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.
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
An excellent level of spoken and idiomatic written English
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
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.