Radio Training and Mentoring Manager

  BBC Media Action
Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 1241
Date Posted:Jul 2, 2017
Closing Date:Jul 15, 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:Yes
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
Reporting to the Editor, the Radio Training and Mentoring Manager will be responsible for the capacity building of 6 radio partner stations in provinces which broadcast to communities at high risk of polio. The postholder will work with the research team to understand the training needs of partners. He or she will develop a detailed training plan, working with colleagues in Afghanistan and the UK to use the insights from research into training needs, and expertise on best practice in building the capacity of the radio stations. The Radio Training and Mentoring Manager will implement that plan, using his or her own expertise and the skills of consultants. He/she will identify suitable consultants, and support and oversee their work in Kabul. He/she will also work with BBC Media Action’s FM radio partners building their digital capacity for engaging with local audiences.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Main duties and Responsibilities

Work with the BBC Media Action Ghamai production, project and research teams to identify 6 radio stations operating in areas at high-risk of polio outbreaks to train in reporting on children’s health

Identify and assess training needs of partner organisation, in consultation with partner organization heads.

Devise an overall or individualized training and development plan that addresses needs and expectations for each partner.

Design and delivery a capacity strengthening programme for regional radio stations in regional and provincial locations, as well as in Kabul.

Provide regular mentoring to radio station partners to ensure they can produce high-quality content which addresses children’s health, vaccinations and nutrition.

Travel regularly to all provinces of Afghanistan in which the project is working, subject to security advice from the Logistics and Security Manager (arrangements for travel may be discussed at interview).

Oversee all aspects of the training programme, including travel arrangements for trainees and identification of media personnel to support the mentoring programme.

Monitor the training programme’s effectiveness and successes regularly, and report regularly on activities and impact.

Maintain a keen awareness of developments in radio production and training.

Resolve any specific problems and tailor programs as necessary.

Deploy a wide variety of training methods.

Manage training and mentoring budget.

Work with the Editor and Senior Project Manager to develop terms of reference for national and international training consultants.

Other tasks or responsibilities, as directed by the Editor.

Job Requirement:

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 mentoring. Must have 3 years of experience in the related field

Experience of leading, managing and inspiring radio or TV production teams.

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

Familiarity with a wide range training methods (mentoring, coaching, on-the-job, in classroom training, e-learning, workshops, simulations etc.)

Fluent Pashto written and spoken language skills.

Excellent written and spoken Dari language skills.

Excellent written and spoken English language skills.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

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

Strong report writing and record keeping ability.

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

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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