Your job

A specialist who brings the world’s attention to the areas in which we work by developing and implementing operational communication strategies and materials while building MSF visibility and acceptance. Field communications work within MSF involves support to mission teams under three main tracks:

  • Identifying communication opportunities and objectives that assist the mission’s goal
  • Constructing relevant content, while identifying audiences and utilizing effective communication tools
  • Conveying MSF’s message to local and international audiences through relevant mediums

Core activities include helping MSF’s field teams manage our communication and reputation with patients, staff and other key stakeholders; collaborating with HQ to define communications strategies within project country; maintaining close contact with key local and foreign media; facilitating media visits to projects; producing reports on the local media landscape as well as achieved results and future priorities, identifying risks and opportunities for MSF communications; producing in-country and international communications content and advising on suitable communications tools according to objective, message and audience; managing, developing and supervising local MSF staff.

You support the projects in countries undergoing emergency crises. You do so through media management, media alert, content diffusion, content production, internal communication, and reporting. This includes identifying communication objectives, messages and audiences and then producing strategic content that works to increase acceptability and visibility of MSF. Throughout, you are the spokesperson and voice of MSF.

Requirements

  • Degree in Journalism, Communications or related university degree (MA preferred)
  • Four years of previous working experience in communications, journalism or public relations
  • Two years of management/coaching/teaching experience
  • Thorough knowledge of traditional media and good understanding of how to strategically use social media
  • Good networking and media relations skills
  • A fluent command of the English language is required (minimum level C1), as well as fluency in either French or Arabic
  • Computer literacy (database design/analysis, MS package, and internet-based research)
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize/prioritize workload under tight deadlines
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment
  • Flexible and available for 9-12 months
  • An outgoing personality who can work independently and within a team

Assets

  • An advanced command of French and Arabic are highly desirable (minimum B1/B2)
  • Previous working experience with media in a low-resource country
  • Previous experience in media training (for spokespersons)
  • Previous NGO or MSF working experience
  • An understanding of MSF principles and MSF’s standing in the humanitarian context
  • Desire to go on more than one MSF field mission

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ONLY TAKE UP APPLICATIONS THAT MEET ALL OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS

The following documents will be requested in the application process:

  • Your most recent English CV not exceeding 3 pages
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation to work with MSF
  • A clear scan of your relevant diploma’s and certificates
  • If you are currently working for MSF as national staff or have done so up until a year ago, we require that you upload a recommendation letter for expatriation from your HRCo, Head of Mission or other staff in a coordinating position and include two of your most recent MSF evaluations

Before you apply

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What's it like working with MSF?

In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.

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Your safety and security

When working for us you might experience dangerous situations, such as confrontations with armed men, looting and theft, or violent clashes between armed groups. We take safety and security seriously. Read more about our safety precautions.

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