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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization providing assistance to people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural or non-natural disasters, or persons excluded from access to health care. The organization has health projects in more than 68 countries.

MSF in Kenya is looking to fill the position of an Intersectional Field Communications Officer based in Nairobi but with frequent visits to the projects in and outside Nairobi. MSF mission to Kenya has moved towards increased community engagement. With this,there is need for reinforcement of content production capabilities at the project level to engage with local communities as well as online supporters, while increasing visibility of the MSF projects, acceptance and leverage of MSF inside the country. The successful candidate reports to the Field Communications Manager.

The objective of the Position:

The field communications officer (FCO) plays a key role to define, implement, coordinate and supervise operational audio visual content production strategy and activities according to MSF standards in the mission and during emergencies. The FCO contributes to the implementation of operational communication strategy in the mission according to MSF standards; focusing on multi-media content production, and diffusion while providing editorial support and advice on producing video and multimedia content including work on posters, brochures, testimonies, quotes, and written/printed content with the projects.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Content Production

Under the guidance of the field communications manager (FCM), the FCO collects and supervises the production of local communication tools and products (videos, leaflets, brochures, posters, radio spots, articles, photos, soundbites) according to local strategy and budget. He/she will help identify the right content and will adapt/translate communications materials to targeted local audiences.

Travels to MSF projects to identify stories and produce engaging digital content; provides editorial support and advice on producing video and multimedia content to the projects

Suggests innovations for content creation and audience growth for MSF Kenya social media accounts, in collaboration with MSF and the East Africa Section digital media teams.

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 – audiovisual content (videos, social media content, publicity materials, soundbites etc)

Helps producing communications content by providing data, information, quotes, testimonies, pictures, videos and other means for national and international media.

Tracks and archives communications production on the country to build institutional memory.

Shoot, produce, and edit compelling video and multimedia content

Commissions freelancers and external production companies to produce video/ multimedia content

Be the technical focal point for the operation of a range AV equipment and software

Content Diffusion

The FCO actively diffuses MSF content in the country in local languages, and among local media in collaboration with the MSF Eastern Africa Communications media and digital teams. He/ she coordinates the use of innovative digital media (twitter, blogs, Facebook) to promote this content while offering the same support to the projects. Under the supervision of the FCM, the FCO identifies communications opportunities using MSF communications network production

Internal Communication

The FCO will help in promoting content collection from project level for MSF internal communications and conduct basic content collection training for key staff in the projects. If need be he/ she can edit the production of internal communication tools (newsletter, etc.) under the supervision of the FCM.

Act as back-up for the FCM during field visits and holidays. Assists with the organization of communications events, and their coverage on digital/social media.

Close liaison with MSF communications colleagues and other digital and video production teams



Degree/Diploma in Communication or related studies with a background in collecting audio visual content.

Knowledge & Experience

Essential: previous working experience of at least two years in communications content production; videography, photography and digital production. Experience with editing and graphic design tools (Adobe Premier, Canva…) and mobile journalism equipment and techniques. Knowledge of AV production and video producing compressing techniques for web use. Computer literacy (word, excel and internet).

Desirable: Experience of producing strong multimedia content that tells compelling stories, with a background in either charity, broadcast/digital journalism, or agency production, preferably within Kenya. Understands strategy,

has digital content production skills, own account to show that they can produce interactive content. Have strong examples of recent work which includes producing engaging content for digital media platforms


Proficiency in English and Swahili


Excellent writing skills, thorough knowledge of traditional media and good understanding of social media, Outgoing personality with a balance between initiative and working in a team.

Applicants MUST be Kenyan nationals and have the necessary statutory documents (ID, NSSF, NHIF, and a PIN certificate).

Candidates meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit a motivation letter and an updated Curriculum Vitae as a single file mentioning the subject line “Field Communication Officer” and email to: [email protected] on or before 27 th December 2023.

The protection of your personal data is important to MSF and will be treated confidentially. By submitting your application, you consent to MSF using your personal data only for the recruitment process to have all the information and documents necessary to proceed with the recruitment, validation of your application, and selection of the most suitable candidate. MSF does not sell your personal data under any circumstances. If you have any questions, requests, or concerns, you can contact us on msff-kenya-

[email protected]

MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity and therefore women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

MSF does not tolerate any kind of harassment and abuse including but not limited to sexual harassment, exploitation anddiscrimination. MSF provides a working environment that upholds our safeguarding commitment to ensure that children and adults are protected from both deliberate and accidental harm caused by MSF staff and/or other representatives. Our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks reflects our commitment to the protection and safeguarding of our beneficiaries from abuse.

Applications must be received by the deadline. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

MSF is an equal Employer and does not charge any application/ recruitment fee.

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