Senior Broadcast Journalist (Health)


Job Introduction

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is launching a range of programmes and digital content that will go beyond the hard news agenda to cover Health and Lifestyle alongside other African content.


We are looking for a Senior Multimedia Broadcast Journalist with excellent spoken English and preferably also Swahili to work in a new Africa Health Unit delivering a weekly TV programme and original digital video content for African audiences. The successful candidate will need to have excellent knowledge of Africa and an understanding of what audiences are looking for in digital and social media content. They will have significant editorial responsibility and will be expected to plan, drive the creative vision and output the weekly TV show. They must demonstrate strong editorial judgement and solid journalistic skills. They will be able to write creatively, accurately and succinctly, and understand how to find and generate original and engaging stories that can work across all platforms.  You will be adept at planning and producing video and TV packages, desk top editing, producing graphics, and arranging for guests to appear on our output.

The job will require ambition, imagination and a large degree of initiative with the high editorial, journalism and production values expected by the BBC.

Role Responsibility

  • To compile and output innovative Health & Lifestyle programmes and content offering new perspectives and deeper exploration to stories, interviews, profiles and digital content.
  • To be creative and influential in developing BBC’s Africa’s Health & Lifestyle agenda and set an example for the producers to follow and to formulate ideas which will inspire and inform audiences.
  • To plan, structure, write and produce content for use on TV, Digital and Radio and to develop treatments of the highest quality and with journalism at the heart.
  • To oversee and comply content and ensure it meets BBC standards and legal requirements.
  • To deputise for the Editor and line manage some member of the team, train and develop the staff.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Exceptional knowledge of health and lifestyle, in particular stories that appeals to an African audience and excellent contacts.
  • Proven skills in creating TV programmes or visual content to highest standards.
  • Strong digital understanding and awareness.
  • Good team working skills both as a team leader and a team player.
  • Proven editorial judgement and the ability to make decisions under tight deadlines
  • Creativity and ideas generation.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to maintain a high standard of performance whilst under pressure.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Salary: Local Terms & Conditions 

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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