HR SPECIALIST at Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), an international medical humanitarian association founded in 1971, provides medical assistance to populations whose lives are threatened: mainly in cases of armed conflict, but also epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters or exclusion from care.

MSF WACA (West and Central Africa) was created in 2019 and aims to bring about a change in the dynamics of the MSF movement. WACA is driven by a significant number of doctors and humanitarians of Doctors Without Borders from West and Central Africa who wish to be heard, to contribute and above all to proactively assume responsibility for the humanitarian mission of the organization. WACA reflects an identity of humanitarians, an aspiration for MSF, a truly inclusive movement of people who share the values of empathy for others. Its strength is based on other MSF associations and its associative fiber is amplified by concrete operational objectives.

We are looking for : HR Specialist

Department: Operations

Direct Manager: Head of HR Operations

Working %: 100

Position based in: Abidjan / remote work possible

Mobility: Up to 30% on the field and/or internationally

Type of contract: Fix Term contract (renewable)

Duration: 1 year

Position to be filled on: as soon as possible


The HR Specialist is in charge of defining, implementing tools and HR policies for the WaCA missions aligned with the HR Department objectives.

This includes development and improvement of tools and reports, working on the policies and guidelines, and support on deployment and capacity building of the field HR Teams. To that end, he/she interworks with third parties (HR platforms) for to ensure coherence and integration of the other systems.

He/she supervises the Field HR Information System and the HR Forecasting tool that will be selected by MSF WaCA.


Processes and procedures

  • Analysis, simplification and sharing of the current tools, policies, and procedures with a view to be adapted to field operations.
  • Set up the standard report formats for project, coordination, and field visit purposes.
  • Work on a WaCA HR guideline and follow the standardization at country level.
  • Review existing HR tools in the movement as well as associated user manuals and make proposals with adjustments if necessary for better agility.
  • Analyze regularly data from the field (report, monitoring of indicators, fundamentals) and give technical advice and appropriate recommendations.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Digital transformation to facilitate the digitalization of HR tools
  • Steer the general strategy for the field HR Information Systems as well as Data and reporting within WaCA HR.
  • Be the focal point for all technical questions related to HR Administrative management (Homere, HR Forecasting tool, compliance with legal framework, compensations etc.)

Capacity Building

  • Supervision and focal point in discussing training opportunities (Welcome to MSF, Field HR Training) with the other OCs.
  • Brief the Field HR teams on the use of the different tools, guidelines, policies and debrief them at the end of their assignment.
  • Creation and animation of HR modules of various MSF trainings if needed.


  • Contribute actively to any transversal project when requested by the HR Op
  • Can represent the WaCA HR operations in working groups and HR platforms,
  • Can support the field team in emergency mission deployment of filling temporary a gap

Why join us ?

You will find yourself a rich multicultural environment embellished with many relaxation areas to exchange or just create.

The opportunity to test and learn. Every idea is welcome, your comments and opinions will be appreciated at all levels of the organization.

The chance to be a key player in a growing and highly qualified team

And most importantly, great colleagues in a healthy work environment… (yes, yes..)

Education / Qualification / Pre-requisites:

The candidate must hold at least a Bac + 3 degree in Human Ressources, Management, Administration.

A training in labor law is considered as an added value.

Professional experience required/ Who are we looking for?

You have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a human resources function (in the field and/or at headquarters with MSF) and have occupied responsibilities in the designing, reviewing and implementation of HR tools/policies. You have a good technical knowledge of some topics related to the Human Resources Information System, remuneration / benefits as well as the legal framework West and Central Africa region. Autonomous, you are recognized for your creativity, spirit of synthesis, your proactivity and a strong analytical sense. You are also a very good communicator. You speak and write English and French.

Language skills

Fluency in one of the two working languages of WaCA: French or English; ability to communicate with the other language.

Aptitudes – Soft Skills

 Autonomy, professional rigor and ability to manage his stress

  • Good knowledge of HR tools, policies, guidelines
  • Proven track record of managing HR Information Systems, HR Forecasting tool
  • Attention to details, strong analysis, and synthesis ability
  • Strong organizational skills with experience of managing multiple tasks
  • Commitment for association and humanitarian action
  • Flexibility and cultural awareness
  • Ability to manage a significant workload
  • Ability to communicate efficiently with others
  • Proactivity and to be solution oriented
  • Ability to think out of the box and to be creative

Computer skills

  • Proficiency and excellent knowledge in computers and Microsoft office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, …)
  • Strong Knowledge on MSF HR information systems (Homere) and HR Forecasting tool

Deadline: 10/07/2022 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



More Information

  • Job City Abidjan