Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization created in 1971 that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF is one of the largest independent medical humanitarian organizations in the world, with projects located in 65 countries worldwide. Its work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics; the goal of MSF is to provide emergency care and to offer assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. The French section is present in around thirty countries.
We are looking for a Intersectional Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator – South Sudan M/F
South Sudan experiences the compounding impact of continued violence and instability, climate change, and now the Sudan crisis repercussions. Simultaneous to increasing needs, MSF has observed global funding cuts resulting in the scale-down of the humanitarian responses while limited development funding has not been able to offset socio-economic vulnerabilities, hindering the already-stretched resilience capacity of communities. As the transition is still ongoing after being extended in August 2022 for 2 years, development donors are reluctant to invest, witnessing the slow progress in the implementation of key arrangements within the peace agreement (R-ARCSS – 2018). Elections are still planned for December 2024 but the Country is behind most of the key milestone deadlines.
The role of the intersectional Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator is to oversee the design, coordination and implementation of MSF’s strategic positioning and advocacy in South Sudan. The intersectional approach is based on the acknowledgment that most of the challenges and issues faced in South Sudan are usually affecting all or several sections and MSF will have greater impact if we use the “sum of all of our parts”.
The 5 OCs therefore decided in October 2023 to merge the current OCs’ humanitarian affairs resources in one intersectional advocacy team, with one intersectional Humanitarian Affairs coordinator and 3 intersectional Humanitarian Affairs managers.
The Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator will supervise, coordinate, and organize/distribute the work and priorities of the three Humanitarian Affairs Managers.
The 3 main axes of the intersectional advocacy would be:
- A medical advocacy focusing on HIV/TB, malaria, and vaccination (including the introduction and roll-out of new vaccines such as malaria, PCV and rotavirus, advocating for a reinforced strategy to strengthen routine immunization and immunization coverage)
- Health system strengthening and financing; including current engagement with the World Bank, UNICEF and the MOH on the future health financing program (Health Sector Transformation Project)
- Humanitarian response and preparedness (with a focus on the Sudan crisis and needs of refugees), as well as humanitarian access and protection of the medical mission.
- Academic background to Masters’ level (public health, anthropology/social/political sciences, law, gender studies, protection) with first-rate writing skills and excellent research / analytical skills.
- Campaigning organizational experience an asset.
- Minimum 4 years of field humanitarian experience in similar contexts (conflict, disasters, resource-poor environments) – MSF or ICRC preferable or other humanitarian NGOs.
- Minimum 2 years’ experience as advocacy/humanitarian affairs manager or ops required.
- Strong leadership, coaching and organizational skills.
- Good understanding of current humanitarian debates and of the dilemma/compromise nature of modern humanitarian interventions.
- Prior experience and demonstrated skills building networks and relationships.
- Knowledge of the international aid and financing system.
Languages: English C1.
Status: 12 months fixed term contract.
Salary: level 13 (monthly gross salary range 2825 – 3358 EUR)
Expenses covered by MSF: Shared accommodation, plane ticket home – Juba – home, per diem of 532 USD/month, 1 break ticket at 3 and 9 months of mission (up to 800 USD), 1 break ticket at 6 months of mission Juba – home – Juba covered at 100%; medical insurance covered at 100% by MSF.
Expected starting date: 1st April 2024
How to apply
Our wish is to promote inclusion and diversity. We also wish to improve the representation of people with disabilities in our workforce.
Please submit your application (CV and cover letter) online at:
Deadline for application is 28/02/2024.
Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 28 Feb 2024