Mentor/Producer Presenter Job Opportunity at BBC Media Action

Job Overview

Mentor/Producer Presenter

BBC Media Action September, 2022

Location: Tanzania

Reports to: Senior mentor/trainer

Duration: 12 months (with possible extension)

Special requirements: The right to live and work in Tanzania. Fluent in English and Swahili with ability to write reports and scripts in these languages. The post holder will be required to spend at least 60% of their time in the field, working with radio producers at partner stations throughout Tanzania.

BBC Media Action:

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development organisation, working in more than 20 countries and reaching more than 100 million people a year. We support independent media and share trusted information that protects health, bridges divides, challenges prejudice, and saves and changes lives. We follow the editorial standards and values of the BBC, but we rely on donor funding to carry out our work. T

Job purpose:

We are looking for two mentor/producer-presenters to work on a radio show (potentially nationally broadcast), and to deliver in-depth radio production mentoring to staff at several radio partner stations throughout the country. The training and ongoing support to partner stations aims to build their staff capacity to produce varied, high-quality and editorially robust radio programmes.

The successful candidates will work closely with the senior mentor to create radio outputs that reach the highest editorial and professional standards in line with BBC editorial policy and production guidelines. The successful candidates will also work 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, and with the overall goal of improving the quality and capacity of the media sector in Tanzania especially on issues around governance, gender and climate change.

The post holder will be required to spend at least 60% of their time in the field, working with radio producers at partner stations throughout Tanzania.

Main duties:

  • To develop and deliver the partner training and capacity-building elements of BBC Media Action’s Responsible Parenting and Family Care project (RPFC) to reach the highest standards in terms of quality, effectiveness, impact and relevance, meeting objectives clearly defined in the project proposal.
  • To be the voice of a potential national radio show, presenting the programme in an engaging style that appeals to existing audiences and attracts new listeners.
  • Planning, scripting, producing and editing programme items and full editions of the programme.
  • To work with the senior trainer mentor and partnerships development manager to design a formal and on the job production guide for partner radios and to independently deliver these trainings to radio producers at assigned partner stations.
  • This document will guide the entire period of mentorship and serve as a frame of reference for evaluating the trainer/mentor’s performance.
  • To deliver a series of training workshops and events, using agreed training guide.
  • To deliver one-to-one mentoring to young reporters and journalists at assigned partner organisations. The trainer/mentor will provide constructive feedback at the end of each assignment.
  • To work closely with senior producers and project team to develop topics and create its work plan ready for production.
  • To plan, arrange and conduct field interviews for the national programme.
  • To work closely with radio partner producers on all aspects of training and programme production to ensure maximum ownership.
  • To ensure that findings from research and audience feedback are used to refine and improve projects outputs.
  • To ensure all project activities meet BBC standards, as well as delivering the projects development objectives.
  • To provide technical linkages between NGO experts and local radio partners in development of radio products and manage relationships between both.
  • Understand and comply with the 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
  • Perform any other relevant duties that may be assigned under the role.

Required skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • A minimum qualification of Diploma in Journalism or Mass Communication.
  • Fluent in Swahili with ability to deliver trainings and write reports.
  • Good English language skills are an added advantage.
  • Strong editorial judgment and substantial radio production experience within Tanzania is essential.
  • Experience in training journalists is an added advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication and influencing skills.
  • Ability to work in teams.
  • Strong understanding of and commitment towards BBC editorial values.
  • Strong understanding of the role of media and communication in development.


To apply, send your CV and a short covering letter (in English, PDF or Microsoft Word format), setting out how you meet the knowledge, skills, training and experience requirements listed in the job description to: [email protected] – please include the title of the position applied for in the subject line and send by 5pm on 11 September 2022.

Closing date: 11 September 2022

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 DBS or other appropriate background check (depending on the country of residence) 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.

BBC Media Action has zero tolerance for fraud and exploitation. If you have any concerns, please share with us through [email protected]



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