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The BBC is looking for a: Senior Journalist (Bilingual Reporter), Francophone Africa


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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 multi-million pound expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service has introduced a wide range of new and exciting language and regional content to serve African and global audiences.  The BBC is the world leader in broadcast newsgathering at the forefront of both the range of editorial coverage and technological innovation.

We are looking to recruit a French / English Bilingual Reporter to work in our Kinshasa bureau.  This is a key role for an experienced Reporter who will deliver timely, expert and authoritative coverage of news and current affairs events throughout DRC.

Role Responsibility

Your role as Bilingual Reporter is to provide timely, expert and authoritative coverage of news and current affairs events in DRC for TV, radio, digital and online.  You will have an excellent network of contacts ad access to news-makers and be able to supply material for broadcast in fluent broadcast-standard French and English.  We expect you to report on news and current affairs in a timely, engaging manner which is suitable for our target audience.  You will stay well briefed on West African affairs in order to report and comment with authority.  You will have to travel across DRC at short notice in order to report on breaking news. 

Due to the nature of this role, you may be required to travel at short notice, therefore flexibility is key.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have an excellent command of English and French language (both written and spoken), with a track record in a senior journalistic background.  Experience of reporting in the field on issues in the target region is essential.  Experience of working in hostile environments is important.  You must have a thorough knowledge of regional and international affairs.  You will have a strong broadcasting voice and a track record of accuracy and impartiality. 

Package Description

Location: Kinshasa

Contract: continuing

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment is conditional upon you having the right to work in DR Congo

Please submit your CV and application in English

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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Senior Journalist (Bilingual Reporter), Francophone Africa

  •  Job ReferenceBBC/TP/653414/52518
  •  Contract TypePermanent
  •  Closing Date06 February, 2022
  •  Job CategoryJournalism
  •  Business UnitNews - WSG World Service
  •  LocationKinshasa, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  •  Job TitleSenior Journalist Reporter
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