Job Introduction

At BBC Monitoring, we track, translate, summarise and analyse local media sources to offer insight and make sense of what is happening on the ground around the world. Our international perspective means we keep across broadcast, press and social/digital media sources in multiple languages, especially where reliable news and information are in short supply, or where the BBC has no presence in country. Our extensive operation enables us to provide reliable coverage of political, economic, security and media news. Our round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, digital media and news agencies is also provided to a wide range of users, including commercial clients.

Role Responsibility

  • Select, research, create, edit and publish profiles on personalities, organisations and source information from Africa (and any other relevant region) for BBCM’s reference content
  • Be proactive and meticulous in making sure that the Reference content is comprehensive and current, reprioritising as necessary, and planning for upcoming events in the creation and maintenance of data
  • Produce timely tip-offs, media reviews, news reports and background information based on the monitoring of vernacular sources from Africa and any other country for which you have responsibility
  • Play a role in the planning and strategic development of research as appropriate
  • Contribute story ideas and new angles on emerging narratives and long-running stories, including from a data perspective 
  • Actively seek feedback from BBCM’s users on our research offering; work with the Editorial Leads and the rest of the teams to interpret this and respond in a timely manner
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in BBC Monitoring and across the BBC, on regular output and bespoke products 
  • Ensure all output produced adheres to the highest journalistic standards and is consistent with BBC editorial guidelines
  • Contribute to development of other researchers through assisting with training and mentoring
  • Prepare and compile multimedia elements for publication, for example video clips, images and maps. Ability to learn and use data reference and news production systems e.g. BBCM reference database, MPS Create and CPS.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Requirements

  • An excellent level of spoken and idiomatic written English
  • Good French
  • Experience of research and reference databases (or very similar)
  • The ability to juggle different tasks and competing priorities
  • An understanding of the news and current affairs of Sub Saharan Africa
  • An interest in international news and media developments globally
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills  


  • Regional languages common in African media, including Kinyrwanda/Kirundi, Lingala, or other languages found particularly in Francophone Africa (e.g. Bambara, Arabic, Hausa, Fula/Peul etc). Portuguese or Spanish may also be useful.
  • Experience of handling data, or tasks requiring a methodical approach and/or attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience using different tools to gather and organise information
  • Flexible and comfortable to work remotely with a dispersed team

See also appendix of attached job description 

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Location: BBC Offices, Nairobi, Kenya

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Kenya.

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