Location: The majority of the work can be done remotely
Contract: 1 year mandate
Work time: 35%
Starting date: April 2019
Deadline for applications: 10 February 2019
MSF International is the association, registered in Switzerland, which safeguards the identity of the movement and makes movement-wide decisions for MSF. The International Board (IB) is the board of this association. It acts on behalf of and is accountable to the International General Assembly (IGA). As the highest associative governance body of MSF, the IGA delegates duties to the IB, as defined in the Statutes of the association.
The IGA meets once per year for discussions and deliberations and to give direction to the movement, whereas the IB meets about 6 times a year, or as is necessary to fulfil its governance duties. The IB provides guidance for the movement, promotes executive and medical leadership, and supports innovative implementation of MSF’s social mission.
The IB has specific powers in terms of: ensuring accountability for the implementation of IGA decisions; re-solving conflicts within MSF; sanctioning Members; opening and closing executive entities; developing a Vision for MSF; approving and expelling individual members; and making specific recommendations to the IGA (on new associations and admission of Institutional Members, for example).
As regards the executive, the IB appoints the Secretary General, who in turn runs the International Office. The IB is also the associative body to which the ExCom is accountable, for issues such as: ensuring timely advocacy; efficient operational support and effective deployment of field resources; and avoiding duplication.
The IB can be directive but it is intended to have mainly a guiding role, ensuring accountability and resolving blockages within the movement in a timely manner.
The IB currently comprises the following voting members:
- the President of the Association;
- one representative for each Operational Directorate (a president or another board member);
- six members elected by the IGA;
- the International Treasurer who is a co-opted non-voting member.
The IB wishes to expand the diversity of its membership by comprising more members originating from non-Western contexts. The IB is therefore seeking to co-opt an additional non-Western IB member to proactively bring new voices onto the IB and provide a much-needed boost to improve diversity at the highest-levels of our governance - as required by La Mancha.
The IB is thus initiating a co-optation process specifically addressed to non-Western MSF associative members.
The majority of the work can be done remotely. There is no need to be in an MSF office except for face-to-face meetings. Meetings include:
- the IGA, usually three days, once a year;
- IB meetings, usually two days (around six per year, usually in Europe)
- partial attendance (both to learn and/or to demonstrate the IB’s interest) at specific meetings.
- Demonstrated commitment to pursuing the Charter of MSF and strong believer in the Associative dimension of MSF;
- Embedded and active non-Western1 MSF Association Member;
- Good command of English (written and spoken);
- Ability to process sensitive information with discretion and respecting confidentiality;
- Ability to prepare for and attend the IGA and the IB meetings (VC and face to face) The successful applicant will be remunerated equally with the IGA-elected members of the IB. The applicant will commit 35 percent of their time to the IB.
MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.