Field Communication Officer
Γιατροί Χωρίς Σύνορα (Médecins Sans Frontières)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is recruiting a Field
Communication Officer (FCO), to be based in Athens, Greece.
- Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical and humanitarian action-driven organization that offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.
The MSF movement is built around 5 operational centers (OC) supported by 23 sections and offices worldwide. MSF in Greece provides humanitarian and medical assistance to the refugee and migrant populations fleeing conflict in their home countries.
- Under the supervision of the FCM, the FCO contributes to the implementation of the intersectional operational communication strategy in the mission according to MSF standards.
The FCO focuses on
- Communication administration such as data collection, activity reports, media coverage reports.
- Internal and external communication tools such as leaflets, reports and e-letter.
- Content production if and when needed.
- Media requests facilitation, through organization and accompaniment when needed.
- Media training field staff.
- The FCO will also work on local acceptance and visibility through specific strategies agreed by MSF OCs and MSF Greece.
- The FCO regularly produces operational updates, as well as other ad hoc communications material (infographics, leaflets, flyers etc.) on MSF activities in Greece.
- The FCO produces visibility communications material for local, national and international use.
- The FCO assists in collecting data and material for international visibility, leverage and acceptance communication (twitter, MSF websites and other social media channels).
- Collaborates with MSF Greece Communications for content production from the Field for National use with guidance from FCM.
- The FCO holds briefings for all new-coming staff on the MSF external communications principles, practices, upcoming projects, etc. Advised to be taking place jointly with the Advocacy briefing.
- In coordination with Field operations, the FCO trains field staff on mainstreaming communications through their everyday work; on how they can contribute to comms work from the field; on potential communications risks and opportunities, on communication lines etc.
- The FCO identifies potential spokespersons, providing them with all the needed information (talking points, briefing papers etc.) and tips for talking to media and giving interviews.
- Collects all operational information and medical data for public communication and reports, in collaboration with medical teams and advocacy.
- The FCO produces internal communication tools (newsletter, internal updates, etc.) to keep informing the mission staff about the publicity achieved, activities undertaken etc.
- Sends regularly updated information about projects to MSF Greece and OCs active in the country.
- In collaboration with MSF OCs and MSF Greece, the FCO proposes dissemination strategies for pitching MSF activities in the country, to MSF movement and national/international media.
- The FCO supports Field/Project Coordinators on project-level communication material needed for the promotion of the project activities on local language as well as beneficiary community languages (leaflets, posters, videos etc.).
- The FCO monitors international and national media and regularly flags significant articles, trends, news or reports of importance for MSF or on the context, to Head(s) of Mission, the FCM and Advocacy Manager(s), MSF Greece.
- In coordination with MSFOCs and MSF Greece, the FCO facilitates local, national and international media requests, in Greece.
- When needed, supports the field teams with on-the-spot media requests and other communications needs.
- Develops local acceptance communication activities, following the strategies agreed MSF Greece and MSF OCs.
- The FCO participates and supports in the organization of events for local media (Press conferences, Press briefings…), in collaboration with MSF Greece communication department.
- In case of high international media pressure, the FCO supports the FCM in managing international media requests and field visits.
- In collaboration with MSF Greece, identifies Media-friendly stories from projects in Greece for external use.
- The FCO will participate in communication data-collection and reporting as required.
- The FCO will have a flexible working environment, based in Athens office but with some travel and stay at the MSF projects on the islands and mainland when needed.
- 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.
- Languages: Proficient user of the English and Greek language. Excellent writing skills.
- Knowledge: Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet).
- Thorough knowledge of traditional media and good understanding of social media.
- Good networking and media relations skills.
- Good knowledge of migration issues an added value.
- Results, Teamwork, Commitment, Flexibility, Stress management.
- Full time position.
- Annual gross salary: According to MSF Salary Policy.
- Private insurance.
- Duration: 3 month contract (high possibility of indefinite extension).
- Location: Athens and MSF Projects (sometimes travelling required).
- Please send your CV and a motivation letter in English quoting reference code "FCO" in the subject line of the e-mail at: msfocb-Athens-Recruitment@brussels.msf.org
- All applications will be treated in strictest confidentiality.
- Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
- Indicate the source of the job vacancy in your application: douleuw.gr.
How to Apply
- Curriculum Vitae
- Motivation letter