Doctors Without Border/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada is recruiting communication professionals to be part of our Field Communications Managers group, to be on stand-by for overseas assignments in various countries where we manage humanitarian medical projects. We are currently recruiting communication managers and coordinators for postings in countries such as Senegal, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and for those countries where new medical humanitarian emergencies may arise. Recruitment into this group will place you on a stand-by list of pre-selected candidates who will be contacted as needs arise. Once a posting is accepted, deployment usually occurs in less than three weeks. Assignment duration can range from a few weeks (emergency settings) to two years.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is the world's leading independent international medical relief organization, implementing and managing medical projects in close to 70 countries worldwide and with national offices in 21 countries.

Our work focuses on emergency medical and humanitarian relief. We are guided by the principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality, as described in the MSF Charter

While our core mission is medical, speaking out about the plight of the people we help is just as important to the MSF mission.

Our Field Communications Managers (FCMs) are often the first link in this chain of speaking out – of witnessing – to bringing the world’s attention to the plight of vulnerable populations. They manage our communications and reputation in the countries where we have medical humanitarian activities. Our audiences are both local and international.

Our FCMs are usually based in the capital of the country but spend a lot of time travelling to MSF projects to collect information, gather stories and testimonies, and work with local and foreign media. They have a key role in developing relevant communication strategies for those countries in support of the medical teams.

Our FCMs can have an incredible impact on MSF’s global positioning as well as visibility and fundraising. They also take media pressure off the medical teams, allowing them to concentrate on our patients. 

A Field Communications Manager will be expected to: 

  • Define the communications strategy for MSF in the country in which they work, with the support of colleagues in headquarters
  • Help build consensus on key messages and positioning on specific issues
  • Manage our in-country communications including social media platforms where appropriate
  • Maintain close contact with key local and foreign media – actively promoting MSF content and facilitating media visits to projects
  • Produce reports on the local media landscape as well as achieved results and future priorities, identifying risks and opportunities for MSF communications
  • Produce local or/and international communications materials and advise on suitable communications tools to fulfill objectives, pass messages and reach identified audiences
  • Manage, develop and supervise staff (Field Communications Officers) under the FCM’s direct responsibility 
  • Provide and manage a yearly communications budget to support identified and agreed communications priorities
  • Act as a spokesperson during emergencies
  • Provide media training and support to medical and operational staff

Essential requirements

  • Previous working experience of at least four years in communications (non-profit or international development are preferred) or journalism
  • Experience working in developing countries, preferably in international development or media environment.
  • Previous working experience in producing communications content (writing, audio, visual) 
  • Experience with MSF or other international NGOs in developing countries
  • Fluent in French (speaking and excellent writing skills) – fluency in additional languages is highly desirable.
  • Fluent in English (MSF working language)
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel and digital media)
  • Social media knowledge and skills
  • Self-driven with the ability to take initiative
  • People management experience
  • Commitment to MSF’s social mission and values
  • A flexible and adaptable 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 requirements

  • Degree in Journalism, Communications, Humanitarian Affairs, Political Sciences or related subject.
  • Command of local languages
  • Proficient audiovisual skills

If interested please submit your CV and cover letter in English/French through our website and select “Communications Officer” from the drop-down menu.

The deadline for applications is November 20th, 2016.

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