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Deployment West Editor - Africa

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

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 an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is launching new current affairs and news programmes and innovative digital services to work alongside existing African Services.

We are looking for a talented, motivated and experienced Senior Journalist to lead daily Language Service news deployments in Africa. Working closely and collaboratively with the African Planning/ Editorial teams in both London and across Africa, the Deployments Editor will deliver the best service for BBC audiences.

BBC Africa’s expansion aims to increase the impact of BBC journalism and strengthen the BBC’s international offer to benefit audiences. 

Role Responsibility

In your role, you will be required to deploy on stories and specials for all African Language Service platforms and to deliver high quality material for the new portfolio of "2020" TV content to African audiences as well as to the wider BBC.

You will ensure breaking news in Africa is covered appropriately, swiftly with the maximum impact and relevance for audiences and the BBC.

Any Language Service developments will mean working with the Newsgathering Africa Bureau Editor to ensure BBC’s deployments in Africa work as efficiently and effectively.

You role will require you to manage Language Service Reporters, Field producers and Shoot Edits for News in multiple locations ensuring appropriate training, development and performance feedback. 

The Language Service presence in the region offers opportunities and challenges ahead, however, you will be a key member of the senior team and will work with the Africa Planning Editor and Language Service Editors to maintain high editorial standards, as well as making sure content is within the BBC brand. You will contribute to the overall strategy and direction of BBC Africa’s output on News and current affairs. 

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a good track record in editorial innovation and in developing great digital and TV content.  Your understanding of African news, international affairs, the media market and the changing needs of the audience will be vital to the role.

You should be able to demonstrate a successful record of managing budgets and observing tight financial targets and enthusiasm for change.

Your creative flair, innovative ideas and initiative will enable you to contribute to editorial strategies, planning and the development of the programme agenda.

Fluent French and English is necessary in this role.

Package Description

Grade:                  Local terms and conditions

Location:              Senegal, Dakar

Contract:              Continuing

Please note that the successful candidate must have the right to work in Senegal.

About the Company

We do not focus simply on what we do. We also care about 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. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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