Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Press Officer.

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MSF EASTERN AFRICA

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organisation that provides assistance to people affected by war, conflict, natural disasters, outbreaks and epidemics or healthcare exclusion. The organisation now works in more than 70 countries around the world, with significant projects across East African countries including in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

As an organisation founded by journalists and doctors, communications has a specific role within MSF. We hope to alleviate suffering by providing medical assistance and by speaking out about the suffering we witness in the course of our work. Communications helps to further our organisation´s wider objectives, including by helping us to grow our human and financial base, by communicating to our patients about the services we provide or by sharing health promotion messages.

MSF Eastern Africa is the regional institutional office for MSF. The office focusses on representation and networking, recruiting and supporting staff from the region, communications and fundraising, as well as on other dossiers of importance to MSF such as Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI), mutualization, trainings, medical operational support and environmental health.

From 2018, MSF has been investing in a communications department based in Nairobi to progressively raise the profile of MSF in the region and to support communications and dissemination for crises within East Africa. In the past year the department has also started to develop fundraising to support the development of MSF´s financial base in Kenya.

The multimedia producer will be part of MSF Eastern Africa´s communication team which includes a head of communications and fundraising, press officer digital officer, digital marketing officer, multimedia producer and communications and fundraising assistant.

The press officer will work to raise the profile of MSF and the causes we care about in the Kenyan media. The position reports to the head of communications and fundraising.

General objective of the position:

The press officer manages and implements all press relations and activities in order to increase MSF’s presence in Kenya-based media and establishes MSF as a referent on international humanitarian crises and topics.

Main responsibilities:

  • Establishes and fosters strong relationships with journalists, editors and producers within print, radio, TV and online media in Kenya and East Africa in order to expand media outreach.
  • Proactively pitches stories and contents that help to increase the visibility of MSF in Kenya and East Africa. Proposes, organizes and facilitates interviews, articles, press conferences and briefings with journalists.
  • Identifies, develops and implements ideas and opportunities for feature articles and interviews in external media that promote awareness of MSF, its international field work and advocacy efforts.
  • Distributes press releases and other information and materials to the media in coordination and conjunction with MSF’s international communications network and adapts them, when necessary, to the specificities of the Kenyan and East African contexts.
  • Uploads content on the MSF EA website and digital platforms as needed.
  • Coordinates and manages press requests, connecting media with MSF spokespeople, experts and field representatives when necessary. Acts as first point of contact for institutional media enquiries from Kenyan media, in close collaboration with communications colleagues in the country.
  • Provides media training and coaching on public speaking to MSF spokespeople, including staff and field workers.
  • Manages, curates and expands the press contacts list. Develops and updates media mappings of the different countries in the East African region when needed.
  • Monitors MSF mentions in the press, as well as other stories of interest to the organisation, producing regular reports of media narratives and trends. Analyzes trends and priority issues in the media agenda, identifying communication opportunities, risks, and advising on strategies.
  • Supports other departments in the NBO, such as the East Africa Association in developing and implementing communication and dissemination strategies to achieve their specific objectives, providing the necessary validated operational information and ensuring the quality and consistency of the outputs.
  • When requested, gives support to Kenya and East Africa operational missions through proactive dissemination and pitching of their communications packages and materials.
  • Develops and implements press strategies to support and extend impact and awareness of institutional events, campaigns and other public communication activities.
  • Works closely with other members of the communications department to ensure an integrated and coherent approach to the NBO’s public communication and positioning.
  • Maintains regular contact with MSF communications colleagues at a local, regional and international level, in order to share information and best practice, ensure coordination and identify opportunities.
  • Is available to act as emergency press officer, travelling to the field in case of major field emergencies, during a crisis, to support journalist visits or to produce content.
  • As part of the communications team, ensures the quality and consistency of all communication outputs and public presentations of the different areas and members of the NBO.
  • Assists with quarterly and annual reporting as needed.
  • Upholds MSF principles and ethical guidelines at all times.
  • Takes part in an on-call system to respond to media requests out of hours.

Requirements:

  • Degree in journalism, communications or related field
  • Extensive experience in journalism or institutional press management
  • Excellent writing, editing and communications skills in English
  • Proficiency in Swahili
  • Knowledge of the Kenyan and East African media map

Desirable:

  • Previous work experience with MSF or a similar medical or humanitarian organization.
  • Photo, video and multimedia skills, including social media

Competencies:

  • Commitment to MSF’s humanitarian principles
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Results and quality oriented
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Initiative and innovation; capacity to seize opportunities
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Networking skills
  • Flexible, hands-on attitude and ability to work in the field/provide support during an emergency or crisis at short notice.
  • Stress management

Working Conditions:

  • Position based in Eastern Africa Section (EAS) office
  • Full time job.
  • Duration of contract: Open-Ended.
  • Annual gross salary of KES 2,358,905 divided into twelve monthly payments + Secondary benefits based on EAS Reward Policy.
  • Expected start date: ASAP

How to apply

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, motivation letter by  13th June 2021, through the link below.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Please note that MSF will only contact short-listed candidates.


MSF is committed to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization where all individuals (regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, etc.) feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued and where all individuals have equal opportunities to develop and grow professionally and personally)

We highly encourage women to apply for this position.

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