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Field Communication Officer

Main Purpose:

Contributing to the implementation of operational communication strategy in the mission according to MSF standards. Aiming at building MSF visibility, acceptance and leverage inside the country. Focusing on media alert, local media management and content production and diffusion.

Other tasks include, but are not limited to:

a) Media Management and Monitoring

  • Under the supervision of the Field Communications Manager, 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 MSF.
  • He/she organizes events for local media (Press conference, Press briefing etc). The FCO may act as a spokes-person for local media, particularly in local languages not spoken by members of the field coordination team.
  • 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 and Field Communications Manager (FCM).
  • 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.

b) Content Production and Diffusion

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

c) Social Media Management

  • The FCO is responsible for creating and administering content on MSF local social media platforms to build an audience and ensure community engagement. The FCO will also monitor site metrics and respond to comments.
  • The FCO will organize and coordinate social media ambassador’s refresher training in liaison with the FCM. He/She will also support with digital media assessments when needed. 

d) 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 not his/her prime responsibility.
  • 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 FCM.
  • When applicable the FCO will provide communication training for other staff.

e) Reporting

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


  • Essential: Degree in Journalism, Communications or related university degree.
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  • 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.
  • Experience working and traveling in Somalia and in-depth understanding of Somali culture, geography, and development issues is required


  • Strong written and verbal fluency in English and Somali languages is required.


  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of traditional media and good under-standing of social media.
  • Good networking and media relations skills
  • Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet).
  • Outgoing personality, good balance between initiative and working in a team.

Pharmacist Essential drugs guideline


1. Writing

  • Conduct literature research, external guidelines review, etc. to support content with up to date scientific evidence, or if lacking, on a consensus of internal and/or external experts;
  • Write draft drug sheets (new/revisions)

1. in compliance with the Guide to produce MSF guidelines;

2. integrating input from relevant MSF and external experts;

3. consistent with other MSF international guidelines;

4. backed up with evidence;

  • Coordinate closely with the editor of the Essential drugs guideline and author-coordinator Clinical guidelines throughout the writing and revision process;
  • Finalise the text, considering the feedback of the Editor, MSF, and external experts and the Medical Director, and submit to the Editor of the Essential drugs guideline for final check prior to translation and publication;
  • Support translation process by identifying which references are available in French, Arabic and/or Spanish and responding to translator’s content questions in coordination with the editor.

2. Coordination

  • Coordinate the input of MSF, and external, experts e.g. regular email communication, attending Working Group meetings when invited;
  • Handle Working Group’s requests for updates to Essential drugs guideline, and facilitate consensus-seeking and decision-making on content;
  • Coordinate with other authors working on international guidelines and managers of existing related MSF tools (Spinco etc.) for coherence;
  • Prepare a discussion document for the Guidelines manager and the Medical Director in case of lack of agreement between the different collaborators (Author-coordinator Clinical guidelines, Editor, MSF pharmacists, MSF and external experts) on a certain topic. Document and integrate the decision taken;
  • Disseminate finding of literature research, external guidelines review, etc. to the Guidelines authors and editors and MSF experts;
  • Provide input to other MSF international guidelines and tools (including the MSF medical catalogues), as requested and agreed with Guidelines Manager. 

3. Planning and documentation

  • Adjust the annual plan when needed in coordination with the IGP manager, the editor of the Essential drugs guideline, the Author-coordinator of the Clinical Guidelines, other IGP members and MSF’ WGs;
  • Collect and store requests for revisions;
  • Track and ensure references are used and cited correctly;
  • Archives documents and references used for the guides, to help answer any future questions related to the guidelines;
  • Ensure permission received for all illustrations, images and photos that are not from an MSF source;
  • Make use of the CMS system for writing and storage of changes and Sharepoint for documentation.  

4. Be a proactive member of the Guidelines team

  • Proactive participation in biweekly team meetings and provide regular information on the progress of activities;
  • Contribute to the annual Guidelines Team’s plan of action;
  • Participate in the budget forecast, midterm reviews and reporting;
  • Participates to the transversal projects of the Guidelines team;

Job requirements


  • Pharmacist

Work experience

  • Medical writing experience
  • Demonstrated skills in conducting literature review, critically assessing and documenting scientific evidence
  • Experience in guidelines production is an asset
  • Field experience with MSF or other international organisations working in similar contexts is an asset.

Advocacy Manager

Main Purpose:

The Advocacy Manager is responsible for all advocacy activities in the Mission in line with MSF policies and values, follow the Operational line and are linked with the HQ Reflection Unit. The Advocacy Manager is a member of the mission CMT and acts as a sparring partner for all operational and medical teams.

Other tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining, implementing and coordinating all MSF advocacy activities, including responsibility for drafting advocacy strategies addressing medical-humanitarian priorities in relation to mission needs – ensure that advocacy components are included in project and mission operational strategies as a member of the Country Management Team (CMT)
  • Supervise the quality of field-level data collection (under MSF ethical guidelines) for operational and advocacy purposes.
  • Monitor and compile regular updates on humanitarian aid system dynamics (NGO/Donor planning, Red Cross movement activities and positioning) to increase the leverage capacity and the national impact of MSF lobbying in line with operational plans, regular activities and medical-humanitarian advocacy objectives.
  • Draft ad hoc lobbying points and internal/external reports in relation to main medical-humanitarian concerns while strengthening the integration of humanitarian affairs (analysis, critical reflection, contextual understanding) and operational communications.
  • Advises CMT and Head of Mission/Medical Coordinators on perception related to positioning and operational strategy with a particular view on increasing local/national visibility and ensuring good acceptance for MSF projects/presence.
  • Draft regular situation reports for mission/HQ as well as reports for external use in line with mission advocacy strategy.
  • Plans and supervise, in close coordination with the Coordinator/HR department, the associated processes (recruitment, training, performance management, development and internal communication), of the staff to ensure both the sizing and amount of necessary knowledge
  • If relevant manages, supervises and develops staff under his/ her direct responsibility


  • Design and support the implementation of data collection systems with regards to the mission context (focus on national level with potential regional/global repercussions, and local developments in project locations), and medical-humanitarian issues, in order to provide reliable information for operational and strategic decision-making.
  • Provide data and discourse analysis in support of the Head of Mission to inform MSF positioning incountry (project-level and at the national level), particularly in terms of political/operational environment (regulation frameworks, donor/aid agreements, trade and economic developments).
  • Propose improvements in the methodologies and tools used, and provide training to field teams as required
  • Undertake actor mapping and stakeholders’ analysis on behalf of projects and mission, while providing guidance/support to PCs for the management of relations with local authorities, and strategic advice to the Head of Mission / Medical Co for national-level organizational positioning.


  • Support networking needs by leading or participating in representation duties in non-project locations (on delegation from the Head of Mission), including with domestic civil society, professional groups (doctors’/nurses’ associations), and local academics/universities.
  • Define, draft and review advocacy messages and targeting (including communications and dissemination strategies) to raise awareness of medical-humanitarian issues across MSF projects and at the national level (transversal thematic).
  • Link with other MSF sections in-country to develop inter-OC advocacy and/or communications initiatives
  • On a request/project basis, interact with the international MSF advocacy network (reflection centres, HART, ACCESS) to provide updated contextualized medical-humanitarian content (country-level information)
  • Lead discussions, trainings, briefings, etc. on the country’s medical-humanitarian context, MSF principles, international humanitarian law, medical ethics, and advocacy activities/strategies to raise awareness of MSF national and expatriate staff on these topics.
  • Provide recommendations and be a propositional voice for opportunistic communications (unplanned) from operations/medical activities’ analysis


  • Undertake field assessments (in relation to data gathering/context analysis or exploratory missions) and other work-related travelling as required.
  • Draft Terms of Reference, supervise and evaluate other expatriate humanitarian affairs staff deployed to the mission (Advocacy / Humanitarian Affairs Officers)


  • Define messages, tools and lobbying activities to advocate for proper humanitarian assistance and protection to affected populations;
  • Support development and implementation of a Somalia country advocacy and humanitarian affairs strategy, project-level advocacy action plan
  • Organize and implement training of MSF staff (including qualitative data collection, monitoring, research and analysis) in support of mission-wide humanitarian affairs and advocacy objectives;
  • Lead and support discussions, training, briefings, etc. on the country’s medical-humanitarian context, MSF principles, international humanitarian law, medical ethics, and advocacy activities/strategies to raise awareness of MSF national and international mobile staff on these topics
  • Undertake actor mapping and stakeholder analysis for the purpose of strategic advice to Country Representative/HoPs/Medical Co/HAA on national and regional-level organizational positioning and advocacy;
  • Participate in field assessments (in relation to data gathering/humanitarian and advocacy- related context analysis) in or out of the MSF area of operations as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain the WER systemof record-keeping and logging of humanitarian affairs and advocacy issues (e.g. red flags) and activities (e.g. meeting log) for the purposes of institutional memory, reflection and coordination.
  • Collaborate with the comms team with specific inputs in talking points, key messages and reactive lines
  • Draft regular situation reports for mission MT+HQ as well as reports for external use in line with mission advocacy strategy.



  • Essential: Academic background to Masters’ level (anthropology/social/political sciences, law, gender studies, protection) with first-rate writing skills and excellent research / analytical skills
  • Essential: Campaigning organizational experience an asset


  • Field Humanitarian experience in similar (conflict, disaster. Resourcepoor environments) – MSF or other humanitarian NGOs Advocacy experience required.
  • Good understanding of current humanitarian debates and of the dilemma/compromise nature of modern humanitarian interventions.
  • Essential, working experience of at least two years in relevant jobs and previous humanitarian experience in MSF or other NGOs in developing countries, as well as experience on knowledge on Somalia & Somaliland contexts.
  • Essential working experience in developing countries
  • Analytical, reporting and communication skills.

Project Manager – APH Common Priorities


  • In close collaboration with and with support from the OMC Executive and the Programme Officer, and under the guidance of the OMC, the Project Manager will:
  • Submit to the OMC a detailed plan and proposed process for reaching the intended outcomes that includes to:
  • Develop a format for the collation and synthestising of MSF’s APH Common Priorities
  • Confirm with MedOp consultation targets beyond ODs and Sections

1. Consult APH focal points of ODs and Sections, and:

2. Gather their perspectives on APH priorities and capture the process use for determining these priorities.

  • Offer tailored support to ODs and Sections in identifying priorities, if requested, and in line with the project’s resourcing. Document the support process.
  • Collate and synthesise findings.
  • Present the draft Common Priorities to the OMC for guidance, review, and validation.
  • Support presentations onthe preliminary findings and process to the MedOp.
  • Support or execute all related information sharing and reporting requirements.
  • Present findings and recommendation for final MSF APH Common Priorities to MedOp for final validation.
  • Document entire process used for collection of Common Priorities.

Expected final Outcomes

1. Common Priorities on APH serving as basis and guidance for the MSF APH Model’s Strategic Plan are identified.

  • Key Deliverable – succinct document outlining Common Priorities (up to 5 pages)

 2. The actual process used for uidentifying and synthetising the Common Priorities is documented, to serve as guidance/lessons for future changes and evolution of Common Priorities, to be managed by the APH Model.

  • Key Deliverable – comprehensive report documenting methodology, analysis, and outcomes from consultations with recommendations for future process (up to 15 pages)

Job requirements

  • An interest and genuine commitment to the successful set-up and implementation of the new APH Model
  • Significant experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of MSF operations and challenges. Must be able to converse fluently at MedOp level.
  • Guided by the collective interest of the MSF Movement.
  • Awareness of the APH Roadmap project process, content and discussions to date an advantage
  • Experience in report writing for institutional donors or senior leadership, excellent English written skills
  • The ability to adapt, change prioritise and shift tasks at short notice
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Experience in design and implementation of consultations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively within a team
  • Ability to engage in an inclusive manner with diverse audiences.
  • Awareness of cultural differences and local contexts with regards to drivers of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Availability to start working from the 1st of June.



  • Clean bedrooms, bathrooms, toilets and other rooms in MSF houses.
  • Do the laundry iron clothes and other housekeeping activities.
  • Support the cook (washing up, cleaning the kitchen, etc.).
  • Sweep and mop the floors.
  • Restock supplies (toilet paper, soap, etc.) as required.
  • Upon arrival, prepare hot water for tea/coffee and refill drinking water.
  • Check that the toilets are well stocked with paper, soap and condoms.
  • Check that the water supply (kitchen, showers, etc.) is sufficient during water cuts.
  • Perform daily rotational cleaning duties (e.g. dusting, steaming etc.)
  • Water indoor plants
  • Ensure security of the apartment by letting in only authorised persons
  • Perform monthly cleaning of apartment curtains, blankets and seat covers
  • Replenish guestroom facilities prior to arrival of guest (e.g. towels, beddings etc.)
  • Advise the line manager on any damages or repairs needed in the apartments.
  • Supervision of children when applicable (e.g. light meal preparation, reporting injuries to guardian, Keep premises properly locked (doors, windows)



  • Desirable Certificate in House Keeping


  • Experience as a Cleaner for at least 2 years.
  • MSF Experience is an asset


  • English and Swahili


  • Commitment, flexibility, stress management, results, teamwork and Service.


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