Title: Outreach and Events Officer
Department: BBC Media Action
Reports To: Project Director
Duration: 3 months (renewable) fixed term contract, full time
BBC Media Action is the international development charity of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Working in 28 countries, we use media and communications to inform, empower and connect people. BBC Media Action reaches some 200 million people through local broadcast partners, BBC channels, online, mobile and print platforms and through interpersonal communication.
We have worked in Nepal since 2007. Our weekly Sajha Sawal (Common Questions) television and radio programme is the most popular current affairs programme in the country, listened to or watched by 5.6 million people. Each year seven broadcast partners, spread throughout the country, receive intensive capacity training to produce their own local discussion programmes. In 2013, BBC Media Action trained more than 200 Nepali journalists, humanitarian aid workers, government, police and army in communicating with communities in emergencies, including running an earthquake simulation.
BBC Media Action responded within hours of the earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015 by broadcasting our first “lifeline” programme to help people affected by the earthquake. Lifeline programming is special programming (through channels such as radio, television and mobile) to provide people affected by humanitarian crises them with actionable, practical information which they can use to survive and recover. Lifeline programmes also give people a voice to share their needs, concerns and stories. In the wake of a humanitarian disaster, people need answers to questions such as: What happened? Where and what aid is coming? What risks am I facing and how can I protect myself? How can I search for my family? Which roads are safe to travel? Throughout the emergency, we have been liaising closely with humanitarian, government and media partners in order to coordinate the dissemination of essential information, gather information on the needs of affected groups and provide audiences with the opportunity to raise concerns, ask questions and share their stories.
BBC Media Action is recruiting an Outreach and Events Officer to take our radio lifeline programme on the road and to set up listener groups in partnership with community based organisations and other NGOs. BBC Media Action has a local production team currently producing the lifeline programme from our base in Kathmandu.
The Outreach and Events Officer will lead on launching an outreach component of BBC Media Action’s lifeline project in Nepal, including planning and preparation, managing relevant partnerships, training partner staff, and delivering the agreed activities. Working with supervision from our trainers, the Outreach Events Officer will support the delivery of BBC Media Action outreach activities on time and on budget. The Outreach Events Officer is line managed by the Project Director.
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The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
Please e-mail your application to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 26th June 2015. All applications should include a CV and a cover letter providing evidence that you have the skills and experience required for this position. Shortlisted candidates only will be contacted within 1 week of the deadline.