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Violence and Protection MIO (Centre for Applied Reflection on Humanitarian Practice, Barcelona)

Humanitarian Affairs Team


Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization, which offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.

MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association.
Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF.

The MSF movement is built around five operational directorates supported by MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together worldwide. MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. The operations are implemented by field teams and the mission coordination teams; together with the organizational units based in Barcelona, Athens and decentralised in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations.



OCBA’s operational focus is predominantly in contexts of conflict and emergency where levels of violence are high and humanitarian consequences are massive. Civilians bear the brunt of the violence and face repeated and protracted situations in which their dignity and survival are threatened directly. 

A protection mapping was conducted in 2018 to examine the prevalence, severity and concentration of the protection concerns in OCBA missions since the beginning of 2017, review how teams understood and responded to them, and determine what type of support is needed to strengthen our response in the field.  

The review confirmed that the populations affected by the crises in which OCBA is providing a medical humanitarian response are exposed to a wide range of protection concerns.

OCBA’s focus on violence is not yet matched with consistent and dedicated efforts to understand its deeper consequences at individual level or broader consequences on the community. Protection concerns, or risks to the population, are often viewed from a security perspective or, alternatively, through a medical lens, but in either of these cases the data often becomes quantified in reports and is either used for security management or for monitoring medical programmes.

Given the complexity of the contexts in which OCBA operates, field teams often struggle with complex operational and ethical dilemmas, many of which are associated with protection concerns. When there are gaps in analysis, it is harder to develop a clear institutional positioning on such dilemmas, which in turn impacts on the relevance of the response– whether through operations or advocacy.

This role of violence and protection MIO is one of the steps taken to increase support to the field so that they can better identify, mitigate (and where necessary, manage) the risks to populations in crisis.


Objective of the position:

  • Contribute to the analysis of the patterns of violence and protection concerns of the population at project level and ensure that it includes medical, security and community data.
  • Provide technical expertise to MSF staff for the identification, mitigation and management of protection issues


MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES (specific Terms of Reference will be developed prior to each field visit)

Work with the Focal person and other team members to:

  1. Ensure that violence and protection  issues are adequately monitored and risks identified
  • Review current tools, implementation of new tools and training on the use of these tools
  • Compare program data collection tools and identify potential gaps in documenting violence and protection issues (medical data, WER, community health worker data bases, and other tools) 
  • Contribute to an effective approach of community participation, outreach and mobilisation
  1. Give support towards the management of specific cases of Protection
  2. In coordination with the Protection HAA, discuss with the operational line about potential mitigation measures for identified protection risks (which might potentially influence programme design and implementation).
  3. Provide training to staff on mainstreaming protection into programmes with a focus on identification and mitigation contributing to the improvement of the safety and security of the population (scope defined in OCBA’s Protection Policy)
  4. Contribute to the building of multidisciplinary support networks involved in responding to protection concerns.
    • Map key actors involved with protection in each context
    • Identify and assess existing coordination mechanisms for protection and victims of violence or other related area.
    • Give support to projects to conduct meetings with relevant stakeholders (UN agencies, government representatives of relevant sectors, international and local NGOs, and community based organizations providing protection services) and assess options for collaboration
  5. Support Protection HAA to develop ‘good practice’ guidelines on the identification, monitoring, mitigation and management of protection concerns.
  6. In line with mission’s overall advocacy strategy, advise on whether there are advocacy issues that MSF should take up at local, national or international level, and if so, how they might be framed, evidenced and implemented.
  7. The MIO might also be requested to participate in emergency assessments or early interventions



Education, skills and experience


  • Previous field experience in conflict settings (whether with MSF or with other NGOs or UN agencies)
  • Knowledge of protection issues in armed conflict, including those relating to International Humanitarian Law and the human rights of internally displaced persons
  • Knowledge of the practical workings of the humanitarian and wider aid system in acute and protracted conflict (including UN coordination structures, international NGOs, integrated peacekeeping missions, donors and the role of host governments)
  • Ability to analyse complex operational environments and synthesise the core elements into conclusions and recommendations for MSF operations and advocacy
  • Outstanding relational and mentoring skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to understand medical data and epidemiological analysis
  • Social Sciences or medical profile
  • Fluent in English and French



  • Experience in line management, including coaching and professional development
  • Advocacy and/or humanitarian affairs training, whether MSF or external
  • Arabic language skills



  •  Commitment to MSF’s Principles
  • Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Behavioural Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Strategic Vision
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Service Orientation
  • Initiative and Innovation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation



  • Leadership
  • Security awareness and management



  • Home based position, having to travel frequently (minimum 80% of his /her time).
  • Contract: 12 months, with possible extension
  • Annual gross salary: 26,981.28 € (divided in 12 monthly paymets9 + secondary benefits base on the MSF OCBA reward Policy
  • Practical working conditions while in the field are as per the MSF-OCBA guideline.
  • Starting date: February 2019



  • All applicants should please send their CV and cover motivation letter under the reference “MIO Violence and Protection” to
  • Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME
  • Closing date: 31st January 2019
  • 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.