Field Communications Officer

As Field Communication Officer, you ensure the visibility and improve acceptance of the project in the context in which MSF is working.

The number of positions in the field is limited for this profile. Therefore, applicants that exceed the essential requirements and fulfill some of the desirable criteria have a greater chance of being contacted.

Currently, we are actively looking for applications with senior experience and a high level of French (written & spoken)

 

Responsibilities

  • Handle local media requests and contact local media proactively to promote MSF
  • Manage our in-country communications in local languages and local media outlets
  • Maintain close contact and organise events with key local media (e.g. press conferences, press briefings)
  • Monitor and report on local media, flag significant articles, trends, news or reports of importance for MSF 
  • Produce strategic reports on the local media landscape (key media, audience members, political affiliation, ownership, freedom of speech, use of social media, etc.)
  • Act as a spokesperson during emergencies to alleviate high media pressure
  • Supervise the production of and edit local communication tools and products (leaflets, brochures, posters, radio spots, articles, photos, videos)
  • Raise the awareness of the field team about how to communicate externally and maintain the reputation of MSF in dealings with patients, staff and other key stakeholders

Prerequisites

Essential

  • Previous working experience of at least four years in communications or journalism
  • One year of experience in developing countries and/or unstable contexts
  • Previous working experience in producing communications content
  • Experience with MSF or other international NGOs in developing countries
  • Experience working in an international environment
  • Social media knowledge and skills (including community management)
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is mandatory; fluency in any other language is an asset (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian)
  • Self-driven with the ability to take initiative
  • People management skills
  • Commitment to MSF’s social mission and values
  • A flexible approach
  • Able to cope with high levels of stress/able to work in stressful environments
  • Strong team player
  • Negotiation skills and a diplomatic approach
  • Basic audiovisual skills (photo, video, editing)

Desirable

  • Degree in Journalism, Communications, Humanitarian Affairs, Political Sciences or related subject
  • Fluent spoken French/Arabic and excellent writing skills – fluency in additional languages is highly desirable.
  • Proficient audio-visual skills

Length of mission

6-12 months