Digital Content Producer, Tanzania,BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action uses media to reduce poverty and support people to understand their rights in developing countries. To achieve this, we partner with civil society, local media and governments to produce creative programmes in multi-media formats, based on robust research, which inform and engage audiences around key development issues.

BBC Media Action delivers a portfolio of media projects in Tanzania. It seeks to ensure that existing projects are delivered to time, to budget and to the highest standards in accordance with BBC editorial values.

Our work is built on insights from research and engagement with communities and focuses on three key themes: governance and human rights, health and resilience.

BBC Media Action has been working in Tanzania since 2009. One of our biggest projects is Niambie – a multimedia intervention connecting young people from across Tanzania to understand, discuss and influence decisions about issues affecting their lives.

Niambie provides a unique space in the national media for young people to discuss important issues on their own terms and in their own language. It engages and informs young people from across Tanzania, creating a platform for them to talk to their leaders. Evidence shows that Niambie contributes to increased self-efficacy among young people and women and increased ability to engage in discussions and take action on issues that matter to them.

Project outputs include:

  • A national youth-focused radio show
  • Social media channels that provide a space for young people to interact with each other and share their thoughts on important issues
  • Capacity-building with young professionals from five regions across Tanzania
  • Collaborative partnerships with national media organizations who broadcast the Niambie radio programme

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the senior producer, the digita content producer will be responsible for creating innovative digital content, ensuring that our online output is of the highest creative and editorial standards and serves the needs of our diverse young audiences.

S/he will be expected to come up with creative story ideas and treatments for Niambie’s social media platforms. The successful candidate will also be expected to stay up to date with new technologies, be willing to experiment with new formats and have ideas for ways in which Niambie can remain at the forefront of online content creation.

The digital content producer is directly responsible for managing all the project’s online accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Soundcloud. The role requires strong editorial skills and a firm grasp of Tanzania’s new online content regulations.

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently to a high standard and be capable of making decisions about contents and formats without supervision.

Department/Business Unit: BBC Media Action, Tanzania.

Location: Daar es Salaam, Tanzania

Reports To: Senior Producer, Niambie

Contract length: Six month fixed term contract (from August 2018)

Salary: Highly competitive within local NGO market rates

To apply: Candidates should send their CV and a cover letter which outlines their experience and suitability for the role in English by email to: recruitment@tz.bbcmediaaction.orgwith the title of the position applied for in the subject line before 5pm on Monday 23rd July 2018.

Please do not send certificates or other attachments. This is a local post applicable to people who have the legal right to live and work in Tanzania and national terms and conditions will apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Main duties:

  • Originating and delivering high-quality ideas for original digital content.
  • Liaising with producers, research and project staff in content planning meetings and production.
  • Checking digital content prior to publication to ensure it is accurate, legally sound and complies with the BBC’s editorial standards and child protection policy.
  • Filming and editing of still photos and video.
  • Attending events for reporting purposes as assigned.
  • Supporting young professionals to pitch stories and create content for Niambie social media channels.
  • Working with the research team to gather and analyse online interactions and sharing information with the production team.
  • Travelling outside Dar to gather content and support the radio production team.
  • Developing a robust strategy for increasing Niambie’s digital reach and audience engagement.
  • Developing and pitching creative story ideas.
  • Working with radio producers to find and utilise the most effective ways of cross-promoting stories.
  • Monitoring Niambie’s social media platforms and escalating potential editorial/moderation issues where appropriate.
  • Maintaining a logical workflow and sticking to deadlines.
  • Keeping across new and emerging social media trends and sharing new ideas with the production team and management.
  • Maintaining a digital library that can be used across productions and accessed by other teams in the organisation.
  • Shooting and editing videos and photographs for use on Niambie online platforms.
  • Sharing social media comments and insights with the research team.

Required skills and experience

  • Good communications skills and technical knowledge.
  • Degree or diploma in journalism, mass communication or related field.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in online content gathering, journalism or mass communication – experience of creating content for social media is desirable.
  • Knowledge of radio production and sound editorial judgment.
  • Excellent English and Swahili writing skills.
  • Good computer skills – ability to use audio/video editing software preferred.
  • A good understanding of audio and visual production and post-production techniques.
  • Creative flair, with strong writing skills and the ability to structure a narrative.
  • A willingness to experiment with new technologies to create compelling, high-quality digital content with minimal supervision.
  • Experience of working independently and within a team.
  • A good understanding of managing an online production process to deliver content on time and to budget.
  • Highly organised, with a proven ability to prioritise, manage a workload and deadlines and maintain attention to detail.
  • Experience working in a development or related setting.
  • Proven ability to multitask.

Competencies:

The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

Problem solving – Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts as well as to explore and evaluate them systematically.

Decision making – Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made.

Planning and organisation – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others; prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resource requirements.

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.

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.

Managing relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.

This is a national post and right to work in Tanzania is required. The BBC is an equal opportunity employer.

A job description 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 a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.

For more info visit : https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/jobs/digital-content-producer-niambie

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