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Job Introduction
The post leads the Thematic Advisory Team which works to help the organisation achieve greater impact by providing technical expertise, supporting learning and strengthening staff capacity.

The team develops strategies in the organisation's focus areas (Governance and Rights, Health, Resilience and Humanitarian Response and Gender Equality) to guide how work is prioritised and approached. It develops external relationships in these fields and works to ensure that the organisation becomes increasingly respected for its practice, impact and evidence.

The Thematic Lead will have technical expertise and act as a Senior Governance and Rights Adviser as well as having management responsibility for the team.

 The Thematic Lead is a member of BBC Media Action's leadership team.

Role Responsibility
Team Leadership & Management: Providing leadership, coordination and support to the Advisory Team members; supporting an environment of trust, open communication and team working; developing and facilitating the achievement of team strategy and objectives; representing the Advisory Team as part of BBC Media Action's Leadership Team; supporting the professional development of Advisory team members.

Advisory: Leading the Advisory Team to improve the quality of projects by providing technical advice on how communication for development can best contribute to outcomes in the organisation's focus areas. Working closely with the Programmes Team to support the design and delivery of projects.  Acting as a Senior Adviser on the organisation's governance and rights projects.

Strategy: Developing and articulating the most effective strategies and approaches for the organisation's work in key focus areas and supporting Advisory team members in their strategy work.

External Engagement: Playing a lead role in external engagement. This will involve building the organisation's reputation and deploying experience, insight and evidence to help shape donor, development and public health strategies. 

Learning: Playing a lead role in systematising and supporting learning across the organization.  And learning from external orgranisations to inform and improve our work.

Business development: Working with other teams to write proposals and with Advisers and others to proactively develop new project ideas to take to potential donors.

Are you the right candidate?
  • Strong experience, expertise and a proven reputation in the field of Governance and Rights.
  • A proven capability in business development and in the formation of external institutional and professional relationships with donors and other development actors.
  • Substantial people management and leadership experience.
  • Proven capacity to advance learning across an organisation.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

Package Description
Band: E
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK

We're happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application . There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
  • Excellent career progression - the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities  - our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC
We don't focus simply on what we do - we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you've read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC - whether that's to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click  here


Job Sector
Media, Digital & Creative
Job Position
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