Career Opportunities at BBC Media Action (BBCMA) in Tanzania


BBC Media Action (BBCMA) in Tanzania
We are the BBC’s international charity, and we believe in the power of media and communication for good. We work in more than 20 of the world’s poorest and most fragile countries, supporting the independent media essential to democracy and development.


Each year, our projects and programmes reach 100 million people facing poverty, inequality and insecurity with information they can trust – helping to improve health, bridge divides, challenge prejudice, and save and change lives. We are independently funded and rely on the valued support of our donors and partners. We deliver a portfolio of media projects in Tanzania and we work to ensure that our projects are delivered on time to the highest possible standard, in accordance with BBC editorial values and BBC Media Action best practice

Journalist (Digital)

BBC Swahili Service

Dar es Salaam

Role Responsibility

We are looking for an experienced digital journalist to create content in multiple formats, in Swahili primarily and in English if required. They should be capable of creatively engaging audiences with interesting storytelling angles and techniques for all digital/social platforms. You will work to Senior Digital Journalists, and the Assistant Editor and Editor of the BBC Swahili Service and be part of a team with colleagues based in both Dar es salaam and Nairobi and other parts of the region.

The digital journalist will produce news and features in text and video, working across digital platforms to ensure the highest quality content is created for our audiences, and to make sure all content produced conforms to BBC values and editorial standards.

Other duties include:

  • To report, present, research, write, translate, edit and adapt text stories, video or audio material for audiences on digital platforms and radio
  • To create original digital content for all multimedia output
  • To be responsible for thinking through and around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches.
  • To maintain professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
  • To offer ideas for programme content; to suggest new angles on existing stories and to put forward stories not yet covered.
  •  To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To be able to freshen a story and write interesting headlines.
  • To provide content for other areas of the BBC including the BBC Africa hub and BBC News

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for an experience Journalist with a proven record of experience in all aspects of delivering powerful content in a challenging environment for multiple digital platforms.  With a knowledge of the East Africa region and relevant contacts you will have proven journalistic skills across digital platforms, good knowledge of the digital media market, creativity and flexibility, as well as a genuine passion for explaining the world to our global audiences.

Package Description

Band: Local Recruit
Contract type: Continuing
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Any offer of employment with the BBC is conditional upon you having the right to work in Dar es Salaam

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


Job Title: Mentor/Producer-Presenter

Reports to: Senior Trainer Mentor

Location: Tanzania. The post holder will be required to spend at least 80% of their time in the field, working with radio producers at partner stations throughout Tanzania.

Special requirements: Legal right to live and work in Tanzania. Fluent in spoken and written English and Swahili

Contract: February – August 2021 (with possible extension subject to funding)

Closing date: 31 January 2021

BBC Media Action:

The project focuses on achieving three major social and behavioural outcomes:

• Fathers engage more in responsible parenting

• Parents and caregivers communicate effectively with children

• Parents and caregivers prevent violence against children

Job purpose:

We are looking for a Mentor/Producer-Presenter to deliver in-depth training and mentoring on radio production to staff at a number of our partner stations throughout the country. The training and ongoing support aims to build their capacity, to produce varied, high-quality and editorially robust radio programmes.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Senior Trainer Mentor and Partnerships Development Manager to develop training plans that meet the needs of radio producers in line with a range of project objectives. The Mentor/Producer-Presenter will deliver training on location at the partner stations’ studios and during centrally organised training events. S/he will also provide communications and media training, as required. S/he will also co-present a national RPFC programme with a male presenter. The Mentor/Producer-Presenter will provide ongoing support to our partner organisations and their staff, with the goal of improving the quality and capacity of the media sector in Tanzania and fostering stronger links between NGOs and the media.

Main duties and accountabilities:

  • Develop and deliver the partner training and capacity-building elements of BBC Media Action’s Responsible Parenting and Family care project; to reach the highest standards in terms of quality, effectiveness, impact and relevance – meeting objectives clearly defined in the project proposal
  • Work with the Senior Trainer Mentor and Partnerships Development Manager to design a formal and on the job production training guide and train partner radios so that they independently produce a weekly local programme which meets BBC editorial standards.
  • Deliver a series of training workshops and events as per project’s approved work plan
  • Deliver one-to-one and online mentoring to producers and journalists at assigned partner radio stations or organisations. The Trainer/Mentor will provide constructive feedback at the end of each assignment
  • Work closely with radio partner producers on all aspects of training and programme production to ensure maximum ownership of the local programme
  • Work with RPFC mentor to ensure a national programme is produced weekly and on time. This may include arranging and conducting interviews, assigning production work to selected partner stations, , presentation and editing of materials for the programme when needed
  • Ensure that findings from research and audience feedback are used to refine and improve projects outputs
  • Submit weekly reports and work plans
  • Support all trainers coming to train our partner organisations
  • Ensure all project activities meet BBC standards, as well as delivering the projects development objectives
  • Provide technical links s between NGO experts and local radio partners in development of radio products and manage relationships between both
  • Generate new project ideas and report up to management level
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned.

Required skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Strong editorial judgment and substantial radio production experience within Tanzania is essential (3 years minimum with a reputable organisation)
  • Degree or diploma in journalism, mass communication or related field
  • Fluent in English and Swahili with ability to write reports and scripts in these languages
  • Experience in training journalists is an added advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication and influencing skills
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Understand and comply with BBC Media Action’s Safeguarding policy and the staff Code of Conduct
  • Participate in relevant mandatory training on Safeguarding and Respect at Work
  • Report any Safeguarding concerns immediately, either to the Country Director, or using the Whistleblowing Policy
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to BBC editorial values
  • Strong understanding of the role of media and communications in development.

Key competencies:

The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

  • Analytical Thinking – Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development.
  • Decision Making – Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made.
  • Planning and Organisation – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
  • Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Influencing and Persuading – Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
  • Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
  • Managing relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
  • Self-Development – Is able to identify and apply opportunities for learning and development.

Job Title: Senior Trainer/Mentor

Reports to: Partnership Development Manager (PDM)

Location: Tanzania

Contract: 12 months (with possible extension)

Special requirements: Legal right to live and work in Tanzania. Fluent in spoken and written English and Swahili

Closing date: 31 January 2021

Main duties and accountabilities:

  • Manage a growing team of local trainer/mentors working under the Gender, Health and Governance projects run by BBC Media Action Tanzania
  • Train BBC Media Action partner station staff to improve and sustain their capacity in journalism
  • Directly mentor the primary partner station as well as oversee the other partner stations under the Gender project, working closely with mentors
  • Identify the training needs of all partners of the Niambie II project, in order to facilitate the design of suitable training packages for implementation by the trainer/mentors
  • Oversee the delivery of training packages, ensuring impact is maximised
  • Conduct timely spot-checks and analyse local programmes in order to provide feedback to the projects, production and research teams
  • Ensure that all programming and training meet the highest BBC standards, as well as delivering the project’s development objectives
  • Ensure that findings from research and audience feedback are used to refine and improve project outputs
  • Manage the logistics of all international trainers’ visits for project support
  • Maintain and manage relationships with partner station management, teams and YP’s
  • Support trainer/mentors to establish online, mobile and social media aspects of the project
  • Assist with project co-ordination, including work planning, ensuring health and safety of project staff, and liaising with project partners and government officials as required
  • Contribute to narrative and financial reports on project implementation
  • Present weekly reports on partner station progress to the Gender Project Manager, including a section on trainer/mentor progress
  • Ensure training activities meet all contractual requirements of the project donors
  • Maintain contact with partner stations to ensure managers and radio station staff are aware of the training goals and ensuring on-going impact
  • Manage the training calendar for the Niambie project and RPFC
  • Provide in-depth and on-going support to new Niambie partner radio stations and YP’s as per the objectives of the project
  • Analyze and spot-check the Niambie radio programme in order to provide feedback to production team
  • Develop work plans, facilitate training logistics, and identify and document lessons learned from each training
  • Take lead in planning and preparation of all Niambie and RPFC trainings
  • Work closely with other teams to develop creative, innovative approaches to training
  • Ensure central training and workshop for YP’s are well coordinated and facilitated
  • Ensure CS team is well updated and refreshed on training/mentoring approaches by suggesting and coordinating refresher in-house training
  • Develop monthly reports, compiling data from other mentor’s weekly reports, and share with other teams within BBC Media Action
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned.

Required skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Strong editorial judgement, knowledge of BBC editorial guidelines and substantial radio production experience essential; including production of audience participation formats and gender and health programming
  • Degree or diploma in journalism, mass communication or related field
  • Fluent in English and Swahili
  • Significant experience of planning training courses and training journalists in Africa essential
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to issues of gender, health, governance, transparency, accountability, financial sustainability and participation
  • An awareness of the importance of new media and how it affects journalism and a willingness to learn the skills required to deliver journalism training using online means
  • Understand and comply with BBC Media Action’s Safeguarding policy and the staff Code of Conduct
  • Participate in relevant mandatory training on Safeguarding and Respect at Work
  • Report any Safeguarding concerns immediately, either to the Country Director, or using the Whistleblowing Policy
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills
  • Experience of operating effectively in difficult, highly politically sensitive and often fluid environments
  • Good working knowledge of computer packages including Email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

The role may involve working with groups of vulnerable children and adults. For the successful candidate, mandatory training will be provided on BBC Media Action’s safeguarding policy and staff code of conduct. A police background check may form part of the recruitment process. BBC Media Action operates a zero-tolerance policy concerning all forms of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people.

How to apply

Candidates should send their CV and a cover letter (in English, PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role by email to: – please include the title of the position applied for in the subject line and send by 5pm on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Only applicants with separate cover letter will be considered. Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.