This specialist position supports MSF missions by engaging with communities, identifying, analysing and documenting humanitarian and protection issues and by advising on, developing and implementing strategies for humanitarian advocacy and témoignage.
A specialist position leading context analysis, documentation and response to protection issues and humanitarian dilemmas, understanding and safeguarding humanitarian principles, and linkage of MSF operations with wider humanitarian debates. Dependent on context, humanitarian affairs within MSF may involve several complimentary lines of activity:
Core context analysis activities may include working with project teams to gather information, document and monitor violence against civilians, targeted exclusion of affected communities, barriers to access to humanitarian assistance, population movement and displacement, violence, bureaucratic impediments and/or de-legitimisation or criminalisation of principled humanitarian. Analysis and targeted research is conducted within the framework of local legal frameworks, International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law (IHL & IHRL) and established principles of humanitarian action.
Field data collection and engagement with affected communities may include the ethical collection of testimonies of affected community members, or the design and implementation of field data surveys to establish evidence bases of advocacy or amplify the voices of communities and individuals with whom MSF stands in solidarity.
The development, coordination and implementation of advocacy strategies includes working closely with MSF project teams, heads of mission, medical coordinators and operational communications personnel to prioritise issues and objectives for MSF advocacy, develop strategies and approaches to influence key stakeholders, and coordinate implementation of advocacy via targeted messaging, relationship-building and other available means
Assignments may be limited to the definition or implementation of MSF advocacy on specific issues and topics, or broader to include the development of new priorities and approaches. You support or are part of MSF mission Management Teams in countries undergoing humanitarian crises, often due to armed conflict. In this capacity you may be call on to propose or debate appropriate priorities, strategies and courses of action with senior field management.
Humanitarian affairs work rests on strong analytical skills and requires the ability to synthesize complex field realities so as to prioritize core concerns and guide MSF organizational positioning and advocacy activities. Humanitarian Affairs Officers and Advocacy Managers work closely with MSF Heads of Missions, Medical and Project Coordinators, and especially Operational Communications Personnel.
ONLY APPLICATIONS THAT MEET THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED
At Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. Our diversity fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our beneficiaries and the communities in which we work. We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ONLY TAKE UP APPLICATIONS THAT MEET ALL OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS
The following documents will be requested in the application process:
In MSF we are strongly committed to professionalism and responsible behaviour and therefore the final phase of the application process is a background screening. Such screening can consist out of an identity check, check of employment history, reference check and declaration on behaviour (VOG).