BBC World Service – Editor (BBC Africa Health).

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BBC Africa draws on its extensive network of journalists to deliver the biggest stories from across the continent and its diaspora.  The service aims to make, explain and connect African and global stories by providing a unique insight into the main stories of the day in original formats.

The African service digital offer consists of websites, mobile sites and social media with all services providing multimedia content in text, video, interactive and audio for radio, online, TV, mobile and social media platforms.

As part of a historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service launched new Health and wellness  TV programming and innovative digital content in English, Swahili and French.

We are looking for an Editor to lead our Health Unit. This is a continuing contract.

Role Responsibility

As part of the senior editorial team, your role will be to lead the Africa Health Unit. You will need to have excellent knowledge of Health systems in Africa, global trends in Health and wellbeing, and a deep awareness of the evolving science, research and knowledge development in the Health sector. They’ll also need a  deep understanding of what audiences are looking for in digital and social media coverage as well as a real nose for original, creative journalism. 

You will provide creative leadership and vision for the team.  You will have full editorial responsibility for the production of the Africa TV Health programmes in English, Swahili and French and daily news coverage of Health stories from the continent

This role is also responsible for managing the Africa Health team including recruiting and staff development.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in a senior journalistic capacity, with fluent Swahili and English language skills.  A working knowledge of French is an added advantage. You will have extensive editorial experience of online and digital, with the ability to develop and implement new approaches to programme structure and content. 

Demonstrable experience of commissioning and bringing to broadcast compelling multi-platform stories related to Health in Africa and African news and current affairs is essential.

To succeed in this role you will need to be an experienced editor, able to build a collaborative and supportive team to deliver creative, high-quality journalism that meets the editorial standards of the BBC and the specific requirements of our audiences. 

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Perm
Location: Kenya, Nairobi

Local terms and conditions apply.

About the Company

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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