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Massive Recruitment by Standard Group, Nairobi, Kenya

The Standard Group Plc is a multi-media organization with investments in media platforms spanning newspaper print operations, television, radio broadcasting, digital and online services, as well as outdoor advertising. The Standard Group is recognized as a leading multi-media house in Kenya with a key in uence in matters of national and international interest.
Our various media platforms include: The Standard newspaper, KTN, KTN News, Radio Maisha, The Nairobian weekly newspaper, Think Outdoor (billboard advertising) and Standard Digital. As part of strengthening our operations and growing www.standardmedia.co.ke, Standard Digital is looking for smart, creative and ambitious individuals to join the team.

www.standardmedia.co.ke is East Africa’s #1 news platform with over 10 million readers monthly. We are looking for an individuals who will help us maintain the #1 position in the following capacities;
Head of Desk-Editorial Video

Responsibilities

·         Reporting to the Digital Content Manager, The Head of Desk-Editorial Video will be responsible for the following;
·         Manage production multimedia videos for all Group digital products
·         Chair editorial meetings and assign duties/stories to web journalists
·         Work with print and broadcast newsrooms to generate unique content
·         Checking all facts for accuracy and removing any ambiguities in consultation with reporters and editors
·         Ensuring all claims are supported by evidence and that no content can trigger litigation, including any plagiarized content
·         Editing content to remove all errors of grammar, ensure news clarity and appeal, without distorting meaning or removing any salient points
·         Ensuring compliance with editorial journalistic code of ethics, and house style
·         Advising reporters and editors on appropriate images to use in news stories
·         Managing editorial video desk, ensuring team meets performance targets

Qualification & Skills

·         Experience Required: At least 5 years’ experience in multimedia journalism, one of which must be in a management/ supervisory role.
·         University Graduate in Communication, Media, Public Relations or a related  eld from a recognized University.
·         Must have certification in computer studies.
·         Must have excellent communication, editorial and writing skills.
·         Strong editorial skills; understanding of Media Law and Media Ethics
·         Displays in-depth knowledge and understanding of video and social media platforms, their respective audiences and how each platform can be deployed in di erent scenarios.
·         Must have strong analytical skills, social media savvy, innovative and creative
·         Must be self-driven, assertive, punctual and organized
·         Must be a team player, dynamic and able to work under demanding circumstances
·         Keep abreast of evolving trends through continuing professional education in the area of digital platforms


Copy Writer

Responsibilities

·         Reporting to the Digital Content Manager, Copy Writer will be responsible for the following;
·         Interpret copywriting briefs to understand project requirements
·         Generating creative ideas to build innovative campaigns, and overseeing execution
·         Collaborate with freelancers, designers, PR and other professionals on large- and small-scale projects
·         Writing clear, compelling copy for various mediums (e.g. native ads, blog posts, newsletters)
·         Conduct high-quality research and interviews
·         Edit and proofread copy, using SEO principles to maximize reach
·         Overseeing campaigns from inception to execution and generating performance reports for clients and sales teams
·         Advise supervisor on new trends, tools, applications, channels, design & strategy

Qualification & Skills

·         Required Experience: Over 2 years’ experience working either as a journalist, marketer or a public relations officer in a media house; one of which must be in online journalism.
·         University Graduate in Communication, Media, Public Relations or a related eld from a recognized University. Must have certification in computer studies.
·         Excellent communication, creative and writing skills.
·         Strong editorial skills; understanding of Media Law and Media Ethics
·         In-depth knowledge and understanding of video and social media platforms, their respective audiences and how each platform can be deployed in di erent scenarios.
·         Demonstrates winning Social Customer Service techniques. Possesses great ability to identify potential negative or crisis situation and apply con ict resolution principles to mitigate issues
·         Must have strong analytical skills, social media savvy.
·         Keep abreast of evolving trends through continuing professional education in the area of digital platforms


E-Business Sales Executive

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Online Business Manager, The e-Business Sales Executive will be responsible for the following;
·         Selling e-business inventory; identifying clients, convincing them of the bene ts of e-business products and services; executing sales, liaising with other departments to serve clients to satisfaction, and liaising with Credit Control to complete reconciliation;
·         Ensuring that all business transactions are captured on time in the appropriate ICT systems;
·         Delivering invoices and statements to clients and follow-up regarding payment terms;
·         Liaising with Credit Control and clients regarding payment terms and debt collection, and maintaining collection timelines;
·         Maintaining close and e ective contact with clients, and carrying out necessary public relations initiatives to ensure customer satisfaction;
·         Handling customer care compliments and complaints for e-business related products and services; Ensuring that all calls are logged, resolved to customer satisfaction and on time. Analyse incidences and report on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually against plans as required;
·         Driving e-commerce tra c, social media presence using modern tools and techniques; Monitor and analyse using appropriate analytic tools and report on tra c on e-commerce platforms;
·         Liaison with Marketing department and designers to actualise promotions;
·         Liaison with the technical team to resolve technical challenges;
·         Liaison with the Commercial, Editorial and Technical teams to resolve operational issues arising for the purpose of enhancing customer experience and to achieve business targets

Qualification and Skills

·         Required Experience: 1 year relevant experience with an in-depth understanding of the digital space;
·         Bachelor’s degree in ICT, marketing, media, business, or an equivalent from a recognised institution.
·         Membership in a relevant professional body
·         Use of modern analytic tools to increase tra  c and social media presence


Digital Video Producer-VOD

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Digital Content Manager, The Digital Video Producer-VOD will be responsible for the following;
·         Conceptualize and execute online video campaigns for various projects
·         Coordinate pre-production, logistics and production planning activities for studio and  eld shoots
·         Produce a variety of creative video products for broadcasting, webcasting, video streaming, and digital distribution
·         Work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver high quality video products
·         Edit footage and optimize nal videos for third party websites such as YouTube, Facebook Twitter, and other social media platforms
·         Take care of camera and other equipment assigned
·         Provide limited troubleshooting of video, audio and lighting equipment

Qualification and Skills

·         Required Experience: At least two years’ hands-on production experience: camerawork, lighting, directing and editing
·         University Graduate in Communication, Media, Public Relations or a related  eld from a recognized University.
·         Must have certi cation in computer studies.
·         Excellent communicator with strong people skills
·         Ability to conceptualize creative ideas and to think visually
·         Capacity to manage a project from start to  nish, to tight deadlines
·         Must be proactive, self-driven, assertive, punctual and organized
·         Must have strong analytical skills, social media savvy, innovative and creative Must be a team player, dynamic and able to work under demanding circumstances
·         Displays in-depth knowledge and understanding of video and social media platforms, their respective audiences and how each platform can be deployed in di erent scenarios.


Digital Video Producer-NEWS

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Digital Content Manager, The Digital Video Producer-News will be responsible for the following;
·         Cross-promote the company’s online & traditional products line
·         Conceptualize and execute online video campaigns for various projects
·         Ensure all social media for video platforms are updated regularly
·         Advise supervisor on new trends in online tools, applications, channels, design & strategy
·         Liaise with digital Heads of Desk to produce video content for their products
·         Drive track to the Standard Digital’s video pages

Qualification and Skills

·         Required Experience: Over 2 years’ experience working either as a journalist, marketer or a public relations o cer in a media house; one of which must be in online journalism.
·         University Graduate in Communication, Media, Public Relations or a related eld from a recognized University. Must have certification in computer studies.
·         Must have excellent communication, editorial and writing skills.
·         Strong editorial skills; understanding of Media Law and Media Ethics
·         Displays in-depth knowledge and understanding of video and social media platforms, their respective audiences and how each platform can be deployed in di erent scenarios.
·         Demonstrates winning Social Customer Service techniques. Possesses great ability to identify potential negative or crisis situation and apply con ict resolution principles to mitigate issues
·         Must have strong analytical skills, social media savvy.
·         Must be self-driven, assertive, punctual and organized
·         Must be a team player, dynamic and able to work under demanding circumstances
·         Keep abreast of evolving trends through continuing professional education in the area of digital platforms


Head of Desk-VOD

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Digital Content Manager, The Head of Desk-Editorial VOD will be responsible for the following;
·         Conceptualize and oversee execution of multimedia content for various projects
·         Coordinate pre-production, logistics and production planning activities for studio and  eld shoots
·         Organize shooting schedules, manage resources and supervise the progress of the project from production to post production
·         Collaborate closely with internal clients and stakeholders to help facilitate the creation of multimedia content
·         Manage the production of a variety of creative video products for broadcasting, webcasting, video streaming, and digital distribution
·         Work with print and broadcast newsrooms to generate unique content
·         Manage digital production team to ensure quality and revenue targets are met
·         Ensure compliance with relevant regulations, codes of practice and health and safety laws

Qualification and Skills

·         Required Experience: At least two years’ hands-on production experience: camerawork, lighting, directing and editing.
·         University Graduate in Communication, Media, Public Relations or a related eld from a recognized University. Must have certi cation in computer studies.
·         Excellent communicator with strong people skills
·         Ability to conceptualize creative ideas and to think visually
·         Capacity to manage a project from start to  nish, to tight deadlines
·         Must be proactive, self-driven, assertive, punctual and organized
·         Must have strong analytical skills, social media savvy, innovative and creative Must be a team player, dynamic and able to work under demanding circumstances
·         Displays in-depth knowledge and understanding of video and social media platforms, their respective audiences and how each platform can be deployed in di erent scenarios.


Sub Editor Social Media

Responsibilities

Reporting to the uReport & Social Media Editor, The Social Media Sub-Editor will be responsible for the following;
·         Develop and manage an e ective social media strategy that acquires and retains users in general and within targeted audience segments.
·         Plan, implement, and analyze video and distributed content across multiple Facebook pages and other social media platforms.
·         Monitor discussions, posts, and comments across multiple Facebook pages and other social media channels.

·         Ensure all plans are aligned to the wider brand and editorial strategy and will drive increased consumer engagement, website tra c, data acquisition and maximize revenues, while also increasing brand equity and online awareness
·         Generate creative ideas for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and more
·         Understand the brand and the community and ensure all plans and activity meet internal needs and our fans expectations. Ability to advise wider digital team on community management best practice and inform wider digital debates around user rewards and recognition.
·         Work with teams to edit and post the best, most viral, irresistible show clips and monitor strategies to maximize video views, content sharing and tune-in for KTN Home and KTN News.
·         Ensure all output is of appropriate quality and complies with all relevant Standard group guidelines and procedures. Monitor and moderate communities in line with Standard Group social media policy and platform best practice.
·         Produce detailed weekly and monthly performance reports and post-campaign reports where appropriate.
·         Required Experience: At least two years’ experience writing/editing experience.

Qualification

·         Degree in communication, journalism or literature or any related  eld
·         Fluency in English and Kiswahili
·         Sharp, fast writer with ability to deliver fresh voice and irresistible headlines.
·         Strong skills in packaging content for online distribution, awareness of what makes for “viral” content. Proven track record of creating engaging content (written, video, social) that drives tra c.
·         Must demonstrate creativity, initiative, teamwork, organizational skills, strong verbal, visual and written communication skills, strong technological skills and have an innovative approach to problem-solving.
·         Knowledge on current a airs
·         A familiarity with social scheduling, testing and moderating tools e.g. Hootsuite, tweetdeck, Schedugram is essential.


Sub Editor Ureport

Responsibilities

·         Reporting to the uReport & Social Media Editor, The Sub-Editor UReport will be responsible for the following;
·         Rewriting and editing content from other Standard Group platforms and contributors for web;
·         Monitoring newsfeeds for breaking news and information;
·         Writing sponsored/commercial content for clients;
·         Checking all facts for accuracy and removing any ambiguities in consultation with reporters and editors;
·         Ensuring all claims are supported by evidence and that no content can trigger litigation, including any plagiarised content;
·         Ensuring compliance with editorial journalistic code of ethics, and house style;
·         Rewriting copy to remove all errors of grammar, ensure news clarity and appeal, and t content to required length, without leaving out facts, distorting articles or removing any salient points;
·         Creating appropriate headlines and captions for copy and pictures, ensuring they re ect the overriding message of the story;
·         Identifying, selecting and sizing pictures to go with stories; specifying the requirements of relevant video content as required and placing on digital platform;
·         Generating and approving and moderating of news alerts;
·         Required Experience: At least two years’ experience writing for web

Qualifications & skills

·         Degree in communication, journalism or literature or any related  eld
·         Exceptional writing, editing and storytelling skills
·         Understanding of SEO and basic skills in photo editing


Sub Editor
The Standard Group comprises The Standard Newspapers, The Nairobian, KTN, Radio Maisha, Standard Digital and Think Outdoor Services. The Group is looking for a quali ed, experienced and reputable team player to ll the following position: Sub Editor
Reporting to the Managing Editor
Overall Purpose of the Job
This role is responsible for ensuring that television scripts are free of errors, easy on the ear and in addition conform to the Standard Group’s Editorial Policy Guidelines and House style.

Responsibilities

·         Checking all facts for accuracy and removing any ambiguities in consultation with reporters and editors;
·         Ensuring all claims are supported by evidence and that no content can trigger litigation, including any plagiarized content;
·         Ensuring compliance with editorial journalistic code of ethics, and house style;
·         Rewriting scripts to remove all errors of grammar, ensure news clarity and appeal, without distorting meaning or removing any salient points;
·         Editing television news scripts to  t the allocated duration
·         Creating appropriate headlines and lower thirds for on air stories, ensuring they re ect the overriding message of the story;
·         Advising reporters and editors on appropriate images to use in news stories

Qualifications

·         University Degree/Diploma in Journalism or a relevant  eld from a recognized institution
·         Two (2) years relevant experience in a busy news environment, preferably a television station.
Skills
·         Knowledge of TV news operation
·         Highly competent in written English or Kiswahili
·         Speed.


Anchor
The Standard Group comprises The Standard Newspapers, The Nairobian, KTN, Radio Maisha, Standard Digital and Think Outdoor Services. The Group is looking for a quali ed, experienced and reputable team player to ll the following position:
Reporting to the Managing Editor – Broadcast
Overall Purpose of the Job
This Role Is Responsible For Relaying The News Gathered And Produced By The Entire Newsroom To The Public. Job

Responsibilities

·         Presenting allocated TV bulletins, live events and breaking news
·         Ensuring appearance is as per house rules
·         Conducting well researched and high-impact interviews on television
·         Producing elements of the bulletin, book guests, prepping them and doing research for the interview
·         Packaging and delivering stories for the bulletin
·         Gather facts on breaking news/developing stories and fact check.
·         Re-purposing stories from wire services such as Reuters and AFP for television audiences.

Qualifications

·         University degree in Mass Communication or a relevant  eld from a recognized institution
·         Two (2) years relevant experience
Skills
·         Judgement or discretion required.
·         Ability to make independent decisions
·         Knowledge of routine(s).


Camera Operator
The Standard Group comprises The Standard Newspapers, The Nairobian, KTN, Radio Maisha, Standard Digital and Think Outdoor Services. The Group is looking for a quali ed, experienced and reputable team player to ll the following position:
Reporting to the Managing Editor – Broadcast
Overall Purpose of the Job
To shoot informative and professional TV pictures that capture the mood and spirit of the event and assist reporters in developing appropriate accompanying stories.

Responsibilities

·         Operate professional video cameras for news as well as documentary production
·         Transmit Live video images using Mobile News Gathering equipment such as Live U or Quicklink.
·         Advise producers and reporters on camera techniques and creative angles
·         To take detailed notes of the subjects covered
·         Describe circumstances under which clips were taken in order to guide the Editors in story selection and content
·         Submit  lms to the Head of Camera Unit and concerned Editor within set deadlines
·         Able to work independently without reporter and/or producer on location
·         Able to edit sequences using Final Cut Pro or other editing systems and send via FTP or mail, using broadband network or via satellite broadcast
·         Able to travel widely, including overseas for news and documentary assignments as and when required
·         Take care of camera and other equipment assigned

Qualifications

·         Diploma in Mass communication, Media Studies or its equivalent from a recognized institution
·         Two (2) years relevant experience
Skills
·         Judgement or discretion required
·         Ability to make independent decisions
·         Knowledge of routine(s)
·         Strong people skills and the ability to work in a team
·         Computer Literacy


Camera Operator
The Standard Group comprises The Standard Newspapers, The Nairobian, KTN, Radio Maisha, Standard Digital and Think Outdoor Services. The Group is looking for a quali ed, experienced and reputable team player to ll the following position:
Reporting to the Managing Editor – Broadcast

Responsibilities

·         Research and write high-impact news stories for television.
·         Re-purpose stories from wire services such as Reuters and AFP for television audiences.
·         Conduct phone interviews with reporters on location and news sources and develop news content from the same.
·         Generate news content from television interviews and LIVE events
·         Gather facts on breaking news/developing stories and fact check.
·         Create appropriate headlines and captions for TV stories, ensuring they re ect the overriding message of the story.
·         To edit scripts under the supervision of Shi Editors and other news editors.

Qualifications

·         University Degree in Journalism /Mass Communication or a related  eld from a recognized institution
·         Two (2) years relevant experience.
Skills
·         Judgement or discretion required.
·         Ability to make independent decisions
·         Knowledge of routine(s).


Studio Technical Operator
The Standard Group comprises The Standard Newspapers, The Nairobian, KTN, Radio Maisha, Standard Digital and Think Outdoor Services. The Group is looking for a quali ed, experienced and reputable team player to ll the following position:
Reporting to Supervisor, Gallery Operations; Supervisor, OB Operations OVERALL
Purpose of the Job
This role is responsible for operating professional television broadcast equipment for recording, transmitting and live broadcasting to ensure the highest quality of audio and video signal.

Responsibilities

·         Operating Studio and OB equipment to ensure quality sound and video in studio productions and live OB’s.
·         To ensure that the selected shots are well balanced on screen and relevant to the message.
·         Provide a daily report of events & recommend ways of improvements to the Supervisors.
·         Act as a sound technician within the gallery and studio ensuring that all sound microphones are in place and working, installation of mobile microphones on guests and undertaking the various sound and vision mixing in accordance to international Broadcast standards.
·         Compiling all commercials, programmes and promos for transmission and ensure they run as per the Daily Transmission Schedule (DTs);
·         Ensuring all cameras and lighting equipment within the studios are correctly aligned at all times before and during live and pre-recorded programmes;
·         Handling of equipment carefully during and a er productions and sending faulty equipment to the workshop for repair. Handling of broadcast equipment outside the premises in times of live or pre-recorded events
·         Database maintenance of information in the TV Playout Servers
·         To check peak levels against peak/vu meter calibration to ensure clarity of up-sounds/commentary/music as per laid down procedures
Key Performance Indicators
·         Ensuring availability of quality transmission signal and being alert to respond to signal interruptions on 24 hour basis
·         Compile and update the CTS and DTS on a daily basis
·         Ensure that the studio equipment is functioning by dusting and testing on a daily basis, and sending faulty equipment to maintenance for repair.
·         E cient handling of equipment when assigned to an OB or o -site Production by packing in the prescribed manner and ensuring all equipment taken out of SGL premises is returned safely
·         Customer Service: Keep a log of all customer complaints and errors and ensure a 24 hour turn around for resolution of complaints/errors
·         Deadlines control: Zero tolerance to all errors.

Qualifications

·         Diploma in Media Technology or a relevant  field from a recognized institution
Experience
·         At least 1 year relevant experience
·         Skills and Attributes
·         Judgement or discretion required.
·         Ability to make independent decisions
·         Knowledge of routine(s)


Graphic Designer
The Standard Group comprises The Standard Newspaper, The Nairobian, KTN, Radio Maisha, Standard Digital and Think Outdoor Services. The Group is looking for a quali ed, experienced and reputable team player to ll the following position: Graphic Designer.
Reporting to the Chief Graphic Designer
OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB
This role is responsible for creatively originating and executing broadcast designs in conformance with the broadcast visual policy.

Responsibilities

·         Originating and ideating designs for visual assets and illustrations according to various written briefs. E.g. Commercials and Montages for various shows and news features.
·         Developing and re-designing KTN corporate identity visuals in line with the Group’s broadcast Visual policy.
·         Re-designing of station indents, programme properties and news templates
·         Originating and developing physical and virtual sets and on-air assets in line with the brief using the ORAD system and 3D based platforms
·         Participating in generation, improvement, sustenance, and implementation of the visual policy e.g. News intros and in-house production shows.
·         Troubleshooting, remedying and reporting on creations, illustrations and creative processes •
·         Communicating and interacting productively with client departments
·         Briefing the team leader and/or manager fully on all assignments and progress thereof

Qualifications

·         Diploma in Graphics Design and Animation or a related  eld from a recognized institution
·         Two (2) years relevant experience
Skills
·         Judgment or discretion required
·         Ability to make independent decisions
·         Knowledge of routine(s)
·         ORAD on air graphics
·         Good people skills and the ability to work in a team
·         Apt thinker
How to Apply
If you possess the above qualifications and the drive to meet the challenge, visit our website www.standardmedia.co.ke/recruitment to browse through the current openings/vacancies and apply.
This is on a one year contractual basis subject to review.
Please note that ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The Standard Group is an equal opportunity employer and as such, canvassing of any form will lead to automatic disqualification.

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