Radio Mentor
BBC Media Action
BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. We use the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in understanding their rights.

Our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world. We work in partnership with broadcasters, governments, non-governmental organisations and donors to share reliable, timely and useful information. We use the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in understanding their rights. Our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world.

BBC Media Action uses various forms of media and communications to tackle poverty and contribute to long-term change in some of the world’s poorest places. To achieve this, we partner with civil society, local media and governments to:

  • Produce creative programmes in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences and
  • Strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure.

  • Our work in Nepal focuses on governance, resilience and humanitarian preparedness and response with strong gender commitments and focus. BBC Media Action Nepal Office is about to start a research and communications project funded by World Food Programme (WFP) to support improved nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) outcomes in schools and communities in 10 different districts. The work will complement and reinforce WFP’s ongoing Nepal School Meals Programme (NSMP) particularly feeding into its strategies to increase knowledge and uptake of healthier WASH and nutrition practices.

    Radio Mentor

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    Basic Job Information

    Job Category: NGO / INGO / Social work
    Job Level: mid
    No. of Vacancy/s: [ 1 ]
    Job Location: Kathmandu
    Offered Salary: None
    Apply Before(Deadline): Jun. 24, 2016 00:00 (2 years ago)

    Job Description

    Department:           BBC Media Action
    Grade:                   7
    Reports To:            Senior Project Manager
    Based:                  Kathmandu with possible travel to field locations
    Duration:               Up to 12 June, 2017

    Job purpose
    Reporting to the Senior Project Manager, the Radio Mentor will be the prime person and fully responsible for all training and mentoring initiatives for local radio partners. 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

    • Participate in a Training Needs Assessment of the local stations to identify learning and training priorities.
    • Design and provide intensive training and mentoring to radio producers at selected local stations. Develop training/mentoring plans and ensure coordination with other BBC Media Action teams. 
    • Provide training and mentoring to local scriptwriters and actors on how they can create engaging, audience led programmes.
    • Provide regular reports to the Senior Project Manager on progress of training/mentoring and production activities.
    • Identify opportunities to make the reconstruction radio programme and drama accessible to a much wider audience through the sharing of content with local NGOs, CSOs and other local stations.
    • Other project activities as assigned by the Senior Project Manager.

    Essential skills and experience

    • Radio production skills including producing editorial content and technical recording and post-production skills.
    • Demonstrable creative ability.
    • A proven track record in training and mentoring teams to produce engaging radio content for local audiences.
    • 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.
    • Understanding of the reconstruction practices in rural areas and the issues earthquake affected communities are facing in the rebuilding process.  

    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 June 24, 2016 to (with job title in the subject line).

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