Senior Communications Officer, Access Campaign

Location:                                        Geneva, Paris, Brussels or London preferred

Contract:                                        Long term - Full time position

Starting date:                                As soon as possible

Reporting to:                                 Senior Communications Manager, Access Campaign



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, and implements international projects and initiatives as requested.

Médecins Sans Frontières set up the MSF Access Campaign in 1999 to address systemic challenges and improve access to existing medical tools (medicines, diagnostics and vaccines) and to stimulate the development of urgently needed better tools for people in countries where MSF works and beyond. The priorities of the Access Campaign are guided by the medical challenges faced by MSF and its patients in its operational settings. The primary objectives of the Access Campaign include identifying, analysing and advocating for changes around the legal and regulatory systems and practices that hinder access to medical tools and innovation suitable for people in need especially in resource limited settings.


With a strong emphasis on writing and editing, the position is intended to bolster the editorial capacity of the existing MSF Access Campaign communication team, while also supporting other regular communications tasks and on-going initiatives, projects and campaigns.


The Senior Communications Officer reports to the Senior Communications Manager who oversees publications and digital communications.  The Senior Communications officer will collaborate closely with the other members of the Access Campaign Communications team and will have extensive contact with members of the other Access Campaign functional teams: medical, pharmaceutical, and policy advocacy. There will also be extensive contact with MSF colleagues internationally. S/he will collaborate with the Content Production Manager, Press Officer, and Online Communications Officer.


The Senior Communications Officer will work with the team to advance the Access Campaign’s policy and advocacy objectives by creating effective communication materials, with a strong focus on managing the development and production of publications ranging from technical reports to campaigning materials. S/he will be a flexible team player, able to write and edit both short issue briefs and longer reports based on complex and often technical content, with fastidious attention to detail and accuracy; to write and edit materials in a variety of written formats that make creative use of the web, social media and other new media tools; to manage production of print materials; and to fact-check and proofread materials. Ideally, s/he will also be able to create graphics and other visual materials in support of our communications objectives. The individual will at times also collaborate with members of the broader MSF movement to develop public messaging and campaigning strategies, and will be confident liaising with both the media and with other stakeholders.


In collaboration with the rest of the team, the Senior Communications Officer will contribute to the range of activities of the Access Campaign communications team. These include, for example:

  • Writing, editing and production of both shorter issue brief/ fact sheet type documents, as well as substantial advocacy and technical reports with complex medical or policy messaging;
  • Writing, editing and production of press and public outreach materials for use by MSF, in collaboration with the Press and Online Communications Officers (e.g. press releases, backgrounders, op/eds, articles, reports, blogs, web and social media materials);
  • Developing content for updates to the Access Campaign websites, social media and other digital channels in collaboration with Online Communications Officers, including written, graphic and visual content;
  • Translating complex science and health issues into persuasive materials for the media and other audiences, ensuring medical and scientific accuracy;
  • Contributing to production of internal and external newsletters;
  • Creating and editing presentations on various Access Campaign-related topics;
  • Contributing to maintenance of a steady flow of internal communications throughout the MSF communications network, HQ and field;
  • Helping to edit publications for submission to policy and medical journals; and
  • Liaising with external service providers including graphic designers, photographers, expert consultants, printers and other vendors to ensure production of high-quality, professional communications/marketing materials.



  • At least ten years of diverse writing experience, ranging from longer technical reports to policy journal pieces, to materials for the media, as well as writing for digital platforms;
  • Proficiency in English to mother-tongue standard;
  • Ability to work with subject matter experts on compiling technical content into well-structured medical and advocacy publications;
  • Experience drafting, writing and editing research-based materials;
  • Fastidious attention to detail, with an ability to get materials ready for external release against tight deadlines, with impeccable accuracy;
  • Strategic thinking and planning ability;
  • Ability to work well as part of a small, geographically-diverse team;
  • Flexibility and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Demonstrated track record of problem-solving/seeking solutions to challenges;
  • A track record of building and managing successful relationships with external stakeholders and/or the media; and
  • Degree in international relations, political science, communications, health/medical/science or law.

  • Strong knowledge of print and marketing materials production, including vendor management;
  • Experience with public outreach/awareness-raising campaigns;
  • Graphic design and/or layout skills; photo editing skills;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • Experience in the fields of access to medicines, global health, or the pharmaceutical industry;
  • Experience liaising with members of governments, pharmaceutical companies, NGOs, and/or multi-lateral organisations an asset;
  • Experience with MSF an asset; and
  • Ability to read and speak Spanish, French/other languages an asset.


Deadline for applications: 18 May 2017

Please submit all applications only by email to: stating “Senior Communications Officer” in the file

Please submit only ONE file containing your CV and cover letter and name the file with your last name only.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.