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Women Affairs Journalist, Pashto

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

Job Introduction

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, part of BBC News, delivering a wide range of language and regional services and working increasingly with other parts of BBC News to serve global audiences. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 320 million globally, including TV, digital platforms including social media, AM, FM, shortwave, digital satellite and cable channels.

As part of a historic and exciting expansion, the BBC World Service is expanding its language services serving audiences in Persian, Dari, Pashto, Turkish, Uzbek and Kyrgyz.

All Language Services are multiplatform, with a multimedia website with a focus on digital video, text, interactivity for both desktop and mobile platforms, and a daily TV news programmes for each service. Each service aims to make international news relevant to the specific Near East audience, and bring international perspectives to bear global developments.

We are recruiting for a Women Affairs Journalist to be based in Kabul, Afghanistan.  This is a fixed term contract until 31st March 2019.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Pashto Online Editor, Afghan Service, your role is to source, curate and commission blogs on women’s issues from the Pashto speaking audience in the region.  You will be working closely with the online, digital and social media journalists from the region where you will identify, sub and distribute compelling blogs back to the service and where appropriate to News Online.  You will have a strong understanding of the news agenda in Afghanistan and understand how it is playing out in social spaces.  You will also be expected to shoot and, in some cases, edit video material, conduct Facebook lives and record interviews on camera.  We also want you to develop a Women’s blogging network within the region and among diaspora from the region.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have an excellent command of Pashto and English language skills, both written and spoken, and knowledge of the target region.  You will have a journalistic background, with experience of working in an online production environment.  Social media skills are a must.  A clear understanding of the needs and profile of the target audience and the ability to translate these into imaginative and compelling content, specifically with reference to social media is essential.  In addition, you will have excellent writing and editing skills.

Package Description

Fixed term contract until 31st March 2019

Local terms and conditions apply

Part time (circa 20 hours per week)

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

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. You’ll 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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