Radio Mentor
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.

Radio Mentor

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Department: BBC Media Action

Grade: 6

Reports To: Training and Capacity Building Coordinator

Based: Kathmandu with frequent travel to field locations

Duration: 8 months (Possible Extension subject to funding)

Job purpose

Reporting to the Training and Capacity Building Coordinator, the Radio Mentor will be the prime person and fully responsible for all training and mentoring initiatives for local radio partners to produce health behaviour change content (PSAs and digital campaigns). S/he will work collaboratively with BBC Media Action’s Research and Learning team on the design and roll-out of a Training Needs Assessment to ensure that all training is relevant and clearly aligned to learning needs and preferred learning styles.

Main Duties

  • Work together with the Coordinator in conducting the Training Needs Assessment of the local stations to identify learning and training priorities
  • Design and provide intensive training and mentoring on the production of effective behaviour change communication content for radio producers at selected local stations around the country
  • Develop training/mentoring plans and ensure coordination with other BBC Media Action teams
  • Provide training and mentoring to local producers and scriptwriters and actors on how they can create engaging, audience-led programmes
  • Provide regular reports to the supervisor on the progress of training/mentoring and production activities
  • Other project activities as assigned by the supervisor

Essential skills and experience

  • Minimum University Degree in the relevant field, preferably in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Radio production skills especially in radio drama and PSAs including producing editorial content and technical recording and post-production skills
  • Demonstrable creative ability
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in training and mentoring teams to produce engaging radio content for local audiences
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in the design of training programmes and a well-developed understanding of different learning styles
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise time effectively within a range of often conflicting deadlines
  • The ability to forge strong working relations quickly and gain the trust of project stakeholders, including partners
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken Nepali and English
  • Desirable skills and experience 
  • Experience using media for developmental goals

Key competencies:

The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

  • Imagination/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
  • Managing Relationships: Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Team working
  • Communication: The ability 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
  • Analytical Thinking: Able to simplify complex problems, process projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships and  construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development 
  • Influencing and Persuading: Ability 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 behaviour change
  • Planning and Organising: Is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements
  • Self-Development: Able to identify and apply opportunities for learning and development


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a CV and covering letter outlining your interest in the role, and demonstrating how you fulfil the essential skills and experience, by 18th May 2018, to (with the job title in the subject line).


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