Our communications officers bring the world’s attention to the areas in which we work.

From visiting an impromptu settlement of displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo to document conditions, to collecting testimonies of people on board one of the MSF rescue boats in the Mediterranean, MSF communication officers play a vital role in ensuring that MSF speaks out against human rights abuse and injustice.


Our communications officers are usually based in the capital of a country and are responsible for managing communications for all the projects in that country.

You would be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Helping MSF’s field teams manage our communication and reputation with patients, staff and other key stakeholders in the countries in which we're active.
  • Defining the communications strategy for MSF in the project country, in collaboration with colleagues in HQ
  • Managing our in-country communications including social media platforms where appropriate
  • Maintaining close contact with key local and foreign media - actively promoting MSF content and facilitating media visits to projects
  • Producing reports on the local media landscape as well as achieved results and future priorities, identifying risks and opportunities for MSF communications
  • Producing international communications content and advising on suitable communications tools according to objective, message and audience
  • Managing, developing and supervising local MSF staff working on communications 
  • Producing a yearly communications budget to support identified and agreed communications priorities
  • Acting as a spokesperson during emergencies to alleviate high media pressure.

Stories from the field

Communications officer Sandra Smiley spent 2015 in Congo travelling across the country, gathering stories from MSF projects to shine a light on under-reported health crises.
In this podcast she talks about a young girl called Clémentine, brought into an MSF clinic fighting for her life. 

To read more first-hand stories from communications officers working in the field with MSF, visit our blog.


  • Previous working experience of at least four years in communications, journalism or public relations
  • Previous working experience in producing communications content 
  • Experience with MSF or other international NGOs in developing countries
  • Experience working in an international environment
  • Fluent spoken English and excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work in French – minimum B2 level (CEFR)
  • Essential computer literacy (Word, Excel and digital media)
  • People Management
  • Commitment and tenacity
  • Flexibility, ability to cope with stress and ambiguity
  • Teamwork, negotiation skills and diplomatic approach


  • Degree in Journalism, Communications, Humanitarian Affairs, Political Sciences or related university degree.
  • People management skills
  • Language skills in Russian or Spanish
  • We are currently looking for Communications Officers with good French and Arabic Skills. If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in a French or Arabic speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register.

*MSF Ireland can only accept applications for field positions from Irish residents who have a valid permit to work in Ireland. If you do not have this we cannot accept your application

before you apply

Your safety and security 

We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.

Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.

What's it like working with MSF? 

In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.

Please watch this short video and reflect on why you want to work for MSF before starting your application. 

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