BBC – Software Engineer – Nairobi.

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Job Introduction

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 a historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service established an editorial, digital innovation team in Nairobi that has a mandate to create innovative and engaging digital content for African and global audiences.

We are looking for web developers who are enthusiastic about online journalism to join a BBC World Service Visual Journalism team in Nairobi. The World Service Visual Journalism hubs will be made up of an editor, and UX designer and a developer. 

You will be based in Nairobi and also be an active member of a wider international development team. You will have the freedom to work on locally defined projects, but will be supported by structures and processes that ensure you will have excellent training and development opportunities and are always backed up by a team who will help you produce work to the highest standard.

Role Responsibility

As the developer in this team you will be responsible for building technical solutions to meet the requirements of the local design and editorial team. You will be assessing the technical feasibility of projects, giving realistic time estimations for the work required as well as escalating any technical queries and designs where new or innovative approaches are being used for review to the wider technical team.  You will also be liaising with the wider Software development team in BBC News to ensure that all deployments to the live servers are peer reviewed and managed via GitHub with a London based Lead Developer across the process.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have excellent front end web development skills including HTML, CSS, JavaScript programming with knowledge of developing large and modular applications. You will have the ability to write in ES6 and an appreciation of backwards-compatible / cross-browser JavaScript. You will have experience in building both front and backend workflows and building new platforms and tools that help reporters and readers better understand and explore large data sets.

Experience in supporting all browsers with core content and ensure compliance with screen readers in accordance with WAI standards etc is essential. You will have great understanding of UX concerns and have familiarity in using GitHub workflows, API’s and some with AWS or similar Cloud Infrastructure and associated tooling. Experience of webpack would be desirable.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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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