MSF is an independent international medical relief organisation, with 28 offices worldwide. When large-scale epidemics occur, when areas in crisis are too dangerous for many other organisations, then our medical teams are there to assist the affected population. We organise basic medical care, treat the injured, carry out vaccination campaigns, train local staff and build up medical infrastructure. In long-term aid projects our teams fight diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS.
tasks and responsibilities
From carefully building a sensitive advocacy strategy, in line with MSF policies and values, to writing reports on the exclusion of certain communities from medical care, you will help MSF to address the root causes of crisis affecting the populations it serves.
As an Advocacy Manager, you build and maintain relationships with key interlocutors - authorities, local communities, UN agencies, other humanitarian actors, international stakeholders - to advance issues and concerns important to MSF, and to coordinate initiatives. Further you advise the Country Management Team on operational strategy with a particular view on increasing local/national visibility and ensuring good acceptance for MSF projects.
The Advocacy Manager also organize roundtable discussions, trainings, briefings, etc. on topics such as humanitarian principles, monitoring/data collection, stakeholder mapping, and ongoing and future advocacy activities to engage MSF staff on these concerns.
- Academic background to Masters’ level (anthropology/social/political sciences, law, gender studies, protection) with first-rate writing skills and excellent research / analytical skills
- Field humanitarian experience in similar contexts (conflict, disasters, resource-poor environments)
- MSF or other humanitarian NGOs advocacy experience required
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong advocacy profile (policy research/analysis/making, lobbying/diplomacy, strategy formulation, experience of influencing policy/practice change, representation, public communication)
- Experience in data collection (e.g. qualitative research, human rights monitoring, refugee casework etc.)
- Fluency in English (C1) and/or French (B2); any other languages are an asset
- Campaigning organizational experience an asset
- Good understanding of current humanitarian debates and of the dilemma/compromise nature of modern humanitarian interventions
- IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
- Willingness to work in all kinds of contexts worldwide (including unstable areas) and in multicultural teams
- Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines and strong ability to multi-tasks
What do we offer
- Salary sufficient to cover costs at home while you are in the field
- A per diem during assignment to cover food expenses and other local purchases in local currency
- Round-trip transportation to and from assignment
- Room and board during assignment
- A comprehensive insurance package, including health and emergency evacuation insurance
- Holiday leave (depending on project)
We strongly recommend that you attend a webinar or HR info event about working with MSF to learn more about responsibilities and requirements before you apply.
As an international organization, we support diversity, openness and mutual respect. In line with our values, incoming applications are only evaluated for their professional qualifications and are considered regardless of ethnic and social origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.
We look forward to your application.