Title: Administrative and Fiscal Advisor

Location: Paris, or Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Geneva

Duration: PART TIME (50%) position

Reporting to: International Compensation and Benefits Coordinator



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 19 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF movement, and implements international projects and initiatives as requested.



Legal and administrative constraints of contexts where MSF is intervening are increasingly complex, and the tax pressure is becoming higher in countries where the fiscal framework is restrictive. MSF’s developed a global approach regarding taxation of international staff which requires adjustments in certain countries. MSF needs to build on these experiences to develop further policies and tools to address further cases taking into account MSF’s global set up regarding international staff, including by developing guiding models and supporting document. .

The Taxation Task Force – TTF (an interdisciplinary technical group composed by legal, HR and finance MSF referents) different types of approaches and models but these need to be further investigated, others may be possible or even more relevant, or it might be relevant to develop instead general recommendations for field teams dealing with contexts where these adjustments are required.

The HR Fiscal Advisor position has been created in agreement with the MSF HR Directors platform (IDRH) under MSF International supervision, with the aim of (i) exploring unanswered questions about proposed models; (ii) proposing improved/new models; and (iii) preparing general recommendations.



It is placed under the hierarchical responsibility of the MSF International Compensation and Benefits Coordinator and the technical responsibility of the Legal Department’s SHIELD coordinator, both based in Paris.



The HR Fiscal Advisor will work at HQ level to deepen the assessment conducted by the TTF, and discuss with appropriate HR and Finance referents at MSF International and all MSF sections’ level to explore the unanswered questions highlighted by the TTF. S/he will conduct investigations with other NGOs on their own practice. S/he will also be in contact with field teams of countries where MSF implements exceptional expat tax payment models as needed.


Specific requirement

The HR Fiscal Advisor, like all those working in the legal department, will sign a special confidentiality agreement. S/he will have to pay particular attention to respect both confidentiality of information gathered at HQ and field level.



Dedicated to support the TTF, the general objective of the HR Fiscal Advisor is to identify, support and implement best practices with regards to exceptional expat tax payment models.

The HR Fiscal Advisor advisor will also provide support to the TTF on additional Tax/HR issues according to priorities agreed upon and recommendations formulated by his/her technical referent



  1. Explore unanswered questions about proposed models regarding global fiscal and taxation models for international staff on assignment, including financial, HR and operational and organizational aspects (in general, as well as relating to specific contexts already identified)
  • Expected Outcome: Compile a document on proposed models presenting associated risks, highlighting differences in treatment of international staff


  1. Propose, improve and/or develop these or new models, including by collecting and analysing NGOs/IOs precedents and practices regarding taxation of international staff
  • Expected Outcome: Include in the compilation document new models and criteria for implementation


  1. Prepare general recommendations on best practices
  • Expected Outcome: Draft a guideline explaining the options available to (I)NGOs and provide specific practical recommendations for MSF


  1. Provide support to the SHIELD coordinator, C&B coordinator and/or TTF regarding internal communications and/or decision making processes related to the proposals during the period of the assignment.


  1. Provide support upon request of the SHIELD coordinator on related issues during the period of assignment, e.g. on MSF’s fiscal policy re NCRs, a common employment simplified contract, the implementation of double taxation agreements where relevant.




  • Experience with international companies/organisations on international mobility
  • Experience in tax matters a strong asset
  • Experience with MSF an asset

Technical competencies:

  • Degree in HR related subject, with specialisation in international mobility
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ablility to summarize legal issues in non technical terms and write user-friendly- notes and guidelines
  • Excellent command of Windows Office

Interpersonal skills:

  • Highly autonomous
  • Organized, rigourous and methodical
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solution-oriented


  • English: fluent
  • French: fluent an asset


Starting date: October 1st (with a possible workshop/training Sept 14-15 if possible)

Contract: 6 months contract at 50%

Location: Ideally Paris, possibility to be based in another MSF’s Operational Center location (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Geneva, Brussels)                    

Deadline for applications: 10th September 2017                           


Please submit all applications only by email to: stating “HRs fiscal advisor” in the title.

Please submit your CV and cover letter in

ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME.


-Only short-listed candidates will be contacted-