International Human Resources Coordinator (IHRC)

LocationMSF hub location - Geneva strongly preferred
Contract: Long term contract - Full-time position
Reporting to: International Secretary General

Starting date: October 2014


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, 23 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 position of International Human Resources Coordinator (IHRC) was created in 2007. The role of the IHRC has developed into playing a key role in defining, together with the Human Resources  Directors making up the IDRH, the movement’s key HR ambitions and priorities at an international level and ensuring their follow up and implementation.



  • reports to the International Secretary General
  • coordinates the HR Directors platform (IDRH)
  • is a member of the Management Team of the International Office


The overall role and objectives of the IHRC position are to coordinate, facilitate and strengthen HR cooperation across the MSF movement and work together with the IDRH to:

  • Identify areas of common need and interest and ensuring that these become part of the international HR agenda; fostering accountability through transparency, information sharing and monitoring of the application of international HR agreements;
  • Ensure international HR projects remain ambitious while balancing the feasibility and maturity for implementation within the sections and OCs;
  • Facilitate exchange of best practice as well as successes and failures from one OC or section to others
  • Facilitate the link on intersectional HR priorities, dossiers and projects with the RIOD and operations more broadly;  and
  • Define whether projects and / or dossiers should be allocated to specific section(s) or managed through the International Office.


A. Ensuring international coordination

  • Chair, prepare and coordinate the work and meetings of the IDRH meetings, as well as ongoing work (dossiers follow up, working groups etc) as agreed in the work plan.
  • Manage the debates, encouraging input, highlighting any inconsistencies and guiding discussions in order to reach consensus or to achieve concrete actions and take decisions. Mediate disagreements between members as necessary.
  • Broker how projects and / or dossiers should be implemented (through all, bilateral, or tri-lateral approach; via a section or OC; via some form of intersectional construct ; managed through the international office)
  • Have the duty to proactively bring issues to the attention of the Secretary General, especially where Excom support may be needed.
  • Consolidate meeting outcomes/actions/minutes and ensure appropriate distribution of all information to the HR network and coordinate feedback/inputs from them.
  • Coordinate activities between meetings, distributing tasks, engaging capacities and representing MSF HR as agreed by the IDRH.
  • Steer the IDRH platform to perform in accordance with its purpose and deliver on its role and responsibilities.
  • Uphold an international perspective in the development of HR strategies.
  • Ensure proper and effective coordination, collaboration and information sharing between MSF sections and branches.
  • Coordinate the international HR multiyear work plan as well as annual implementation plan and budgeting. Seek to promote coherence, feasibility, and pertinence of the international HR calendar and agenda.
  • Lead the liaison with the Excom and other executive platforms via the Secretary General or other international coordinators.
  • Coordinate preparation of the agenda for the annual All HR Directors meetings.

B. Promoting increased coherence and accountability 

  • Proactively identify and promote areas for furthering international HR collaboration, improvement and shared investment (increased efficiencies).
  • Promote transparency and active sharing of relevant information across the movement with a view to promoting mutual accountability.
  • Safeguard international processes, promoting adherence to agreed systems of functioning and decisions or agreements. Play a role in objectively monitoring the implementation of international agreements.

C. Projects

  • Oversee, facilitate, and/or lead international HR projects as delegated by the IDRH.
  • Is a member of the Symphony Program Board.
  • Ensure the IDRH remains accountable in the implementation of international projects

D. Others

  • Liaise closely with the HR sub platforms: Pool Management, Operational HR, and Technical and International Training platforms.
  • As member of the IO Management Team, actively contribute to promoting and supporting the role of the International Office.
  • Represent MSF to the “outside world” concerning matters related to HR.




  • Genuine interest in and commitment to the humanitarian principles and challenges of MSF
  • The capacity to acknowledge, respect and integrate cultural differences in a way that facilitates the achievement of MSF’s objectives.
  • Graduate with relevant degree and or Human Resources qualifications
  • Extensive experience in Human Resources management
  • Significant experience within MSF at HQ and field and at senior management level
  • Ability to understand the needs and constraints of operations
  • Proven ability to contribute to the development of MSF’s medium and long term HR strategy as well as to prioritise immediate needs
  • Strong team player with the ability and interpersonal skills to succeed in a geographically dispersed team and interact at all levels within MSF
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances, contexts, tasks, responsibilities and people.
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Good project management skills
  • Complete fluency in written and oral English
  • Ability to handle large volumes of work under pressure, tracking multiple projects or activities, and to deliver quality outputs within short deadlines
  • Self-motivated, tenacious and enthusiastic
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to travel based on needs, up to 20%of the time


  • Fluency in French; other languages an asset

Deadline for applications:  18 August 2014

Please submit applications only by email to: stating “IHRC” in the title. Please submit only ONE file containing your CV and cover letter and name the file with your LAST NAME only.