBC internally and externally
Required Skills Abilities and
- Editorial authority and organisational
- A track record in editorial innovation and in
developing great digital and TV content.
- An understanding of the agendas and
requirements of the various BBC News international facing platforms.
- Knowledge and understanding of TV and digital
platforms across Africa.
- Innovative ideas and initiative to contribute
to editorial strategies, planning and the development of the programme agenda.
- Demonstrable experience of the ability to lead
and motivate and manage a team split across different sites.
- A successful record of managing budgets and
observing tight financial targets and enthusiasm for change
- Experience of stakeholder management and
- Fluent English is essential and fluency in
language(s) spoken in West Africa is an advantage.
- A familiarity with the rest of BBC output and
- Detailed current knowledge of the African
media market and the changing needs of the audience.
- Thorough knowledge of African news and
international current affairs.
- Experience of leading the coverage of major
The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been
identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to
demonstrate these competencies:
- Editorial Judgement – demonstrates balanced
and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of BBC editorial guidelines,
target audience, programme and department objectives. Makes the right editorial
decisions, taking account of conflicting views where necessary.
- Influencing and Persuading – ability to
present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a
range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or
- Communication – the ability to get one’s
message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques
appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
- Talent Management – is able to recognise
potential (managerial, professional, artistic or otherwise) and is willing to
foster the development of that potential. Creates a climate in which potential
can be realised.
- Managing relationships – able to build and
maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
- Self-Development – is able to identify and
apply opportunities for learning and development.
- Decision Making – is ready and able to take
the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the
- Imagination / Creative Thinking – is able to
transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing
situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
- Planning and Organisation – is able to think
ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for
yourself and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all
the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources
- Leadership – ability to create a vision and
inspire others to realise it irrespective of circumstances.
- Resilience – can maintain personal
effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or
when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work
that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click Here to Apply
Deadline 20th December, 2018.
- The above job specification is a written
statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal
accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience
required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be
complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.
- Any offer of
employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work
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