Radio Production Mentor

BBC Media Action


Job Title Radio Production Mentor
Location Baidoa, South West State, Somalia (with occasional travel in Somalia/Somaliland)
Special Requirements Must hold the right to work in Somalia
Department/Business Unit BBC Media Action
Reports to Projects Director
Line Manages Not applicable

BBC Media Action uses media and communications to reduce poverty and suffering in developing countries. To achieve this, BBC Media Action partners with civil society, local media and governments to:
• Produce creative programmes in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences around key development issues.
• Strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure.

Reporting to the Project Director, the Radio Production Mentor will be responsible for the capacity building of our media partner stations in South West State to broadcast programmes on Justice and Security to communities in the state. The post holder will develop a detailed training plan, working with colleagues in research department to use the insights from research into training needs, and expertise on best practice in building the capacity of the selected local radio outlets. The Radio Production Mentor will implement that plan, using his or her own expertise and the skills in providing training and mentoring to partner radio stations in South West state of Somalia.

• Identify and assess training needs of partner stations and propose efficient interventions that mentors and improves their abilities.
• Devise an overall or individualized training and development tool and plan that addresses needs and expectations for each radio station partner.
• Design and deliver capacity strengthening programme for the local partner stations in South West State, Somalia.
• Provide regular on the job mentoring to the selected local partner stations to ensure they can produce high-quality content as per the need of the audiences of the project.
• Monitor the training programme’s effectiveness and successes regularly, and report regularly on activities and impact.
• The Production Mentor will work with partner radio stations producers to develop their creative skills and help them to produce high-quality radio content that engages and informs
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listeners. This radio programming will be based on the communications objectives of the project.
• Maintain a keen awareness of developments in multimedia content production and training.
• Resolve any specific problems and tailor programmes, as necessary.
• Deploy a wide variety of training methods.
• Produce quarterly mentoring reports using the agreed template and time line.
• Complete all mandatory BBC Media Action training including Respect at Work and Safeguarding.
• Ensure that all production activities are designed with safeguarding in mind, and that production risk assessments reflect this.
• Ensure that relevant consent forms are in place.
• Report any safeguarding concerns immediately, either to the Country Director, or using the Whistleblowing Policy.
• Other tasks or responsibilities, as directed by the Project Director.


• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as journalism, development studies, development communications, project/business management etc.
• An impressive track-record in an editorial role as a editor, producer or journalist.
• At least 5 years of media training experience and at least 8 years of experience in journalism.
• Proven experience of and enthusiasm for training and mentoring.
• Experience of leading, managing and inspiring a team in a media and communication environment sitting.
• Demonstrable creative ability, with a proven track-record in coming up with innovative ideas for training and content creation.
• Familiarity with a wide range training method (mentoring, coaching, on-the-job, in classroom training, e-learning, workshops, simulations etc.)
• Fluent Somali (Maay) written and spoken language skills.
• Very good written and spoken English language skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to plan, multi-task and manage time effectively.
• Strong report writing and record keeping ability.
• Good IT and database skills, including experience of audio editing software and Microsoft Office.
• Experience of working with a national or international NGO on communications and media development is a desirable advantage.


The following competencies (behaviors and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies. • Editorial Judgement – demonstrates balanced and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of editorial guidelines, target audience, programme and department objectives. Makes the right editorial decisions, taking account of conflicting views where necessary.

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• Planning and organization – able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources.

• Influencing and persuading – able 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 behavior change.

• Communication – able 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 and team working – able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

• Creative Thinking – Is able to transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.

• Resilience – manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterized by commitment, motivation and energy.

• Flexibility – adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals, or groups. 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 organization or job requirements.

How to apply

Kindly if you meet the vacancy’s requirements, submit your CV and a covering letter by email to [email protected] on or before by 5PM on 17TH February 2024

Deadline: 17-Feb-24

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