Association Communication Internship International Association Coordination


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested. MSF International also provides administrative support to the MSF Access Campaign.


The International Associative Coordination team is part of the MSF International Office and carries out the work on associative matters at a movement-wide level. As such, it interacts with the main governance bodies of the movement, implementing decisions guided by the Associative Standing Committee (ASC) and International Board (IB) and working at the service of the International General Assembly (IGA) and the MSF movement.

The team fosters connections and collaboration among the different MSF associations and individual members of MSF. Its purpose is to promote the associative spirit within MSF and support an active associative life, providing institutional memory and supporting the work of Association Officers and associative members anywhere in the movement. The team is notably in charge of organising the annual International General Assembly (highest governance body within MSF).


The intern reports to the International Association Communications Manager.


The objective of this position is to support the work of the International Associative Team, with an emphasis on communications tools, ahead of the 2018 International General Assembly.


  1. Website support
  • Assist with identifying, creating and posting relevant content on the International Associative website, and with keeping static content up-to-date, e.g. the National Board/International Board/Internal President/FAD pages.
  • Ensure that all pages are available in both good quality French and English, taking responsibility for translation when necessary.
  • Digitalise the motions register and keep it up to date, notably by uploading and translating motions on the website.
  • Support users of the website by addressing queries and managing user accounts.
  • Support the online and offline management of the Movement-Wide Association membership database.
  1. IGA specific support
  • Format and post International General Assembly (IGA)-related content (background documents, list and bios of Representatives, candidates’ profiles) on the website by the MSF International statutes deadline– in both French and English.
  • Be responsible for the translation and editing into French of IGA background readings and documents.
  • Support the International Associative team during the IGA (end of June), notably by updating the website during the event.
  • Support the livestreaming of the event in French and English, notably by liaising with the technical company on-site and ensuring a high-level of interactivity.
  • Edit, format and post post-IGA related content on the website, especially pictures and videos from the meeting.
  • Propose/help develop other tools for IGA participants and engagement.
  • Support with setting up the “App” used for the IGA.
  1. Other digital tasks
  • Assist with the compilation of website statistics.
  • Assist with the preparation of E-newsletters in both French and English.
  • Assist with animating MSF associative social media channels notably by researching, formatting and creating content (including videos).
  • Support the launch and community management of the future MSF international associative app.
  1. Perform other tasks supporting the International Associative Team as the need arises.


  • Interest in and commitment to MSF’s humanitarian principles and associative structure.
  • Fluent in both French and English (oral and written).
  • Communications skills: demonstrated excellent writing skills in both French and English; good knowledge of CMS, especially Drupal.
  • Knowledge of photo/video editing software.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Strong organisational skills, reliable and self motivated.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Swiss national or student permit/EU citizen.
  • Current student (able to provide an internship convention, please see below).
  • Availability beginning of April 2018.
  • Able to travel to Barcelona between 26 June – 01 July 2018.


In order to qualify for an internship position, the applicants should be prepared to provide documentary evidence that they are in one of the following situations:

  1. Currently enrolled in a certifying training in Switzerland;
  2. Between certifying trainings (eg. Bachelor and Master) with the condition that the utility of the internship is certified by the training institution organising the second training;
  3. Under a federal program of insertion.

A trilateral internship convention is compulsory. Please see "Engager une personne en stage".

Starting date: 1 April 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
Contract: 4 months paid internship
Work time: 50% to 100%
Location: Geneva
Deadline for applications: 11 March 2018

Candidates must already have the right to work in Switzerland or hold a European passport.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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