Radio Assistant Producer

  BBC Media Action
Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 2035
Date Posted:Jun 22, 2017
Closing Date:Jul 5, 2017
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Media
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:3 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

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:

Overall Purpose of the Job(s)
BBC Media Action seeks applications for the role of Assistant Producer or
Assistant Producer/Presenter. Reporting to the Editor, the Assistant Producer will be responsible for supporting the Producers of the show on all planning and production tasks of the weekly magazine style radio show on polio, child vaccination and child health issues. This show will be presented and produced in the Pashto language. The Assistant Producer will help with program research, booking studio guests, arranging program scheduling, liaising with contributors from outside of Kabul, audio editing of the programs and updating social media outputs. The post holder may also present on the programme, interviewing studio guests and engaging with audiences through different platforms (e.g. phone calls, social media and recorded audience questions). They will support the social media output of the project, helping to create content and monitor audience engagement. He/she will maintain all production information for the weekly show including contact details, transport logistics and correspondence from audiences. The Assistant Producer will maintain all audio equipment used by the show both in the studio and on location and ensure that it is kept in excellent condition. The role will work on allocated radio packages for the show and be responsible for delivering high quality output on time. The Assistant Producer will be based in Kabul, with some national travel.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Main duties and Responsibilities

Support the Producers in all planning and production tasks of the weekly show.

Support the Producers to develop and ensure high quality radio programs.

Program research, booking studio guests, writing program scripts.

Where relevant, act as a presenter in the show in the Pashto language.

Record, mix and deliver packages and complete programs for radio broadcast.

Help to support and guide freelance staff including stringers/reporters, voice artists and presenters.

Professionally operate a range of audio equipment to the highest BBC standards.

Maintain all studio and location audio recording equipment.

Assist in ensuring production safety, including involvement in preparation of risk assessments.

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

Work within the production team and alongside administration, finance and procurement staff to ensure all purchasing, hiring and contracting for the program is completed in line with BBC Media Action policies and procedures.

Coordinate with regional freelancers who will produce content for the show.

Contribute ideas for the show during weekly planning meetings.

Assist in writing programme briefs and short translations of the shows for the project team.

Ensure all audience communication is answered in a timely manner.

Support the update social media content for the show.

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 as required.

Job Requirement:

Essential skills and experience

Experience in radio production, ideally including experience in working on magazine format or factual programs in studio and on location.

Well-developed creative and technical production skills including editing radio packages and operating studio and location recording equipment.

Fluent spoken and written Pashto and competency in local dialects of the language.

Experience in finding program contributors and interviewees.

Good editorial judgement and ability to apply BBC Media Action editorial and production guidelines.

A good broadcasting voice.

Strong planning and organizing skills and ability to work to tight deadlines.

Clear understanding of the aims and values of BBC Media Action and an awareness of the development goals of our programming.

Good written and spoken English.

Experience in applying health and safety regulations to program making.
Desirable skills and experience

Excellent spoken and written Dari.

Understanding of the radio audience in eastern and southern Afghanistan and how to reach different sections of this audience.

Understanding of childhood immunization and/or polio, or experience working on health projects.

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

Editorial Judgement – demonstrates balanced and objective judgement based ona thorough understanding of editorial guidelines, target audience, programme and department objectives. Makes the right editorial decisions, taking account of conflicting views where necessary.

Planning and organisation - able to think ahead in order to establish and 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.

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.

Communication - able 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 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.

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

Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.

Flexibility - adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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