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Radio Editor, Health Programme (Ghamai)


About BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action
BBC Media Action uses media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. To achieve this, we partner with civil society, local media and governments to: strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity, and produce creative media outputs which inform and engage audiences around key development issues.

BBC Media Action has been working in Afghanistan for over 20 years, delivering media and communications projects on governance and health themes. Since 2015 we have been working to address vaccination uptake and other child health issues through a project funded by UNICEF. One of the most important elements of the project is a weekly Pashto-language radio magazine programme, Ghamai, broadcast on the BBC Afghan Service and on partner radio stations across Afghanistan. The programme is aimed at a target audience of parents and caregivers of children under five years. Content includes packages, interviews, reports, studio-based segments and drama. In this new phase of the project, we want to build on the success of the programme, taking on board findings from audience research carried out in the first phase and bringing new innovation and direction to the format.

Job Summary

Overall Purpose of Job:
Reporting to the Head of Production, the Editor will be responsible for leading the Ghamai production team and ensuring that the programme and associated social media content meets its health communication objectives and achieves the highest possible editorial and creative standards. The editor will oversee all aspects of the production from planning to broadcast. This will include programme planning; programme research; selection of guests for interviewing; scripting; commissioning and producing radio packages; commissioning drama inserts and ensuring that all content meets BBC editorial values. The role requires the ability to make sound judgements, under pressure, on editorially sensitive issues. The editor will be responsible for overseeing the technical post-production of the show to ensure is delivered to BBC standards and is completed on time and ready for transmission. He/she will collaborate closely with the project team and research team to ensure the programme and all content in informed by the project’s health communication objectives and audience research findings. The post-holder will play an important role in designing the new format of the show and determining how it can be creatively produced.

Job Details

Date Posted: 14 Nov 2017 Reference: 28/2017
Closing Date: 27 Nov 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Media Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Fixed-term Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 2 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Main duties and responsibilities:

Lead on the design, planning and production of the Ghamai radio magazine programme and related social media content, ensuring all content in complies with BBC Editorial Guidelines.

Manage the production team ensuring that each person is clear about their responsibilities, is able to make a creative contribution to the programme and is supported to develop their skills as required.

Lead on the creative development of the programme format, bringing fresh ideas and approaches to ensure it remains a great listen and meets the needs of the audience.

Oversee the planning and scheduling of the production in close liaison with the Head of Production.

Develop and maintain production plans for the programme and ensure all required paperwork including contacts lists, production schedules, call sheets, risk assessments and compliance forms.

Observe BBC editorial and production guidelines and ensure they are fully understood by other Ghamai team members.

Ensure that each show successfully achieves its health communication objectives and adheres to the editorial brief of the programme.

Ensure that each show is produced within its allocated budget and time frame.

Ensure that the programmes reflect the technical advice and feedback from the Project Advisory Group.

Oversee the script writing, programme research, commissioning and production of radio packages and drama segments and the selection of interview guests.

Check and provide regular feedback on edited Ghamai programmes and carry out quality checks before sign off for broadcast.

Participate in training and mentoring from BBC Media Action’s Health Advisers and other experts to gain knowledge of and skills in health communication; childhood vaccination; and polio, and proactively update this knowledge and skills throughout the project.

Provide written programme briefs to the project team and transcripts as required.

Provide support to the project’s radio partners as needed and identify opportunities for collaboration with partners.

Support other teams in the production of other project media outputs where necessary.
Perform other duties as requested by the Head of Production and liaise with other internal teams and external stakeholders as required.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


Essential skills and experience:
An impressive track-record in an editorial role as a radio editor, producer or journalist

Proven experience of and enthusiasm for training and/or mentoring.

Experience of leading, managing and inspiring radio production teams.

Demonstrable creative ability, with a proven track-record in coming up with innovative ideas for content.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Ability to plan, multi-task and manage time effectively.

Strong report writing and record keeping ability.

Good IT skills, including experience of audio editing software and Microsoft Office.

Fluency in Dari, Pashto and English


Desirable skills and experience:

Previous experience of working in an editorial role for an international organisation.

Familiarity with the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines

Experience using research and analysis to support development training and mentoring activities

A journalism or communications qualification.

Key competencies

Creative Thinking - able to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.

Managing relationships and teamwork: 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.

Values individual's differences and demonstrates a commitment to knowledge sharing and informal learning, for the benefit of the team.

Influencing and persuading. Influencing and persuading - able 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.

Planning and Organisation: Able to think ahead to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others; planning of 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.

Decision Making: Able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree, Media

Submission Guideline

Submission Guidelines
Interested qualified female or male Afghan national’s candidates should submit their CV with cover letter explaining their interest and suitability for the post to:Please remember to mention the position title and Vacancy Announcement number in the subject line of your e-mails.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

The applications may not be accepted later than 27 November 2017.

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