Latest Jobs at BBC World Service for International Bureau Admin Assistants

The BBC, is the leading international broadcaster in Africa reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million on Radio, TV, Digital (language sites and, Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in English, Hausa, Somali, French, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Kiswahili & Arabic. We are committed to broadcasting to and from the continent in a style that meets the demands of our growing audience and as well as our language services, our presence in the region is also defined by our bureaux, special correspondents and bilingual reporters.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: International Bureau Admin Assistant
Job Reference:
: Lagos
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Job Category: Administrative Services
Business Unit: News – W2020
Reports to: Bureau Manager, Lagos

  • The International Bureaux Management team supports all News Group bureaux. The International Bureau Admin Assistant reports to the Bureau Manager, Lagos


  • You will report in first instance to the Bureau Manager for the day-to-day running of the Lagos Bureau’s finances and administration.
  • You will be responsible for the supervision of the financial and administrative affairs for all parts of BBC News group in Lagos.
  • You will also have support from and close contact with the International Manager responsible for the African region.
  • Within the context above, the International Bureau Admin Assistant will be responsible for timely and effective day-to-day co-operation between the Lagos Bureau and the relevant authorities in Nigeria, ensuring best practice in the BBC’s compliance with local regulations governing such areas as financial, tax, media and employment law.
  • In doing so, the post holder will have to work with the IBM and IBF teams, as well as local suppliers where necessary.
  • You will be responsible for financial control, the administration of strategic initiatives, and best practice in the Lagos bureau and will work closely with the Lagos Editorial lead in providing proactive financial support for planning and deployment decisions, as well as providing purchasing assistance.

Main Duties

  • First point of contact for all guests arriving for interviews.
  • General research of stories as requested.
  • Organising transport for guests.
  • Assisting with interviews, simul-recs, location filming as required by the editorial team.
  • Assisting guests in the TV and Radio studio for live transmissions.
  • Responsibility for all mail operations, fax communications etc.
  • Reviewing invoices and coding appropriately for payment.
  • Ordering of couriers, shipments etc. Managing office stationary supplies.
  • Responsibility for hotel reservations and arrangements for visiting BBC staff etc.
  • Reviewing and certifying expenses to ensure compliance with BBC expenses policy and guidelines.
  • Updating and maintaining of various financial spreadsheets, using Excel, and ensuring compliance with BBC policy and procedures relating to purchasing and accounts.
  • Assisting in the administration of petty cash as required.
  • Escalating issues to the International Manager, Africa, as appropriate.
  • Directing calls for staff and dealing with requests from the public for information about the BBC.
  • General bureau administration of arranging permits, visas etc.
  • Keep security watch on the office.
  • Ensuring the Lagos Bureau complies with all relevant BBC safety procedures.
  • Keeping other team members informed of issues affecting them.

Person Specification
Knowledge and Experience:

  • Ability to prioritise, to use initiative and to work effectively under pressure without close supervision.
  • Able to communicate effectively with a range of people and at all levels of the BBC.
  • Good planning and organising skills and the ability to prioritise effectively
  • Experience of producing timely and accurate information and reports
  • Able to work with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Experience of and ability to work flexibly and pragmatically in an operational environment.
  • A lively interest in the broadcast news, online news and wider media environment and appreciation of the particular demands it may place on financial and administrative work.
  • Practical knowledge and skills in using a range of packages, including Word, Excel and accounting packages.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, often under pressure.
  • Good working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures of the BBC.


  • Planning and organisation: Able to think ahead in order to establish and 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.
  • Communication: Able 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.
  • Influencing and persuading: Able 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 co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
  • Resilience: Manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Flexibility: Adapts to changing circumstances and displays a positive attitude to the process of change.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline: 23rd July, 2017.

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