BBC Media Action Job description
Title: Sound Engineer
Department: BBC Media Action
Grade: Grade 6
Reports To: TV Director
Based: Yangon office with frequent travel around the country
Duration: 12 months fixed term, full time with possibility for renewal
BBC Media Action uses various forms of media and communications to tackle poverty and contribute to long-term change around the world. To achieve this, we partner with civil society, local media and governments to produce creative programmes which inform and engage audiences around key development issues and to strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity.
BBC Media Action is delivering an exciting and challenging new programme with support from the Joint Peace Fund. The project will create a national online and television platform that increases public understanding of support for a sustainable, inclusive peace for Myanmar. Sensitive to Myanmar’s ongoing peace process and decades of civil conflict, this content will inform and engage audiences across Myanmar, amplifying the voices of those affected by conflict and building understanding of how the country’s long-running conflicts impact on political stability and development nationwide.
Job purpose Reporting to the TV Director/Visual Editor, the Sound Technician is responsible for the overall sound needs of exciting and challenging new programme and BBC Media Action Myanmar office. The Sound Technician ensure that the sound quality of BBC Media Action productions is not only flawless but dynamic and creative.
S/he plays a vital role in the planning of programme recordings in documentaries and discussions with single or multi contributors, takes responsibility for ensuring that audio quality is perfect and high standard of editing and mixing of programmes where necessary. Assist programme Senior Producer and Producers in helping to capture sound in the richest and most effective way. The Sound Technician works across a full range of BBC Media Action outputs on television and radio, which includes discussion programmes, drama, magazine programmes and PSAs.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Overall responsibility for recording sound on BBC Media Action productions of ‘as live’ multi panel discussion programmes, documentaries on field, dramas and magazine programmes ensuring audio quality is first-rate and complies with BBC standards. • To offer technical assistance and advice in programme production as well as generate ideas and to actively contribute to the editorial planning process to improve the quality and richness of sound recording. • Responsibility for the audio equipment necessary for any recording situation. • To ensure the necessary equipment is delivered as required and to supervise the rigging for a variety of productions.
• Manage the sound studio and equipment in the studio, establishing the necessary systems in consultation with the Administration Team. Specifically, take responsibility for ensuring BBC technical equipment is in good working order and report problems to the Technical Director at the first available opportunity. • To undertake conventional circuitry wiring, including working on equipment which may be carrying live program. • To interpret engineering drawings and circuit diagrams. • To design and assemble equipment involving mechanical and electrical skills. • To install equipment in racks, trolleys, offices and studios. • To use a range of hand and power tools to cut, bend, drill and shape a range of materials to achieve the required shape and tolerances. • To diagnose faults and wiring errors on audio. • To maintain knowledge of technical developments in audio and broadcast related areas. • Ensure that all the circumstances and venues in which people under his/her control are expected to contribute to the production process meet all necessary health and safety requirements. • Assist in maintaining and providing comprehensive details of programme content necessary for the compilation of reports to show progress against project objectives, Programmes as Broadcast document, music usage, compliance and other administrative records • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Series Producer, Country Director and TV Director. Essential skills and experience
• Experienced sound technician/s ensuring the quality of their work is to the highest standards and that the needs of the organisation are planned and met with the most appropriate person. • Experience working as a Sound Technician in television and/or radio. • A strong background in technical knowledge of sound recording system and electric wiring. • Considerable experience in producing television programmes, documentaries and discussion. • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. • Report writing skills for incidents. • A good understanding of the processes of television and or radio production.
Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies. Influencing and Persuading: Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
Managing Relationships: Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Team working.
Communication: The ability 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.
Imagination/Creative Thinking: Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
Planning and Organising: Is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective and appropriate course of action for self and others.
Resilience: Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Flexibility: Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups.