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Communications officer

Caitlin Ryan/MSF

Our communications officers bring the world’s attention to the areas in which we work.

From visiting an impromptu settlement of displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo to document conditions, to collecting testimonies of people on board one of the MSF rescue boats in the Mediterranean, MSF communication officers play a vital role in ensuring that MSF speaks out against human rights abuse and injustice.

Responsibilities

Our communications officers are usually based in the capital of a country and are responsible for managing communications for all the projects in that country.

You would be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Helping MSF’s field teams manage our communication and reputation with patients, staff and other key stakeholders in the countries in which we're active.
  • Defining the communications strategy for MSF in the project country, in collaboration with colleagues in HQ
  • Managing our in-country communications including social media platforms where appropriate
  • Maintaining close contact with key local and foreign media - actively promoting MSF content and 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 international communications content and advising on suitable communications tools according to objective, message and audience
  • Managing, developing and supervising local MSF staff working on communications 
  • Producing a yearly communications budget to support identified and agreed communications priorities
  • Acting as a spokesperson during emergencies to alleviate high media pressure
Requirements
  • Previous working experience of at least four years in communications or journalism 
  • 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)
  • Fluent in English or French (MSF working languages)
  • 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)
Qualifications
  • Degree in Journalism, Communications, Humanitarian Affairs, Political Sciences or related subject
  • Fluent spoken English and excellent writing skills – fluency in additional languages is highly desirable
  • Proficient audio-visual skills


 

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