Somalia: Production Manager,Hargeisa

Organization: BBC Media Action
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 05 Jan 2017

Title: Production Manager,Hargeisa

Reports to: Project Director

Based: Hargeisa,

Duration: 1 year, fixed term contract

BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action uses media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. To achieve this, it partners with civil society, local media and governments to:

· Produce creative programmes based on robust research in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences around key development issues.

· Strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure.

BBC Media Action delivers a portfolio of media projects in Somalia and Somaliland. We seek to expand our portfolio of work, but also to ensure that existing projects are delivered on time, on budget, to the highest standards and in accordance with BBC editorial values as well as Media Action methodologies.

Overall Purpose of Job

The function of this role is to manage all aspects of production and quality control outputs for BBC Media Action Somali ensuring systems are in place to support all productions, supporting every stage of project design with the Projects Director and Project Manager from inception to post-production, and ensuring projects meet editorial standards and donor requirements.

Ideal Candidate:

You will have strong editorial judgement, demonstrable creative and journalistic ability and have a proven track-record in designing, developing and making media programmes particularly for TV/radio.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Manage all aspects of production with overall responsibilities for editorial decision-making, production processes, outputs, budgets, and equipment.

  2. Take overall responsibility for delivery and sign-off of all media outputs of BBC Media Action Somali, ensuring editorial integrity and timeliness and raising and maintaining editorial and technical quality across all programme content on all platforms.

  3. Oversee location booking and arrangement of necessary permits.

  4. Conduct recce’s with regard to health and safety guidelines and ensure production teams and all recordings adhere to health and safety regulations.

  5. Oversee talent and freelancers contracting and risk assessments

  6. Manage the studio, including scheduling of use and maximise opportunities for creative use of resources

  7. Work closely with Projects Director and Research Department to ensure projects and outputs are meeting donor requirements and relevant reporting information is being systematically captured to support the goals of each of our projects and produce all media outputs to align with project objectives.

  8. Oversee the management of production resources and help solve any issues that may arrive from lack of equipment, multiple concurrent recordings, etc.

  9. Lead on troubleshooting/dealing with any unexpected logistic, safety, freelancer, equipment, etc. issues, and help come up with solutions and/or alternative plans.

  10. Follow up with producers to ensure programs are ready in time for transmission and listen to all output to ensure it meets the required quality threshold for BBC output.

  11. Prepare all necessary paperwork etc. for payments to freelancers, and follow up with Finance and others as needed to ensure payment is made.

  12. Work closely with in-house producers, presenters and audio technician to make sure output is editorially and technically well prepared, recorded and edited

  13. Liaise with and offer training support on production and editorial related issues to external partners

  14. Collaborate with Research and Learning team, ensuring analysis, insights and feedback are considered in the production cycle.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

• Relevant TV/radio production management experience.

• A good first degree in a related field would be an asset.

• Good computer skills with knowledge of professional sound editing software.

• Demonstrable background in programme making particularly radio.

• Excellent communication skills in Somali and English

Key competencies

Planning and Organising skills: Ability to plan, organise and manage several things simultaneously.

Achievement: have the necessary determination and tenacity to complete high quality work, overcoming obstacles caused by conflicting priorities, lack of resources or difficult or demanding situation or under consistent high pressure.

Analytical Thinking: Ability to prioritise and take important timely and quality judgement/decisions based on an assessment of the impact and implications of the likely outcomes.

Flexibility: Ability to adapt to and work with a variety of situations, individuals and groups, as well as willingness to learn/improve own skills, plan, take initiative and organize work independently.

Entrepreneurship: Ability to formulate new ideas or to adapt or use existing ideas in a new or unexpected way to solve problems, thereby increasing effectiveness of our work.

Self-Awareness: Have an understanding of own strengths, limitations, emotions, etc and how it impacts on others.

Team work: Ability to establish harmonious work-relationships with colleagues in a multicultural environment.

Communication: Ability to present, discuss and explain coherently and logically both in writing and verbally.

DATE OF UPDATE: 20 December 2016


How to apply:

Interested candidates, who fulfil the criteria above, should send their application to: Applications should include CV and a cover letter in one document.

The closing date for applications is 5th January 2017 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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