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The BBC is looking for a Nairobi-based: Senior Journalist - AfricaTV Health


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Job Introduction

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 a Senior Journalist to lead in editorial out put and programme making for our Flagship Health Programme ‘Life Clinic’. This is a continuing contract

Role Responsibility

As part of the senior editorial team, your role will be to provide leadership support for the Africa Health Editor and lead production output of the Africa TV Health programmes, digital content and Health News coverage.

You will need to have excellent knowledge of Health systems in Africa, global health trends, research and knowledge development in Health and Wellbeing. You will also need a deep understanding of what audiences are looking for in TV, digital and social media Health and wellness coverage as well as a nose for original, creative journalism.

In this role, the Senior Journalist will plan, coordinate and oversee editorial production processes for ‘Life Clinic’, Digital Health content and News coverage. Working closely with the editor, they will allocate work to the team and ensure the professional contribution of staff and the quality of output.

The Ideal Candidate

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

Demonstrable experience of commissioning and  delivering 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 journalist, able to lead 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: 12 month Fixed Term Contract
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.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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Senior Journalist - AfricaTV Health

  •  Job ReferenceBBC/TP/2269572/58426
  •  Contract TypeFixed Term Full Time
  •  Closing Date04 February, 2022
  •  Job CategoryJournalism
  •  Business UnitNews - WSG World Service
  •  LocationNairobi, Kenya
  •  Job TitleSenior Journalist


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