Jobs Opportunities : FIELD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Doctors Without Borders is hiring !

Doctors Without Borders is an international non-governmental medical association providing assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions. We observe neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claim full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of our functions.

Related with our activities we are looking for A FIELD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Working locations:  NORTH WEST REGION

Type of contract:  CDD

Level:  7

Salary:  According to the organisation´s Salary Grid

Main Purpose
Contributing to the implementation of operational communication strategy in the mission according to Doctors Without Borders (DWB/MSF) standards. Aiming at building DWB visibility, acceptance and leverage inside the country with the particular focus in the North West region of Cameroon. Focusing on media alert, local media management and content diffusion.

Principal Tasks
a) Media Management

  • Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the FCO 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 DWB/MSF.
  • He/she organizes events for local media (Press conference, Press briefing…). The FCO may act as a spokesperson for local media, particularly in local languages not spoken by members of the field coordination team.

b) Media Alert

  • The FCO monitors local media and flags significant articles, trends, news or reports of importance for MSF or on the context to Head(s) of Mission, Field Communications Manager (FCM) and Project Coordinator on weekly basis and more frequent when required.
  • 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.
  • He/she provides guidance on how to deal with local media at time of crisis.

c) Content Diffusion

  • The FCO actively diffuses MSF content in the project location in local languages and among local media. If judged applicable, he/ she uses social media (twitter, blogs, Facebook….) to promote this content.

d) Content Production

  • The FCO 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.
  • e) Internal Communication

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 can edit the production of internal communication tools (newsletter, etc.) under the supervision of the FCO.
  • When applicable the FCO will provide communication training for other staff.

f) Reporting

  • The FCO will participate in communication data-collection and reporting as required

G) Capacity Building
The FCO will provide essential training to MSF staff and community health workers working with MSF on the key messages to share in the communities.

Required Qualifications
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 Cameroon with particular focus on North West and South West.

Essential: previous working experience in dealing with media.


All applications (CV, cover letter, diplomas, working certificates, References, etc.) must be sent by email to the following address:  [email protected]  

 
mentioning on the subject:  FIELD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (OS01600)  or else
 
 be submitted at the Bamenda Office,opposite Secret Heart College, Alakuma Mankon – Bamenda) in a sealed envelop Ref:  Recruitment FIELD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (OS01600 ) for the attention of Doctors Without Borders.


NB:  writing tests and interviews will be done in our offices after the selection of the applications. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
 
Deadline for the reception of applications: Friday 29th January 2020 at 16:00
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