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Recruitment in Kenyatta University (Many Positions)

Career Opportunities in a Fast Growing Institution 

Kenyatta University seeks to recruit competent and dedicated applicants to fill up the following positions. 


Kenyatta University Television and Radio Services (KUTV & RS)
Marketing Executive
Purpose of the Job: To sell TV and Radio advertising space to brands, agencies and other clients.
The incumbent will bring in existing relationships with advertisers and agencies, while cultivating new relationships, managing sales, forecasting revenue and helping the sales & marketing team gain market insights.

  • Bachelors Degree in Marketing or related field
  • Professional qualification in marketing or equivalent qualification is a mandatory requirement
  • At least two (2) years advertisement sales experience in a similar role; advertising, media selling or TV service

  • A good understanding of media; Radio and TV industry
  • Presentable, confident, passionate and enthusiastic
  • Young, energetic and result oriented
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure
  • Excellent client service, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Hands on experience in market sales and penetration will be a definite advantage
  • Proven leadership capability
  • Good decision making and communication skills
  • Established conceptual, market modeling and analytical skills
  • Performance oriented, decisive and independent
  • Thorough knowledge of all the operations within Marketing Department in a media field

Video Editor
  • Diploma in Film Video Programmes Production, Editing Option or related field from a recognized institution
  • At least two (2) years work experience as a Digital Video Editor preferably with renowned media organizations
  • An online portfolio that demonstrates a range of video post-production skills
  • Working knowledge of still and moving imaging software for both Mac and PC platforms
  • Proficiency in at least two of the following software: AVID, Final Cut, Premiere Pro, Edius or Vegas
Graphic Animator

  • Diploma in Graphic Design or related field from a recognized institution
  • At least three (3) years experience in a busy broadcast production environment
  • Working knowledge in ORAD graphics pipeline
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe after effects, 3D Animation software (Either 3D Max, Cinema 4D, Maya or Lightwave)
  • Be able to work for long hours with minimum supervision
Camera Man
  • Diploma in TV and Film Production or related field from a recognized institution
  • At least three (3) years work experience as a Camera man
  • Ability to work long and odd hours
  • Analytical skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • High degree of integrity
TV Studio Technician
  • Bachelors Degree in any of the following fields Film and TV production, performing arts, audio and recording technology, sound engineering, and music technology
  • Certificate or Diploma in sound and music technology or media production is an added advantage
  • At least three (3) years relevant experience
  • Proven interest in digital media, flexible, creative and able to work effectively in a diverse and dynamic environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a demanding environment and meet deadlines
  • Setting up, testing and operating equipment to suit the acoustics of a location.
  • Servicing, maintaining and repairing electronic equipment including cables, microphones, amps and sound equipment.
  • Maintaining studio inventory
  • Assisting in supervision of students’ practical sessions
  • Selecting, placing and adjusting microphones.
  • Recording and balancing speech for radio/ audio plays or discussions.
  • Monitoring the sound quality, levels and tone for broadcasts
  • Recording film soundtracks.

News Editor 

Reporting to the Chief News Editor
Purpose of Job: He/she will be responsible for monitoring, selecting and editing materials from a range of both local and international news sources, including multimedia content operations.
  • Bachelors Degree in Media Communication / Journalism/English language from a recognized university 
  • At least three (3) years experience as a full-time Reporter or Editor 
  • Excellent English skills (both written and spoken) 
  • Ability to write and edit a clear and clean copy 
  • Ability to work under pressure 
  • Ability to imagine how a story idea will read after it has been edited or re-written 
  • Have an understanding of social media and how they apply in the news business 
  • Highly proficient in computer applications
  • Knowledge of TV and Radio news production, packaging and dissemination techniques and methods 
  • Knowledge and understanding of laws, media laws and code of ethics, precedents, government regulations and the democratic political process
  • Ensure timely processing of news material 
  • Coordinate coverage of current affairs on a day-day basis
  • Assign articles or content ideas as per the target audience of TV/ Radio 
  • Supervise writers and sub-editors to ensure copy meets the editorial standards of the media house 
  • Verify facts and accuracy of all news reports before they are aired 
  • Rewrite and edit copy to ensure it is readable and appeals to the target audience 
  • Ensure articles have a catchy headline and appropriate photos/ illustrations/ audio/videos
  • Identify contributing writers from the region who will contribute to the stations 
  • Mentor and coach contributors on editorial standards and internal house policies
  • Utilize news sources like the press release, radio, television and web reports to generate articles
  • Check content for plagiarism and authenticity
  • Great personality that is able to inspire and motivate a team of writers 
  • Analytical thinking with good conceptual skills 
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written 
  • Excellent management and leadership skills
  • Highly creative and passionate about exploring new ideas 
  • Excellent planning, organization skills and presentation skills

Editor in Chief
Purpose of the Job: In this stimulating and exciting role, he/she will work to implement the editorial and strategic line of the channel for both Kenyatta University TV and Radio services.
He/she will supervise a multidisciplinary, International team including journalists (permanent and freelancers), producers, cutters, sound engineers, production assistant, and others.

  • Bachelors Degree in Media Communication, Journalism or English language from a recognized University
  • Masters Degree in the relevant area will be an added advantage
  • At least five (5) years experience in the industry
  • Experience of journalistic activities on the ground and in programme production (TV news or magazines ideally) 
  • Experience of management and supervising multidisciplinary teams 
  • Expert in managing time and completing the given task within the decided time frame 
  • Very good general knowledge
  • Active member of media professional bodies 
  • Fluent in English and Kiswahili
  • Definition, orientation and follow-up management of KU TV and Radio news items from conception to broadcasting, in liaison with the relevant departments 
  • Control and editorial follow-up of programs and establishment of priorities
  • Work on formats and training the team on writing, filming and producing items 
  • Participation in the creation and in the implementation of new programs and special projects on air and on digital platforms 
  • Execution and follow-up of sponsorship contracts 
  • Participation in the overall development of the channel in conjunction with the Heads of Department concerned 
  • Representation of the channel during editorial meetings with production partners
  • Consultation with the Sales team and the Creative Solutions Department for the creation and development of sponsored programs
  • Energetic, business oriented 
  • Good interpersonal skills, talent for communication and negotiation 
  • Analytical mind 
  • Good organization skills
  • Quick thinker, ability to take initiatives
  • Authority, rigor, self-control

Television Technician / Engineer
To report to the Editor in Chief
  • Two (2) year Diploma course in electronics and two years of experience in electronic maintenance and repair work; one year of which must have included the maintenance and repair of television and related electronic equipment OR
  • At least five (5) years hands on experience in electronic maintenance and repair work, one (1) year of which, must have included the maintenance and repair of television and related electronic equipment OR
  • Satisfactory equivalent combination of the foregoing training and experience

Technical Areas:
  • To advice on equipment purchase, oversee testing & implementation of all new equipment and workflows
  • Ensure all equipment for KUTV are working properly at all times
  • Work with production and creative teams to create effective and easy workflows, create guidelines/best practice documentation, train or organize training for teams
  • Check that workflows are adhered to, trouble shoot as issues arise, support front line team
  • Review kit requirements (on-going) & make suggestions on additional requirements 
  • Have proficient knowledge in video technical infrastructure and operations
Required Skills and Experience:
  • Complete understanding and demonstrated experience of the digital on-air production cycle and file based production workflows
  • Proven Broadcast technical knowledge
  • Highly organized & keen problem solver
  • Strong project management skills
  • Proactive approach, a self-starter
  • Must work well under pressure and keep to deadlines
  • Exceptional communication and people skills
  • Accuracy with great attention to detail
Responsibilities and Duties:
  • In charge of the technology necessary to put the station`s broadcast on the air
  • In charge of ensuring that the broadcast transmission is perfect and technical faults like picture blurring, sound jamming are avoided and/or rectified on time
  • In charge of installing and performing preventive maintenance on the station`s control consoles, boards, recording equipment, microphones, and other related television equipment and electronic systems
  • Responsible for the operation of all the equipment necessary for the production of a program; such as a studio cameras, the audio console, studio lighting, and the video switcher

Assistant TV Producer 
Purpose of the Job: Work closely to implement the editorial and strategic line of the channel for both Kenyatta University TV and Radio services.
The incumbent will supervise a multidisciplinary, International team including journalists (permanent and freelancers), producers, cutters, sound engineers, production assistant, and others.

  • Bachelors Degree in Communications/Media studies/Education/Broadcast journalism from a recognized institution
  • Served as an Assistant TV Producer or in the same capacity in a reputable TV production broadcasting house at a supervisory level for at least three (3) years
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • Knowledge of broadcast regulations, rules and guidelines as well as technical and production standards
  • Initiative, be a team player and self-motivated
  • Proficiency in computer use and applications
Objectives of this Position:
  • To assist senior production staff in all stages of a television production, with direct accountability for the execution of a specific programme brief within guidelines
  • To assist and coordinate the resources required and to direct the production of assigned programme to ensure that such programme meets international standards
  • To provide support role to the TV Producers/Directors
  • To write/read and understand the script of assigned programmes, to conceptualize and to determine format and logistical requirements
  • Ensuring the sequencing of activities on the programme and the arranged script is followed accordingly
  • To carry out research for background information especially in the case of interviews
  • Assisting the TV Director in directing the production process
  • Ensuring all elements such as make-up, time and wardrobe are accounted for and available for use
  • To review the programme and to seek feedback so as to improve future productions
  • Develop new ideas for shows each quarter or ensure revamp of existing shows with new and creative ideas
  • Carry out research for various needs required for new product or existing product. This includes sourcing for elements that give the product an edge such as bed tracks, sound effects and so on
  • Ensure that each shoot is within the budget. Requests for cash are raised at least 4 days before each shoot and accounted for 2 days after the shoot
  • Managing talent in the programme (discipline; attitudes)
  • Ensuring social media growth of products as well as monitoring feedback and responding to feedback on both the twitter and facebook handles
  • Coming up with marketing ideas for the product and in some instances sourcing for relevant clients for the product
  • Doubling up as directors on location during multi productions or OB productions
  • Meeting deadlines for promo and programme output. Ensure that the programme is downloaded at least one day before TX
  • Managing crew on location
  • Planning for the crew’s transport, meals, sourcing for locations to carry out links; interviews, show segments; carrying out location recces
  • Doubling up roles especially in special projects (roles such as floor managing; directing; sound; lighting; hospitality etc)
  • Managing status of props /costumes from wear and tear and ensuring safe storage
  • Preparing budgets for programmes
  • Overseeing postproduction with video editor
  • Handling grips and equipment when on location (reflector/boom mic)
  • Hospitality and customer care: Ensuring needs of guests are catered for
  • Sourcing for talent for shows (presenters/ actors) and guests (interviews)
  • Calling shots when on location from the technical and camera team
  • Ensuring communication across the Departments when going on location
  • Ensuring final product meets broadcast standards by previewing show before it is downloaded
  • Doubling up as voice artists and actors
Other Skills and Competencies:
  • Organizational and administrative skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Interested in film and/or television
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Problem solving skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Act decisively under pressure
  • Have good planning skills
  • Be good at motivating people
  • Be good at supervising and delegating

TV Production and Programs Acquisition Manager
Purpose of Job:
To lead in the planning, managing and coordinating of all production and programming operations including the use of broadcast equipment, production schedules; 

Play a key role in developing and/or acquiring entertainment programming for KU TV; 

Drive the station’s on-air promotion strategy in keeping audiences well informed of what to expect as well as ensure higher viewer interest.

Qualifications and Skills Required:
  • Bachelors Degree in Media Production and/or Communication, Design or any relevant media studies
  • Proven practical knowledge and experience in a TV broadcast environment
  • At least five (5) years work experience, three (3) of which should be at supervisory level in a busy broadcast production environment
Key Job Accountabilities:
  • To lead and supervise production and programming staff by consistently monitoring, guiding, and enhancing the achievement of highest professional and ethical standards in their work
  • Maintain an optimal organization structure and staffing levels required for the department. Recruit and train Creative/Graphic Designers in consultation with the HR Services
  • Implement the TV station’s overall presentation and entertainment content strategy that seeks to align with the Station’s programming approach
  • Implement agreed TV entertainment programming plans as informed by use of market audience research, competitive analysis and trends
  • Play a key role in the conceptualization, formulation, development and execution of local production oriented content and content adaptability
  • Develop and establish effective systems, procedures and standards of performance for the programming and production staff in the department
  • Participate, advise on and consult in the preparation of annual programming budget formulation process
  • Play a lead role in the planning, running and consistent transmission of entertainment content while ensuring station uptime
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Creative conceptualization & ensuring adherence to standards in all productions
  • Effective Planning & organization of all TV production schedules and programming processes
  • Assessing project and resources requirements, sourcing, negotiating and drawing up of accurate budgets and timelines with clients and external suppliers
  • Optimal management and utilization of in-house production resource capacity while ensuring resource optimization through performance and creation of revenue streams to the business
  • Effective production and programming budgeting and budget control
  • Closely monitor staff performance and maintain discipline
  • Cohesive and motivated production team
  • Prompt customer service and resolution of challenges and complaint within 24 hours
How to Apply
The application letter should give full details of educational and professional qualification, work experience, present post and salary, applicant’s telephone number and e-mail address.

Copies of certificates and testimonials should also be enclosed giving the names and addresses of three (3) referees who are conversant with the applicant’s competence in area of specialization.
Applicants and Referees should write directly to:

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)
Kenyatta University
P. O. Box 43844 – 00100

Applications and letters from the referees should be received not later than, Tuesday, 16th June 2015

Kenyatta University is an equal opportunity employer and canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Women and persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

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