Communications Adviser

  • Access Campaign

Communications Adviser

Job description

Title: Communications Adviser
Location: European capital w/MSF office or New York
Contract: Permanent, full-time position (100%)
Reporting to: Head of Communications, Access Campaign

Deadline for applications: 19th August 2018

Starting date: September 2018


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
Created in 1999, the Access Campaign (AC) is an MSF advocacy entity guided by MSF’s charter, and dedicated to serve MSF’s social mission. Deeply rooted in MSF’s medical operations, the AC works to tackle barriers to people’s access to medical care, ensuring that quality products such as medicines, vaccines and diagnostics are available, affordable and adapted to people in MSF projects and beyond, now and for the future. The AC is hosted by MSF International, the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF movement, and implements international projects and initiatives as requested.

The Communications Adviser will be the focal point for the development of communications strategy, engagement with MSF communications staff, and the development of communications materials in support of specific advocacy and campaigning initiatives, focused on priority AC topics.


The Communications Adviser reports to the Head of Communications of the MSF Access Campaign. This position will work with the Access Campaign and the broader MSF movement to mobilize support for the communications and campaigns work relating to AC priority topics.


The Communications Adviser will be the focal point for the development and implementation of a communication strategy aimed at building awareness, public and targeted support and engagement in support of key AC advocacy priorities. S/he will collaborate with members of the Access Campaign and MSF movement to develop communications and campaigning strategies and materials that can support both global policy objectives and country-level advocacy needs, and will be responsible for the development and implementation of specific messaging, branding, imagery/visuals, and campaigning platforms/tools related to the AC advocacy priorities.


In collaboration with the rest of the AC communications team, and working closely with the Campaigns Manager, Digital Communications Manager, and relevant AC advocacy leads and technical experts, the Communications Adviser will contribute to and oversee a range of communications activities including:

  • Develop and implement a communication strategy based on validated key messages supporting priority AC policy and advocacy objectives. The communication strategy will be informed by research and analysis on the best messages and triggers to mobilize public and targeted support and engagement around relevant AC advocacy objectives. It will also take into account key opportunities in the advocacy and communications calendar. The strategy will be regularly reviewed and adapted according to the progress made toward the AC’s advocacy objectives;
  • Content development: develop and/or oversee the production of relevant materials for a range of audiences and platforms (traditional media, social media, public events…) while maintaining medical and scientific accuracy and field needs reality; 
  • Coordination: coordinate internal communications activities to inform and mobilize the MSF network about the AC’s key advocacy communications initiatives and/or campaigning activities, and generate engagement of MSF staff;
  • Dissemination: help prepare and disseminate communications packages to the MSF communications network and other internal channels to reach MSF staff and association members, including compiling and finalizing relevant materials; support dissemination of communications materials to key external audiences, including media, event attendees, civil society networks, and other targets;
  • Public activities: identify and implement public activities or stunts to further AC advocacy and/or campaign objectives;
  • External actors: where relevant, coordinate and collaborate on communications and campaigns initiatives with external actors;
  • External vendors: identify, liaise, and manage external vendors and creative agencies for the development of content and campaigning techniques, as needed;
  • Campaign branding, as needed: develop the visual identity of public campaigns, possibly in collaboration with external agencies, as needed.


  • 5+ years demonstrable experience in developing and delivering campaigns with specific calls to action based on concrete advocacy objectives, including driving and managing development of creative online and offline strategies for engagement and visibility;
  • 5+ years of experience drafting, writing, and editing content based on research or policy-based materials for different audiences, including media and the general public;
  • A track record of building and managing successful relationships with internal and external stakeholders and the media;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • Strategic thinking and planning ability; demonstrated track record of problem-solving/seeking solutions to challenges;
  • Ability to work well as part of a small, geographically dispersed team;
  • Flexibility, with a strong capacity to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Impeccable writing, editing, and proofreading skills;
  • Proficiency in English to mother-tongue standard, other languages an asset;
  • Strong project management experience with the ability to manage and complete projects on time and on budget an asset;
  • Experience in the fields of health, medicine, or the pharmaceutical industry an asset;
  • Experience liaising with members of governments, pharmaceutical companies, NGOs, and/or multi-lateral organizations an asset;
  • Experience with MSF at either field or HQ level an asset;
  • Basic experience with social media and content management systems a plus;
  • Degree in international relations, politics, journalism, public health, communications, law, or related field;

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.