Strategic Communications Advisor

Strategic Communications Advisor

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MSF Suisse


for Emergencies

with frequent travel to the mission

Context & Mission

As part of the Communications and Fundraising Department, the Strategic Communication Advisor (SCA) provide strategic advice, coordination and execution from a public positioning perspective including visibility and local communications at time of emergencies and crisis.

The SCA is the referent, focal point and the first responder for a portfolio of countries and topics for all public positioning and communications matter (internal/external) within the emergency cell or an operational cell.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead on PR strategies for OCG countries and topics, developing compelling messaging for public audiences as well as media plan and partnerships in line with Telling It as It is vision
  • Provide analysis, contributing inputs about positioning, advices on tactics as well as identifying messages and powerful tools for a portfolio of countries and themes. Positioning discussion should happen in triangular mode between RP, SCA and AA and with other inputs (negotiation, UREPH, Dirop, GD…) when relevant.
  • Validate a regular flow of information on MSF response to humanitarian crises, both within (OCG), the movement and externally, and liaise with international media, in partnership with the existing units in the department of operations and the department of communications and fundraising, with the 4 other OCs, the new entities and the hubs.
  • Cover MSF emergency response in assigned country, and act as a sparring and strategic partner of the program managers, heads of mission and field coms staff.
  • Define, propose and drive implementation of plans for public position from an emergency perspective
  • Gather, develop, and check the accuracy of information with thorough research into accessible narratives.

Your profile


  • Tertiary degree in a relevant discipline such as political science, international relations, journalism, communication management or public relations


  • 5-8 years’ work experience journalism and/or communications, and/or content generation (inside or outside of MSF) in the humanitarian sector, and/or MSF ops experience
  • Excellent public communications skills and sound knowledge of the media environment
  • Proven capacity to work in stressful environment and to tight deadlines
  • A year of MSF and/or field experience a strong asset.
  • An understanding of humanitarian interventions, their principles and ethics.
  • Track record of developing successful communications


  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills in English
  • Other languages: An asset, such as French

Skills / technical competencies

  • Solid understanding of dilemmas associated with humanitarian assistance
  • Strong knowledge of crisis communications and public relations skills
  • Available to travel to the field with very short notice and 50 % of her/his time
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills including ability to accurately synthesize complex and sensitive material to produce content for publication
  • Demonstrated understanding of how media works at national, local and international level
  • Ability to deliver multiple simultaneous projects

Personal qualities

  • Aligns with the core values of MSF
  • A sense of humour
  • Demonstrates behaviours in ways of working: Articulate, creative, strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly, innovate fearlessly, tenacious.

Working conditions

  • Open-ended contract
  • Full-time (40h/week)
  • Working place: Geneva, with frequent travel to the field
  • Ideal Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Gross annual salary: from CHF 91’663.- to CHF 105’179.- (salary commensurate with equivalent experience and internal salary grid)

How to apply

Candidates submit their application following the requirements:  CV 2 p. max. – letter of motivation 1p. max. – in English.

Deadline for application is May 29th, 2022.


The applications will be treated confidentially.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

At MSF, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our staff members. We strive to create workplaces where teams of people with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, perspectives, ideas and experiences work together for the social mission of MSF to create better outcomes for our patients and the communities we work with.

We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, background, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.

MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks.