Producer/ Mentor


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BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. We use the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in understanding their rights. Our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world. We work in partnership with broadcasters, governments, non-governmental organizations and donors to share reliable, timely and useful information.
We seek to recruit the following five positions for a new governance project, designed to contribute to ‘increasing participation and trust in political processes among Somali citizens’. BBC Media Action will use media and communications to enhance engagement in political and civic processes in Somalia through increasing knowledge and understanding about political and civic rights, responsibilities, processes and issues, as well as creating space for constructive dialogue. All roles will be based in our office in Hargeisa and travel around Somalia will be required.
All roles will be offered on an 18 month contract.
“The role may involve working with groups of vulnerable 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.”
To apply for any of these jobs get a full job description from this links: or ‘’, press jobs, then Somalia.
Submit your CV and a covering letter by email to by 10 PM on August 7th, 2019
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
1. Producer/ Mentor
We are looking for an experienced radio journalist to delivering in-depth mentoring on radio production to staff at our radio partner stations throughout Somalia to build their capacity to produce varied, high-quality and editorially robust radio programmes. The mentor/producer will also be a key member of our own radio production team working on weekly radio programmes. Strong editorial judgement and production skills are essential. Fluency in Somali and English is required.
Title: Producer/Mentor
Reports to: Deputy Country Director
Based: Hargeisa,
Job Purpose
The Producer/Mentor will be responsible for training and mentoring BBC Media Action’s local radio station partners in Somalia. This will include planning and participating in training workshops for journalists, face to face on the job mentoring in radio stations around the country and remote support over the phone/internet. S/he will support producers in the partner stations to record packages for BBC Media Action’s weekly governance radio programme. S/he will also support the producer in the production of this programme – this may include presenting, recording interviews, editing packages and providing technical support in the studio. S/he will champion BBC values and editorial policy in all aspects of the job.

The Producer/Mentor will be based in Hargeisa but will travel frequently within Somalia particularly to south-central regions.

Responsibilities and Duties

Take overall responsibility for the media capacity building of the project, defining direction, strategy and activities
Take the lead in building and maintaining effective relationships with the project media partners to ensure that partners and networks are aware of the project goals and objectives
Ensure that any challenges or problems faced during implementation are channelled upwards, in the first instance to the Senior Project Manager 
Design and deliver the capacity building plan for the project, including identifying training needs for partners, developing training modules, delivering them to the project partners’ production teams
Support media partners to develop appropriate, relevant, and creative plans for radio content.  This includes setting up editorial processes where necessary, contributing ideas to the programme teams, and reviewing and providing feedback on radio programmes
Ensure that mentoring and production strategy and activities are systematically captured for use when reporting internally and externally on the project
Work closely with BBC Media Action’s research team to design research activities that reflect and support the capacity building work, and ensure that research findings are used to refine and improve the project’s production outputs and capacity building work
Monitor and manage project risks and ensure the mentoring team is adhering to BBC health and safety standards
Oversee and support the management of expenditure on all capacity building and production activities
Design, organise and lead training workshops and develop and deliver on-the-job training modules and mentoring support for partner local radio stations 
Work in close collaboration with relevant departments in the London team as required (Editorial Development, Africa Regional team etc.) 
Comply with BBC Media Action’s risk assessment processes
Willingness and ability to travel within Somaliland and Somalia

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required 

Significant recent experience as a radio journalist and trainer/mentor with a good knowledge of production techniques in the context of Somalia particularly in South Central regions
Higher education in a relevant field, such as journalism, development communications etc
Strong understanding of and commitment to issues of governance, transparency, accountability, financial sustainability and participation
Demonstrable interest in the potential of the media to achieve development goals
Experience of working in the field of media development, or communications for development preferred
At least two years’ experience in designing and delivering training and/or mentoring to journalists in Somalia particularly South Central regions
Strong editorial judgement, knowledge of BBC editorial guidelines and substantial radio production experience essential
Ability to design, plan, implement, monitor and adjust work based on the project’s strategy and objectives
Ability to conduct work with minimal supervision and good time management skills, with a track record of delivering results to deadline and to a high standard of quality
Strong presentation skills, communicating complex technical ideas using non-technical language to a wide range of audiences from journalists, production staff, researchers, donors and development practitioners
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in Somali and English languages
Good computer skills with knowledge of professional sound editing software and an excellent use of a range of video, audio and digital equipment
Willingness and ability to travel within Somaliland and Somalia

Relevant competencies

Analytical thinking-Ability to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, and to explore and evaluate them systematically
Decision making-Ability to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made
Planning and organization-Ability to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resource requirements
Developing others-able to recognise potential (managerial, professional, artistic or otherwise) and is willing to foster the development of that potential. Creates a climate in which potential can be realised
Managing relationships and team working-Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively 
Resilience-Ability to maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations 
Influencing and persuading-Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others
Professional ethics-Ability to exercise sensitivity and moral judgment with conscience in all activities. Should be objective, independent and free of conflicts of interest

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