Sunday, 30 December 2018

Communications Internship at Médecins Sans Frontierès 2019

The Comms intern will work with the manager to develop and implement activities aimed at developing MSF’s relationships with medical audiences, promoting medical activism, supporting integrated campaign activities and other visibility and engagement communications throughout the year. He/she will also participate in other Comms Team activities.

He/she will develop skills and knowledge in the following area:
  • Project management cycle (planning, production/preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation/reporting) and conceptualising, monitoring and evaluating digital campaigns
  • Organising events, campaigns and activities with specific, defined objectives
  • Working to deadlines and plans and achieving outcomes with limited resources
  • Working with freelancers/consultants and service providers

Content development
  • Assist manager to source MSF stories and images to develop content for specific audiences
  • Work with manager to brief, liaise and follow up with freelance content producers
  • Ensure that prepared content is sent to dissemination channels (e.g. Medical Journals) on time
  • Participate in campaign planning (as a member of campaign teams)
  • Maintain updated campaign plans/schedules and remind campaign team members of deadlines
  • Take minutes of all campaign meetings and share with teams
  • Collect and collate campaign results (weekly or biweekly), including collecting results from digital team(s), and assist in sharing results with the office and other stakeholders via presentations and notice-boards
  • Assist with campaign reporting
  • Conduct desktop research and mapping on specific topics and/or audiences
  • Follow MSF operations to support communications activities
  • Closely follow developments in MSF operations by reading regular operational updates and attending meetings, briefings and webinars
  • Pay special attention to contexts identified as particularly relevant/important for this work
  • Identify stories and info that could be useful for identified audiences and activities
Training's and Events
  • Support manager in planning for all events and trainings
  • Provide logistical support for trainings and events, including booking flights and accommodation, gathering training supplies, printing of training materials
  • Where required/useful, participate in trainings
  • Participate in event set up, running and clean up
  • Assist manager to facilitate and document post-event/post-training evaluations and debriefs
Admin support
  • Provide administrative support, including:
  • Setting up and maintaining information storage and sharing systems in line with knowledge management and GDPR guidelines (incl. online and offline filing)
  • Maintain copies of campaign plans and records
  • Maintain records of all expenditure, including copies of invoices and proof of payment


  • Completed degree or diploma
  • Background in media/communications and one of political science, international relations, development, humanitarian studies or health sciences

  • Experience and/or training in communications, events and administration
  • Experience balancing a portfolio of varied activities, including prioritising and ensuring a range of deadlines are met
  • Some experience of research and/or stakeholder mapping
Knowledge and skills
  • Understanding of medical and/or humanitarian environments in South Africa and beyond a strong advantage
  • Basic knowledge of project management and organising events and activities
  • Ability to use a variety of computer programmes and platforms, such MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Google Analytics, basic design programmes
Personal attributes
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest in humanitarian work a must
  • Passionate, committed and interested in learning new things
  • Commitment
Length of commitment: 12 months
Estimated total hours: 40 hours/week (five days/week)

The application deadline is 31 December 2018.

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