OSIWA seeks a STATION MANAGER FOR WEST AFRICA DEMOCRACY RADIO who would be based in Dakar to take charge of its daily operations. As a spin-off project of OSIWA, WADR is entering a period of consolidation and expansion. The station is looking to:
Take on a higher profile in West Africa and beyond, tightening links with partner stations and building new audiences in key countries;
Develop more engaged, wide-ranging and imaginative programs, with a strong focus on development issues, governance and human rights;
Create a solid network of partners from civil society and humanitarian and development agencies across the region and
Use a new injection of technology to build a much better performing station, and provide an authoritative new service to a mass audience in West Africa and the Diaspora.
The Station Manager will be expected to provide leadership and direction for WADR, have the overall responsibility for the radios’ output and take charge of the day-to-day running of the station. S/he will be the public face of WADR. The station manager will oversee and work with the heads of the administrative, technical and production departments, each with clearly demarcated responsibilities.
The station manager’s principal activities will include:
Guiding editorial policy, ensuring a high quality of programs, commissioning material, devising program ideas, monitoring content, offering ethical and professional guidance, developing in-house training materials;
Representing and promoting the station in public forums, liaising with partners, broadening contacts with other media entities, governments, regional institutions, NGOs, UN agencies, community groups and others;
Day-to-day running of the station, including management and valuation of staff, the development and maintenance of administrative procedures and principles, oversight of all financial activities of WADR;
Working with technical department on purchasing of technical equipment and monitoring of its use, operations of transmitter, maintenance and upgrading of studio facilities;
Consolidation and expansion of ties with partner radio stations, integrating their programs into station output and developing a long-term strategy for WADR.
At least ten years of work in the radio sector, with minimum five years managerial and project management experience.
Graduate degree in relevant field.
Strong knowledge of radio, including program development and the technical aspects of radio production and transmission.
Familiarity with the West Africa sub-region, including a good understanding of political developments, pressing social and humanitarian issues and key regional trends.
Astute journalistic judgment, an ability to generate and implement new ideas, strong analytical skills and a willingness to offer criticism.
Strong leadership and motivational skills with the ability to lead a team from diverse backgrounds, share problems, be available, mediate in disputes, foster unity, exercise authority, defuse inter-personal problems, and create team spirit;
NGO or foundation experience preferred.
Excellent verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
Excellent written and oral English and French, exceptional analytic capacity and skills;
Excellent listening and communication skills with strong cross-cultural sensitivity;
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and show discretion;
Ability to travel internationally on a frequent basis;
Excellent and extensive computer skills and high comfort level with computer research, database management, proficient in Microsoft Office, experience with database management preferred;
Excellent coordination, networking and facilitation skills;
High level of self-motivation and ability to work both independently and on a team;
Ability to operate in a difficult working environment;
A rigorous, practical approach to administrative work; highly organized, strong attention to detail; creative and open-minded; innovative thinker.
Poised, with the ability to prioritize and work well under pressure, often simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects;
Pleasant, diplomatic disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers and the general public.