The department’s purpose is to raise the profile of the organisation and its causes amongst British and international audiences to support MSF’s operational, advocacy, recruitment and fundraising activities.
The press officer sits within MSF UK’s media team, and reports to the media manager. The media team is one of four within MSF UK’s Communications department – along with the digital, editorial/AV, and public engagement teams. The press officer will work very closely with all members of the comms team, particularly the other press officers and media manager. The team share duties and press management, including an out-of-hours on-call rota, and often cover for each other during holidays or when one member of the team is travelling as well as provide remote support to field teams in times of high-pressure.
The UK is a hub for communications internationally and MSF UK is expected to play a significant role in supporting communications ambitions for the whole of MSF.
To raise awareness of the work and priorities of MSF with core target audiences via coverage in UK and international radio, print, TV and online media.
Reports to the Media Manager, and works closely with: all members of the Communications team; other departments in the UK office such as fundraising, HR, programmes and the Manson Unit; and the wider MSF movement
Implements, in collaboration with the Media Manager and other members of the UK press team, a media plan to maximise positive coverage of MSF’s work and values, and related humanitarian and medical issues.
- Demonstrable experience in press office work or international journalism, including substantial understanding of, and contacts in, UK media.
- Experience in pitching stories and features to print, radio, TV and online.
- Good knowledge of world affairs and a demonstrable understanding of and commitment to humanitarian issues.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills; ability to adapt style to suit a wide range of audiences; accessible, friendly telephone manner.
- Fluent spoken and written English.
- Flexible, can-do attitude and good team player – this role involves working very closely and collaboratively with colleagues in the UK and overseas.
- Ability to cope with stress, retain good humor and make sound ethical and personal judgements in order to deal with ambiguities and conflict.
- Project management skills.
For full details and to apply please visit the MSF UK website by the closing date: 21 June 2021, 11.59pm.