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 valuesEstablishes 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.
and principles of MSF.
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
Results and quality oriented
Planning and organizational skills
Initiative and innovation; capacity to seize opportunities
Teamwork and collaboration
Flexible, hands-on attitude and ability to work in the field/provide support during an
emergency or crisis at short notice.
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 [email protected]
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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