HART MENA Deputy Representative

Location: Presently Beirut, Lebanon (but could be based elsewhere in the future)

Duration: One year position – Fixed term contract

Contract: Full-time position – 100%

Reporting to: HART MENA Representative

Starting date: ASAP

Deadline of applications: 29 March 2017


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 Humanitarian Advocacy Representation Team (HART):

The Humanitarian Advocacy and Representation Team provides support to the MSF operations through linkages and actions to and from external networks (political, humanitarian, medical, and civil society).  It is managed by the International Operations, Representation and Advocacy Coordinator (IORAC). The HART maintains active relations with its network and continually informs the MSF operations of the relevant analysed information. The HART influences its network through specific actions for the benefit of the MSF programs and MSF operations’ goals.  In carrying out its actions, the HART responds to direct requests from the operational program managers (desks and HOM) and others at MSF (DG, DO’s, etc). Longer term positioning and actions are also co-ordinated within the HART team and again are directed by the MSF operations at the HQ and field level.

The HART maintains active and effective internal links to co-ordinate its work.  These include the reflection and advocacy centres of the operational sections, the Access campaign and partner sections (regarding their relations with their own host governments and regional networks – e.g. South Africa, Germany, China, Australia, etc.), International President, Secretary General, International Medical Secretary & Medical Co-ordinator, medical working groups + others as necessary. The HART interacts with the field missions of MSF (HoM level) in order to improve the overall quality of the support to operations.

The HART MENA Representative’s role:

Initially, a first HART position opened (in 2010) to develop and implement advocacy and representation towards a variety of actors in the Middle East & North Africa Region:

  • Multilateral organisations (Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation, League of Arab States, Gulf Cooperation Council, Islamic Development Bank)
  • MENA States (with a particular focus on Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar)
  • Non-state actors (armed groups, religious leaders, NGO’s, charities, Red Crescent and Red Cross societies, medical associations, think tanks, etc.)

One of the key added values of the HART in the region is to ensure that access to key interlocutors is available to all OC’s.

HART MENA Representative’s focus in the next few years will be the following:

Geographical areas:

  • Continue support intensively the Yemen and Syria crisis, as well as Iraq
  • Reinforce MSF’s engagement with Riyadh (opening of a liaison office), as a support to MSF’s operations in Yemen and beyond (Syria, etc.);
  • Reinforce MSF’s engagement in Turkey/Ankara in complement and interaction with the MSF Rep in Turkey;
  • Further explore and develop MSF’s strategic engagement with Teheran, in close collaboration with OCP Operations;
  • Increase the support to MSF Operations in Libya and Egypt;
  • Investigate and monitor opportunities for MSF’s engagement with Maghreb countries.

Operational exchange and networking

  • Continue to support the operations through facilitation / identification / activation of external contacts
  • Upon request of operations, contribute to the development of a technical capacity to support contacts, database, networking strategies, stakeholders mapping at intersectional level for state and non-state actors; service to MSF missions in the region.

Facilitate and support the inter-desks meeting

  • Organize, prepares, chairs the inter-desks meetings
  • Ad hoc support to the priority dossiers identified by the inter-desk for the intersection

Facilitate and support advocacy efforts in the region

  • Organize and chair regular meetings with advocacy people in the region;
  • Ensure the connection with Ops and Coms;
  • Upon request of operations, stimulate and support any joint/inter-sectional advocacy initiative

The evolution of the MSF stakes in the region and the explosion of the context made necessary to increase the capacity to support MSF’s operations and share a workload that has dramatically increased due to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and the development of MSF operations in the Arab-Muslim world. The extension of the geographical zone and contexts requiring HART investments in terms of need for representation, networking, advocacy and facilitation of operations towards the multiple stakeholders to North Africa and beyond in the Muslim world implies extra capacity under the coordination of the HART MENA representative. 


The HART MENA Deputy Representative is hierarchically and functionally accountable to the HART MENA Representative based in Beirut. The HART MENA Deputy Representative is part of the International Office and the HART.

Based in Beirut but very mobile, the post also constitutes a backup for the HART Representative in case of absence or to follow-up hot issues in the MENA region and potentially in other countries beyond (Sahel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.).


Upon delegation from the HART MENA representative, the Deputy increases the capacity of HART to invest in dossiers and contexts in needs, to develop further networks and extend geographically today HART’s reach.


All following responsibilities are enshrined into a framework and a roadmap set by the HART MENA Representative.

Representation and networking

  • Participates and represents MSF in humanitarian conferences and events across the region
  • Participates to the development of relevant contacts for the MSF movement and operations within the region


  • Proposes advocacy or engagement strategies linked to the conflicts in the region by:
    • Identifying with the HART MENA Representative medical and humanitarian issues of concern to MSF for which it is necessary to develop advocacy efforts (e.g. barriers Syrian refugees face with regard to access to health care)
    • Facilitating harmonisation of intersection data collection
    • Identifying key stakeholders and people of influence
    •  Identifying advocacy opportunities (events, conferences, opportunities for bilateral meetings) or create them (organisation of MSF visits in the region).
    • Preparing advocacy rounds and talking points
  • Uses advocacy opportunities to communicate on the identity of MSF and improve the impartiality perception of MSF in the region
  • Conveys advocacy and temoignage messages by facilitating access to relevant actors in the region for MSF representatives
  • Relays or implement MSF global advocacy initiatives in a proactive manner on topics relevant to MSF and by promoting and disseminating MSF academic work

Support to the HART MENA representative

  • Ensures the backup of the HART MENA representative when hot issues arise or in case of absence
  • Defines and implements advocacy on context requiring investments and development of a network
  • Handle part of the intersectional work (taking interdesk minutes to insure proper and timely reporting)


  • Minimum 5 years directly relevant work experience
  • Field working knowledge/experience  with MSF (or equivalent such as the ICRC) required, preferably in operations
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian affairs and solid knowledge of or experience in the Middle-East and Arabic and Muslim societies/countries
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including fluent written and spoken Arabic and English; French a major advantage
  • Knowledge of basic provisions of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law
  • Ability to synthesize complex and sensitive material, record information accurately and appropriately in the form of minutes, write complex correspondence and internal memos
  • Ability to write high-level correspondence and interact with senior diplomatic officials
  • Strong computer literacy, including ability to use word processing and spreadsheet and database software and to search the internet for research purposes
  • Outstanding proven time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to travel on a frequent basis all around the MENA region
  • Keen attention to details with ability to track multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to prioritize ongoing versus immediate needs appropriately
  • Strong ability to develop contacts and to work under pressure and independently
  • Excellent judgment, diplomacy, flexibility and patience
  • Genuine commitment to MSF's humanitarian principles

Deadline for applications: 29 March 2017

Please submit all applications only by email to: IO-recruitment.gva@msf.org stating “HART MENA Deputy Representative” in the file.

Please submit only ONE file containing your CV and cover letter and name the file with your last name only.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.