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  • Field Communications Manager (FCM) At Médecins Sans Frontières

  • Posted on: 27 April, 2015 Deadline: 7 May, 2015
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    Médecins Sans Frontières- (Doctors without Borders) is recruiting for its Nigerian Mission

    Field Communications Manager (FCM) based in Abuja, Nigeria


    Médecins Sans Frontières is a private, non-profit international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing medical assistance to populations in crisis, without discrimination and regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

    Field Communications Manager (FCM)


    Main Purpose

    • To define, implement, coordinate and supervise all operational communication activities according to MSF standards in the mission/ or during an emergency.
    • The FCM aims at building MSF visibility, acceptance and leverage inside the mission country

    Job Description

    Strategy Building

    • The FCM promotes the visibility of the organisation, improving awareness of its principles and work, reinforcing information on MSF activities among communities. The FCM should have the capacity to identify key cross cutting issues across MSF operations which are relevant to communications and to advise on public positioning.

    Media Management/ Alert

    • The FCM maintains close contact with key local media and foreign correspondents, he/she helps in understanding the Nigerian media environment and affiliations
    • The FCM liaises with communications staff from other organisations and institutions, and will monitor and analyse the communication lines developed by actors of importance for MSF (authorities, armed groups, UN, other NGOs…).

    Content Production

    • The FCM advises on which communications tools to choose according to objective, message and audience at local and national levels. He/she then produces – or supervises the production of – local comms contents (leaflets, brochures, posters, radio spots, articles, photos, videos.) according to strategy and budget.)

    Content Diffusion

    • The FCM actively promotes the diffusion of MSF content in the country. Under the supervision of the Head(s) of Mission, the FCM identifies communications opportunities using MSF comms network production or returning staff to pitch content on MSF activities in the country and other countries.


    • The FCM produces regular reports on achieved results and future priorities.
    • The FCM reports and collaborates with HOMs of MSF sections and ensures communication is streamlined, communicated and agreed by both parties ahead of publishing

    Required Skills and Conditions

    • Desirable: degree in Journalism, Communications, Humanitarian affairs, Political Sciences or related university degree.
    • Essential: previous working experience of at least 4 years in communications, journalism or public relations.
    • Essential: previous working experience in producing communications content production
    • Desirable: experience with MSF or other international NGOs in developing countries.
    • Experience working in an international environment.
    • English essential. Command of local languages is desirable.
    • Essential computer literacy (word, excel and digital media)
    • Commitment
    • Flexibility
    • Results
    • Teamwork


    • 208 working hours per month and roster flexibility required.

    Method of Application

    Submit your CV, copies of qualifications and a cover letter with contact details by email to:

    Deadline for the submission of applications: 7th of May 2015.

    Only selected candidates will be called for a test and interview.

    Notice: No monetary transactions, neither demands of favours in kind, nor other types of favoritisms will be tolerated in the recruitment process. MSF reserves the right to refuse hiring of a candidate having benefitted from such acts. All illicit demands of these types may be pursued through the judicial system

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