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BBC Media Action
Job Description
Programmes Editor
Duty Station
Reports to 
Country Director
12 months fixed term contract (with potential for extension subject to future funding)
Start Date
As early as possible
BBC Media Action uses media and communications to reduce poverty and contribute to long-term change in some of the world’s poorest countries. To achieve this, we partner with civil society, local media and others to:
  • Produce creative programmes and content in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences;
  • Strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure.
BBC Media Action in Bangladesh uses media and communications to improve family health, enable people to hold their leaders to account, and to help people improve their economic security and preparedness for disaster. Our long-standing audience-driven weekly television and radio debate programme, BBC Bangladesh Sanglap, gives people from across the country a chance to question those in power. We are producing an exciting television community challenge programme to support Bangladeshis to adapt to changes in climate. Our high profile, quality television drama, public service announcements and radio programmes are helping to improve sexual, maternal and child health.
Job Purpose
Reporting to the Country Director, the Programmes Editor will lead the production of a range of television, radio, and on-line outputs. Working very closely with three Project Directors and the Executive Producer (Health), he or she will ensure that that media outputs are delivered to BBC editorial and production standards and that there are appropriate staffing and processes in place to support all aspects of production. The postholder will ensure all outputs comply with BBC editorial guidelines, and work to increase the understanding and effective application of the guidelines across the Bangladesh office. The Programmes Editor will work with research and advisory staff to ensure that the outputs respond to research findings on audience needs, and provide content which addresses the needs of target audiences in a creative and engaging way.  He or she will build the capacity of producers and other staff, and will also build the capacity of broadcast and production partners, where relevant, to support the development of exciting and engaging  programmes reflective of audience needs. As part of the senior management team, the Programmes Editor will share responsibility for the development of new projects and the expansion of operations in the country office. The post will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with travel within Bangladesh and possible international travel.
Main Duties
  • Lead production of BBC Media Action Bangladesh’s factual outputs on television, radio, on-line, print and mobile.
  • Ensure that all outputs comply with the BBC’s editorial guidelines and standards, upholding the key values of fair dealing, accuracy, impartiality, trust and integrity.
  • Communicate clear expectations to production teams and third parties, especially freelancers and sub-contractors, regarding editorial guidelines and standards, compliance and sign-off processes and contributor consent policies, making the BBC’s values clear to all involved.
  • Work closely with the research and production teams to ensure that outputs reflect and respond to the needs and preferences of BBC Media Action’s target audiences in Bangladesh.
  • Mentor and pass on editorial and technical knowhow to production staff, including design and delivery of informal in-house training sessions, with the aim of improving production and editorial standards across the office.
  • Resolve issues arising at any time in the production process, with appropriate referral of serious issues which may pose a compliance or other significant editorial or reputational risk to the Country Director and relevant Project Director.
  • Work with Country Director and project management staff to manage effective relationships with broadcast and production partners, as well as with advisors and other staff in BBC Media Action headquarters and the wider BBC.
  • Represent BBC Media Action, where appropriate, with national and international partners and stakeholders, including government.
  • Ensure BBC Health and Safety guidelines to be observed on all productions, providing advice and support to staff to implement them; and support training of production staff to enable them to identify and manage risk.
  • Play an active role in BBC Media Action Bangladesh’s senior management team, participating in wider office operations including the development of new business.
Essential skills and experience
  • Significant experience producing television and radio programmes, delivering high profile projects to the highest quality.
  • Strong practical working knowledge of production and post-production processes, techniques and technology.
  • Extensive experience of making judgments on matters of editorial sensitivity.
  • Proven ability to analyse and critically evaluate editorial content, identifying strengths and weaknesses in programme content, and to drive constant improvement in output.
  • Imagination and an enthusiasm for generating new ideas, and evidence that such ideas have resulted in successful programmes or production initiatives.
  • Experience of mentoring or training production teams.
  • Experience working with both junior and senior production staff.
  • High level knowledge of the BBC’s editorial guidelines.
  • Familiarity with Risk Assessments, Health and Safety principles and responsibilities.
  • Understanding of and commitment to international development, including the use of media to achieve developmental goals.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, including experience working with others who don’t have English as a first language.
  • Ability to remain calm, organised and focused under pressure, deliver to tight deadlines, and operate in a pressured production environment in an overseas context.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
Desirable skills and experience
  • Experience working in international development.
  • Experience of living and working in Bangladesh or another developing country in Asia.
  • Understanding of using media to bring about development change.
  • Experience of working closely with external partners, and/or building, maintaining, and influencing high level external relationships.
  • Experience in using research to drive the creation of media outputs.
  • Bangla language skills.
The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
  • Strategic Thinking: Can identify a vision along with the plans which need to be implemented to meet the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, issues, etc. in the short, medium and longer-term.
  • Leadership: Ability to create a vision and inspire others to realise it irrespective of circumstance.
  • Influencing and Persuading: Ability 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.
  • Managing Relationships: Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Team working.
  • Communication: The ability 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.
  • Decision Making: Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decisions made.
  • Planning and Organising: Is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective 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 requirements.
  • Analytical Thinking: Able to simplify complex problems, process projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships and construct frameworks, for problem solving and/or development.
  • Resilience: Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate 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. Is 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.

Applications: Interested applicants should carefully complete the BBC Media Action job application form and email toapplications@bd.bbcmediaaction.org mentioning the position in the subject field. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 July 2015.
The BBC is an equal opportunity employer

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