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New Job Opportunity at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Filed Communications Manager

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AJIRA LEO TANZANIA
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Title: FIELD COMMUNICATION MANAGER
Duration:
12 months (Fixed Term Contract) – Full time position (100%)
Starting date: 17th of January 2022
Direct Reports: HEAD OF MISSION – COMMUNICATION MANAGER REFERENT BASED IN HQ
Location: DAR ES SALAAM (with regular filed visits to other regions in the country)
FOR NATIONAL STAFF ONLY
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INTRODUCTION:
Médecins
Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical
humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected
by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from
healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective
of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF is therefore
guided by the principles of neutrality and impartiality. These
principles must apply to all MSF staff.

Required Criteria:
Minimum Educational Qualification:

  • Degree in Journalism, Communications, Humanitarian affairs, Political Sciences or related University degree
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Experience:

  • Previous working experience of at least 2 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 and within an international environment will be a plus


Languages:

  • English and Swahili (speak, read and write)


Objectives of the position:

  • To
    define, implement, coordinate and supervise all operational
    communication activities according to MSF standards in the mission/ or
    during an emergency
  • To aim at building MSF visibility, acceptance and leverage inside the country


Main competencies and knowledge:

  • Essential computer literacy (word, excel and digital media)
  • People Management, Commitment, Flexibility, Results oriented and Teamwork
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Main Responsibilities:
Strategy Building

  • Defines
    the communications strategy for the mission, advising on public
    positioning and remaining reactive to emergencies and crisis
    communications.
  • Promotes the visibility of the organisation,
    improving awareness of its principles and work, reinforcing information
    on MSF activities among communities.
  • Identify key cross cutting
    issues across MSF operations which are relevant to communications and to
    advise on public positioning.
  • Develop guidelines for dealing
    with crisis communications through local media and have the capacity to
    remain reactive to emergencies.

Media Management / Alert

  • Maintains close contact with key local media.
  • Liaises
    with communications staff from other organisations / institutions and
    analyse communication lines developed by actors of importance for MSF
    (authorities, other NGOs…).
  • Facilitates media visit to MSF
    projects and organizes media events (press conference, …) in
    collaboration with MSF international communication network.
  • Briefs spokespersons and assesses media training needs for key staff.
  • Produces strategic reports on the local media landscape and regularly reports on new developments.
  • Provides guidance on how to deal with local media and develop guidelines for dealing with in-country media.
  • Organise exhibitions and other awareness raising campaigns such as photo exhibition for MSF publicity.

Content Production

  • Advises
    on which communications tools to choose according to objective, message
    and audience at local and national levels. Produces local communication
    contents (leaflets, brochures, posters, radio spots, articles, photos,
    videos.) according to strategy and budget.
  • Helps producing
    international communication content by providing data, testimonies,
    pictures, videos and other means to the com officer in charge of writing
    international comms contents at headquarter level.
  • Tracks and archives communications production on the country to build institutional memory.

Content Diffusion

  • Actively
    promotes the diffusion of MSF content in the country. Identifies
    communications opportunities using MSF comms network production or
    returning staff to pitch content on MSF activities in the country.
  • Uses social media (twitter, blogs, Facebook….) to promote MSF contents and visibility.

Reporting

  • Produces regular reports on achieved results and future priorities.


Budget Management

  • Produce
    a yearly communications budget meant to support identified and agreed
    communication priorities. This budget will be submitted for approval to
    the Head of Mission(s) and coms department at HQ.

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Advocacy
Defining,
implementing and coordinating all MSF advocacy activities, including
responsibility for drafting advocacy strategies addressing
medical-humanitarian priorities in relation to mission needs.
Ensure that advocacy components are included in project and mission operational strategies.
Supervise the quality of field-level data collection for operational and advocacy purpose.
Monitor
and compile regular updates on humanitarian aid system dynamics
(NGO/Donor planning) to increase the leverage capacity and the national
impact of MSF lobbying in line with operational plans, regular
activities and medical-humanitarian advocacy objectives.
Draft ad hoc
lobbying points and internal/external reports in relation to main
medical-humanitarian concerns while strengthening the integration of
humanitarian affairs and operational communications.
Advises on
perception related to positioning and operational strategy with a view
on increasing local/national visibility and ensuring good acceptance for
MSF projects/presence.
Drafts situation reports for mission/HQ and reports for external use in line with mission advocacy strategy.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

All interested applicants should submit cover letter, CV, supporting documents (copies of diplomas) and phone number to: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER, Hamza Aziz Street, Kahama Court, P.O.BOX 4493, Masaki, Dar es Salaam.
or send through MSFCH-Tanzania-Recruitment@geneva.msf.org.

Please make sure the subject of your email will be:
FIELD COMMUNICATION MANAGER – APPLICATION
Deadline for the submission of applications is at 4PM on 23/12/2021
Only applications in English will be considered
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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