Field Communications Officer (FCO) at Doctors Without Borders

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Doctors Without Borders is an international non-governmental medical association providing assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions. We observe neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claim full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of our functions.


Related with our activities we are looking for a Field Communications Officer (FCO).


Working location: Buea, visits to North West (Bamenda) and South West Regions (Kumba) required


Type of contract: CDD

Salary: According to the organisation´s Salary Grid


Main Purpose

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


Principal Tasks

Media Management

  • Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the FCO establishes and maintains regular relations with key local media contacts (journalists, bloggers, influencers, photographers, and cameramen).
  • He/she will handle local media requests and contact local media proactively to pitch DWB.
  • He/she organizes events for local media (Press conference, Press briefing…). The FCO may act as a spokesperson for local media, particularly in local languages not spoken by members of the field coordination team.


Media Alert

  • The FCO monitors local media and flags significant articles, trends, news or reports of importance for DWB or on the context to Head of Mission and Comms referent at HQ.
  • He/she produces strategic reports on the local media landscape and regularly reports on new developments.
  • He/she provides guidance on how to deal with local media at time of crisis.


Content dissemination

  • The FCO actively diffuses DWB content in the country in local languages and among local media. If judged applicable, he/she uses social media (twitter, blogs, Facebook….) to promote this content under the supervision of the Head of Mission.


Content Production

  • 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.


Internal Communication

  • The FCO will help in promoting DWB external communications principles and material towards the national staff (Why does DWB communicate, what does DWB communicate about, how does DWB communicate) although it is his 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 Head of Mission.
  • When applicable the FCO will provide communication training for other staff.



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


Required Qualifications


Education: Degree in Journalism, Communications or related university degree essential.


Experience: Previous working experience of at least two years in communications, journalism or public relations in the country essential.


Languages: English essential. Good command of other languages in the mission country desirable. Excellent writing skills required.


Knowledge: Computer literacy (word, excel, internet) essential. Thorough knowledge of traditional media and good understanding of social media. Good networking and media relations skills and outgoing personality, good balance between initiative and working in a team required.


Competencies: Results and Quality Orientation, Teamwork and Cooperation, Behavioural Flexibility, Commitment to principles of DWB and Stress Management


All applications (CV, cover letter, diplomas, working certificates, telephone number, etc.) must be sent by email to the following address: [email protected] mentioning on the subject: Field Communication Officer ref: SWC090719.

Deadline for the reception of applications:  Wednesday, 17th of July 2019

NB: Written tests and interviews will be conducted in our offices after the selection of the applications. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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