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Mentor/Producer-Presenter at BBC Media Action

Job Title: Mentor/Producer-Presenter

Reports to: Senior Trainer Mentor

Locatin: Tanzania. The post holder will be required to spend at least 80% of their time in the field, working with radio producers at partner stations throughout Tanzania.

Special requirements: Legal right to live and work in Tanzania. Fluent in spoken and written English and Swahili

Contract: February – August 2021 (with possible extension subject to funding)

Closing date: 31 January 2021

BBC Media Action:

We are the BBC’s international charity, and we believe in the power of media and communication for good. We work in more than 20 of the world’s poorest and most fragile countries, supporting the independent media essential to democracy and development. Each year, our projects and programmes reach 100 million people facing poverty, inequality and insecurity with information they can trust – helping to improve health, bridge divides, challenge prejudice, and save and change lives. We are independently funded and rely on the valued support of our donors and partners. We deliver a portfolio of media projects in Tanzania and we work to ensure that our projects are delivered on time to the highest possible standard, in accordance with BBC editorial values and BBC Media Action best practice.

BBC Media Action (BBCMA) in Tanzania is delivering a Responsible Parenting and Family Care project (RPFC) funded by UNICEF. The project aims to influence parents and primary caregivers to adopt responsible parenting practices, from pregnancy and birth up to 18 years. To achieve this, the project produces national and local radio programmes called Safari ya Malezi (Parenting Journey). The programmes central message for parents and caregivers is to ‘Care, Protect and Communicate’ with cross-cutting themes of ‘Family Development’ and ‘Love’.

The project focuses on achieving three major social and behavioural outcomes:


  • Fathers engage more in responsible parenting
  •  Parents and caregivers communicate effectively with children
  • Parents and caregivers prevent violence against children


Job purpose:

We are looking for a Mentor/Producer-Presenter to deliver in-depth training and mentoring on radio production to staff at a number of our partner stations throughout the country. The training and ongoing support aims to build their capacity, to produce varied, high-quality and editorially robust radio programmes.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Senior Trainer Mentor and Partnerships Development Manager to develop training plans that meet the needs of radio producers in line with a range of project objectives. The Mentor/Producer-Presenter will deliver training on location at the partner stations’ studios and during centrally organised training events. S/he will also provide communications and media training, as required. S/he will also co-present a national RPFC programme with a male presenter. The Mentor/Producer-Presenter will provide ongoing support to our partner organisations and their staff, with the goal of improving the quality and capacity of the media sector in Tanzania and fostering stronger links between NGOs and the media.

Main duties and accountabilities:


  • Develop and deliver the partner training and capacity-building elements of BBC Media Action’s Responsible Parenting and Family care project; to reach the highest standards in terms of quality, effectiveness, impact and relevance – meeting objectives clearly defined in the project proposal
  • Work with the Senior Trainer Mentor and Partnerships Development Manager to design a formal and on the job production training guide and train partner radios so that they independently produce a weekly local programme which meets BBC editorial standards.
  • Deliver a series of training workshops and events as per project’s approved work plan
  • Deliver one-to-one and online mentoring to producers and journalists at assigned partner radio stations or organisations. The Trainer/Mentor will provide constructive feedback at the end of each assignment
  • Work closely with radio partner producers on all aspects of training and programme production to ensure maximum ownership of the local programme
  • Work with RPFC mentor to ensure a national programme is produced weekly and on time. This may include arranging and conducting interviews, assigning production work to selected partner stations, , presentation and editing of materials for the programme when needed
  • Ensure that findings from research and audience feedback are used to refine and improve projects outputs
  • Submit weekly reports and work plans
  • Support all trainers coming to train our partner organisations
  • Ensure all project activities meet BBC standards, as well as delivering the projects development objectives
  • Provide technical links s between NGO experts and local radio partners in development of radio products and manage relationships between both
  • Generate new project ideas and report up to management level
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned.


Required skills, knowledge and experience:


  • Strong editorial judgment and substantial radio production experience within Tanzania is essential (3 years minimum with a reputable organisation)
  • Degree or diploma in journalism, mass communication or related field
  • Fluent in English and Swahili with ability to write reports and scripts in these languages
  • Experience in training journalists is an added advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication and influencing skills
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Understand and comply with BBC Media Action’s Safeguarding policy and the staff Code of Conduct
  • Participate in relevant mandatory training on Safeguarding and Respect at Work
  • Report any Safeguarding concerns immediately, either to the Country Director, or using the Whistleblowing Policy
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to BBC editorial values
  • Strong understanding of the role of media and communications in development.


Key competencies:


  • The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
  • Analytical Thinking – Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development.
  • Decision Making – Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made.
  • Planning and Organisation – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an 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 requirements.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Managing relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
  • Self-Development – Is able to identify and apply opportunities for learning and development.
  • The role may involve working with groups of vulnerable children and adults. For the successful candidate, mandatory training will be provided on BBC Media Action’s safeguarding policy and staff code of conduct. A police background check may form part of the recruitment process. BBC Media Action operates a zero-tolerance policy concerning all forms of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people.


How to apply

Candidates should send their CV and a cover letter (in English, PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role by email to: [email protected] – please include the title of the position applied for in the subject line and send by 5pm on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Only applicants with separate cover letter will be considered. Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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