New Job Opportunity at BBC Media Action Tanzania, Producer-Presenter – Tuyajenge

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Producer-Presenter – TuyajengeJob Title: Producer-Presenter – Tuyajenge
Location: Tanzania
Reports to: Senior Producer
Duration: 12 months

Context:
We are the BBC’s international charity, and we believe in the power of media and communication for good. We work across 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.

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The Broadcasting for Change project provides a unique space in the national media for young people to discuss important issues on their own terms and in their own language. The project focuses on supporting young women and girls to make informed decisions regarding their social, economic and political rights. It aims to build women’s and girls’ agency and contribute to long-term social and behaviour change around the rights of women and girls in Tanzania. It aims to do this by; increasing the audiences’ understanding of women’s rights and the benefits of gender equality, building people’s confidence and motivation to support women and uphold their rights, increasing the use of existing support services and challenging discriminatory and harmful gender norms.

Project outputs include:

  • A weekly national radio programmes focused on women’s rights and gender equality produced for young women and men, with corresponding social media platforms
  • Capacity-strengthening with young reporters and producers from partner radio stations, to build their capacity to design and create gender-transformative media content that supports the social, economic and political rights of young women and girls
  • Research to help us understand the barriers that young people (and particularly young women and girls) face to participating fully and actively in civic life in Tanzania
  • Seeking to establish connections with locally available resources and services that support the social, economic and political rights of women and girls.
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Alongside the existing outputs, the B4C team has the exciting opportunity to launch a new national radio show aimed at young men and women aged 25-35 and other influencers of social norms and attitudes in Tanzania. This new show is called Tuyajenge (Let’s Build It) which seeks to replicate the sound and feel of Niambie, but with its own style of presentation and distinctive content.

Job purpose:
We are looking for an experienced, creative and dynamic young radio producer-presenter. S/he will become one the main voices of the Tuyajenge radio show and will represent the programme and the work of BBC Media Action at events, outside broadcasts and while recording content. The successful candidate will be expected to produce and present the weekly programme in Kiswahili and to ensure it continues to meet the highest editorial, production standards in line with the BBC’s editorial values and safeguarding policies.

The role is open to applicants aged 18-26, holding a diploma in journalism or equivalent qualification. Young women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Present the Tuyajenge radio show and other media content in an engaging style that appeals to its young audience and attracts new listeners – helping the show to grow and improve and cementing a trusted relationship with its audience
  • Plan, script, produce and edit programme items and some full editions of the programme
  • Originate ideas and create content for programmes, stories, features and interviews, both on radio and digital platforms and other media content as the project develops
  • Gather, and verify the accuracy of, content for a range of programme formats through interviews, and collaboration with the Content Researcher and gender equality experts within the office
  • Assist the Senior Producer to plan programme topics and production trips and events
  • Impartially and critically review content from the Niambie project and – at times – content from other BBC Media Action projects in Tanzania and elsewhere
  • Represent diplomatically, energetically, and strategically Tuyajenge show and BBC Media Action as a whole at external events such as workshops, conferences and launches including championing gender equality as a concept and in practice
  • Learn, stay up to date with, and consistently apply the BBC’s editorial policies and values, production standards, and approach to safeguarding vulnerable people
  • Assist with other production and project management tasks as required.
  • 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.

Essential knowledge skills and experience:

  • At least one year’s experience of working as a presenter, producer and/or on-air journalist with an international or reputable Kiswahili broadcaster – essential
  • A recognised journalistic qualification from a reputable university or college – essential
  • Proven commitment to the principles of gender equality – essential
  • A good command of English, in order to be able to use BBC Media Action systems, communicate with colleagues in London and other offices and contribute to reports – essential
  • Experience of working on behaviour-change communication projects, preferably gender transformative work – desirable
  • Experience of developing entertaining, memorable and editorially acceptable programme topics and formats with experience of working in a similar role could bring
  • Knowledge of computer software for audio or video editing and uploading content to a range of digital platforms – desirable.

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.

MODE OF APPLICATION:
Interested qualified candidates should submit their CV with cover letter (in English, PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role by email to: recruitment@tz.bbcmediaaction.org – please include the title of the position applied for in the subject line and send by 5pm on 23rd May, 2021.
Only applicants with separate cover letter will be considered. Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified

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