Researcher, bbc monitoring

BBC World Service

Job Summary

Produce timely tip-offs, media reviews, basic news updates and background information based on the monitoring of vernacular sources from the target area

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

Job Introduction

BBC Monitoring (BBCM) provides news and information based on our monitoring of open source media from over 150 countries in more than 70 languages. It is an important part of the BBC's newsgathering operation, with journalists based in the UK and in international bureaux, and provides content for a range of BBC platforms.

Our extensive operation enables us to provide insightful and reliable coverage of political, economic, security and media news.  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
  • Produce timely tip-offs, media reviews, basic news updates and background information based on the monitoring of vernacular sources from the target area
  • Maintain a database of personalities, organisations and source information from the target area
  • Undertake administrative tasks as required
  • 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 Senior Digital Journalist/Editorial Lead and the rest of the team to interpret this and respond in a timely manner
Are you the right candidate?
  • An excellent level of spoken and written English
  • Working knowledge of one (or more) of the following languages: Swahili, Somali, Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromo, French, Arabic, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Kinyrwanda/Kirundi and/or any other language dominant in Africa’s media scene.  
  • Experience of carrying out tasks where attention to detail is particularly important
  • An interest in international news and media developments globally
  • An understanding and interest in the news and current affairs of sub-Saharan Africa.
Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Location: Nairobi

Local terms and conditions apply.

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

About the BBC

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 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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