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Apply Now – BBC World Service is Recruiting for fulltime Finance & Administration Assistant

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is launching a new Sports weekly TV programme and innovative digital sport content alongside existing African Sport output.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Finance & Administration Assistant
Job Reference: BBC/TP/788768/22614
Location: Lagos
Department: International Bureaux
Reports to: Hub Bureau Manager, Lagos
Grade: Local terms & conditions
Conditions: Nigerian terms and conditions

Job Introduction

International News is at the heart of the BBC.  BBC News Group employs approximately 800 staff in 98 international bureaux.  It provides multimedia services to a global weekly audience of over 239 million in English and 27 languages around the clock, every day of the year.

The bureaux react to breaking news, provide news updates and analysis and produce live programme output.  In a highly competitive market, delivering to both UK License Fee payers and commercial partners, BBC News services must be reliable and consistent. In 2011, News gathering, World Service and Monitoring teams came together into one News Group and in 2014, all World Service and Monitoring activity transfers to Licence Fee funding.

The International Bureaux Management team supports all News Group bureaux. 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 report in first instance to the Hub Bureau Manager in assisting him in the day-to-day running of the Lagos Bureau’s finances and administration. As part of a small team you will support all parts of BBC News group in Lagos as required.
  • In doing so, the post holder will have to work with the International Bureaux [“IB”] and International Bureaux Finance [“IBF”] teams, as well as local suppliers where necessary. You will support financial control, the administration of strategic initiatives, and best practice in the BBC Lagos Bureau and will work closely with editorial management in providing proactive financial support for planning and deployment decisions, as well as providing purchasing assistance.
  • Within the context above, the Finance & Administrative Assistant will be assist with the 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.

Main Duties

  • First point of contact for all guests arriving for interviews.
  • Organizing transport for guests.
  • 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 Hub Bureau Manager as appropriate.
  • Ensuring the Lagos Bureau complies with all relevant BBC safety procedures.
  • Directing guests to the TV and Radio studio for live transmissions.
  • 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.
  • Responsibility for all mail operations, fax communications etc.
  • Reviewing invoices and coding appropriately for payment.
  • Ordering of couriers, shipments etc. Managing office stationary supplies.
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Job Requirements

Min Required Experience:

Not Specified

Min Qualification:

Bachelor’s Degree/HND

Desired Courses:

Not Specified

Other Requirements:

Person Specification 
Knowledge And Experience:

  • Ability to prioritize, to use initiative and to work effectively under pressure without close supervision.
  • 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.
  • Good working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures of the BBC.
  • Able to communicate effectively with a range of people and at all levels of the BBC.
  • Good planning and organizing skills and the ability to prioritize effectively
  • Practical knowledge and skills in using a range of packages, including Word, Excel and accounting packages.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, often under pressure.



  • Planning and organization – able to think ahead in order to establish and efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources.
  • 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 characterized by commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Flexibility: Adapts to changing circumstances and displays a positive attitude to the process of change.
  • 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 behavior change.

Within grade, Local Terms and Conditions apply

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