Migration Communication’s Officer @ Medecins Sans Frontieres
Medecins Sans Frontieres (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. Today, MSF is a worldwide movement of 24 associations, bound together as MSF International, based in Switzerland.
Since 2008, MSF has responded to the urgent medical and humanitarian needs of newly arrived migrants and refugees in Greece, as well as to asylum seekers and migrants in administrative detention. Being at the forefront of the migration flow into Europe MSF in Greece has advocated for years responding to the unmet medical and humanitarian needs.
Responding to the increased needs faced by migrants and refugees who risk their lives to reach Europe, the international medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) launched new projects in Greece and Serbia in the second half of 2014 and the beginning of 2015.
MSF has been providing medical care and distributing relief items to migrants arriving in the Dodecanese islands.
In Idomeni, close to the border with FYROM (Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia), MSF is running mobile clinics and distributing relief items for those who first arrive in Greece and continue crossing the Balkans to go to northern Europe.
In Lesbos Island MSF is organizing medical mobile clinics, offering mental health support, distributing non-food items and working on water and sanitation in the camps. Since those who land on the Northern coast have to walk for two days to reach the town of Mytilene, where they can be registered, MSF also started a free bus service.
In collaboration with 2 Greek NGOs, MSF is providing medical rehabilitation to the survivors of torture in Athens.
The Migration Communication’s Officer is a member of the Medical Operational Support Unit Athens-SOMA, MSF Greece with direct hierarchical role under the Head of Mission.
Works closely with colleagues in the Taskforce / Cell Communications and Advocacy Affairs Unit, Communications MSF Greece and links with other OCs implementing migrants’ activities for update and coordination on communication.
The objective of the position is to define, implement, coordinate and supervise all operational communication activities according to MSF standards in the mission or during an emergency. Aims at building MSF visibility, acceptance and leverage inside the mission country.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
- Media Management/ Alert
Maintains close contact with key local media and foreign correspondents and handles all international media requests
Liaises with communications staff from other organisations and institutions, monitors and analyses the communication lines developed by key actors (authorities other NGOs…).
Facilitates international media visit to MSF projects and organizes media in collaboration with MSF international communication network.
Briefs spokespersons and assesses media training needs for staff members.
Acts as a spokesperson when necessary.
- Content Production
Advises on which communications tools to choose according to objective, message and audience at local and national levels.
Produces - or supervises the production of – local communications material (leaflets, brochures, posters, radio spots, articles, photos, videos) according to strategy and budget.
helps producing international communications material
Tracks and archives communications material production for building institutional memory
- Content Diffusion
Promotes the diffusion of MSF content in the country. Under the supervision of the Head(s) of Mission, identifies communications opportunities using MSF communication network or returning staff to pitch content on MSF activities in the country and other countries.
Produces a Country Communications Framework for Greece and assists the one of the overall Mission aimed at promoting the visibility of the organization, improving awareness of its principles and work as well as of the migrants’ needs, reinforcing information on activities among migrants’ communities as well.
Contributes to define a local public advocacy strategy together with the HoM and Advocacy Manager
Builds media relations in the country in cooperation with the Press Officer
- Degree in Journalism, Communications, Humanitarian affairs, Political Sciences or other relevant area of studies.
- At least 4 years previous working experience in communications, journalism, public relations or other equivalent area of practice
- Previous working experience in producing communications content production
- Experience with MSF or other international NGOs in developing countries
- Excellent written and oral communication skills both in Greek and English with special abilities to:
- Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
- Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
- Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topic, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
- Computer literate
- International work experience
- Solid understanding of humanitarian action
- Commitment to MSF Principles
- Cross-cultural Awareness
- Behavioural Flexibility
- Stress Management
- Analytical Thinking
- Results and Quality Orientation
- Service Orientation
- Planning and Organizing
- Initiative and Innovation
- Capacity to Negotiate
- Teamwork and Cooperation
- Networking and Building Relationships
- Position based in Athens. Frequent traveling to the field (50% of the time)
- 3 months contract renewable
- Full time position
- Compensation according to MSF Salary Grid plus secondary benefits
- Starting date: 10/11/ 2015
To apply, you may submit your CV and Motivation Letter under the reference “MIGRATION COMMUNICATION’S OFFICER”. Closing date for applications: Sunday, 18 October, 2015