Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Intersectional Field Communication Manage (FCM).

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MSF is an independent humanitarian medical organization providing emergency medical aid to populations in need. MSF Somalia mission is seeking a qualified person for the position below:


Work Location : Nairobi-Coordination with frequent travel to Somalia and Somaliland

Start date : Immediately

Length of contract : Fixed term (1year) 100% with 3 to 6 months’ probation period.

Main Purpose:

To define, implement, coordinate and supervise all operational communication activities according to MSF standards in the mission/ or during an emergency. The FCM aims at building MSF visibility, acceptance and leverage inside Somalia and Somaliland. For any large scale emergencies, an Emergency Field Communications Manager EFCM with the same responsibilities as the FCM may be sent to Somalia & Somaliland. To develop & Implement the Somalia/Somaliland communication Strategy by defining planning activities, main communication messages and target audience..

Other tasks include, but not limited to:

Strategy Building

  • Under supervision of the CR/Dep CR and in cooperation with the Communications Advisor in HQ the FCM defines the communications strategy for the mission, advising on public positioning and remaining reactive to emergencies and crisis communications.
  • The FCM promotes the visibility of the organisation, improving awareness of its principles and work, reinforcing information on MSF activities among communities.
  • The FCM should have the capacity to identify key cross cutting issues across MSF operations which are relevant to communications and to advise on public positioning.
  • He /she will develop guidelines for dealing with crisis communications through local media and have the capacity to remain reactive to emergencies.
  • In emergencies with high media pressure the (E)FCM is able to act as a spokesperson to take interview pressure away from the field teams.

Media Management/ Alert

  • The FCM together with FCO maintains close contact and build a network with key local media and foreign correspondents.
  • The FCM and FCO liaises with communications staff from other organisations and institutions, and will monitor and analyse the communication lines developed by actors of importance for MSF (authorities, armed groups, other NGOs…).
  • When applicable the FCM facilitates international media visits to MSF projects and he/she organizes media events (Press conference, Press briefing…) in collaboration with MSF international communication network.
  • The FCM briefs spokespersons and assesses media training needs for key staff.
  • He/she can play the role of a spokesperson when seen as opportune and necessary.
  • The FCM produces strategic reports on the local media landscape and regularly reports on new developments. He/she provides guidance on how to deal with local media at time of crisis, and will develop guidelines for dealing with such crises through in-country media.

Team Management

  • The FCM manages, develops and supervises staff (Field Communication Officers) under his/her direct responsibility.

Content Production

  • The FCM advises on which communications tools to choose according to objective, message and audience at local and national levels. He/she then produces – or supervises the production of – local comms contents (leaflets, brochures, posters, radio spots, articles, photos, videos.) according to strategy and budget.)
  • The FCM helps producing international comms content by providing data, information, quotes, testimonies, pictures, videos and other means to the CA or the com person in charge of writing international comms contents at headquarter level.
  • The FCM tracks and archives communications production on the country to build institutional memory.

Content Diffusion

  • The FCM actively promotes the diffusion of MSF content in the country. Under the supervision of the CR/Dep CR, the FCM identifies communications opportunities using MSF comms network production (from List_Press) or returning staff to pitch content on MSF activities in the country and other countries.
  • When judged opportune and strategic, he/ she uses social media (twitter, blogs, Facebook….) to promote MSF contents and visibility.


  • The FCM produces regular reports on achieved results and future priorities.. Budget Management The FCM will produce a yearly communications budget meant to support identified and agreed com priorities. This budget will be submitted for approval to the CR and coms department/CA at HQ.



  • Essential: Degree in Journalism, Communications, Humanitarian affairs, Political Sciences or related university degree.


  • Essential: Previous working experience of at least 4 years in communications, journalism or public relations.
  • Previous working experience in producing communications content production.
  • Experience with MSF or other international NGOs in developing countries. Experience working in an international environment


  • Essential: Fluency in English & Somali
  • Desirable: Fluency in Swahili


  • Essential: Computer Literacy (word, excel).


  • People Management.
  • Commitment to MSF Principles
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Service oriented
  • Behavioral Flexibility
  • Cross-cultural Awareness

If you meet the above requirements, please email your CV & motivation letter as a single file by 3 rd August under the subject “Field Communications Manager” to: jobs@somalia.msf.org.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

(MSF is an equal Employer and does not charge any application/recruitment or training fee)





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