DIRECTOR OF STUDIES, Crash Training and Security editorial project - Paris

Note: MSF operational experience is a mandatory requirement for this position


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a medical and humanitarian organization that intervenes in crisis situations and conflicts. In accordance with its charter, MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions.

Under the auspices of the Fondation Médecins Sans Frontières, the Centre de Réflexion sur l'Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires (CRASH) is a unique structure in the world of NGOs. Its purpose is to inspire debate and critical reflexion on field practices and public positions, in order to improve the association's actions.

The CRASH team consists of four to five permanent employees, from the field, with university training. Backed by a scientific committee made up of volunteer research professionals, it works closely with the operational leadership of Médecins Sans Frontières.

Crash activities are based on three pillars:


Our research leads us to examine the concerns raised by Médecins Sans Frontières that often echo those of the humanitarian community in general. Directors of studies carry out or supervise in-depth research on topics identified by the Crash steering committee while benefiting from advice on methodology from three professional researchers working together on a scientific advisory board.


Committed to helping MSF improve its practices, the Crash provides consultancy services to MSF managers on issues relating to operational and official stances. The president of the association and its directors can request assistance with exploring concerns arising from our work in the field, topical issues or the way in which MSF is organized.

Training, public speaking and dissemination

The Crash’s efforts are only of value if its team contributes to the association’s reflections and discussions—not just those of its hosts the French section, but also those of the MSF international movement and the international humanitarian sphere in general. This requires directors of studies to set up meetings and debates with practitioners and academics who have the necessary experience and expertise to challenge our work, participate in medico-operational and communications meetings on an ad hoc basis and organize in-house workshops and open discussions on topics related to our practices.


In the context of a replacement, we are looking for a:

DIRECTOR OF STUDIES, Crash Training and Security editorial project / OCP (M/F)

Role and missions:

The director of studies’ principal tasks are to coordinate the 2015 spring and autumn FOOT training sessions and assist in the “Humanitarian Security at Issue” editorial project.

The director of studies will be responsible for:


Tasked with field-oriented operational training since its inception (April 2013), the Crash works closely with the Human Resources training department. As training coordinator, the director of studies will be responsible for defining FOOT training content with support from Epicentre, various MSF departments and other members of the Crash. The successful candidate will also co-facilitate the training session in French scheduled for May 2015 and the session in English to be held in November 2015.

The director of studies will also participate in ongoing discussions on the creation of a Masters degree in humanitarian studies in cooperation with one or several universities.


Provide support to the two directors of studies supervising the study “How to save lives and stay alive, the professionalization of humanitarian security at issue”, scheduled for publication in autumn 2015. In addition to assisting with proofreading contributions to the book, the director may be called on to author or co-author a chapter on the security practices implemented by MSF-France in Syria or on kidnap management.


As part of the current consultations with the general management, the evaluation unit and the Crash, the director of studies will continue the work of reviewing the evaluations and assist with redefining their role within MSF-OCP and putting them into practice.

Profile :

The following diplomas, experience, knowledge and competencies or skills are required:

  • MSF operational experience mandatory
  • Languages: fluent French and English
  • Masters degree in social science or equivalent or previous experience with conducting and drafting analyses

Status : 12-month fixed-term contract. Full time executive position.

Salary conditions : €57,4 K€ brut annual based on 13 months. - 22 days called «RTT» additional to 5 week vacation per year. Full health insurance covered 100% by Médecins Sans Frontières. Meal vouchers of €8,80 face value (covered 60% by MSF). Public transport covered by MSF up to 50%.

Starting date: as soon as possible

Please send your application (motivation letter and resume) until 25th January 2015 by email to the attention of Anne-Laure Balan at:

Please indicate your name and the following reference in the mail subject : CRASH-DE/1214

Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted