The main purpose of the job: Contributing to the implementation of operational communication strategy in the mission according to MSF standards. Aiming at building MSF visibility, acceptance and leverage inside the country. Focusing on media alert, local media management and content diffusion.
Under the supervision of the Field Communication Coordinator (FCC), the Field Media Officer (FMO) establishes and maintains regular relations with key local media contacts (journalists, bloggers, photographers, and cameramen).
He/ she will handle local media requests and contact local media proactively to pitch MSF information, content,
He/she organizes events for local media (Press conference, Press briefing...), visits to projects for local media The FMO may act as a spokesperson for local media, particularly in local languages not spoken by members of the field coordination team.
Media Monitoring, Alert and Mapping
The FMO monitors local media and flags significant articles, trends, news or reports of importance for MSF or on the context to Head(s) of Mission and Field Communications Coordinator (FCC).
He/she produces strategic reports on the local media landscape (key media, audience numbers, political affiliation, ownership, freedom of speech, use of social media) and regularly reports on new developments.
Under the supervision of the FCC he/she provides guidance on how to deal with local media at time of crisis.
The FMO actively diffuses MSF content in the country in local languages and among local media. If judged applicable, he/ she uses social media (twitter, blogs, Facebook....) to promote this content.
In cooperation with the Iraq communications team FMO supervises the production of local communication tools and products (leaflets, brochures, posters, radio spots, articles, photos, videos) according to local strategy and budget.
In particular, he/she will help identify the right communications tools and will adapt/translate communications materials to targeted local audiences.
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The FCO will help in promoting MSF external communications principles and material towards the national staff (Why does MSF communicate, what does MSF communicate about, how does MSF communicates) although it is his not his/her prime responsibilities.
He/ she will sensitize national staff about potential external communications risks.
If need be he/ she edits the production of internal communication tools (newsletter, etc.) under the supervision of the FCC.
When applicable the FMO will provide communication training for other staff.
The FMO will participate in communication data-collection and reporting as required
MSF Specific requirements for the role:
When applicable, the FMO will brief MSF staff on communications or media engagement, train spokespeople and carry out media workshops for the coordination and field teams.
He/she will have regular meetings with the Iraq FCC and comms team, Heads of Mission and other members of the field coordination team to support in forming and updating the communications plans.
He/she creates and regularly updates media contacts at national and project level.
Education: Essential: degree in Journalism, Communications, or related university degree.
Experience: Essential: previous working experience of at least two years in communications, journalism or public relations in the country.
Essential: previous working experience in dealing with media in the country.
Desirable: previous working experience with MSF or other NGOs in similar context.
Knowledge: Excellent writing skills thorough knowledge of traditional media and good understanding of social media.
Good networking and media relations skills. Good photography skills.
Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet) Outgoing personality, good balance between initiative and working in a team.
Language: Essential Arabic and English
What we offer:
Legal contract and pay in accordance with MSF Salary Grid.
The chance to gain professional development and to develop (career path, training, etc.) within the organisation.
The opportunity to contribute to our objective of saving lives, alleviating suffering and working with those most in need.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their complete application file (CV + motivation letter + references + ID card), Only applications with complete documentation will be considered. By email to MSFCH-Erbil-Recruitment@geneva.msf.org