Editor, Sajha Sawal
BBC Media Action
Established in 1998, BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. Working with media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in claiming their rights, our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world. BBC Media Action reaches some 200 million people through local broadcast partners, BBC channels (especially the BBC World Service), online, mobile and print platforms and through interpersonal communication. We are currently delivering projects in 28 countries, including in Nepal.

BBC Media Action has been working on communication for development projects in Nepal since 2007, giving us a well-developed understanding of Nepali audiences and significant experience of producing and evaluating media content on a range of issues to diverse target audiences. Our work in Nepal currently focuses on governance, health, resilience and humanitarian preparedness and response with strong gender commitments and focus.

Editor, Sajha Sawal

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Basic Job Information

Job Category : Journalism / Editor / Media
Job Level : mid
No. of Vacancy/s : [ 1 ]
Job Location : Kathmandu
Offered Salary : None
Apply Before(Deadline) : Mar. 09, 2012 00:00 (6 years, 7 months ago)

Job Specification

Education Level : Bachelor
Experience Required : Not Required
Other Specification
  • Proven experience as a manager and ability to manage large budgets.
  • Extensive production experience in radio and television news and current affairs; including experience of producing live, audience-based programming.
  • Proven experience as a dynamic trainer who is able to conduct formal trainings and lead a team to provide one-to-one mentoring; experience in building and developing a team.
  • Evidence of having successfully managed a production team on a substantial project, ie, a daily/weekly or returning strand, or a major one-off project, including financial management and reporting responsibility.
  • Proven ability to analyse and critically evaluate editorial content, identifying strengths and weaknesses in programme content and driving constant improvement in output.
  • Evidence of high level editorial skills and the ability to make sound judgements on editorially sensitive programme issues and to act on them decisively.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Strong understanding of, and commitment to BBC values, and the use of media to achieve development goals.
  • Ability to cope with a pressured production schedule in an international context, and an appreciation of the issues and difficulties involved.

Job Description

The Editor is editorially responsible for the weekly TV and Radio discussion programme, Sajha Sawal, for overseeing the programme team and managing the team budget.  Where appropriate, the Editor will also be required to support the Country Director in organizational-wide work managing budgets.
The main responsibilities of the role are:

  • Ensure the programme maintains high editorial standards in line with the project brief.
  • Ensure compliance with the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines
  • Manage and support the programme team
  • Take responsibility for the programme budget and for programme expenditure
  • Mentor the regional discussion programmes mirrored on the format of Sajha Sawal and look to the selection of radio stations
  • Make sure that all activities adhere to BBC Media Action's financial, logistical and human resource policies and procedures.
  • To ensure, together with the team, that all production outputs work towards the achievement of agreed objectives.
  • To provide necessary reporting for donors and other stakeholders
  • To support the work of the Country Director as required

Editorial and programme:

  • Overall editorial responsibility for the weekly radio and television discussion programme, Sajha Sawal, together with BBC Nepali Service. 
  • Work closely with the team to ensure that programme outputs are balanced and impartial, and meet BBC editorial guidelines
  • Ensure that the programme Sajha Sawal reflects the ethnic and social diversity of Nepal through an audience- led format.
  • Lead and mentor the team, nurturing and develop new ideas from staff and ensuring fresh and imaginative approaches to the discussion programmes.
  • Have ave oversight of health and safety for all staff, partners and members of the public when on locaton and recording.
  • Develop links with local community groups and radio stations to source participants, collect feedback and gather stories, interviews and testimonies.
  • Lead and manage the relationship with the project's television partner.
  • To ensure that queries and correspondence arising from the discussion programmes are dealt with promptly.
  • Regular weekly reviews of the programme with the team, and quarterly reviews with BBC Nepali Service and senior journalists from other media houses.


  • Lead the training and capacity building component of the project to develop local discussion programmes.
  • Deliver training to the regional stations, providing regular feedback and ongoing mentoring.
  • Provide ongoing support to the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACROAB) news and production team, including regular reviews of their news outputs.

Operational Management:

  • Ensure collaborative stakeholder management including involving the relevant authorities, partners, BBC Nepali Service and communities in the project planning.
  • Draft and supervise the development of high quality internal and donor reports, and any subsequent proposals, as required by the Country Director.
  • Managing day-to-day safety and security of the Sajha Sawal team and updating the Country Director on any changes to the political, military and security context.
  • Responsible for budgetary control and financial management of programme budget and expenses.
  • To liaise closely with other programme strands of BBC Media Action Nepal in order to increase the impact of all project activities and to avoid the duplication of efforts.

Human Resource Management:

  • To ensure that all staff within the discussion team receive relevant training and work within the BBC Editorial Guidelines.
  • Maintain good team communication, engender good team dynamics and manage any performance issues promptly.
  • Carry out regular appraisals and ensure all staff have appropriate job descriptions.


  • To be proactive in attracting publicity for the project's programming and so increase awareness of BBC Media Action in Nepal, in consultation with the Country Director
  • Represent Media Action to donors, authorities, (I)NGOs and other parties as requested by the Country Director.
  • Carry out other responsibilities as requested by the Country Director.

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