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, including the Human Resources Department.


To provide guidance and expertise to all mission in the domain of Career Management, elaborate the tools and processes that allow the missions to easily work on Career Management for local stall.

To support OCBA missions to put in place the required mechanisms to manage the career of the most talented local staff according to the mission priorities and contributing to OCBA global workforce.


  • Design with the support of the Human Resources Management (HRM) and Recruitment & Pool Management (R&PM) units, the strategy to support the Career Management of key local staff to critical positions for OCBA.
  • Define roles and responsibilities of the different actors involved in career management.
  • Create the capacity to work in career management for all OCBA missions.
  • Be the referent in charge of supporting all missions in the definition and implementation of specific plans.
  • Prepare the transfer of knowledge acquired in the Career Management of Local Staff to the Rec & PM teams currently managing the career of the international staff with the intention of having a unique area of functional expertise on the global career management of OCBA staff.
  • Be the link between HRM and PM/CM in the career of candidates ready and available to cover positions out of the mission where they have been recruited.

Specific actvities

  • Acts as referent on Career Management for local staff and support the missions in the elaboration and follow-up of their plans.
  • Design together with the HRM, R&PM and Learning Units, what Career Management for local staff is in OCBA.
  • Elaborate a policy on career management for local staff in coherence with the global OCBA objectives.
  • Define the role of managers on staff development and career management.
  • As referent person in the topic, trains, and guides HRCo, Development Managers and Coordinators on the implementation of specific mission plans.
  • Elaborates narrative documents with agreed definitions about concepts like staff development, career management, succession planning, critical needs, key staff and seeks for the common alignment of the different actors on these definitions.
  • Analyze, gathers, and integrates existing tools and defines the key tools to be offered to all the missions: (e.g.: staff mapping, detachment lists, individual career plan among others).
  • Works with all actors with roles related to career management for local staff (HR capacity Coordinator in Sahel Regional Learning referents in LatAm and East Africa) finding synergies and optimizing actions to better support the field teams.
  • Defines a plan to expand the knowledge about Career Management for local staff to all the missions including key actors such as managers, coordinators and with specific focus on Development Managers and HRCo.
  • Supports the field teams in the implementation of these plans, visiting the missions and supporting HRCo, Development Managers and rest of the field teams. The visit plan will be done following the field request and after deciding the priorities in the HRM team.
  • Together with HRM and Rec&PM units, designs a detachment policy that contributes to the staff development, the career plans, and ultimately to contribute to the global OCBA HR capacity.
  • Together with HRM and Rec &PM units, contributes to plan the integration of this position in the Rec&PM team after 12 months (or once the field teams have integrated their responsibilities and knowledge on the local staff career management).
  • With the PM focal point do the revision and give the feedback to the candidates interested to transfer his/her career manager to the PM.
  • To participate in RPM planning discussions to be aware about the global needs of the movement in terms of HR.


  • Relevant technical degree or diploma.
  • 2 years’ experience in relevant field or HQ positions in MSF or in a low resource setting.
  • Experience providing training to adult learners.
  • English and French are essential, and Spanish is desirable.
  • Relevant recognised education related to HR Management / Staff Development.
  • Proven capacity to elaborate guides and training material.
  • Desirable relevant experience (3 years) working in the humanitarian sector in tasks related to career management, talent management, succession plan, change management, etc.
  • Proven experience in Career Management (more than 2 years).


  • Commitment to MSF’s Principles
  • Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Behavioural Flexibility
  • Stress Management
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Service Orientation
  • Planning and Organising
  • Initiative and Innovation
  • Capacity to negotiate
  • Teamwork and Cooperation


  • Duration: Up to end 2022. Type of contract: according to the local contract modality.
  • Home based, with frequent field visits (up to 70% of the time).
  • Full time work.
  • Annual gross salary: L5 (divided into 12 monthly payments) + Secondary benefits based on MSF OCBA Reward Policy. Subjected to local conditions.
  • Practical working conditions while in the field are as per the MSF-OCBA guideline.
  • Starting date: Immediately.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter: https://careers.msf-applications.org/job-invite/6246/

Closing date: 21st April 2022, 23:59 CET (Central European Time)

MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, race, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to achieving a balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. MSF provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks.

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.