Assistant Editor- Arabic Radio – Amman at BBC – Amman

Job Description

Job purpose
Responsible for supporting an Editor(s) with day to day editorial responsibilities  and managing a large team of journalists

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Develop and maintain high professional standards of journalism, ensuring delivery of  high quality news programmes 
  • Determine the content and running order of the programme and lead others on the  production of items through to transmission, including assigning, briefing and  determining priorities for operational and editorial teams 
  • Continue the development of the programme across social media and digital  platforms, exploring the potential for expanding 
  • Responsible for building morale/team spirit within permanent or temporary teams;  ensuring the best use of individual skills/abilities. Encouraging team members to  think about how to do things better 
  • Sets challenging team and individual objectives and trusts people to get on with  them, shares clear expectations about required performance levels, rewards success  and addresses performance issues quickly and fairly, treats team members with 
  • Seek ways to increase diversity in our workforce and to ensure that our output  reflects the audiences we serve 
  • Assist in the development, commissioning and management of relevant business  plans and manage individual programme budgets, ensuring value for money in use of  resources 
  • To act as a facilitator of change, clearly communicating and sharing best practices  are shared between teams 
  • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards. ∙ Responsible for ensuring safe working practices and the observance of BBC’s health  and safety regulations, including completing hazard assessments

Knowledge, skills, training and experience Essential 

  • Either a professional journalist or a senior operational professional with extensive  editorial experience of broadcast news and the ability to develop and implement  new and innovative approaches to programme structure and content 
  • Proven editorial judgement and flair, able to make sound decisions quickly ∙ A detailed understanding of the latest techniques and technology for newsgathering  and production. An ability to use new technologies to create opportunities to  enhance output and improve working practices


  • Ability to work effectively as a member of more than one team. Resolving conflicts  as necessary. 
  • Can identify a vision along with the plans which need to be implemented to meet  the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, issues etc. in the short, medium and  longer-term 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands  how individual differences can benefit the BBC 
  • Able to prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and  factors such as deadlines, staffing, programme budgets and resource requirements ∙ Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, produce and translate with  accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media  suitable for multimedia output 
  • The flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to  meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances 
  • An understanding of Health & Safety procedures and how it applies to broadcasting

Job impact Decision making High level of responsibility and decision making; able to operate alone. Scope Supports an Editor in managing a programme, region or specialism which typically includes  informal managerial responsibilities – may not have formal management responsibility. If formally managing staff, is typically responsible for team size up to 40 people.


JOB DESCRIPTION Appendix  There may be sub-sets of the generic job described above which require additional technical  skills. This appendix to the generic job description can be developed to cover such  situations.Division WS Languages – BBC ArabicReports to (title) Senior News Editor, Arabic Radio Location base Amman, Jordan 

Organisation  structure
The Assistant Editor Journalist will work to Radio Editor leading and supervising a  team of Senior Journalist and Journalists in shaping on-the-day and long term content  for BBC Arabic both digitally, and on Radio.  The successful candidate will work as part of the editorial team responsible for  carrying out the main editorial, managerial and administrative tasks, to ensure the  multi-media output conforms to BBC Editorial Guidelines.  The successful candidate will work closely with Amman Bureau Manager to Manage  staff arena, contributors’ payment and all relevant administrative work to BBC  standards. To supervise production work ensuring multimedia output conforms to BBC Editorial  Guidelines, is lively and interesting and of relevance to the target area. They will work to the Arabic Radio Editor and together act as a point of editorial  reference, providing editorial leadership as required.  The Assistant Editor will be part of this digital operation and have excellent written  and spoken Arabic and English S/he will be expected to work flexibly as required.

Additional job specific responsibilities and accountabilities MAIN DUTIES:  Lead and work with the Radio news output and planning teams to produce high quality news,  current affairs output and digital content.  Oversee current Radio news programmes in Amman and lead in creating new programmes  and revamping existing programmes to enrich output and increase engagement with a  diverse range of audiences.  Oversee current digital radio production and develop relevant digital content for the radio output  and the existing radio sites in BBC and the main social media sites  Coordinate with Radio Editor and Deputy Managing Editor to organise relevant training for staff  in line with Radio strategy with a focus on digital journalism, interactive content and  transforming what we do for younger audiences in particular. Coordinate closely with the Radio SJTM to ensure coordinated daily production, coherent  output and consistent daily and long term coverage plans.

JOB DESCRIPTION Coordinate with other parts of BBC Arabic to ensure editorial consistency and the effective  sharing of information, material and resources. Work with Newsgathering and Planning to ensure the daily and long-term needs of Radio are  met.  Coordinate closely with the Business Development team to share Arabic Radio content with  more partners in the region and beyond. Liaise with other BBC News outlets, including World Service English and Global, to drive the  effective two-way flow of information and audio Coordinate with rota schedulers to ensure proper staffing levels are maintained. Represent Radio at BBC Arabic meetings and other BBC meetings when required. Oversee and carry out special projects when requested by the Radio Editor, Multi Media Editor or Head of BBC Arabic. Additional Skills, Knowledge & Experience Significant experience of live Radio broadcast journalism.   Proven ability to produce news programmes and broader-agenda programmes in an engaging, creative and innovative manner. Clear understanding of digital journalism, social media and audience news consumption  in target markets. Thorough knowledge of Arabic regional and international news and current affairs.   Fluency in both written and spoken Arabic (as first or equivalent language) and English,  and the ability to communicate effectively.   Detailed knowledge of the Middle East media market and the changing needs of BBC  audiences 
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Job Details

Job Location
Amman, Jordan

Company Industry
Media Production

Company Type
Employer (Private Sector)

Job Role
Writing and Journalism

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