Television Presenter
BBC Media Action

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 currently focuses on governance, resilience and humanitarian preparedness and response and health with strong gender commitments and focus. We support democratic governance through producing high-profile radio discussion programmes which encourages accountability through enabling people to question public figures. We also support community, commercial and national broadcasters to build management, technical, and editorial and production capacity to produce local discussion, drama, and lifeline programmes, especially around reconstruction and retrofitting techniques in earthquake affected districts. We are also working on designing an innovative mobile solution that can best support Female Community Health Volunteers in their work as health promoters and facilitators in communities across Nepal.

Over two years since the disaster, the housing situation still requires dedicated attention, especially when it comes to providing appropriate information to the affected population. Though some people have started to rebuild their homes, appropriate information about proper rebuilding policies and practices from reliable sources is still limited. Therefore, we are currently working on a project funded by UNOPS titled “Seismic Retrofitting of the Unsafe Housing”. Reporting to Head of Research, we are hiring Research Officer – Resilience to work full time on the dedicated resilience projects of BBC Media Action.

Television Presenter

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Department: BBC Media Action

Grade: 7

Reports To: Editor 

Based: Kathmandu office with frequent travel to remote areas in Nepal

Duration: 3 months with the possibility of extension subject to funding

Job purpose

Reporting to the Editor and working on set to the direction of the Senior Producer, the Television Presenter will present and produce an audience led Television discussion programme, facilitating the audience to ask questions to the decision makers and moderating the debate between audience and their leaders. The position holder will moderate lively discussions between audience and panellists and will ensure that the leaders and policy makers respond clearly and directly to the questions addressed to them.  

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Present the weekly television discussion programme, ensuring high journalistic standards and compliance with BBC Editorial Guidelines at all times including accuracy, fairness, balance and impartiality
  • Interact with audiences and integrate their questions, expressions into programmes
  • Track the commitments of panellists on the programme episodes and follow up on the commitments. Research, prepare, produce and present items, packages, interviews, discussions on the programme based on commitments on an appropriate way
  • Contribute across the range of editorial activities within the team, including offering ideas for future programme topics, selecting panellists, forward planning and background research
  • Actively participate in weekly editorial planning meeting, programme debriefs and programme reviews and offer quality programme ideas
  • Maintain an excellent contacts book of potential panellists for the debates from political and civil society
  • Contribute to the long-term vision for programme that puts improving the lives of people in Nepal as the focal point of the programme
  • Engage proactively with programme audiences through social media activities
  • Build and foster relationships with media professionals and lead BBC Media Action’s women in media initiative
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Country Director and Editor

 Essential skills and experience:

  • Experience using media for developmental goals
  • Experience working as a journalist, researcher and presenter in television and/or radio
  • A strong background in current affairs journalism. Considerable experience in presenting radio and/or television programming
  • Excellent presentation skills and an engaging broadcast voice
  • Well-developed facilitation, moderation and interviewing skills
  • An understanding of the role of media in providing a platform for accountability, and the wider role of media in development
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Excellent editorial judgement and knowledge of BBC editorial guidelines and how they apply to programme content
  • Excellent writing skills for radio and/or television
  • A good understanding of the processes of radio and/or television production
  • Clear understanding of the aims and values of BBC Media Action and an awareness of the development goals of our programming. 

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Experience working in the development sector in Nepal or elsewhere.
  • Extensive knowledge on issues surrounding marginalised communities of Nepal is an advantage.


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

  • Editorial Judgement: Demonstrates balanced and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of editorial guidelines, target audience, programme and department objectives.  Makes the right editorial decisions, taking account of conflicting views where necessary.
  • 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
  • Leadership: Ability to inspire others to realise an identified vision.
  • 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.
  • Decision Making: Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decisions made.
  • Planning and organizing: Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient 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
  • Flexibility: Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Is able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements
  • Resilience: Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, set-backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy
  • 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
  • Managing relationships and team working: Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works cooperatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively
  • Self-Development: Able to identify and apply opportunities for learning and development
Applying Procedure

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 13th January 2019 to  (with job title in the subject line)

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