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Assistant Producer / Presenter at BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development organisation, and we believe in the power of media and communication for good. We work in more than 20 countries around the world, supporting the independent media essential to democracy and development. Last year, our projects and programmes reached 130 million people facing poverty, inequality and insecurity with information they could trust, helping to improve health, bridge divides, challenge prejudice, and save and change lives. We follow the editorial standards and values of the BBC, but we rely on funding from donors and partners to carry out our work.

BBC Media Action delivers a portfolio of projects in Nigeria. It seeks to expand this portfolio of work, but also to ensure that existing projects are delivered on time, on budget, to the highest standards and in accordance with BBC editorial values and methodologies.

We are seeking talented professionals with the right experience to join our Nigeria team in the position below:

Job Title: Assistant Producer / Presenter

Location: Nigeria
Reports to: Senior producer – Factual
Contract: Fixed-term employment
Duration: 12 months

Job Purpose

  • The assistant producer / presenter will play a key role in planning, conducting and recording interviews, discussions and other content for BBC Media Action’s factual radio, digital and TV productions.
  • The assistant producer/presenter will also play an important part in shaping the voice of the output, helping provide its on-air identity, being involved in scripting cues and editorial discussions on the content of each edition.
  • This role will be responsible for sourcing guests and contributors for the outputs and securing suitable venues for recording.
  • The successful candidate will conduct content research on themes and ensure all content information is accurate, clear and in line with the theory of change strategies of BBC Media Action.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To present designated outputs in a clear, exciting and engaging manner.
  • To prepare for and conduct interviews with specialists, guests and include a variety of voices from across the country on a wide variety of topics including health and governance.
  • To contribute across the range of editorial/production activities within a team programme, ensuring high journalistic standards and compliance with BBC editorial guidelines at all times.
  • A sharp awareness of the needs and interests of a national audience.
  • To use all available technical resources to realize radio and other multimedia programme ideas as effectively and as efficiently as possible.
  • Edit interviews and other content to meet programme needs and deliver finished items on time.
  • Work with other members of the production and training team to ensure that all recordings and content meet BBC editorial guidelines.
  • Develop a broad understanding of major development [including health] and social/economic issues and trends across Nigeria.
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Interested candidates should possess relevant qualifications and work experience.
  • Ability to create original ideas and tell compelling stories.
  • The ability to write scripts and cues to an acceptable standard of journalism.
  • An authoritative and engaging broadcasting voice and developed interviewing skills.
  • Ability to analyse information and uncover engaging stories.
  • Ability to work well with colleagues and a diverse range of contacts.
  • Demonstrate creativity developing and presenting programme formats.
  • A resilient, flexible and adaptable approach in the face of rapidly changing circumstances within a pressurized environment.
  • Experience planning, conducting, recording and editing interviews and other factual media content.
  • Evidence of a strong interest in health, governance, development, and socio/economic issues in Nigeria.
  • Ability to keep an open mind on a range of diverse opinions and experiences, and work closely with a diverse team.
  • A sharp awareness of the needs and interests of a national audience.
  • Sound editorial judgment and decision-making skills, including the ability to adapt, react and respond to crises, and to evaluate risk.
  • Strong attention to detail and an ability to work within established deadlines.
  • A self-starter excited by the potential of working in a small, dynamic and growing team.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Fluency in written and spoken Hausa will be an added advantage.
  • Interest in developing stories, trends in news and development sectors especially in Nigeria.
  • Participate in a mandatory briefing on Respect at Work, and ensure compliance with the staff code of conduct and its related policies.
  • Report any Safeguarding concerns immediately, either to the line manager or using the Whistleblowing Policy.
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to BBC editorial values.

Special Requirement:

  • This is a local role and candidates must have right to live and work in Nigeria.

Deadline: 5pm; 20th December, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV with Cover Letter in English (PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role, and availability status to: using the Job Title as the subject of the email.


  • Only applicants with a separate cover letter will be considered.
  • Please do not send certificates or other attachments.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
  • BBC Media Action is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • This role may involve working with groups of vulnerable children, youth, and adults.
  • For the successful candidate, mandatory training will be provided on BBC Media Action’s safeguarding policy and staff code of conduct. BBC Media Action operates a zero-tolerance policy concerning all forms of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people.
  • A police background check may form part of the recruitment process.

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