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Senior Broadcast Journalist (Social Media), BBC Great Lakes

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

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is embarking on an exciting journey with unprecedented investment in digital content for Africa and your role will be critical to us in meeting our ambitions. At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world. BBC Great Lakes aims to deliver our journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms.

By joining BBC Great Lakes, you’ll be a part of the team for a leading international broadcaster, the BBC World Service, which reaches more than 90 million people in Africa weekly on Radio, TV, Online (language sites and, Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in seven languages: English, French, Hausa, Great Lakes, Somali, Pidgin and Swahili.

We are looking for a Senior Social Media Digital journalist with excellent written and spoken Kinyarwanda and English language to join the team in Nairobi; you will also be expected to work remotely with the Great Lakes radio and online team in London.

Role Responsibility

You will lead the day-to-day running of the BBC Great Lakes social media platforms and will help to grow our audience reach and engagement. You will use social media effectively to spot the news as it breaks, curate and cultivate user generated content, identify viral content, develop and manage onsite communities and off-site social presences, with the aim of maximising reach and awareness. You will ensure that the social offer is engaging, coherent, upholds BBC News’ editorial values and further establishes BBC Great Lakes as a ground breaking interactive site especially amongst our young audiences.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a successful record of working in an online production environment with demonstrable experience and enthusiasm for social media and interactivity, an excellent knowledge of developments in social media and related areas. You’ll have an eye for a good story, the ability to tell digital stories in Kinyarwanda and have video editing skills.

We are looking for somebody with strong editorial judgement and a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and libel laws. It is important that you have the ability to produce content specifically for social platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

You must have a self-learner approach to new technologies and an understanding of their potential is essential. Additional training will be provided.

A working knowledge of French would be desirable.

For further information please read the full job description which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Package Description

Continuing (permanent) contract

Role based in Nairobi 

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Kenya. 

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 have 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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