Medecins Sans Frontieres Press Officer Jobs in Kenya

Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization,

which 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.

MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association.

Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values
and principles of MSF.

Main responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Proactively pitches stories and contents 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.
  • 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 effort
  • 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, travelling to the field in case of major field emergencies, during a crisis, to support journalist visits or to produce content.
  • As part of the communications team, ensures the quality and consistency of all
    communication outputs and public presentations of the different areas and members of the NBO.
  • Upholds MSF principles and ethical guidelines at all times.
  • Takes part in an on call system to respond to media requests out of hours.


  • Degree in journalism, communications or related field
  • Extensive experience in journalism or institutional press management
  • Excellent writing, editing and communications skills in English
  • Proficiency in Swahili
  • Knowledge of
    the Kenyan and East African


  • Previous work experience with MSF or a similar medical or humanitarian organization.
  • Photo, video and multimedia skills, including social media


  • Commitment to MSF’s humanitarian principles
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Results and quality oriented
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Initiative and innovation; capacity to seize opportunities
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Networking skills
  • Flexible, hands-on attitude and ability to work in the field/provide support during an
    emergency or crisis at short notice.
  • Stress management


  • Annual Gross Salary of KES (Kenya Shillings) 2,358,905 and secondary benefits
    according to the OCBA Nairobi policy
  • Full-time position, based in Nairobi
  • Expected start date: ASAP

    How to Apply

    Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and cover motivation letter as a single file by 16th July 2018, under the reference ‘Press Officer’ to

    Please note that MSF will only contact short-listed candidates.

    Your application will be reviewed only if you enclose answers to the below questions.
  • Explain what you would do to raise the profile of the humanitarian situation in South Sudan amongst key audiences in Kenya? (200 words).
  • Explain three ways you would suggest MSF uses the media in Kenya to improve
    understanding about the organisation and its work (200 words).
  • Write a draft pitch to a news outlet to invite a journalist to visit an MSF project in the Central African Republic (200 words).
  • Which three news outlets do you prefer for foreign news and why? (200 words).

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