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Head of Mission at MSF OCBA (Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia)

Is responsible for MSF operational response in the Country/Mission. Defines the mission operational strategy in collaboration with the Operational cell. Leads plans and coordinates MSF programs in the mission, including identification of new humanitarian challenges. Represents and defends MSF’s interests before third parties, according to the organization’s charter, policies, and ethics as well as international and national laws and regulations, in order to develop and effectively implement all the programmes and projects in the mission.

§  Be responsible for representing MSF at national level and defending its interests before local authorities, other NGO’s or international institutions, local donors, military organizations, other MSF sections, other humanitarian organizations and media, to guarantee an active positioning and a good public image.

§  Is responsible for monitoring and analyzing the political, humanitarian issues at stake, and health situation across the country and surrounding countries through established contacts with key persons/institutions and carrying out exploratory missions in order to identify potential fields of intervention.

§  Be accountable and supervise the implementation of projects and programs and evaluate their evolution, final results and achievements to ensure that organization’s technical and ethical standards are followed and objectives are achieved.

§  Be accountable for the proper plan, size, and coordination of all resources (human, material and financial) needed in the mission in order to enhance overall performance of the mission and the projects carried out.

§  Be accountable for ensuring that FinCo coordinates an active search of local funds while controlling expenditures, budgeting and purchases.

§  Be accountable for supervising a rational use of means and resources to carry out projects and programs.

§  Be responsible to ensure information flow and reporting to Headquarters.

§  Be responsible to define and ensure implementation of mission’s security policies and protocols, aligned to global MSF policy, to ensure safety of staff across the mission. In this sense, the Head of Mission has the ultimate responsibility of all security aspects of the mission.







·         University degree. Medicine, public health or paramedical or the field of international relations is a plus.

·         Desirable degree in project management or HR management.


·         Minimum two years in similar position as INTERNATIONAL STAFF with MSF or other NGOs

·         Essential working experience in developing countries. Experience in complex security contexts is an asset.


·         English compulsory + French, Spanish or Portuguese

      Arabic is an asset


·         Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)


·         Strategic vision.

·         Leadership.

·         Networking.

·         Cultural awareness




Duration of the


Fixed Term Contract


Salary/ Indemnities


Salary defined by the MSF-Spain salary grid, additional monthly living allowance, lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance, transportation costs covered, provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance




To apply, all applicants should send their CV and motivation letter under the reference “Head of Mission” to by March 10th 2019 the latest.

Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME


Replies will only be sent to short-listed candidates.


Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above mentioned position.