Title: ITC – Internal Communication Officer
Location: Brussels strongly preferred. Other MSF hub locations considered in European time zone
Duration: 4 months at 25%
Reporting to: ITC Coordinator
Deadline for applications: 22nd July
Starting date: August 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.
MSF International is 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, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested. MSF International also provides administrative support to the MSF Access Campaign.
The International Technical Coordination (ITC) was created to maintain consistency in the choice of medical and non-medical articles between MSF sections in order to improve MSF interventions, while taking into account field realities. Proposed and developed by the logistics and medical departments, ITC was officially recognised at International level in 1994 and integrated into MSF International in 2006.
ITC core role is coordinating the expression of the demand of articles (medical and non-medical) and ensure it is properly translated for supply whose role is to fulfill that demand. The role of ITC is to coordinate decision making, to inform and advise decisional bodies but it is not responsible for taking decisions.
In 2016, UniData has been implemented, which is the unique central article database of MSF that contains all the codes created in MSF , avoiding duplication, improving the articles description. Therefore, it provides visibility on the expression of the demand and helps streamlining supply chain processes. UniData details all items available for the field and shares article changes with the Movement. It contains all standard and non-standard articles with their descriptions. UniData shares this article information with all relevant MSF Staff and systems including to the field.
This development has extended the scope of ITC work and its impact in the movement, by linking UniData with ESCs, exchanging information with the medical, logistic and supply director platforms, by delivering information to the field via specific tools such as Unifield, etc. Therefore the role of ITC is impacting the whole movement and its operations.
PLACE IN THE ORGANISATION
The ITC Internal Communication Officer will report to the ITC Coordinator and will be part of the ITC team based in Brussels.
OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION
As part of the ITC team, the Internal Communication Officer will have the responsibility to define the ITC communication strategy based on existing practice and ideas. S/he will also deliver the components of that communication to the different stakeholders of ITC. The objective is to provide clear communication on the activities deployed by ITC and the benefits it provides to the MSF Movement.
ITC / Unidata is benefiting the following actors:
The Communication Officer will be in charge of the following tasks:
Time-permitting, the following tasks could be started: