Senior Training Adviser,Tanzania

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Senior Training Adviser,Tanzania
Location: Tanzania
Reports to: Senior Projects Manager and Senior Production Manager 
Contract duration:12 months (with possible extension)
Salary: Highly competitive within Tanzanian NGO market rates

Job purpose
The Senior Training Adviser will be responsible for the technical training skills of our radio training teams; he or she will also deliver high level one-off training to project partners. In addition, the postholder will work closely with radio production teams to strengthen the relationship between training and production. He or she will work with production to ensure that training meets both partner and BBC editorial objectives. The post holder will also establish strong relationships with our partner media houses.

Main duties
  • To train Tanzanian journalists as trainers with mentoring skills
  • To support the trainer/mentors to develop training plans.
  • To develop a training manual for the office for use by all staff
  • To deliver training to partner radio stations on a range of skills related to radio production including; radio station management, editorial, editing, package making, reporting, news etc.
  • To work closely with Research and Learning department on training needs assessments with partner stations
  • To develop and maintain strong and mutually respectful and beneficial relationships with partner radio stations, being responsive and effective in problem solving
  • To work closely with radio production teams to ensure harmonisation and alignment between training and BBC production, especially in cases where partners produce content for BBC
  • Attend editorial review meetings and provide constructive feedback and guidance to production teams
  • Provide feedback to partner radio stations on content produced for both BBC and local airwaves
  • Work with the project's senior mentors to develop systems for managing partners' output while not at the stations
  • Manage and nurture the relationship between training, projects, research and production.
  • Spot-check and analyse local and national programme in order to provide feedback to production teams
  • To ensure that all programming and training meet the highest BBC editorial standards, as well as delivering the project’s development objectives
  • To ensure that findings from research and audience feedback are used to refine and improve project outputs
  • To ensure training activities meet all contractual requirements of the project donors

Required skills, knowledge and experience
  • Strong editorial judgement evidenced through a distinguished radio journalism career
  • At least 10 years of radio production experience essential, including production of audience participation formats and political programming.
  • Experience of training radio journalists
  • Fluent in English and Swahili
  • Significant experience of planning training courses and training journalists in Africa essential.
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to issues of governance, transparency, accountability, financial sustainability and participation.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills.
  • Experience of operating effectively in difficult, highly politically sensitive and often fluid environments
  • Good working knowledge of computer packages including Email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Knowledge of BBC editorial guidelines or experience working with the BBC
Experience of training of radio trainers
Demonstrable understanding of the role of communications in development

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.
• Editorial judgement - demonstrates balanced and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of BBC editorial guidelines, target audience, programme and department objectives. Makes the right editorial decisions, taking account of conflicting views where necessary.
• Decision making – Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made.
• Planning and organisation – 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.
• Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own 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.
• Gains the respect of the team by the excellence of their work. Leads by example and takes the appropriate amount of responsibility for self and others. Puts the effectiveness of the team above their own personal interests
• Is able to recognise potential (managerial, professional, artistic or otherwise) and is willing to foster the development of that potential. Creates a climate in which potential can be realised.

Application instructions: 
Candidates should send their CV and a covering letter (PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role in English to: tzrecruitment@tz.bbcmediaaction.org with the name of the position applied for in the subject line.

Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Applicants with no separate covering letter will not be considered. Please only apply if you meet the basic criteria under the person specification. This is a local post applicable to people who have the legal right to live and work in Tanzania. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and only if a donor application is successful.

Please note that the availability of this position is subject to funding.

Application deadline: Friday 14 June 2013



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