Assistant Panellist Producer

  BBC Media Action
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1666
Date Posted:Dec 24, 2019
Closing Date:Jan 7, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Media
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:2 - 3 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

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. Background: BBC Media Action has been working in Afghanistan for over 20 years, delivering media and communications projects on governance and health themes. We are in the start-up phase of a three-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada, ‘Her Voice, Her Rights’. The project will, through media, support women and girls to claim their rights and take part in public discourse. It involves capacity-strengthening of provincial radio stations and civil society organisations and will be delivered in partnership with a national media and a women’s empowerment organisation.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Editor and Senior Content Producer, the Assistant Panellist Producer will be part of a small creative production team working on Open Jirga, a fortnightly topical debate program. She/he will play a key role in weekly production activities which will include but are not limited to sourcing high profile panellists including government and non-government officials, senior politicians, celebrities, activists and civil society change-makers, as well as contribute to research, pitching new ideas and episode development work throughout the production cycle.       

Duties & Responsibilities:

Assist in all general production duties for the series of debates and other BBC MA projects as required. General production duties will include pre-production research, writing briefs, assisting on programme record days and post-production of both the television and radio version of the debates or other production

Suggesting and assisting in booking relevant high-profile panellists/guests for Open Jirga debates.

Maintain an extensive contacts book and develop relationships in ministries as well as governmental, non-governmental and civil society groups.

Maintain contact with partner organisations and liaise with them on possible panellists and audience members for the debates.

Research panellists for the debates and compile biographies on them.

Assist the editor and presenters with research and preparation of questions for the debate.

Assist in the production of promotional material for the debates and other related multi-media content.

Other duties as required under the project. 

Job Requirement:

  1. At least an undergraduate degree in Journalism, International Relations, Political Science or relevant discipline, or equivalent level of work experience.
  2. Fluency in one of the local languages (Pushto / Dari) and a good working knowledge of the other. Good working knowledge of English.
  3. Good existing contacts in ministries as well as governmental, non-governmental and civil society groups

  1. A good phone ethic, and evidence of strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and proven experience of maintaining relations with high ranking officials and personalities.
  2. Experience in using all Microsoft software packages.
  3. Evidence of the ability to deal with multiple tasks at a time and priorities.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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