Press Officer (Temporary)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Length of contract: 6 months (Maternity cover)
Deadline for application: 14 November 2022
Expected start date: December 2022
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 focuses 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, training, medical operational support and environmental health. Since 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. The department also manages the organisation’s fundraising activity.
The Press Officer will be part of MSF Eastern Africa´s Communications and Fundraising team which includes a Director of Communications and Fundraising, a Digital Manager, a Digital Officer, a Multimedia Producer and a Communications and Fundraising assistant. The team is currently recruiting for a Fundraising Manager and Media Manager, who will manage the position.
Together with the Media Manager, the Press Officer will work to raise the profile of MSF and the causes we care about in the media, focusing first on Kenyan but progressively covering other countries within Eastern Africa as agreed. The position will report to the Media Manager.
General objective of the position
The Press Officer assists the Media Manager with defining the media strategy for MSF Eastern Africa and implements press relations and activities in order to increase MSF’s presence in Kenyan and East African media, working to establish MSF as a referent on international humanitarian crises and topics.
- 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. Updates the media contacts list on a rolling basis.
- Proactively pitches stories and content 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Takes part in an on-call system to respond to media requests out of hours.
- Supports other departments, 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.
- 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, travel to the field in case of major field emergencies, during a crisis, to support journalist visits or to produce content.
Administration and training
- Uploads content on the MSF EA website and digital platforms as needed.
- Provides media training and coaching on public speaking to MSF spokespeople, including staff and field workers.
- Assists with quarterly and annual reporting as needed.
- Upholds MSF principles and ethical guidelines at all times.
- Degree in journalism, communications or relevant field related to MSF´s subject area.
- Experience in journalism or press relations.
- Excellent writing, editing and communications skills in English, with another regional language an advantage.
- Knowledge of the Kenyan and East African media.
- Previous work experience with MSF or a similar medical or humanitarian organisation is highly desirable.
- Commitment to MSF’s humanitarian principles and ethical approach.
- Experience of working in a dynamic, fast paced, multicultural environment with a focus on results.
- Ability to plan and organise, as well as to be flexible to emerging events and to seize opportunities.
- Good team working and networking skills.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Based in Nairobi at the MSF Eastern Africa section office.
- 6 months employment contract.
- An annual salary of KES 2,358,905< based on a full-time appointment and other Cash allowances ranging from KES 30,000-36,000 per month based on individual administrative status.
- Other benefits include: 25 days of annual leave, Employer Pension contribution, Medical insurances, etc based on MSF EA terms/conditions.
- Expected start date: December 2022
How to apply
Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, motivation letter by 14th November 2022, through the link provided below.
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 and persons with disability to apply for this position.